The March to Mobile (Week 11)
Published: 10/24/2012 3:31:00 PM
With the Sun Belt Conference Women’s Soccer regular season title at stake, Middle Tennessee is in need of a win on Friday as it hosts Western Kentucky to highlight the final weekend of the season.
The Blue Raiders trail first-place North Texas, which does not play this weekend, by one point heading into their match against the Lady Toppers. Since MT fell to NT 3-2 on Oct. 18, the Blue Raiders must defeat WKU in order to secure the top seed at the SBC
Tournament. If MT draws, it could finish in second. A loss could put the Blue Raiders in third if FIU also wins at Florida Atlantic.
The Lady Toppers are no strangers to upsets as they knocked off the Mean Green 2-0 on Sunday. WKU can earn the No. 3 seed at the SBC Tournament with a win and a FIU loss to Florida Atlantic on Thursday. The Lady Toppers have allowed just 15 goals on the season,
the fewest in the league, as goalkeeper Nikki Hall has an SBC-best seven shutouts.
Hall’s skills will be put to the test by the Blue Raiders offense that is led by Paige Goeglein. The Fort Wayne, Ind. product leads the league in goals (14), game-winning goals (8) and points (32). Teammate Whitney Jorgenson has aided much of the attack with
eight goals and seven assists on the year and is tied for second in the SBC with 23 points.
FIU can wrap-up the third seed in the SBC Tournament with a win or draw against FAU. The Owls have already clinched a berth in the tournament and would finish earn the seventh seed with a victory. FIU can finish as high as second with a win and a Blue Raider
The Panthers are one of the hottest teams in the league, having won four in a row including a 7-0 win in their most recent game against UALR. Madlen Weinhardt leads the league with 0.53 assists per game, while Chelsea Leiva is tops in shots per game with 4.18.
South Alabama and Troy will battle for the sixth-seed on Friday in Mobile, Ala., where the SBC Tournament will be played for the fifth time in its brief history. The Trojans are coming off back-to-back victories over Louisiana-Lafayette and Louisiana-Monroe,
while the Jaguars battled the Ragin’ Cajuns to a draw in their last outing.
Arkansas State can lock-up the fifth-seed with a win or draw against UALR on Friday. The Red Wolves are coming off a 5-4 victory over FAU to secure their first winning and 10-win season in program history. Christina Fink leads the ASU offense with eight goals
and 22 points on the year.
Check out www.sunbeltsports.org throughout the week for updated SBC soccer news, stats and scores.