Panthers Set to Host St. Ambrose, Travel to Missouri State
The University of Northern Iowa women's soccer team will host St. Ambrose University on Weds., Oct. 19 at the Cedar Valley Soccer Complex at 7:00 p.m. UNI will then travel to in-conference foe Missouri State on Sat., Oct. 22 to square off with the Bears at 7:00 p.m.
Scouting the Opponents
The St. Ambrose University Queen Bees (8-5-0, 6-1-0 Midwest Collegiate Conference) are riding a two game winning streak into Wednesday's match with the Panthers. The Queen Bees have a balanced offensive attack with 10 different players finding the back of the net in 2011. The offense is led by Megan Theisen and Grace Ripslinger with nine points each. St. Ambrose goalkeeper Kerri Hardiman has posted four shutouts and tallied 55 saves, giving her a goals against average of 0.81. The Queen Bees are led by head coach Jon Mannall.
The Missouri State Bears (10-3-2, 3-0-1 Missouri Valley Conference) had a seven game winning streak snapped when they tied Creighton 1-1 on Oct. 15. 11 different Bears have recorded a goal on the season with Bethany Smith leading the charge with seven goals and two assists. Bear goalkeeper Jessica Teahan has 82 saves on the season with a goals against average of 0.94. Teahan has recorded six shutouts on the season. The Bears are led by head coach Rob Brewer.
Four in a Row
The Panthers earned their fourth consecutive victory with the win over South Dakota. The four game win streak matches the longest winning streak in program history. The last time UNI went on a four game winning streak was in 2003 when the Panthers knocked off Centenary, Louisiana-Monroe, Ball State, and IU-Fort Wayne to start the season.
Panthers Working Efficiently
UNI has been out-shot by opponents 225-149 this season, but hold the advantage in shot percentage .121 to the opponents .089. UNI has outshot their opponents 5-4 in overtime periods. The Panthers also hold the advantage in corner kicks 77-62.
Sharing the Ball
Seven different Panthers have found the back of the net in 2011. The goals have come off of assists from seven different players. 10 Panthers have tallied at least one point this season with junior Ashley Capone leading the way with 10 points.
Searching for Five
The Panthers have never had a five game winning streak in the program's 12 year history. UNI had a four game winning streak to start the season in 2003. The Panthers are currently on a four game winning streak with wins over Cal State University Bakersfield, Indiana State, Evansville, and South Dakota. UNI will look to make history when they host St. Ambrose University on Weds, Oct. 19.
Home Field Advantage
The 2010 squad posted a 2-6-1 home record. This season the Panthers have started out 5-3-1 at home. This year UNI has given up an average of 1.0 goal per match at the Cedar Valley Soccer Complex. Last season the squad gave up an average of 2.11 goals per match.