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Cougars Open Up Conference Play with Belmont, Eastern Illinois

Cougars Open Up Conference Play with Belmont, Eastern Illinois

Complete Game Notes

SIUE (2-4-1, 0-0 OVC)
vs Belmont (4-2-1, 0-0 OVC)
Fri., Sept. 15, 7 p.m. CT
Korte Stadium
Edwardsville, Illinois

SIUE (2-4-1, 0-0 OVC)
vs Eastern Illinois (5-2-1, 0-0 OVC)
Sun., Sept. 17, 1 p.m. CT
Lakeside Field
Charleston, Illinois

LAST TIME: SIUE fell to Missouri State 5-1 on Sunday. The Cougars struck first in the 28th minute with a MacKenzie Litzsinger header. The Bears then scored five straight goals to top the Cougars.

CODE RED: The first 40 SIUE fans who wear red on Friday will recieve a red SIUE tumbler mug courtesy of SIUE Athletics. 

SCOUTING THE BRUINS: In their last game, the Bruins drew with UAB 1-1. Belmont started its season 3-0, including wins over Middle Tennessee and Western Carolina but has gone 1-2-1 since. Belicia Mendiola leads the Bruins in points with 10 (4 goals, 2 assists), which ties her for fourth in the Ohio Valley Conference for points. Lily Herman has started five games in net for Belmont. She has recorded 16 saves on the season. Herman was awarded with OVC Goalkeeper of the Week honors last week with 200 minutes logged, nine saves, one clean sheet and only one goal allowed.

SCOUTING THE PANTHERS: Eastern Illinois has a three-game winning streak heading into their game on Friday against Marian University. The Panthers earned two OVC Player of the Week awards last week with Kate Olson winning the offensive award while Katie Stolfa was awarded with the defensive honors for the second week in a row. Last week Olson scored two game-winning goals, Stolfa played 187 minutes on the back line while picking up an assist and currently is tied for first in the OVC in assists with five.

CONFERENCE CALL: The Cougars come into conference play as the defending OVC tournament champions. SIUE went 6-3-1 during regular season conference play last year.

WHAT A SAVE: Juli Rossi has 41 saves on the season and averages 5.86 saves per game, which are both good for second most in the OVC. Rossi won the OVC Goalkeeper of the Week honors in week two this season.   

TOP PERFORMERS: Litzsinger is now second of the team in points with four. She has two goals on the season including the game winner against Cal Poly and the lone goal for the Cougars against Missouri State. Senior Caroline Hoefert is the points leader for the Cougars with five (2 goals, 1 assist).

YOUNG GUNS: Sophomore Peyton Roehnelt leads the Cougars in shots taken this season with 12. Freshmen defender Mallory Mushill has played in all seven games, starting five of them on the back line for the Cougars. Mushill recorded an assist against Missouri State after Litzsinger headed in her perfectly-placed cross. Freshmen Andrea Frerker has started all seven games for the Cougars. Frerker has recorded 10 shots and one assist on the season.

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