Women's Soccer Welcomes Green Bay on Saturday

Bethany Rasile (Photo by Rob Hayes)
Bethany Rasile (Photo by Rob Hayes)

The Youngstown State women's soccer team continues their three-game home stretch on Saturday, October 12 when they welcome Green Bay for a Horizon League tilt at 1 p.m. from Farmers National Bank Field in the Covelli Sports Complex. 

Live stats will be available for the match through YSUsports.com

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Looking At The Opponents
Green Bay: The Phoenix enter Sunday's match with an overall record of 6-6-1 and a 0-3-1 mark in the Horizon League after dropping games to Milwaukee (0-1) and Wright State (0-1) last week. After scoring 21 goals in their non-conference matches, Green Bay has yet to kind the back of the net in league games. 

A pair of junior forwards guide the offensive attack for Phoenix, including Caitlin Hawley who leads the team with four goals while Ellie Vasey paces them with nine points (two goals, five assists). Senior Courtney Klatt has seen a majority of the minutes in goal for the Phoenix supporting a .85 goals against average to go along with 21 saves. She owns .724 save percentage and has posted two shutout performances. 

Jason Spain is in his first season at the helm of the Green Bay women's soccer program after being named the 12th head coach in program history.

Saturday's match will mark the 22nd meeting between the Phoenix and Penguins in a series that date backs to 1998. Green Bay owns the advantage in the all-time series with a record of 14-3-4. Last year's meeting at Aldo Santaga Stadium ended in 1-1 tie after the Penguins tied the game at the 89:19 mark. The Phoenix have won four of the last six contests while the Penguins most recent victory came in 2013.

Last Time Out
The Penguins split a pair Horizon League matches last week by first defeating Cleveland State on Wednesday, 1-0, before ultimately falling to Northern Kentucky on Sunday by the same score. Addie Roman's goal at the 27:06 mark proved to be the game winner as the Penguins earned their first victory over Cleveland State since 2014. On Sunday, the Penguins played some of their best soccer of the season but were unable to score an equalizer after the Norse took a 1-0 lead in the 60th minute.

Horizon League Streak Broken
Last Wednesday's victory over Cleveland State snapped a 23-game winless streak in the Horizon League for the Penguins with their victory coming on October 15, 2016 against Valparaiso.

LaVigna Nears Freshman Assist Record
In Wednesday's victory of Cleveland State, freshman forward Regan LaVigna assisted on Roman's game-winning goal giving her three assists through 13 games. LaVigna is now only one assist shy from tying the freshman record set of four by Chantel Groom (2001) and Katie Hohman (2012). 

Sizer Leads Offensive Attack
Freshman forward Marcella Sizer continues to provide the fire power on offense for the Penguins scoring four goals and registering one assist through the first 13 games. She scored the game-winning goal against Fort Wayne (8/23), and a penalty kick against St. Bonaventure (8/25), before netting two goals and picking up an assist on the game-winner in a 3-2 victory over St. Francis (Pa.) (9/8).

McEachern, Jivraj Split Time In Net
Junior Kate McEachern and sophomore Zeeyana Jivraj have each been given the opportunity to start for the Penguins during the first 13 games of the season. Jivraj made starts in the first two contests and against Kent State while McEachern has started nine of the last 10 matches.

McEachern has recorded 70 saves over the course of 10 matches, including a career-high 14 save performance against Eastern Michigan on September 13. After this week, McEachern ranks first in the Horizon League with saves and has the most saves per game with an 7.00 average. Nationally, she ranks tied for 14th among all D1 goal keepers with her 70 total saves.

Jivraj has tallied 18 saves total, including a nine save performance in a winning effort against Purdue Fort Wayne on August 23. She has a 2.67 goals against average to go along with a .692 save percentage.

Youth Movement
With only seven upperclassman on the roster, Head Coach Brian Shrum has turned to his talented group of freshman to play a significant number of minute this season. Shrum has used a starting lineup that features seven freshman on six occasions.

The most recent installments of the seven freshman starting lineup came during both games last week against Cleveland State and Northern Kentucky. The four other instances came against St. Bonaventure (8/25), at St. Francis (Pa.) (9/8), at Oakland (9/20) and versus IUPUI (9/28).

The freshman class has now accounted for eight of the nine Penguins' goals this season. Marcella Sizer leads the way with four goals, Addie Roman now has two while Abriana Rondin and Lily Welch have each found the back of the net. Regan LaVigna (three assists) and Kendra Pampus (one assist) have also been key contributors to the Penguins offense.

The Lone Senior
Larsen Murvin enters the 2019 season as the only senior on the Penguin's roster. She'll look to provide that "senior leadership" as the Penguins feature 22 underclassmen on their roster. For her career, Murvin has seen action in 39 games while also making 18 starts. She's record three assists during her time at YSU, with two coming during her freshman year and one last season as a junior.

During her senior campaign, Murvin has seen significant playing time making starts in all 13 matches. Murvin nearly scored her first collegiate goal against Akron (9/6) when her shot hit the cross bar in the 65th minute. 

 

Up Next
The Penguins close out their three-game stretch on Saturday, October 19 as they host UIC at 1 p.m. from Farmers National Bank Field.

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