The East Central University soccer team will wrap the 2013 regular season with road matches against Harding, Friday, Nov. 1 (7 p.m.) and Ouachita Baptist, Sunday, Nov. 3 (1 p.m.).
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.
The Bisons are 5-8-1 overall and 4-4 in the Great American conference after winning their last three matches. That stretch includes a win over league-leading Southwestern Oklahoma State (Oct. 25).
Harding trails its opponents in goals scored this season 17-25 and 82-175 in shots on goal. The second half has been much more productive for the Bisons this season, as they have scored four goals in the first and 12 in the second. They have also done a better job defending their net, with 16 goals allowed in the first and nine in the second.
The Bisons have six players with multiple goals scored on the season. Five players have tallied two goals each, while Jenna Taylor leads the team with four goals and one assist.
Kaitlyn Miller has seen all the action in net for Harding, with a 1.74 goals against average, 77 saves and three shutouts.
Against the Bisons
In the first meeting with Harding this season, the Lady Tigers earned a 3-2 win at Lady Tiger Field.
ECU saw goals from three different players, with senior Ashley Bradford earning the game-winning goal. Redshirt freshman Taylor Lowe was in net for the Lady Tigers and recorded eight saves.
McKenna Smith tallied the game-tying goal for Harding, while Kaitlyn Miller earned four saves.
The Lady Tigers hold a 7-1 advantage in the all-time series, including a 4-0 mark when playing in Searcy, Ark. ECU has won the last two meetings in the series.
Scouting Ouachita Baptist
The other Lady Tigers are 9-5-1 overall and 4-3-1 in the GAC after losing their last match against Southwestern Oklahoma State. OBU will face Southern Nazarene, Friday, Nov. 1 before hosting ECU.
OBU has a clear advantage in scoring over its opponents this season at 34-17. They are doing a good job of finding the back of the net, as they are close to even, 124-129, in shots on goal with the opposition.
Hayley Hatcher is the clear offensive leader for OBU, with 17 goals and two assists. The next highest number of goals for the season is three by two players.
OBU has used three different goalies this season, with Sarah Broyles seeing the most action. Broyles has played in 13 matches, allowed 2 goals and stopped 88 shots.
Against the Lady Tigers
ECU earned a 3-2 overtime win in the first battle of the Lady Tigers this season (Oct. 13) at home.
ECU was led by senior Ashley Bradford, who tallied two goals, including the game-winning tally. Redshirt freshman Taylor Lowe earned eight saves.
Hayley Hatcher earned one of her 17 goals for the season in the match and Sarah Broyles stopped six shots.
ECU currently holds a 6-3 lead in the all-time series with OBU, but is 2-3 when playing in Arkadelphia, Ark.
Ranking in the Nation
The NCAA has released their latest set of national soccer statistics and ECU is currently ranked 64th in saves per match (5.79).
Double Senior Honors
After going 2-0 Oct. 11-13, two ECU soccer players earned GAC Player of the Week honors. Senior Ashley Bradford was named the Offensive Player of the Week and senior Susana Galvez picked up the Defender of the Week awards.
Bradford scored both game winning goals for the Lady Tigers over the weekend. She helped ECU hand OBU its first GAC loss of the season. She totaled five shots, four on goal, and a .800 shot on goal percentage for the weekend. She entered the weekend with only one goal on the year.
Galvez helped the Lady Tigers pick up a pair GAC victories over the weekend. She helped the team block four shots by Harding. She added a shot on goal while playing all 90 minutes. In the overtime win against Ouachita Baptist, she played all 94 minutes and helped the team block four shots – including two in overtime. She added goal in the OT victory.
Lowe Earns Recognition
Redshirt-freshman Taylor Lowe had a strong game in the net for the Lady Tigers in their first win of the 2013 season and was named the GAC Goalkeeper of the Week for Oct. 1. Lowe earned her first career shutout with a 2-0 win over Northwestern. She stopped all five shots sent her way.
Southwestern Match Postponed
Due to officiating scheduling conflicts the match against Southwestern Oklahoma State, originally scheduled to be played Sept. 29 was forced to be postponed. The match is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 5. Watch www.ecutigers.com for more information.
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.
The Lady Tigers will make an appearance at the 2013 GAC Soccer Tournament, Nov. 8-10. The location will be determined after the conclusion of the regular season matches and will be at the team who finishes at the top of the standings.