The East Central University soccer team will have a busy week, with three matches. The Lady Tigers will play the first two on the road before returning home to start a four-match home stand. ECU faces Texas Women’s, Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Midwestern State, Friday, Sept. 20 at 5 p.m. on the road before hosting McMurry, Sunday, Sept. 22 at 1 p.m. at Lady Tiger Field.
Fans who can’t be at the game can find links to live stats and live video (if available) on ECUTigers.com. Go to the soccer schedule page.
Scouting Texas Women’s
The Pioneers are 1-3 on the season after losing their last three matches. The streak includes a 1-2 loss to GAC member Ouachita Baptist.
TWU has tallied seven goals on the season and allowed six, but most of its opponent’s goals have come in the second period (5).
The Pioneers have seen goals from six different players, with Alisa Velasquez leading the team with two goals. Lindsey Sisco has seen most of the time in net for TWU, starting in all four matches. Sisco has allowed four goals and tallied 11 saves for a .733 saves percentage.
Wednesday’s match will be the 11th meeting in the all-time series, with ECU holding a slight 5-4-1 advantage, including a 3-2 mark when playing on the road. The last time the teams meet was in 2010.
Scouting Midwestern State
The Mustangs are 2-2 on the season after winning their last match.
Ashley Cottrell leads the team with two goals and an assist. Kallie Essary has seen all the action in the net, with a .857 saves percentage and three goals against.
The Lady Tigers currently trail 2-9-1 in the all-time series with the Mustangs, including a 2-5 mark when playing in Wichita Falls, Texas. The last meeting was during the 2010 season.
The War Hawks are 2-2 on the season after winning their last match. McMurry has gone to overtime in their last two matches and will have one more chance to improve its record before facing ECU, as they play Thursday against the University of the Southwest.
The War Hawks have scored 13 goals on the year and allowed eight, while both McMurry and its opponents are averaging about 14 shots per game.
Aleria Luna leads the team with three goals, while two other players have tallied two each. Anissa Arenas and Chanel Felder have split time in goal, with both allowing four goals. Arenas has played in three matches and has a .846 saves percentage and Felder has played in two, with a .740 saves percentage.
Against the War Hawks
Last year the Lady Tigers fell 0-2 to the War Hawks on the road. ECU’s top returners from the match are Margaret Glutz and Taylor Graves, who had two shots on goal each.
The key returners for McMurry are goaltender Chanel Felder, who tallied eight saves, Rachel Moore and Aleria Luna, who each garnered a goal.
The all-time series is currently tied at one match each after ECU fell 0-2 last season on the road.
Ranking in the Nation
The NCAA has released their first set of national soccer statistics and ECU is currently ranked in the top-25 in one category. The Lady Tigers are currently tied for 19th in saves, with eight.
Lady Tigers Picked Fourth
After finishing third in the Great American Conference standings in 2012, the ECU soccer team has been picked to finish fourth in the 2013 GAC Preseason Poll, as voted on by the league’s head coaches.
The Lady Tigers earned 13 points, with 2012 champion Southwestern earning first (25 points/five first-place votes), Southern Nazarene second (19 points), Ouachita Baptist third (17 points/1 first-place vote), Harding fifth (11 points) and Northwestern sixth (five points).
In 2012 ECU struggled with key injuries, especially after losing both goalies for a large portion of the season. However, the Lady Tigers will return six of 11 starters, including three All-GAC picks from a year ago.
Ashley Bradford will return for her senior season after earning All-GAC First Team and NSCAA All-Region Third Team honors as a junior. Juniors Margaret Glutz and Katie Glutz are also all-conference selections from 2012, with Margaret earning first team honors and Katie claiming second team accolades.
Also returning from the starting line-up are senior Stephanie Flores and junior Jessica Stibbens. Other key returners include Susana, Galvez, Taylor Graves, Katelyn Harper, Kourtney Holleman, Krista Kahl, Taylor Kennedy, Laiken Knight and Hunter Malcom.
Heavy Home Schedule Early
This season those wishing to see the Lady Tigers in action at home will have to come to Lady Tiger Field early, as the season is lopsided on home and away matches. ECU will play all of its eight home matches by Oct. 13, with the first home contest scheduled for Sept. 10 against Northeastern State at 4 p.m. The Lady Tigers will play their final home matches Oct. 11 (Harding) and Oct. 13 (Ouachita Baptist) before finishing the season with six straight road matches.
Sunday’s match with McMurry starts a four-match home stand for the Lady Tigers that includes three Great American Conference matches. ECU will first battled with Northwestern Oklahoma State, Sept. 27 at 4 p.m., before hosting Southwestern Oklahoma State (Sept. 29) and Southern Nazarene (Oct. 3).