Penguins Host Wright State in Final Home Game, Travel to Detroit Mercy

Lexi Neal (Photo by Rob Hayes)
Lexi Neal (Photo by Rob Hayes)

The Youngstown State women's soccer team will play their final regular season home game on Wednesday, Oct. 17, when they host Wright State at 7 p.m. from Farmers National Bank Field in the Covelli Sports Complex. The Penguins will return to action on the weekend when they travel to Detroit Mercy on Sunday, Oct. 21, to take on the Titans at 1 p.m. from Titan Field.

Last Time Out
The Penguins lost 3-2 to UIC in overtime on Saturday, Oct. 13 from Flames Field. Freshman Lauren Dolak and sophomore Sydney Ossege each recorded a goal for the Penguins. Freshman Luca Fahmer recorded her first assist of the season, and sophomore goalkeeper Kate McEachern had seven saves. 

Gameday Promotions
Wednesday's match against Wright State will feature Breast Cancer Awareness Day. 

About Wright State
Wright State enters the matchup with an overall record of 5-6-2 and a 4-1-1 mark in the Horizon League. Senior forward Aaliyah Patten has the most points for Wright State. She has a team-high three goals, four assists and 10 points through the Raiders' 13 games. Junior goalkeeper Maddie Jewell has started all 13 games in net for the Raiders. For the season, she has a 1.72 goals against average, 49 saves and three shutouts.

The Wright State Series
This is the 20th meeting between Wright State and YSU in a series that dates back to 1996. The Raiders hold a 16-1-2 record in the all-time series, including wins in five of the last six meetings. The Penguins last win came in 2012 when they defeated the Raiders 2-1 in overtime. 

About Detroit Mercy
Detroit Mercy enters the contest with an overall record of 5-7-3 and a 1-4-1 mark in the Horizon League. The Titans will battle with Cleveland State on Wednesday, Oct. 17 before taking on the Penguins on Sunday. Freshman midfielder Julie Ann Piechock has been the leader in points for the Titans through 15 games. Piechock has 11 points on three assists and is tied with senior defender Carly Fiorido with four goals on the season. Senior goalkeeper Marina Manzo has started all 15 games in net for Detroit Mercy. She has 94 saves, a 1.24 goals against average, and five shutouts on the season.

The Detroit Mercy Series
This is the 21st meeting between Detroit Mercy and YSU in a series that dates back to 2000. The Titans hold a 19-1 record in the all-time series, including wins in the last two seasons against the Penguins. The Penguins only win came in 2015 when they defeated the Titans 2-1 

Hughes Cracks the Top 10
After starting against UIC on Saturday, senior defender Madison Hughes has moved into a tie for sixth for the most matches started in school history. Hughes is tied with Missy Laforet '99 and Katie Peterlin '12 with 67 starts made during her career. She is now only two starts away from moving into a tie for fourth. 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
In league games, McEachern leads all goalies with 44 saves and 7.33 saves per game. She also ranks second in save percentage with an .815 mark. McEachern was named the Horizon League Defense Player of the Week on Oct. 8 for her five save, shutout performance against Oakland back on Oct. 6. For the season, McEachern has 68 saves, a 1.79 goals against average and a .756 save percentage in 1105 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.

Dolak and Ossege Score First Career Goals
In the second half of last weekend's game against UIC, Dolak and Ossege each recorded their first career goals. Dolak scored in the 54th minute to tie the game at 1-1. After UIC regained the lead, Ossege scored on an assist from Fahmer in the 79th minute to tie the game at 2-2. 

Up Next
The Penguins close out the regular season on the road when they travel to Green Bay on Friday, Oct. 26 to battle Phoenix at 8 p.m. from Aldo Santaga Stadium.