Women’s Soccer Set for Senior Day Showdown against Austin Peay

Women’s Soccer Set for Senior Day Showdown against Austin Peay

SIUE (5-6-0, 2-2-0 OVC) vs. Austin Peay (3-8-3, 0-2-3 OVC)

Match Information

Date: Sunday, October 17, 2021

First Kick: 2 p.m. CT

Location: Korte Stadium, Edwardsville, Ill.

All-Time Series (SIUE Streak): Austin Peay leads 6-4-4 (W1)

Last Meeting: Mar. 5, 2021 (SIUE def. Austin Peay, 3-2)

WHERE WE’RE AT: SIUE women’s soccer enters Sunday’s contest looking to bounce back following two consecutive losses to UT Martin (Oct. 10) and Murray State (Oct. 14). The Cougars have lost by just one goal in both setbacks, the third and fourth times this season in which the Cougars have lost by a one-goal difference.

LAST TIME OUT: The Cougars had another setback on Thursday afternoon, this time at reigning Ohio Valley Conference regular season champions Murray State. The Racers stormed out to an early lead, netting three goals in the match’s first 25 minutes. The Cougars would tack two goals following the Racers’ offensive barrage – a 25th minute strike by Lily Schnieders and a goal right out of halftime from Maria Haro.

SCOUTING THE GOVERNORS: Austin Peay has struggled this season, sitting at 3-8-3 overall and winless in OVC play. The Governors, who are playing their last season in the Ohio Valley Conference, were picked to finish seventh in the OVC and are led by Preseason Player to Watch Tori Case.

LOCAL FLAIR: Coach Burton has recruited and retained talented student-athletes from throughout the Metro East and Greater St. Louis regions. Of the 33 student-athletes on this season’s roster, 21 hail from Greater St. Louis – this includes five who came to SIUE from a county in the Metro East region.

RETURNERS: The Cougars return all but two starters from last season’s OVC champion squad, and bring back all three goalkeepers from Spring 2021. Highlighting the returning Cougars are OVC Forward of the Year MacKenzie Litzsinger, All-OVC and United Soccer Coaches All-South Region Second Team selection Lily Schnieders, and OVC All-Newcomer selection Matea Diekema.

NEW FACES: The Red & White welcome eight newcomers to the program, six of whom hail from the Greater St. Louis area. Included in this class are sisters Ashlyn and Kaitlyn Nichols (O’Fallon, Mo.), who join Matea and Myah Diekema as the only known pair of sisters playing in the same Division I soccer program.

SEASON 40: SIUE plays its 40th season of intercollegiate women’s soccer in 2021. Hundreds of student-athletes have donned the Red & White on the pitch, helping the Cougars become the winningest Division I women’s soccer program in the state of Illinois and leading SIUE to eight NCAA Tournament appearances.

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