Tuesday, October 31, 2017

No. 1 Wilkes Women’s Soccer Set to Host No. 4 Eastern in MAC Freedom Semifinals Tuesday

WILKES-BARRE – The Wilkes University women’s soccer team earned the top-seed in the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Freedom Tournament for the first time in program history, and will host No. 4 seed Eastern University at Schmidt Stadium on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.

Ticket prices set by the MAC office are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $2 for students (with ID), and free for children under six years of age.

Live stats and video for fans that are unable to attend the game are provided in the following links.

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The Lady Colonels return to the conference tournament for the tenth time in the past 12 seasons and look to capture the program’s second conference championship and first since 2005. The matchup with Eastern marks the first time the two teams will meet in the conference tournament since 2012, when the Eagles defeated the Lady Colonels 5-4 in a shootout after the two teams played to a scoreless draw through 110 minutes of action at the Ralston Athletic Complex.

Eastern has won the past three conference tournament meetings in 2008, 2011, and 2012. The 2012 win was the last time the Eagles have defeated the Lady Colonels with Wilkes going 4-0-1 in the past five games. The two teams met in the regular season on October 21st and played to a scoreless double-overtime draw at Schmidt Stadium.

Wilkes, the No. 7 team in the NCAA Division III Mid-Atlantic Region, enters the semifinal matchup 5-1-1 in MAC Freedom play and with a 12-2-3 overall record. The program has reached at least 12 wins for the sixth time under head coach John Sumoski.

The Lady Colonels have 10 shutouts this season and lead the MAC Freedom with a 0.59 goals against average. The team has conceded 10 goals in 17 games this season and only five in the past 14 games. Wilkes ranked 29th nationally in goals-against-average as of October 27th.

Courtney Stanley leads the conference with a 0.57 goals against average and nine shutouts with that total ranking in a tie for the most in a single season in school history. She was named the MAC Freedom Defensive Player of the Week on September 25th. Elena Denger (October 2nd) and Niamh Harkins (October 30th) also earned Defensive Player of the Week honors this season.

Offensively the Lady Colonels are led by Dianna Connor’s seven goals. She recorded two hat-tricks this season against Marywood and FDU-Florham and was named the MAC Freedom Offensive Player of the Week on October 9th. Nine other players have scored at least one goal for the Lady Colonels this season including three by Nicolette Towlen and Ema Sabovic.

Eastern enters the conference semifinals for the first time since 2012 after going 4-2-1 in the MAC Freedom. The Eagles are 7-7-4 overall and are led offensively by Alondra Cervantes and Melanie Witter’s five goals. Cervantes was named the Offensive Player of the Week on September 18th. Courtney Davis has recorded six assists to rank in a tie for third in the conference.

In goal, Adrianna Rowlands leads the conference with 115 saves and is fifth with a 1.44 goals against average and fourth with a .804 save percentage.

Should the Lady Colonels emerge victorious, Wilkes will host the winner of the semifinal between No. 2 Misericordia and No. 3 DeSales on Saturday at a time to be determined.

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