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Women's Soccer Preview: W&M & ODU

Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications  
Release: 10/04/2012
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WILMINGTON, North Carolina - The UNCW women's soccer team continues Colonial Athletic Association play this weekend with contests against William & Mary and Old Dominion.

The Seahawks begin the week Thursday with a 7 p.m. road contest against the Tribe at Albert-Daly Field before returning home Sunday to entertain the Lady Monarchs in a 2 p.m. matinee. Sunday's contest will serve as the program's senior day, with the team honoring seniors Kim Currie, Lindsay Henry, Amanda Holmes, Caitlin Hunter, Jen Ludemann, Ali Nagle and Stephanie Rose for their contributions to the Seahawks program.

Staying Connected
Live stats will be available for both games and can be accessed here ... Thursday's contest at William & Mary will also be streamed online and can be viewed by clicking 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 holds a 7-5-1 overall mark and a 2-2-0 league record at the midway point of conference play after posting a split of its league home matches last weekend ... The Seahawks began the two-game homestand with a 2-0 victory over Drexel on Sept. 28 before suffering a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Delaware Sept. 30 ... Sophomore Stephanie Bronson and freshman Maddie McCormick both scored in the second half to give UNCW their eighth victory in 11 tries against the Dragons ... The strike by Bronson was her first in a UNCW uniform and also represented the sixth different UNCW player to score a game-winning goal this season ... Senior Caitlin Hunter recorded six saves versus Drexel to post her fourth shutout of the season and the 11th clean sheet of her career ... Senior Stephanie Rose remains the team's leading scorer with 19 points (6 G, 7 A) ... Rose is currently tied with George Mason's Tiana Kallenberger for the league lead in scoring ... Rose still ranks first among all league players in assists ... The Seahawks are the highest-ranked CAA squad in the latest NCAA Rating Percentage Index (RPI), coming in 52nd in the latest report released on Tuesday ... UNCW also remains ranked in the NSCAA Mid-Atlantic region rankings, sitting in sixth place on the chart that features teams from the Atlantic 10, CAA, Ivy and Patriot conferences.

Scouting William & Mary
William & Mary brings a perfect 3-0-0 league record and a 9-3-1 overall mark into Thursday's matchup with the Seahawks ... The Tribe, winners of nine of its last 10 contests, are currently ranked first in the NSCAA's Mid-Atlantic region poll and 35th in Top Drawer Soccer's listing of the top 64 programs in the country ... Senior Mallory Schaefer leads the Tribe in scoring with 18 points (8 G, 2 A), ranking second in the CAA in that category ... Cortlyn Bristol, the reigning CAA Player-of-the-Week, is second on the team and seventh on the circuit in scoring with 14 points (4 G, 6 A) ... Freshman keeper Caroline Casey currently leads the CAA in goals against average (0.61), allowing just seven goals in 1027 minutes of work ... She is also tied for the league lead with six shutouts ... Head Coach John Daly is in his 26th season with the Tribe ... He has guided W&M to 20 NCAA tournament appearances, including 16 trips in the past 19 years.

Series Notes Versus William & Mary
UNCW is winless in 19 previous matchups with William & Mary ... Three of the last five meetings between the two programs have been decided by one goal ... The Tribe posted a 2-0 victory over the Seahawks in their regular-season meeting last October at the UNCW Soccer Stadium.

Scouting Old Dominion
Old Dominion holds a 0-3 league record and a 2-9 overall mark heading into the weekend ... The Lady Monarchs begin the week with a 7 p.m. contest at Georgia State before wrapping up their four-game road swing Sunday at UNCW ... Junior Amber Cook leads the Lady Monarchs offensively with nine points (4 G, 1 A) while senior Ashlee Coutu is second with seven points (3 G, 1 A) ... Seniors Laura Bush and Brianna Alvarado have split time in goal this season, with both players appearing in seven games this season ... Alvarado has turned in a 1.95 goals against average and 38 saves while Bush has fashioned a 2.28 GAA to go along with 31 saves ... Joe Pereira is in his 18th season has head coach of the Lady Monarchs ... A two-time CAA Coach-of-the-Year, Pereira guided the program to a school-record 17 victories and the CAA Championship during the 2006 season.

Series Notes Versus Old Dominion
UNCW trails in the all-time series with Old Dominion by an 8-11-1 margin ... The Seahawks have held the edge in the series of late, winning five of the last six meetings between the two programs ... ODU snapped a five-game losing skid to UNCW in their last matchup, posting a 3-2 victory in Norfolk, Va., last September ... UNCW holds a 4-5 home record against the Lady Monarchs and have won each of the last three meetings between the two programs at the UNCW Soccer Stadium, including a 2-1 triumph on Oct. 1, 2010.

Seahawks Ranked Sixth 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 seventh straight week, moving into sixth place ranking on the listing that features teams from the CAA, Atlantic 10, Ivy and Patriot leagues ... UNCW has been ranked in all seven polls this season ... The Seahawks are one of four CAA squads ranked in the NSCAA Mid-Atlantic Poll this week as they are joined by conference foes William & Mary (1st), Hofstra (5th) and Drexel (8th).

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.

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.

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 in early September, 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 26 goals ... She begins the weekend needing just three tallies to match Kelly Renkin (2005-08) for third place on the program's all-time list goals list ... Rose also sits in fourth place on the program's career scoring chart with 67 career points (26 G, 15 A) and is six points shy of matching Renkin for third place on the school's career points chart ... With her league-leading seven assists this season, Rose is making her way up the single-season charts as well as she is part of a five-way tie for third 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 (24), third in saves (298), third in save percentage (.805) and fifth in goals against average (1.31) ... Hunter moved into a tie for third place

Around The Colonial Athletic Association
Nearing the halfway point of league play, Delaware holds the top spot in the league standings with a perfect 4-0-0 record while Hofstra and William & Mary are a half-game back in second with identical 3-0-0 marks to start conference play ... Road teams were a combined 7-3-0 last weekend, highlighted by perfect 2-0 marks for Delaware and William & Mary away from home ... William & Mary's Cortlyn Bristol was named CAA Player-of-the-Week on Monday while Hofstra's Jill Mulholland took home Rookie-of-the-Week honors for the second straight week ... Senior Stephanie Rose and George Mason's Tiana Kallenberger are tied for the league lead in scoring with 19 points ... The Tribe's Caroline Casey remains the league leader in goals against average (0.61) while senior keeper Caitlin Hunter is still tops on the circuit in save percentage (.872).

Up Next
UNCW continues CAA play next week as it takes to the home pitch for the final time in the regular season Oct. 11 to entertain James Madison in a 7 p.m. contest at the UNCW Soccer Stadium.

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