Penguins Continue Horizon League Play at UIC

Erica Barney (Photo by Rob Hayes)
Erica Barney (Photo by Rob Hayes)

The Youngstown State women's soccer team is back in action on Saturday, Oct. 13, when they travel to UIC to take on the Flames at 8 p.m. from Flames Field.

Last Time Out
The Penguins played to scoreless draw with Oakland on Saturday, Oct. 6 from Farmers National Bank Field.

About UIC
UIC enters the contest with an overall record of 2-12-1 and a 1-4 mark in the Horizon League. Offensivley, the Flames are lead by freshman forward Emily Kavanaugh, who has team-high four goals and one assist through 15 games this season. In goal, the Flames have been splitting time between freshman goalkeeper Haley Leanna and junior goalie Tara Khayam. Khayam has been the more effective goalkeeper for the Flames, allowing only 12 goals in the nine matches she has played. She also has 45 saves and 1.49 GAAvg in 723 minutes in goal. 

The UIC Series
This is the fifth meeting between YSU and UIC in a series that dates back to 2014. The Flames hold a 3-1 record in the all-time series, which include wins in the last two season. The Penguins last win came in 2015 when they defeated UIC 2-1 from Farmers National Bank Field. 

Hughes Cracks the Top 10
After starting against Oakland on Saturday, senior defender Madison Hughes has moved into seventh place for matches started in school history. Hughes sits all alone with 66 starts made during her career and is only one start away from moving into a tie for sixth. Hughes has been a staple on the back line starting in every game of her collegiate career. During her career, Hughes has recorded two goals and one assist including a game-winning goal against Longwood during her freshman campaign. 

McEachern Solid in Horizon League Play
This week, sophomore goalkeeper Kate McEachern was named the Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week for her five save, shutout performance against Oakland last Saturday. . In league games, McEachern leads all goalies with 37 saves and 7.4 saves per game. She also ranks second in save percentage with an .841 mark. For the season, McEachern has 61 saves, a 1.70 goals against average and a .762 save percentage in 1005 minutes in net. McEachern has also pitched three shutouts, the first coming in a 1-0 win against in Canisius, the second coming in the following game in a 0-0 tie with St. Bonaventure and the latest coming in a scoreless draw with Oakland

Up Next
The Penguins return home for their final home contest of the season when they host Wright State on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m. from Farmers National Bank Field in the Covelli Sports Complex.