Posted: Oct 24, 2019
SIUE (8-3-2, 2-0-0 MAC)
vs. Akron (3-8-2, 1-0-1 MAC)
Fri., Oct. 25, 6:00 p.m. CT
THE COUGARS: Are unbeaten in seven games and have won seven of nine games.
SERIES STUFF: The Cougars and Zips have faced off 18 total times. The Cougars hold a 12-5-1 mark in the series, but Akron has won the last five meetings. The Zips eliminated SIUE from the Mid-American Conference tournament last season with a 2-1 win in the quarterfinals.
RPI: SIUE is No. 65 in the RPI ranking as of 10/24. The Cougars are second among MAC teams only behind Western Michigan at No. 30.
REGIONALLY SPEAKING: The Cougars are sixth in the North Region according to the United Soccer Coaches poll. Conference mates Western Michigan (3), Bowling Green (9) and West Virginia (10) also appear in the North Region poll.
TARGET PRACTICE: SIUE is one of the most accurate shooting teams in the country. Of the Cougars' 11.38 shots per game, 5.69 per game (50 percent) are on goal, that ranks No. 9 in the country.
SCORING LEADER: Jorge Gonzalez is the leading scorer in the MAC. He has a league-best nine goals and 22 points. His nine total goals rank No. 19 in the NCAA. He has four game-winning goals, which ranks ninth in the NCAA. His 22 points make him No. 17 in the NCAA. He is eighth nationally in shots on goal per game at 2.00.