The March to Mobile (Week 10)
Published: 10/18/2012 11:10:00 AM
With first place in the Sun Belt Conference soccer standings on the line, Middle Tennessee travels to North Texas on Thursday for a showdown between two undefeated teams.
The Blue Raiders (13-3, 8-0 SBC) have won eight consecutive matches and hold a slight two point lead over the Mean Green (13-3-2, 7-0-1 SBC). MT is coming off a pair of come from behind victories against Troy and South Alabama and would clinch the SBC regular
season championship with a win over NT.
MT is led by reigning SBC Offensive Player of the Week senior Paige Goeglein who leads the league in goals (9), game-winning goals (5), and points (20). Kate Loye has aided much of the attack with a league-leading six assists.
The Blue Raiders are ranked as the second-best scoring offense in the country, boasting a 3.19 goals per game average. They also rank first in the SBC in points per game (8.12) and assists per game (2.38).
NT can clinch its second consecutive regular season SBC title and fifth in team history with wins over MT and Western Kentucky on Sunday. The Mean Green are No. 8 in the NSCAA South Region rankings, one spot ahead of the Blue Raiders. NT is coming off a big
8-2 victory over UALR last Sunday.
The Mean Green are led by senior Michelle Young who leads the SBC in shots per game (5.12) and is second with seven goals. Her 39 career goals are fifth all-time in the NT record books, and she also ranks fourth in career shots and points.
With just one loss on the season, FIU (8-5-2, 5-1-1 SBC) needs one point in its final three matches to clinch a berth to the SBC Championship. Junior Chelsea Leiva and sophomore Scarlett Montoya are tied for the team lead with seven goals on the season and
rank sixth in the conference. Leiva needs just six more scores to break into the FIU top-five for career goals.
The Panthers will travel to Arkansas State for a match on Thursday before returning home on Sunday for a contest against UALR. FIU will finish the regular-season on Oct. 25 on the road against in-state rival Florida Atlantic.
FAU (5-9, 3-4) is making a push up the standings after earning a pair of one-goal victories last weekend over Louisiana-Lafayette and Louisiana-Monroe. The Owls stand in sixth-place in the SBC standings and will look to solidify their spot in the SBC Tournament
this weekend as they face UALR on Thursday and ASU on Saturday.
Freshman midfielder Claire Emslie paces the Owls’ offensive attack with five goals in SBC play which ranks third in the league. Junior midfielder Ellie Smith has a pair of goals on the season and knocked in the clutch game-winner against the Ragin’ Cajuns.
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