#ASUNWSOC Returns to the Pitch for Week Two of League Competition

#ASUNWSOC Returns to the Pitch for Week Two of League Competition

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ATLANTA – The second week of league play within ASUN Conference Women's Soccer has arrived with six more matches on the calendar as teams look to get off to fast starts in the standings. All of the action will be under the lights on Thursday as every contest begins at 7 PM or later. Kennesaw State welcomes Queens to Georgia for the first time and FGCU hosts North Florida while Stetson takes on Jacksonville. In the 7 PM CT slot, North Alabama and Lipscomb clash, Austin Peay travels to Central Arkansas and Liberty is in Alabama to take on Jacksonville State.

Bellarmine and Eastern Kentucky have a bye on Thursday. The weekend will then see all 14 squads in action beginning on Sunday afternoon. 

Follow @ASUNSoccer all season long for updates.


Match of the Week
Jacksonville at Stetson | Sept. 22 | 7 PM 
The Dolphins (4-0-2, 1-0 ASUN) are still standing as the only Women's Soccer program in the ASUN to remain unbeaten to start the year as they travel to take on the Stetson Hatters (4-5-1, 1-0-1 ASUN) at the Athletic Training Center. Jacksonville has the overall advantage in the series, 10-6-3, but Stetson took care of business last time out (3-2) on Oct. 17, 2021.

What to Watch For

  • Queens continues to build towards its first win as a Division I program and as a member of the ASUN after repeatedly knocking on the door of victory.
  • Bellarmine's Paul Babba and Queens' Shannon Neely Noel are each looking for their first win in their inaugural seasons with their programs as league play begins.
  • BU's Elyssa Francis surpassed 250 career saves (254), as did the Royals' Erica Turner (251), while also collecting her 30th career shutout. FGCU's Katie Sullivan is also over 200 stops (222), while Jacksonville State's keeper Morgan Lerch is at 278.
  • North Alabama junior goalkeeper Payton Yates is currently tied for the NCAA Division I lead in shutouts with seven, matched only by Mississippi State's Maddy Anderson and Kira Witte of Idaho.

Austin Peay (2-4-3, 0-1 ASUN)
Last Two Matches: L, 2-1 vs. Lipscomb* | W, 1-0 vs. Alabama A&M
Next Two Matches: at Central Arkansas* (9/22; 7 PM CT) | at North Alabama* (9/25; 1 PM CT)
- The Governors are back on the field Thursday night and are still in search of their opening ASUN victory after coming up just short against defending Champion Lipscomb, 2-1, last Saturday in the Match of the Week
- Austin Peay is on the road for back-to-back contests against Central Arkansas and North Alabama in the team's first league matchups away from home; the team has never played UCA but has faced UNA twice (2-0)
- Despite scoring just six goals all season, the Govs are consistently playing tough thanks to four shutouts in 2022 (3rd in ASUN); they need to improve their attack moving forward as they sit eighth in attempts per outing (11.0)

Bellarmine (0-3-6, 0-0-2 ASUN)
Twitter: @BUKnightsWSOC
Last Two Matches: T, 0-0 vs. North Alabama* | T, 1-1 vs. Central Arkansas*
Next Two Matches: vs. Eastern Kentucky* (9/25; 1 PM) | at Austin Peay* (9/29; 7 PM)
- The Knights are still in search of their first victory of the Paul Babba era after a pair of ties to begin ASUN competition; they will have had a week to prepare for Eastern Kentucky come Sunday afternoon
- Bellarmine took on North Alabama the last time out and finished the matchup in a defensive struggle that ended, 0-0; over the last two seasons, the squad has now been involved in 14 draws in 28 matches
- Elyssa Francis tallied the 30th shutout of her standout career in goal for BU against the Lions; the senior keeper is second on the program's all-time list and five shutouts away from tying Amy Kunowski's record

Central Arkansas (2-5-2, 0-1-1 ASUN)
Twitter: @UCAWomensSoccer
Last Two Matches: L, 3-2 at Eastern Kentucky* | T, 1-1 at Bellarmine*
Next Two Matches: vs. Austin Peay* (9/22; 7 PM CT) | vs. Lipscomb* (9/25; 1 PM CT)
- The Bears are back at home following a two-match road swing to begin ASUN play; they now host Austin Peay and Lipscomb looking for their first league win following a tie and a hard-fought defeat
- Both Abby Gibson and Taylor Webb were able to find the back of the net in their last outing against Eastern Kentucky in a narrow 3-2 loss; Webb launched a ball 50-plus yards over the arms of the outstretched keeper
- Central Arkansas has found scoring from a number of sources this year as seven players have earned tallies, led by Gibson's pair of scores; 10 players have tallied points, with three additional Bears dealing assists

Eastern Kentucky (5-2-1, 1-0-1 ASUN)
Twitter: @EKU_SOCCER
Last Two Matches: W, 3-2 vs. Central Arkansas* | T, 0-0 vs. North Alabama*
Next Two Matches: at Bellarmine* (9/25; 1 PM) | at Lipscomb* (9/29; 7 PM)
- The Colonels are on the road for the second week of league action and already have one ASUN victory in hand after outlasting Central Arkansas, 3-2; Bellarmine and Lipscomb are up next beginning Sunday
- The back-and-forth affair with the Bears saw EKU net a pair of shots right before and after halftime to open up a 3-1 advantage compliments of Kylie Fitzgerald's second goal and the third score by Maddy Lemery
- EKU and Bellarmine have squared off just once in the all-time series with the last matchup coming on Oct. 23, 2021 where the Knights were victorious, 1-0; the Knights look to avenge that loss and are 1-1 this year on the road

FGCU (3-5, 1-1 ASUN)
Twitter: @FGCU_WSoccer
Last Two Matches: L, 2-0 at Liberty* | W, 1-0 at Queens*
Next Two Matches: vs. North Florida* (9/22; 7 PM) | vs. Jacksonville* (9/25; 1 PM)
- The Eagles completed their first road trip of the young ASUN season with a 1-1 stretch following a win at Queens (1-0) before falling to Liberty (2-0) last Sunday; they now host North Florida and Jacksonville
- FGCU was in a pair of defensive standoffs last week as the team looks to improve offensive production moving forward; the lone score during the opening stretch came from Leah Scarpelli from nearly 45 yards out
- The aforementioned score from Scarpelli was the No. 1 play on SportsCenter's Top 10 Plays; the junior hopes to regain scoring momentum beginning Thursday while Katie Sullivan continues to play strong with two shutouts in-net

Jacksonville (4-0-2, 1-0 ASUN)
Twitter: @JAX_WSOC
Last Two Matches: W, 1-0 vs. North Florida* | T, 1-1 vs. Georgia Southern
Next Two Matches: at Stetson* (9/22; 7 PM) | at FGCU* (9/25; 1 PM)
- The Dolphins are still standing as the only Women's Soccer program in the ASUN to remain unbeaten to start the year; they are off to the best start to a season in team history dating back to 1995 (27 years)
- Jacksonville improved to 4-0-2 (1-0 ASUN) after sneaking past North Florida in its league home opener last week; Anna Remensnyder recorded the only goal of the bout against the Ospreys right before halftime
- The senior was able to pull in her first career ASUN Player of the Week award following the match-winner; Remensnyder connected on a header off a corner kick to break the scoreless tie with a tally at 44:26

Jacksonville State (2-7, 0-1 ASUN)
Twitter: @JSUGamecocksSOC
Last Two Matches: L, 1-0 vs. Kennesaw State* | W, 3-2 vs. Troy
Next Two Matches: vs. Liberty* (9/22; 7 PM CT) | vs. Queens* (9/25; 1 PM CT)
- The Gamecocks look to get back to their winning ways after their two-match winning streak was snapped against Kennesaw State in their ASUN opener, 1-0; their three-contest homestand continues versus Liberty
- Jacksonville State entered league play having scored seven goals in the previous two outings before being shut out at home by the Owls; despite the defeat, the effort was there for the club as four players had multiple shots
- Thursday's match between JSU and Liberty is just the second meeting on the pitch between the two clubs in history following last year's win by the Flames, 3-0; The Gamecocks and Royals have never played before

Kennesaw State (3-5-1, 1-0 ASUN)
Twitter: @KSUOwlsSoccer
Last Two Matches: W, 1-0 at Jacksonville State* | W, 2-0 vs. Georgia Southern  
Next Two Matches: vs. Queens* (9/22; 7 PM) | vs. Liberty* (9/25; 1 PM)
- The Owls got off to a quick start to conference play with a 1-0 win on the road at Jacksonville State and have now claimed two-consecutive positive outcomes; they host Queens on Thursday and Liberty on Sunday
- Kennesaw State is fresh off its second-straight shutout – the Gamecocks and Georgia Southern – and got all it needed offensively from Aly Bryan in the sixth minute; Allanah Blye also finished with five saves
- KSU is looking to start 2-0 in ASUN play for the first time since 2013 when the team lines up against the Royals for the initial time in history; Blye will also be aiming to keep Queens scoreless for her third-straight shutout

Liberty (5-3-2, 1-0-1 ASUN)
Twitter: @LibertyWSoccer
Last Two Matches: W, 2-0 vs. FGCU* | T, 1-1 vs. Stetson*
Next Two Matches: at Jacksonville State* (9/22; 8 PM) | at Kennesaw State* (9/25; 1 PM)
- The Flames have gone unbeaten through two contests of the ASUN portion of their schedule after tying against Stetson (1-1) and taking care of FGCU (2-0); they now hit the road for a pair beginning with Jacksonville State
- Liberty was able to blank the Eagles in their latest matchup and did so thanks to a pair of second-half goals from Saydie Holand and McKinley Burkett; it was Ainsley Leja's (two saves) fifth shutout of the season
- Burkett is tied for first in the ASUN in goals scored (4) and points (8) this season headed into the second weekend of league play; the Flames have scored 17 goals this season (2nd ASUN; 60th NCAA)

Lipscomb (4-4-1, 1-0 ASUN)
Twitter: @LipscombWSOC
Last Two Matches: W, 2-1 at Austin Peay* | L, 4-1 at Xavier
Next Two Matches: at North Alabama* (9/22; 7 PM CT) | at Central Arkansas* (9/25; 1 PM CT)
- The Bisons open with three-straight matches on the road to begin ASUN competition and were able to earn a tough 2-1 positive outcome at Austin Peay last week; North Alabama and Central Arkansas are next
- Lipscomb got just enough offense early to outlast the Governors in the matchup last week after Kelli Belier got on the board just 2:23 into the match and was followed up by Shelby Craft finding the net as well
- Craft was able to reel in her fourth career ASUN Defensive Player of the Week honor on Monday as well; she helped lead a defensive effort that held Austin Peay to just seven shots overall including two first-half attempts

North Alabama (3-2-5, 0-0-2 ASUN)
Twitter: @UNASoccer
Last Two Matches: T, 0-0 at Bellarmine* | T, 0-0 at Eastern Kentucky*
Next Two Matches: vs. Lipscomb* (9/22; 7 PM CT) | vs. Austin Peay* (9/25; 1 PM CT)
- The Lions are back home in the Bill Jones Athletic Complex for the second week of conference action after spending both games on the road last week in 0-0 draws against Bellarmine and Eastern Kentucky
- North Alabama was stellar on the defensive end against both the Knights and Colonels en route to the pair of ties; the finishes helped Payton Yates secure her third career ASUN Goalkeeper of the Week nod
- Yates notched her sixth and seventh shutouts of the season in those respective contests and tied UNA's Division I record with seven shutouts in a season; she has only allowed six total goals in 10 matches thus far

North Florida (1-4-1, 0-1 ASUN)
Twitter: @OspreyWSOC
Last Two Matches: L, 1-0 at Jacksonville* | T, 1-1 at Winthrop
Next Two Matches: at FGCU* (9/22; 7 PM) | at Stetson* (9/25; 6 PM)
- The Ospreys' schedule continues as they try to nail down their first league victory following a 1-0 negative outcome at Jacksonville; they look forward to ASUN battles with FGCU and Stetson on the road
- North Florida has played numerous one-goal matches thus far in 2022, and will look to capitalize on scoring opportunities this week; coming into Thursday, the club is outshooting foes by 29 shots over the last two contests
- UNF will take on FGCU for the 17th time when the two programs clash; the Eagles won last year's matchup, 3-0 – but prior to that – the Ospreys had won the previous two conference tilts with FGCU

Queens (0-5-3, 0-2 ASUN)
Twitter: @quwsoc
Last Two Matches: L, 2-1 vs. Stetson* | L, 1-0 vs. FGCU*
Next Two Matches:
at Kennesaw State* (9/22; 7 PM) | at Jacksonville State* (9/25; 2 PM)
- The Royals got their first taste of ASUN action last week and are still in search of their first win of 2022 despite valiant efforts on the pitch last week in a pair of defeats to Stetson (2-1) and FGCU (1-0) at home
- Queens went toe-to-toe with both the Eagles and Hatters and should be able to take out positives from each contest despite the negative outcomes; Nia Gaither was also able to net the school's first ASUN goal
- Until the offense can get rolling, the defense will be the calling card for the Royals as conference play continues; goalkeeper Erica Turner sits atop the career record books in shutouts with 28 and is first in the conference in saves with 40

Stetson (4-5-1, 1-0-1 ASUN)
Twitter: @StetsonWSoccer
Last Two Matches: W, 2-1 at Queens* | T, 1-1  at Liberty*
Next Two Matches: vs. Jacksonville* (9/22; 7 PM) | vs. North Florida* (9/25; 6 PM)
 - The Hatters narrowly missed out on starting their league slate 2-0 after tying Liberty (1-1) on the road before slipping past Queens in Charlotte, 2-1; they now play host to Jacksonville and North Florida beginning Thursday
- Stetson was able to earn its first tally of the league calendar compliments of Lea Alexander's goal in the 63rd minute that proved to be the match-winner; Maggie Struble started the scoring against the Royals at 19:49
- Kyleigh Thelen etched her name in the record book for 2022 after she hit a low free-kick into the box and off a defender; the sent cross deflected off Liberty and froze Flame goalkeeper Ainsley Leja for the opening score of league play

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