Dover, Del. – This weekend, the Delaware State women's soccer team (0-2) will begin its season-long five-game road swing with matches against the Radford Highlanders (2-0-1) on Friday (7 p.m.) and the Virginia Military Institute Keydets (0-3) on Sunday (1 p.m.)
» Live Stats (vs. Radford): http://www.sidearmstats.com/radford/wsoc/
» Live Stats (vs. VMI): http://www.nmnathletics.com/fls/9800/2013ws/xlive.htm
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» Radford Highlanders (2-0-1, 0-0 Big South as of Sept. 5)
The Highlanders enter Friday evening's contest undefeated with victories over Towson and Old Dominion, while settling for a 1-1 tie with Villanova in their season opener.
Leading the offensive charge for Radford is midfielder/defender Rachel Conway with two goals, both coming in penalty kick situations in the Highlanders' 2-1 win over Towson on Aug. 30.
Additionally, forward Sahar Aflaki and defender Sydney Golden both have scored once this season, whereas Golden's goal was registered in overtime in Radford's 1-0 over Old Dominion earlier this week.
Goalkeeper Che' Brown (2-0-1), meanwhile, has allowed two goals so far through 2013, along with tallying 11 saves and one shutout.
» The Head Coach: In his 18th season at the helm, Ben Sohrabi has garnered two Big South Coach of the Year honors (2002, 2011), on his way to being the conference's all-time leader in all major coaching categories. Currently, his record stands at 179-132-34.
» The Series: The Hornets are 0-3 all-time against Radford. In their last meeting, DSU fell at home to the Highlanders in 2012, 1-0.
» Virginia Military Institute Keydets (0-3, 0-0 Big South as of Sept. 5)
After dropping its first three games of 2013 on the road, VMI returns home for the weekend, beginning Friday against DSU's former Great West Conference foe, South Carolina State. So far this season, the Keydets have been outscored 9-2.
Offensively, defender/midfielder Sydnie Bligh and defender Emma Manis have scored both goals this season, whereas midfielder Meredith Baldasare leads VMI in shots with four.
In the net, sophomore Liz Nickerson (0-1) and freshman Emily Marbury (0-2) has seen time in each match this season. For Nickerson, she has allowed four goals and registered nine saves, while Marbury has allowed five goals and tallied four saves.
» The Head Coach: Manning the sidelines for his ninth season, Bryan Williams has led the team to numerous accomplishments, including VMI's first postseason win in 2008. Also during that season, he was named Big South Coach of the Year.
» The Series: The Hornets are 1-3-1 all-time against VMI. DSU's lone win of the series came in 2009 at home in a 1-0 victory.
Last Time Out…
DSU was shutout at home, 2-0, by the visiting Bryant Bulldogs last Sunday with both scores coming off the foot of Suzzane Sanders.
At game's end, Bryant outshot the Hornets, 18-3, while DSU's Katelyn Koslosky (0-2) finished the match with six saves.
Moving Up the Career Lists, Record Watch
Despite the Hornets' loss to Bryant, senior Katie Melore now sits ninth (50), along with Briana Dingman (2007-10), for most played games on DSU's all-time list.
Meanwhile, junior Katelyn Koslosky is one shutout away (4) from becoming the program's all-time leader.
Coming Up Next…
The Hornets will continue their five-game road swing on Monday, Sept. 16 against Manhattan at 3 p.m.