Women's Soccer Travels to Lander on WednesdaySeptember 10, 2013
ANDERSON, S.C. – After a strong showing against nationally ranked Rollins on Saturday, Anderson University women’s soccer hits the road for the first time this season, as the Trojans head to Lander on Wednesday. Kickoff from the Jeff May Complex is set for 7 p.m.
In its season opener, Anderson struck first, but fell to then No. 15 ranked Rollins 2-1 at Trojan Stadium on Saturday. Freshman Corrine Doll got AU’s lone goal of the afternoon as she headed in a corner from senior Krystal Goss. Defensively, senior goalkeeper Kaitlyn Neipp shined as she recorded 13 saves. Neipp is one shutout away from 17 which would place in a tie for 10th all-time in South Atlantic Conference history.
Goss was able to post a team-high three shots, including one on goal, against Rollins. Goss and Neipp, two of the three seniors on the roster, were named to the Preseason All-SAC first team before the season began after making the postseason squad after the 2012 year.
In the only goal for the Trojans on Saturday, Doll headed in a far-post corner from Goss past Rollins goalkeeper Mary Spring.
Lander has got off to one of its most impressive starts in program history, outscoring its opponents 9-0 in its first two matches to begin the season. The Bearcats began the season with an 8-0 rout of North Greenville, followed by a double overtime 1-0 victory of SAC newcomer, Coker on Saturday. Anderson will be the third of four straight home contests for Lander to begin the season.
Sydney Thompson currently leads the team in goals with three, but it was substitute Sarah Piechocki, who found herself as a hero in the double-overtime win over Coker, scoring the contest’s only goal from a penalty kick. Goalkeeper Katie Lyle has accounted for both of Lander’s shutouts and has made six saves over the two matches.
Head Coach Chris Ayer begins his eighth season as the full-time head coach of the Bearcats. Last season, Ayer’s team finished with a 10-4-3 overall record and an 8-2-1 Peach Belt Conference mark. Despite the impressive conference record, the Bearcats were eliminated in the first round of the PBC Tournament, falling to UNC Pembroke, 5-1. In this season’s Preseason PBC Coaches’ Poll, the Bearcats were picked fifth with 82 overall points.
Anderson and Lander will meet for the first time since 2011, when the Bearcats bested AU with a 2-0 win. Since 2009, Lander is 3-0 against the Trojans, outscoring Anderson by a combined total of 7-1.