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WS Preview: Hofstra & Northeastern

Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications  
Release: 09/19/2012
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Junior Meg Kiser and the Seahawks open Colonial Athletic Association play this weekend with contests against Hofstra and Northeastern
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Junior Meg Kiser and the Seahawks open Colonial Athletic Association play this weekend with contests against Hofstra and Northeastern
WILMINGTON, North Carolina - The UNCW women's soccer team opens Colonial Athletic Association play this weekend with contests against Hofstra and Northeastern.

The Seahawks begin league play Thursday with a 7 p.m. match against the Pride at the UNCW Soccer Stadium before traveling to Boston Sunday for a 1 p.m. matinee with the Huskies .

Staying Connected
Live stats will be available for both games this weekend and can be accessed here ... Sunday's contest at Northeastern will also be streamed for free and can be accessed here ... Fans can also keep up with updates from the UNCW women's soccer program by following the team's twitter account (@UNCWSoccer) ...  Information for the women's soccer program and all 19 of UNCW's varsity intercollegiate programs can also be found by checking out the department's Facebook (UNCWsports) and Twitter (@UNCWAthletics) accounts.

Seahawk Notes
UNCW enters conference play with a 5-3-1 overall mark after their winning streak, which had been extended to five games with a 1-0 victory at Coastal Carolina on Sept. 13, was snapped in a 2-1 loss to rival East Carolina Sept. 16 at the UNCW Soccer Stadium ... The five-game winning streak was the longest for the program since a five-game stretch in 2009 that saw UNCW win its final three games of the regular season and capture the program's first CAA Tournament title ... The Seahawks saw another significant streak come to an end against the Pirates as they allowed their first goal in 330:18 of game action with ECU's opening tally at the 38:56 mark of the first half ... UNCW had shutout each of its previous three opponents prior to the matchup with the Pirates, marking the first time since the 2008 campaign that the Seahawks had recorded three straight shutouts ... Senior Stephanie Rose tallied a goal and an assist last week to raise her team-leading point total to 14 (4 G, 6 A) ... She currently leads the CAA and ranks among the top 10 players in the nation (8th) in assists and is second among all league players in scoring, just two points off the pace of William and Mary's Mallory Schaefer ... Freshman Maddie McCormick scored her first collegiate goal with the game-winning strike against the Chanticleers ... She became the fifth different player to score a game-winning for the Seahawks his season ... Senior keeper Caitlin Hunter made three stops against the Chanticleers to record her third shutout of the season and the 10th clean sheet of her career ... Hunter remains the league leader in total saves (55) and save percentage (.887) ... She also ranks second in the league in goals against average (0.77).

Scouting Hofstra
Hofstra brings a 4-4-0 overall record into its league opener following a 2-1 overtime victory against state foe Albany on Sept. 14 ... Sophomore Sam Scolarici leads the team in scoring with 10 points on five goals while freshman Leah Galton is just off Scolarici's pace with eight points (3 G, 2 A) ... Junior Emily Morphitis has started all eight games in goal for the Pride and has fashioned a 1.59 goals against average and a .639 save percentage ... She has two shutouts to her credit this season ... Head Coach Simon Riddiough is in his seventh season with the program ... He has led the Pride  to an 81-41-8 record during his time with the Pride, including a school-record 19 victories during the 2010 season.

Series Notes Versus Hofstra
UNCW trails in the all-time series with Hofstra by a 3-8-1 margin ... The Pride have held the edge in the series of late, winning five of the last six meeting between the two programs, including each of the last two matchups ... The Pride won last season's contest, 2-0, at the UNCW Soccer Stadium on Oct. 23 ... UNCW is 1-4-1 at home against Hofstra, with its lone home victory coming in a 1-0 overtime victory on Oct. 25, 2002 ... Nine of the previous 12 meetings between the two sides have been decided by way of shutout.

Scouting Northeastern
Northeastern enters league play with a 2-6 record after closing out non-conference play with a 2-0 victory over visiting Albany on Sept. 16 ... The Huskies will face Georgia State in their league opener on Friday before entertaining the Seahawks on Sunday ... Senior Greta Samuelsdottier leads the Huskies lineup in scoring with six points (2 G, 2 A) as the Huskies have found the net just seven times in their first eight games ... Sophomore Paige Burnett has started every game in goal for the Huskies this season and has turned in a .719 save percentage and a 1.98 goals against average ... She picked up her first shutout of the season in the Huskies' 2-0 victory over the Great Danes ... Tracey Leone is in her third season as head coach of the Huskies ... She has led the program to a 20-20-3 overall mark in that span.

Series Notes Versus Northeastern
Sunday's contest marks the ninth meeting between UNCW and Northeastern ... The two programs have split their previous eight meetings ... UNCW won last season's matchup, 3-0, at the UNCW Soccer Stadium on Oct. 21 ... The Seahawks are 1-2 in their three previous visits to Beantown to play the Huskies ... UNCW's lone road victory came in a 2-1 triumph at Parsons Field on Oct. 19, 2008.  

Seahawks Ranked Third In NSCAA Mid-Atlantic Poll
UNCW finds itself ranked in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's (NSCAA) Mid-Atlantic Region Poll for the fifth straight week, maintaining its third place ranking on the listing that features teams from the CAA, Atlantic 10, Ivy and Patriot leagues ... UNCW has been ranked in all five polls this season ... The Seahawks are one of three CAA squads ranked in the NSCAA Mid-Atlantic Poll as they are joined by conference foes William & Mary (1st) and Drexel (6th).

Seahawks Record Tie Against No. 3 Wake Forest
UNCW posted its first win or tie against a top 10 opponent when it played to a 0-0 draw against No. 3 Wake Forest at the Hilton Garden Inn Hokie Invitational in Blacksburg, Va. on Aug. 19 ... The draw also marked the Seahawks first result against an opponent from the Atlantic Coast Conference as they had compiled a 0-11-0 mark versus the league prior to the tie with the Demon Deacons.

Rose Named To Preseason CAA Squad
UNCW senior forward Stephanie Rose was named to the Preseason All-CAA Women's Soccer Team on Aug. 15 ... Rose, a native of Jacksonville, N.C., earned Third-Team All-CAA accolades last season after leading the Seahawks in scoring with 10 points on a team-high five goals.

Hunter Honored For Solid Opening Weekend
Senior keeper Caitlin Hunter was recognized by various outlets for her play in the Hilton Garden Inn Hokie Invitational in mid-August ... On Aug. 20, Hunter was named the Colonial Athletic Association Women's Soccer Co-Player-of-the-Week and was selected as the CAA Player-of-the-Week by the online publication College Sports Madness ... Hunter was also selected as the keeper for the Soccer America Women's Team-of-the-Week on Aug. 22 ... Hunter allowed just one goal in 211:37 in guiding the Seahawks to a 0-1-1 result against two ranked opponents at the Hilton Garden Inn Hokie Invitational ... The Ashburn, Va., product made six saves in a 1-0 double-overtime loss to host No. 22 Virginia Tech in the season opener on Aug. 17 before posting 10 saves in a 0-0 draw against No. 3 Wake Forest on Aug. 19 to record her eighth career shutout.

Currie Recognized By Collegesoccer360.com
UNCW senior midfielder Kim Currie was recognized by Collegesoccer360.com last week, earning Primetime Player accolades from the online publication for the week of Sept. 3-9 ... Currie was recognized after earning MVP honors in the UNCW Courtyard Marriott Wilmington Invitational, tallying five points on two goals and an assist to lead the Seahawks to the tournament title with shutout victories over Campbell and Troy ... She opened the weekend with a goal in the Seahawks 3-0 victory over the Camels and capped the event with a goal and an assist in UNCW's 4-0 blanking of the Trojans.

Record Watch
Senior Stephanie Rose is currently fourth in program history with 24 goals ... With her two goals against Campbell on Sept. 7, Rose moved past Michelle Doherty (1998-2000) into sole possession of fourth place on the all-time list ... Rose also sits in fourth place on the program's career scoring chart with 62 career points (24 G, 14 A) ... Rose leaped past three former UNCW standouts -Doherty, Jenny Cauble (2004-07)  and Katy Shearon (1995-98) - into fourth place on the all-time list with her five-point evening against the Camels ... With her league-leading six assists this season, Rose is making her way up the single-season charts as well as she is part of a six-way tie for seventh place on the program's single-season assists chart ... Senior keeper Caitlin Hunter finds herself ranked on four of the programs career charts, entering the weekend in second place in wins (20), third in saves (278), third in save percentage (.803) and fifth in goals against average (1.34) ... Her victory against Charlotte on Aug. 31 moved Hunter past Carla Linebarger (1996-99) into sole possession of second place on the squad's all-time wins chart.

Around The Colonial Athletic Association
Conference play gets underway this week as all 11 teams will take to the field against league competition for the first time this season... Drexel remains atop the league standings with a 6-1-1 overall record as it begins conference play undefeated in its last seven outings (6-0-1) ... William & Mary, winners of each of its last six contests, is in second with a 6-2-1 mark while UNCW (5-3-1) and Hofstra (4-4) round out the top four ... William & Mary's Mallory Schaefer, who leads the league in scoring with 16 points (7 G, 2 A), was named CAA Player-of-the-Week on Monday ... Delaware's Emily Market was tabbed as the League's Rookie-of-the-Week.

Up Next
UNCW continues Colonial Athletic Association play next weekend as they entertain Drexel (Sept. 28) and Delaware (Sept. 30) in league contests at the UNCW Soccer Stadium.


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