IUPUI TO FACE MILWAUKEE AND DETROIT MERCY THIS WEEK
INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI women’s soccer team steps up this week to stop a three-game slide as the Jaguars receive the #HLWSOC Executive Milwaukee on Thursday (October 7th) before they face Detroit Mercy on Sunday (October 10th) compete. The Jaguars dropped a 2-1 heartbreaker in Oakland last week to extend the skid as the Golden Grizzlies tied the winner in the 85th minute. IUPUI (2-9-1, 1-4 HL) played shorthand and scored a goal from central defender Autumn Weeks just before half-time after an assist from Leah Shumate to make the score 1-1 at break. After an evenly played half-time, Oakland scored a corner kick in the final minutes to remain unbeaten in the league game.
The Jaguars haven’t made any progress this season as continuity on the field has been rare. The offense clicked early and scored seven goals in the first two games of the season, but only five times in nine games since then. On the flip side, after eight goals in the first three games of the season, the Jags have only allowed 12 goals in their last eight games.
Senior Elizabeth Bueckers has a team high with 13 points (6 goals, 1 assist) and Maya Lacognato is next with six points (2 goals, 2 assists). However, Bueckers missed the game in Oakland, which corresponded with Sam Slimak’s return from an injury that cost them eight games. Twenty-one different IUPUI players have started at least one game while Lacognato, Weeks, and newbie Makenna Collins are the only three to have started all 11 games. In goal, AP Woodall has started nine of the team’s eleven games, scoring 2.13 goals against average and 68 stops. Redshirt newcomer Ashton Kudlo was pushed into action during league planning for two games when Woodall was sidelined.
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LIKELY XI (based on most recent excursion)
GK-AP Woodall, Sr.
D- Makenna Collins, Fr.
D-Grace Moore, Jr.
D-Maya Turner, Jr.
D-Fall Weeks, Jr.
MF-Renae Blevins, Sr.
MF Abbie Schad, Jr.
MF-Paige Waskom, Ms.
F-Maya Lacognato, Jr.
F-Sam Slimak, Soph.
F-Carlie Werner, Soph.
Three IUPUI players have scored their first college goals this season in junior Ciena Miller, sophomore Sam Slimak and freshman Abbey Renner. Both Miller and Slimak scored against Marian and Renner scored against Wright State. In addition, Ashton Kudlo registered a shutout in her first game in goal, hiding Purdue Fort Wayne on September 19.
HEAD COACH CHRIS JOHNSON
Johnson is now in his 19th season on the sidelines of the IUPUI, holding a 133-166-42 mark with the Jaguars. He spent the first nine years of his coaching career at the University of Indianapolis, where he achieved an 81-79-2. In total, Johnson has 214 college wins in his favor.
Milwaukee is 10-1 overall and 5-0 in the Horizon League after outperforming their opponents by a 20-2 lead in league play. Four different Milwaukee players have scored at least six goals this season, based on Lesley Kiesling’s eight goals. Gaby Schwartz has 15 assists at team level, as 16 different players have at least one assist. In goal, Elaina LaMacchia has 0.43 goals against the average and three shutouts a year. She has logged a 9-1 record and 24 stops in her 10 appearances.
RECOGNIZING DETROIT MERCY
Detroit Mercy is 1-10-1 overall and 0-4-1 in the Horizon League this season. The Titans were surpassed in 12 games with 36-10 points that season. Julie Ann Piechocki has three goals and eight points on the team, and she and Erica Leinweber have two assists at team level. Marisa Silver played the majority of the minutes in goal with 1.65 goals against the average of 34 saves in her seven starts.
IUPUI is 1-4-1 all time against Milwaukee and 0-1 in meetings in Indy. (Series history)
IUPUI is 5-6-4 all-time against Detroit Mercy and 4-4-1 in the nine games in Detroit. (Series history)
IUPUI will host Green Bay on Thursday October 14th at 5:00 p.m. at Carroll Stadium.