CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Citadel women’s soccer team will host the final two home games of the 2017 season at Washington Light Infantry (WLI Field) this weekend beginning with a 3 p.m. kickoff against Chattanooga on Friday, Oct. 13. The Bulldogs will then host Samford for a 2 p.m. tilt on Sunday, Oct. 15.
“I want the team to enjoy the last weekend at home and really give everything they can to get points on the board in conference,” said head coach Ciaran Traquair. “We were very unfortunate on Sunday in the game against Western Carolina, but we showed enough desire to prove we are still up for the challenges ahead of us. Both games this weekend will be massive for everyone involved and there are six points up for grabs.”
Friday’s game against Chattanooga will be Women in the Military Appreciation Day. The Bulldogs will honor those women in attendance who have served or are currently serving in the U.S. military. There will also be giveaways, including Bulldog Tours camo koozies for the first 50 fans in attendance and several lucky fans will leave the game with an Adidas mini soccer ball.
On top of this weekend being the final two home soccer games, Sunday’s match against Samford will serve as the Bulldogs’ Senior Day. It will be the last home match for four-year letterwinners Tori Zeltner, Tinslee Dilday and Ray Brown, as well as graduate students Georgia Robert, Samara Nche and Cierra Skyers.
“I am excited to celebrate our seniors on Sunday against arguably the best side in our conference,” Traquair said. “I have enjoyed getting to know all of them as a people and I am proud of their development over the past two years since I arrived. There is still a lot left to play for and we will be emphasizing that this weekend. A four-year player is one to recognize and we will do our best to be thankful for them and put on a performance worthy of the hard work and commitment they have shown since day-one.”
Friday’s game against the Mocs will mark the 17th time the two teams have met on the pitch and the eighth time the two have played in Charleston. Chattanooga owns an all-time record of 10-5-1 over the Bulldogs with two of The Citadel’s five wins coming at WLI Field. From 2009 through the 2014 campaign, the Bulldogs boasted a 5-1 record against the Mocs, winning three straight from 2009 to 2011.
Chattanooga enters the weekend with a 3-8-3 overall record, including a 1-3-1 mark in SoCon play. The Mocs have four points on the year and are tied with Wofford for eighth in the league standings. After winning their season opener 3-2 over Austin Peay, the Mocs went 0-3-2 before picking up the second win of the campaign. Chattanooga was then able to take a 1-0 win over Western Carolina and most recently worked to a 0-0, double-overtime draw with UNCG.
The Mocs have scored just 10 goals on the season, led by four from both Jordan Mueller and Chloe Arnold. Mueller leads the team with 11 points, including a team-high three assists, while Arnold has taken 38 shots, the most on the team. Catherine Meyer has the Mocs’ other two goals, both of which were game-winners. In goal, Chattanooga has relied on Bailey Coppedge in six games and Melia Correa in eight. Correa has made 50 saves on the year and has two shutouts to her credit while Coppedge has 18 saves and two wins to her credit.
Sunday’s regular season finale will mark the 12th meeting between The Citadel and Samford with the Bulldogs from Birmingham bringing a 9-1-1 record over The Citadel to town. The two teams have met nine times during regular season Southern Conference play. The Citadel Bulldogs claimed the 2013 meeting in Birmingham and worked to a 0-0, double-overtime draw with Samford in 2011. The two met twice in 2010 and 2014 with one regular season meeting and one in the SoCon Tournament.
The Samford Bulldogs enter the weekend 5-0 in Southern Conference play and atop the conference standings. On the year, Samford is 9-5-1 with close losses to Alabama, No. 4 Florida State and Michigan State, as well as a tie against Georgia. The Bulldogs are currently riding an eight game winning streak, including seven shutouts.
Jermaine Seoposenwe leads Samford’s offense with nine goals and four assists for 22 points. She has taken 54 shots, including 29 on goal, and has four game-winners to her credit. Behind her, Abriella Argueta has scored four goals while Korrie Sauder has three goals to her name. Ella Baggett leads the team with five assists. Between the pipes, the Bulldogs have utilized three keepers led by Anna Maddox, who has started 14 of the 15 games she has appearend in. She has allowed just 14 goals compared to making 45 saves for a 9-4-1 record, including six shutouts. Also having appeared in goal have been Stephanie Westaway and Sarah Thorne.
The Bulldogs have just one more weekend left in the regular season as they close out the campaign on the road at VMI on Friday, Oct. 20, and at UNCG on Sunday, Oct. 22.
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