Women's Soccer Preview: VCU & JMU
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
WILMINGTON, North Carolina - The UNCW women's soccer team takes to the road once again this weekend as it travels to VCU and James Madison for a pair of Colonial Athletic Association contests.
The Seahawks will face the Rams in Richmond Friday at 7 p.m. before heading to Harrisonburg for a 2 p.m. matinee with the Dukes on Sunday. Live stats will be available for both matches while streaming video will also be offered live for the VCU contest and on a delayed basis for the JMU matchup. Both live stats and streaming video can be accessed by clicking the respective links at the top of the page.
The Seahawks (2-9-0; 0-3-0 CAA) hit the road this weekend still in search of their first conference victory of the season after suffering a 3-0 setback to league-leading William & Mary at home last Sunday. Juniors Kim Currie (2 G), Amanda Holmes (1 G, 2 A) and Stephanie Rose (2 G) all remain tied for the team lead in scoring with four points apiece while three players are two points back of the trio with two points each. In goal, senior Chandler Follett made her first start of the season against the Tribe and finished with three saves. Junior keeper Caitlin Hunter remains among the league leaders in both saves (57) and save percentage (.781).
The Rams (3-7-2; 1-2-1 CAA) enter the matchup with the Seahawks looking to build off a 4-0 victory over Towson in their last outing that halted a three-game winless streak. Sophomore Courtney Conrad (4 G) and senior Meagan Dullea (3 G) have served as the catalysts of the VCU attack, combining to score seven of the team's 13 goals this season to rank 1-2 in scoring with eight and six points, respectively. Junior Kristin Carden has started all 12 games in goal for the Rams this season and has fashioned a 0.96 goals against average and a .755 save percentage.
The defending CAA Tournament champions Dukes (5-5-2; 2-2-0 CAA) will try to put an end to a seven-game spell that has seen them go just 2-4-1 after a 3-1-1 start to the season. Sophomore Lauren Wilson boasts a team-high 12 points (4 G, 4 A) and three game-winning goals to highlight a balanced JMU lineup that has seen 17 different players record a point this season. Between the pipes, Freshman Kate Courter has between the starting keeper in all 12 games and has posted a 1.17 goals against average, a .803 save percentage and five shutouts.
UNCW returns home to start a four-game homestand next weekend as it welcomes George Mason (Oct. 14) and Towson (Oct. 16) to the UNCW Soccer Stadium for a pair of CAA contests.