Courtesy: Spencer Farrin (Moscow, Idaho)
|Due east for Vandal soccer|
This Week on the Pitch:
Friday, Sept. 7 (4:00 p.m. PT)
at Miami (Fla.)
Live Video/Stats: HurricaneSports.com
Sunday, Sept. 9 (3:00 p.m. PT)
at Florida International
Live Video/Stats: FIUSports.com
This Week's Opponents:
Miami is off to a 3-2-1 start so far this year. The Hurricane defense has already tallied three shutouts while surrendering just three goals. Offensively, Miami has scored four goals on two occasions and averages 16.2 shots per match, 6.7 of which are on target. The team also averages six corner kicks per match. Miami has been a strong starter this year, with a 6-0 scoring edge and a 52-13 shot advantage in the first half of its matches thus far. Friday will be the team’s second home match of the season.
Florida International (2-2-0)
After advancing to the NCAA Tournament last season, Florida International starts 2012 as the favorite to repeat in the Sun Belt Conference. FIU returns six starters and 13 letter winners from that group. The Golden Panthers opened 2012 with back-to-back wins over Stetson and Jacksonville, but lost at Florida Gulf Coast (1-0) and at Florida (3-0) last weekend. FIU averages 14.3 shots per game and 5.0 on-target attempts. Junior goalkeeper Kaitlyn Savage has an .833 save percentage and 25 stops so far this year, including a one shutout. Dating back to last season, FIU has won four of its last five home matches, with just three goals allowed in that span.
Vandals in Florida
The Vandal women venture into unfamiliar terrain this weekend - by a longshot. The weekend’s matches mark just the second time in program history and the first time since 2002 (at DePaul) that Vandal soccer has crossed the Mississippi River. Idaho has never played a soccer game in the state of Florida, or even in the Eastern Time Zone, for that matter.
In Case You Were Wondering...
Idaho freshman Meli Cortez has two goals and one assist for five points through the first six games of her career. Idaho’s freshman record for goals is shared at nine by Sara Best in 1999, then matched by Emily Nelson in 2000. Best and Megan Cummings (1998) set the freshman standard in assists with five, while Best’s 23 points in 1999 are the most by a Vandal freshman in a single season.
Setting the New Standard
Idaho’s 2-0 victory over North Dakota State on Aug. 26 gave its seniors the 33rd win of their careers. The group needs just one more win to become the winningest four-year group in program history. Idaho’s 2001 seniors won a combined 33 matches across the 1998-01 seasons.
Showler on Top
In his eighth season as Idaho’s head coach, Pete Showler is the program’s all-time coaching leader in wins (42) and total matches (143) and is the longest-tenured coach in program history.
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