A&M-Commerce (1-1-0) at No. 9 Dallas Baptist (2-0-0)
Wednesday September 5 – 7:00 p.m.
Dallas Baptist University – Dallas, Texas
A&M-Commerce (1-1-0) at Harding (0-2-0)
Friday September 7 – 7:00 p.m.
Harding Soccer Field – Searcy, Ark.
Live Stats: HardingSports.com
The A&M-Commerce Lions travel to Dallas, Texas for tough road against the ninth-ranked Patriots of Dallas Baptist University and Searcy, Arkansas for a date with the Lady Buffs of Harding University.
RECAPPING LAST WEEK'S ACTION
The Lions opened the 2012 season with a 2-0 victory over Ouachita Baptist at home. In her first career game for the Lions freshman, Sydney Lawthers, got the Lions on the board in the 12th minute off a cross from Brionna Minde. Just over 10 minutes later Eva Brutto gave the Lions some insurance when she connected on a shot from inside the 18 yard box. Those two goals were the only support goalie Tracey Rodgers needed as she recorded her first clean sheet in first career start for A&M-Commerce.
This past week also saw the Lions take on the number 10 ranked Skyhawks of Fort Lewis College in Wichita Falls, Texas. Fort Lewis was able to strike first just three minutes into the game. But less than a minute late Brionna Minde brought the Lions back even at 1-1. Ten minutes later the Lions put another goal in thanks to Anitra Wright off a cross from Minde to put the Lions up 2-1 less than 15 minutes into the game. However, the Skyhawks would rattle off three unanswered goals Megan Striedel, her second of the game, Lauren Riley and Sam Weiss. Starting goalkeeper Tracey Rogers left the game half way through the first half with an injury. Her status is unknown for the upcoming games leaving the Lions with a question mark in goal.
SCOUTING THE PATRIOTS
The Patriots of Dallas Baptist University come into the contest with a 2-0-0 unblemished record and are ranked ninth in this week's NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division II poll. DBU has posted wins against Abilene Christian, preseason number seven, and Texas Woman's University to start the season. Linsey Eccles has tallied three goals so far this season and also leads the team in shooting percentage. Danille Presley has a goal and two assists and Lea Sedwick has chipped in one goal and an assist. In goal for DBU is Kerry Edwards who has only given up one goal so far this season.
SCOUTING THE LADY BISON
Harding comes into the game with a 0-2-0 record so far this season with losses at the hands of Christian Brothers University and John Brown University (Ark.). The Lady Bison have been held scoreless on the season far through those two games. The offense for the Lady Bison has totaled only 11 shots to opponents 34 so far this season. Goalkeeper Danielle Nonaka has recorded 14 saves so far this season.