No. 4 YSU to Host No. 5 Wright State in Horizon League Soccer Tournament First Round
Youngstown, Ohio -- The fourth-seeded Youngstown State women's soccer team is set to host fifth-seeded Wright State in the first round of the 2012 Horizon League Women's Soccer Championship, Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. at Stambaugh Stadium.
This is the first time the Penguins have hosted a tournament game and their first tournament appearance since 2008.
Guins in the Tourney
Youngstown State owns a 1-8 record in the Horizon League Tournament since 2001. Its lone win came in a 5-4 shootout victory against Valparaiso after the teams played to a 0-0 double overtime tie. The Penguins then fell to Loyola, 5-0.
Last Time Out
The Penguins qualified for the tournament and earned the fourth-seed by defeating Wright State, 2-1, in overtime on Oct. 27. Freshman Tyesha Kizer put the Guins ahead 1-0 with 14 minutes left, but the Raiders scored with five minutes to go to force overtime. With just 26 seconds left in the extra period, sophomore Jade Flory scored the game-winner and put the Penguins in the tournament.
Penguins Set Wins Record
The Penguins set two school records in 2012 for most wins in a season (eight) and most Horizon League victories (three). The old record for wins was six set in 1997 and tied in 1999. Youngstown State had never won more than one game in Horizon League play until this year.
Don't Be Shay (Shy)
Freshman Shay Sade scored her second goal of the season to lift the Guins to the 1-0 victory over Valparaiso on Oct. 20. Sade, a defender, also has an assist for a total of five points this season. Also, both of Sade's goals have been game-winners and she ranks second in the league in that category.
Peterlin Streak Up to 67
Senior Katie Peterlin has extended her consecutive-game and consecutive-start streak to 67 after the Valparaiso match. She has started every match of her career.
Sophomore Chelsey Haney has been a strong offensive force for the Guins this season. Haney leads the league with 51 shots and 3.19 shots per game. Haney ranks third fourth with 13 points and fifth with 0.81 points per game.
Sophomore Jade Flory is quickly moving up the several YSU career records lists. Flory ranks fifth with 29 career points and is tied for fifth with 11 career goals and seven career assists. Her four assists this season are tied for fifth on the single-season list and are the most since Alex Lee had five in 2008.
Youngstown State has had the luxury of having two quality goalkeepers this season. Sophomore Jackie Podolsky has been named the Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week twice and junior Ali Viola has earned the honor once. Viola, who has three shutouts, owns a 1.16 goals-against average and Podolsky is close behind at 1.18. The school record of 1.34 was set by Viola in 2011.
With 23 goals and 21 assists this season, Youngstown State has scored a total of 67 points. That mark is the highest total since 2008 when the Penguins scored 68 points on 23 goals and 22 assists.