Womens Soccer Returns Home for Two
SEC Contest 10/4/02
Tenn. After being away for one month and two days,
the Vanderbilt womens soccer finally returns for a weekend
Southeastern Conference double-header against Florida and
South Carolina. The Commodores will take on the Gators at
6 p.m. Friday, and then take on the Gamecocks at 1 p.m. Sunday
both games at the Vanderbilt Soccer Complex.
Vanderbilt enters Fridays contest with a 2-5 overall
record and a 0-1 mark in the SEC. Florida enters with an overall
record of 3-6-1 and a 0-1 mark in the SEC, while USC stands
at 8-0-2 and 1-0 in the SEC. The Commodores have had mixed
results against these two teams. The Gators lead the all-time
series by a large margin of 10-2, but the Commodores have
only dropped one of eight contests against the Gamecocks.
The Commodores, who dropped their SEC opener to Kentucky
2-1 last weekend in Lexington, are looking to get out of a
scoring slump. In seven games, Vanderbilt has managed to score
only eight goals and dish out three assists for a total of
19 points. Opponents have scored 11 goals and tallied 10 assists
against the Commodores defense.
Senior Katharine Carroll and junior Michelle Bruntlett are
the only two players who have managed to score two goals this
season. In their seven games, the Commodores have outshot
their opponents, 97-88.
Junior goalkeeper Esther Thompson has been solid in net for
head coach Ronnie Hill. Thompson has allowed only nine goals,
while recording 31 saves. The junior has allowed no more than
two goals in any game this season.
Scouting the Gators
The University of Floridas womens soccer team
is off to an uncharacteristic start having won only three
of its first 10 games; however, this is due mostly in part
to difficult non-conference schedule to kick off the season.
The Gators have played five teams ranked in the National Soccer
Coaches Association of America Top 25, which includes games
against Stanford, Santa Clara, Connecticut and Nebraska.
Floridas offense has been centered on midfielder Crystal
Frimpong, who leads the team with four goals. The unfortunate
thing for head coach Becky Burleigh is that she might without
the services of Frimpong, who suffered an injury against South
Carolina last weekend.
Besides Frimpong, the Gators only have one other player who
has two or more goals. Midfielder Dena Floyd has chipped in
with two goals and two assists for a total of six points.
For the season, the Gators have scored 11 goals and dished
out 12 assists for a total of 34 points.
Senior Jordan Kellgren has been the only goal on the Florida
roster to see action this season. In 10 games and 934 minutes,
the senior has allowed 17 goals (1.64 goals against average)
while collecting 45 saves. Kellgren has recorded two shutouts
this season, which came against Nebraska and Syracuse.
Scouting the Gamecocks
Under the tutelage of head coach Shelley Smith, South Carolina
is off to its best start since the 1999 season, when the Gamecocks
began 9-2. Smith has received incredible balance from both
her offense and defense so far this season.
From an offensive standpoint, the Gamecocks have already
tallied 23 goals and dished out 21 assists for a total of
67 points in their 10 games. USC has also outshot its opponents
by a substantial margin of 139-88. Forwards Morgan McIntyre
and Ashley Williams have triggered the offense.
Morgan leads the team in goals (seven) and shots (24), while
Williams has tallied five goals in 17 shots. These two players
have been the ones to go-to in tight situations, as they have
combined for five game-winning goals. Midfielders Melinda
Carter and Jessica Julian have been vital part of South Carolinas
attack. Carter has registered three goals and three assists
for nine points, while Julin has dished out five assists along
with scoring two goals.
The Gamecocks defense has been like a brick wall up
to this point, as they have allowed a mere six goals and four
assists in 10 games (0.59 goals against average). The most
goals USC has allowed in one game was two when it lost to
Goalkeeper Elise Matthews has started and played in all 10
games this season. In these games, she has only surrendered
four goals while recording an amazing 38 saves (9:1 ration
of saves to goals against). Matthews goals against average
stands at 0.53 and her save percentage is a stellar .905.
Quick Points Heading into Weekend Games
The Commodores are combined 9-11 against this weekends
Vanderbilt is looking to end an eight-game losing streak
against Florida, while looking to extend its winning streak
against South Carolina to four.
Fridays contest against Florida is only the second
home game of the season for the Commodores. Vanderbilt opened
up the season against St. Louis back on September 1, when
it lost to St. Louis 1-0 in overtime.