Women's Soccer Hits the Road to Mars Hill on SaturdaySeptember 27, 2013
ANDERSON, S.C. – Remaining unbeaten in South Atlantic Conference play with a 1-1 tie on Wednesday, the Anderson University women’s soccer team continues its conference road trip on Saturday when it heads to Mars Hill. Kickoff from Meares Stadium is set for noon.
With a 1-1 tie on Wednesday night at Queens, AU moved to 1-0-2 in the conference and is even with the Royals in the SAC standings for fourth place. Overall, the Trojans are 2-3-2 for the year with wins over Erskine (5-0) and SAC newcomer Coker (3-0). Anderson is one of six teams in the league without a loss.
Freshman Emily Perez scored Anderson’s lone goal in the match against Queens on Tuesday, as she flicked in the goal after a long pass by senior Krystal Goss found the feet of Perez for the assist. The goal was Perez’s second of the season which moves her into a four-way tie for the team-lead in goals with Goss, redshirt sophomore Faith Johannes and freshman Madison Taylor. Goss and Taylor are currently tied for the team lead in points with seven apiece.
Senior goalkeeper Kaitlyn Neipp has flourished in conference matches this season. Neipp has allowed just three goals in 310 minutes of the action, making 23 saves with one shutout in those three contests. For the season, Neipp currently ranks second in the SAC with 48 total saves with a 1.07 goals against average which ranks seventh in the league.
Mars Hill is off to a slow start of the 2013 season, entering Saturday’s contest with a 0-5-1 overall record and a 0-3 mark in SAC play. Most recently, the Lions fell to Lincoln Memorial 2-1 in Harrogate on Thursday afternoon.
Junior forward Rachel Weber has shined throughout the season, recording all of MHU’s goals with three. Weber scored the lone Lion goal against the Lady Railsplitters as her tally came with just 50 seconds left in the match. The junior also carries a two-goal performance in a 2-2 draw against Mount Olive to open the regular season.
In goal, Tori Stajduhar has gotten the start in five of MHU’s six matches this season. The sophomore has made 26 saves and comes into Saturday with a 2.10 goals against average.
Since joining the SAC in 2010, Anderson has never lost to Mars Hill, outscoring the Lions 5-0 in the last three matchups. Current volunteer Assistant Coach Jessica Kleinberg scored a goal in her last two meetings against MHU, including the second half game-winner in last year’s 2-0 victory. Also coming last season, Neipp recorded the clean sheet making three saves for the match.