01 Oct WOMEN’S SOCCER TO TACKLE GOLDEN GRIZZLIES ON SATURDAY
ROCHESTER, Mich. – Coming off a full week of training, the IUPUI women’s soccer team will return to action on Saturday (Oct. 2) when the Jaguars take on Oakland University at 4:00 p.m. on ESPN+. IUPUI (2-8-1, 1-3 HL) is still seeking the right combinations as the league season nears its midpoint.
Head coach Chris Johnson‘s team has had stretches where the offense is clicking and the defense has been porous. Conversely, there have been other stretches when the offense has been stagnant and the defense has been stiff. Rarely have the two been in sync though.
Offensively, Elizabeth Bueckers has powered the attack, scoring six of the team’s 11 goals. Both Maya Lacognato and Sam Slimak have a team-high two assists. Johnson has shuttled bodies in and out of the lineup in an effort to find the right connection. Freshman Abbey Renner tallied from a forward position off an assist from Jessica Jacobs in the loss at Wright State. Both were making their first starts of the year and Renner, who was recruited as a defender, showed versatility by her ability to get in the attack.
Bueckers, Lacognato, Autumn Weeks and Makenna Collins are the only four Jags to have started all 10 games while three different goalkeepers have seen action. AP Woodall is the team’s No. 1 option, having made eight starts with a 2.15 goals against average and 64 saves. Ashton Kudlo filled in admirably in two starts, allowing just one goal for a 0.49 goals against average and eight saves. Emily McGrath also has a scoreless 45 minutes to her credit on the year.
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PROBABLE XI (based on the last outing)
GK- AP Woodall, Sr.
D- Makenna Collins, Fr.
D- Grace Moore, Jr.
D- Maya Turner, Jr.
D- Autumn Weeks, Jr.
MF- Jessica Jacobs, Soph.
MF- Abbie Schad, Jr.
MF- Paige Waskom, Fr.
F- Elizabeth Bueckers, Sr.
F- Maya Lacognato, Jr.
F- Abbey Renner, Fr.
Three IUPUI players have tallied their first collegiate goals this season in junior Ciena Miller, sophomore Sam Slimak and Freshman Abbey Renner. Both Miller and Slimak tallied against Marian and Renner scored at Wright State. In addition, Ashton Kudlo registered a shutout in her first match in goal, blanking Purdue Fort Wayne on Sept. 19.
HEAD COACH CHRIS JOHNSON
Johnson is now in his 19th season on the IUPUI sidelines and owns a 133-166-42 mark with the Jaguars. He spent his first nine years of his coaching career at the University of Indianapolis where he amassed an 81-79-2 mark. All total, Johnson has 214 collegiate wins to his credit.
Oakland is 4-7-1 overall, but has begun Horizon League play at 3-0-1. The Golden Grizzlies have been outscored 22-16 on the year and outshot by two shots per game, but have outscored foes by an 11-1 margin in league play. Alexa Sabbagh leads OU with five goals and 12 points and has two of the team’s four game-winners. In goal, Noemi Stadelmann has made 11 starts and managed a 1.72 goals against average and 33 saves.
IUPUI is 3-18 all-time against Oakland and has lost eight straight to the Golden Grizzlies. The Jaguars are just 1-8 in the nine meetings in Michigan. (Series History)
IUPUI will face Milwaukee on Thursday, Oct. 7 at 6:00 p.m. at Carroll Stadium.
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