WildCat Weekly: Women's Soccer Notes #6 - Eastern Mennonite, Meredith
LYNCHBURG, VA – Randolph College will look to get back into the win column this week with two matches, including a very big contest at Eastern Mennonite University Tuesday afternoon at 4 p.m. The WildCats will also finish their non-conference slate this week, hosting Meredith College at noon Sunday afternoon. Randolph is coming off a pair of losses, dropping two league games to Roanoke College and Shenandoah University.
Opponent: at Eastern Mennonite University (3-6-1/0-4-1 ODAC)
Site: Harrisonburg, VA
Facility: EMU Turf Field
Date: October 2, 2012
Time: 4 p.m.
What to Look For
The Randolph women's soccer team is now in a position where it needs to capture points in almost every ODAC game to reach the postseason league tournament. The WildCats get a chance against Eastern Mennonite University Tuesday who is coming off a 9-2 loss to Hollins Saturday. Randolph defeated the Royals in 2011, so if the WildCats are to make a postseason push, it needs to start Tuesday afternoon in Harrisonburg.
A Look at the Royals
Head coach Sue Kolb and the Royals started the season with two wins but have gone 1-6-1 since that time. The Royals have dealt with injuries along the way, and played Saturday's 9-2 loss against Hollins with only 11 players. EMU has been able to score goals this year, having netted 19 on the season. Sophomore Nora Osei has nine goals on the year, which is among the ODAC leaders, while Elisa Ott has four goals and Morgan Hill has dished out six assists. Becca Borg played all of the first eight games in net for the Royals, but Kimmy Beck has started and played all 200 minutes in net over the last two games. Osei has scored all three game-winners for the Royals, who have averaged nearly two goals per game.
Against EMU All-Time
The WildCats are 2-11 against Eastern Mennonite in the series all-time, but one of the two victories came last season as Randolph netted a 3-1 victory. The other win for the WildCats was earned in 2004, a 4-2 triumph in Lynchburg. Randolph has never won in Harrisonburg, going 0-7 against the Royals on the road.
A Look at the Avenging Angels
Meredith College comes into the week with a 7-3 record, going 4-1 in the USA South Conference thus far. Meredith has won three of its last four matches, including a 3-1 victory over Ferrum College Sunday afternoon. First-year Taylor Brown and junior Jessie Davis spark the offense, as they both have five goals. Davis leads the team with six assists, while senior Kimberly Williams has four assists and two goals. Danielle Lee and Anna Smither are also names to watch out for, as the pair have combined for six goals this season. MC has had four keepers get time in net, though Kelsey Hopper has started all 10 games, allowing only 11 goals on the season.
Against Meredith All-Time
The WildCats hold a 6-1-1 all-time record against the Avenging Angels, though the two teams haven't battled since 2004. Randolph is 4-0-1 against Meredith in the last five meetings, including winning the last two games by one goal each.
The WildCats have averaged an assist and a half per game this season, which is the third most in school history. The 2003 and 2004 teams each averaged over 1.70 assists per game.
Making Them Count
The WildCats have gotten goals from a lot of players this season, but some players have been very efficient with their attempts. Randolph's Elisa Otero (Chevy Chase, MD/St. John's), Chloe Tong (Eastern, MD/Wye River) have scored on their only shots this season, while first-year Ally Ramos (Manassas, VA/C.D. Hylton) has netted three goals on four shots.
Senior back Ashley Stevens (Leicester, MA/St. Peter-Marian) didn't plan on being in net much this season, but she has made 52 saves in only five games of action this year. The over 10 saves per game leads the conference.
Climbing the Charts
Junior Marielle Rando (Powhatan, VA/Powhatan) scored her 18th career goal on Saturday afternoon against Shenandoah University. She is in the top-10 all-time in goals scored, and also is fourth all-time in shots per game with 2.62 taken a contest.
Senior Bri Roth (Yorktown, VA/Grafton) has been stellar this year, scoring six goals on the season. Of her six, two have come from the penalty spot, which ties her with Amanda Williams for the most PKs made in a career.
Sam I Am
Senior Samantha Wittie (Canyon Lake, TX/Smithson Valley) has been a great for the WildCats over the last four years. She has registered 54 starts to date, and with six more will surpass Arielle Gabor for fifth-most at the College, behind goalies Amy Dameron and Vicki Johnson and field players Shar Plows and Jean Hazelwood.
The starting defensive unit has been relatively intact all season, with first-year Erin Carter (Vienna, VA/James Madison) and Kelsey Cline (Glen Allen, VA/Deep Run) joining Elisa Otero to start every game. Ashley Stevens has started every game as well, though she has had to drop back from defender to goalkeeper.
Randolph will play possibly the biggest two games of the season next week, both on the road. The two teams directly in front of the WildCats will be the tests, as Randolph heads to Guilford Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. October 10. Randolph follows that up with a 2 p.m. kickoff with Emory & Henry College October 13.