Mount Women's Soccer Opens Northeast Conference Play at Saint Francis (Pa.) on Friday; Visits Delaware State on Sunday

MOUNT ST. MARY'S (4-3, 0-0 NEC) at SAINT FRANCIS (Pa.) (3-4-1, 0-0 NEC)
Friday, September 21, 2012, 4 p.m.
Stokes Soccer Complex, Loretto, Pa.
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Mount Update:  Mount St. Mary's posted a 4-0 win over VMI last Friday at Waldron Family Stadium on campus to improve to 4-3 on the season.  Kelly Baker scored the first two goals of the game to start the offense.  Keri McGettigan and Sam Manson also added goals in the shutout victory.  Rachel Bourne and Vicky Cocozza were not tested in the shutout win as the Mount defense held the Keydets to one shot in the game.  Defender Andrea Bujacich recorded an assist on Baker's first goal when she blasted a shot from 25 yards out that got away from the keeper, allowing Baker to scoop up the rebound.  Senior Carly Deegan recorded her first career assist on Manson's goal.

 About the Red Flash:  Saint Francis (Pa.) enters Friday's Northeast Conference opener with a 3-4-1 record on the season.  The Red Flash, coming off a 2-1 win over Buffalo on Sunday, are led by reigning two-time NEC Player of the Year Tesa McKibben, who has four goals and four assists for 12 points this season.  Brianna Butcher has started all eight games in goal, recording a 1.37 goals against average and 39 saves for the year.  Saint Francis (Pa.) has been one of the top teams in the NEC with a 16-3-1 league record over the past two seasons.
The All-Time Series with Saint Francis (Pa.):  Saint Francis (Pa.) holds a 12-9-1 lead in the all-time series with the Mount that started in 1992.  The Red Flash have won six of the past seven matchups, including a 2-0 victory at the Mount last season.  The Mount's last win over Saint Francis (Pa.) was a 1-0 victory in 2009.  The Mount's last win in Loretto, Pa., was a 1-0 win in 2002.

Last Year's Meeting:  The Mount fell to Saint Francis (Pa.), 2-0, at home last year.  Alecia McNiff scored on a header in the 30th minute while Beatriz Maros de Carvalho scored in the second half for the Red Flash.  The Mount's Keriann McGettigan sent a shot off the cross bar with just under 23 minutes left.  Saint Francis held a 15-to-14 edge in shots in the game.  Alicia Miller made three saves for the Mount while Brianna Butcher had six saves for the Red Flash.

MOUNT ST. MARY'S (4-3) at DELAWARE STATE (0-6)
Sunday, September 23, 1 p.m.
Alumni Stadium, Dover, Del.

About the Hornets:  Delaware State is 0-6 this season and hosts Rider on Friday night before playing the Mount on Sunday.  The Hornets lost at Holy Cross, 3-0, on Sunday.  Delaware State has played two Northeast Conference opponents this year, falling to Fairleigh Dickinson (5-0) and Bryant (2-1).  Chelsea Boursiquot scored Delaware State's lone goal of the year at Bryant.  In goal, Katelyn Koslosky has a 2.52 goals against average and a .750 save percentage in six games.  The Hornets have been outshot 105-28 and outscored 15-1 this season.

The All-Time Series with Delaware State:  Mount St. Mary's is 3-0 all-time against Delaware State in the series that started in 2003.  The Mount defeated the Hornets by 10-0 scores in 2003 and 2005 while winning 9-0 in 2004. 

Last Meeting:  Meghan Haspert scored a hat trick to lead the Mount to a 10-0 win over Delaware State on August 29, 2005.  The Mountaineers had seven different players scored in the game and led 8-0 at the half.  The Mount outshot Delaware State, 37-2, in the game.

The Offense:  The Mount defeated VMI, 4-0, last Friday to give the team 14 goals so far this season. The 14 goals already surpass last year's season total of 13 goals.  The Mount leads the Northeast Conference in goals (14) and goals per game (2.00).  The Mount has scored four goals in a game three times this year.  The last time the Mount had three four-goal games during the year was 2003, when the Mountaineers had five.

Good Start to the Season:  The Mount has matched the best seven-game start to a season with its 4-3 record this year.  The Mount also started the 1994 and 1996 seasons with 4-3 marks.  The 1996 squad opened the season with a 5-3 record en route to an 8-9-1 overall mark.

Multiple-Goal Games:  The Mount has had a player score two goals in a game four times this year.  That is the most multiple-goal games by Mount players since the 2003 team had four multiple-goal efforts.  Kelly Baker has scored two goals in a game twice this year (Towson, VMI) while Alicia Mirando (Howard) and Ragan Cote (Saint Peter's) also have a two-goal game.  Baker now has three career multiple-goal games, just one shy of the Mount's all-time mark of four, held by Robin Covaleski, Carole Fournier and Christy Wicks.

The Mount vs. Ranked Opponents:  The Mount is now 0-3 all-time against a ranked opponent after the 4-0 loss to No. 13 Virginia Tech on August 31.  In the two other matchups with ranked teams, the Mount fell to No. 15 Villanova (6-0 in 2002) and No. 20 Maryland (2-0 in 2001.  In 2002, the Mountaineers lost to No. 15 Villanova, 6-0. 

Baker Moving Up Career Lists:  Senior Kelly Baker's two-goal game against VMI gives her 12 goals and four assists for 28 career points in a Mount uniform.  Baker is now tied for 10th all-time at the Mount in career points and tied for ninth in career goals.

Season Openers:  The Mount won a season-opener for the second consecutive season with a 4-1 victory over Towson.  The Mount is now 3-18 all-time in season-opening games.

Youth Will Be Served:  The 2012 Mount women's soccer roster features 11 new players, including 10 freshmen.  Overall, 17 of the Mount's 24 players are freshmen or sophomores.

Preseason Poll:  The Mount was picked to finish 11th in the annual Northeast Conference Preseason Coaches poll.

Celebrating 20 Years of Mount Soccer:  The Mount will be celebrating 20 years of women's soccer history this season.  The Mount will have an alumni game on Sunday, September 30, at 10 am and will honor a 20th Anniversary Team at halftime of the 1:00 p.m. game against Navy that day.

Up Next:  The Mount hosts Fairleigh Dickinson (Sept. 28) and Navy (Sept. 30) next weekend.