Women's Soccer Opens 2018 Season At Home Against Chicago State and Howard

Luca Fahmer (Photo by Trevor Parks)
Luca Fahmer (Photo by Trevor Parks)

The Youngstown State women's soccer opens the 2018 season on Friday, Aug. 17, when its hosts Chicago State at 7 p.m.

The Penguins return to the pitch on Sunday, Aug. 19, when they play Howard at 1 p.m. Both games will be played at Farmers National Bank Field in the Covelli Sports Complex. 

Gameday Promtions
Friday night's contest will be the Medical Mutual of Ohio Schedule Magnet giveaway while Sunday's game against Howard fans will receive team posters.

Chicago State Series 
Friday evening will be the first matchup between YSU and Chicago State. Last season, Chicago State went 1-19 overall and 0-7 in their conference. The Cougars return their top point scorer from last season, Jensyn Stanberry, who scored a team high four goals and one assist. 

Howard Series
This is the the 12th meeting between Youngstown State and Howard in a series that dates back to 1996. The Penguins own a 6-5 advantage in the all-time series but were defeated 1-0 in overtime when the teams last met in 2010. The last YSU victory was a 4-2 win in 2009.  

Youthful Penguins
The 2018 team will feauture 22 freshman and sophomores with only six juniors and seniors. Freshman goalkeeper Zeeyana Jivraj has been impressive through two exhibition games. Jivraj has played 110 minutes in the net, allowing only one goal while making nine saves. Sophomore midfielder Sammy Salatino scored the lone preseason goal for the Penguins in a 1-1 tie with Marshall earlier this week.

Forward Katie Hackos returns to the team for her senior season after running cross-country last fall. Hackos started 33 games in her career, registering three goals and three assists. Defender Madison Hughes has been a three year starter for the Penguins making 52 starts during her career. Hughes has recorded two goals, which include a game-winner during her freshman campaign. Defender Shani Jefferson has seen action in 34 games while starting 28 of those games over her career.

Key Returners
Junior forward Rasheda Abdul-Rahman returns as the highest scoring player from last years team. During her sophomore season, Abdul-Rahman started all 18 games, scoring two goals and recording one assist. Sophomore midfielder Sydney Ossege appeared in 17 matches and made five starts during her freshman campaign. Ossege registered two assists and was named to the Horizon League All-Freshman Team. 

Up Next
The Penguins will remain home as they host Buffalo on Friday, August 24, at 7 p.m., followed by a matchup with Canisius on Sunday, August 26, at 1 p.m.