MOUNT UPDATE: The Mountaineers are coming off a 5-0 loss at Penn last Friday in a game that was much closer than the final score. The Quakers broke a scoreless tie with a goal in the 60th minute to take the lead. Penn broke the game open with four goals in the final 10 minutes. Goalkeeper Charlotte Elrod made four saves while Jenna West led the offense with a pair of shots.
ABOUT HOWARD: Howard enters Friday's game with a 1-2-0 record on the season with the win coming at Youngstown State (2-0). The Bison are coming off a 3-0 home loss to Yale last Friday. Jasmin Miller lead the team with two goals while Aleeya Sawyer has the other score. Alayah Hightower has started all three games in goal, posing a 1.92 goals against average and a .583 save percentage. Howard was picked to finish third in the Southwest Athletic Conference (SWAC) preseason poll.
ALL-TIME SERIES: The Mountaineers are 8-4-3 all-time against Howard, including a 4-1 win on the road last season. The teams have met in each of the past four seasons, with the Mount owning a 2-1-1 record vs. the Bison over that span. The first game of the series was a 6-0 Mount win on Sept. 17, 1996.
LAST YEAR'S MATCHUP: The Mount defeated Howard, 4-1, on August 25, 2017, in the last meeting between the two schools. After falling behind, 1-0, on a Whitney White goal just under eight minutes into the game, the Mount rallied with four unanswered goals to earn the win. Jenna West started the scoring with a first-half goal. Jaylyn Chandler's goal early in the second half put the Mountaineers ahead. Sarah Kajdasz added her first collegiate goal, and a West insurance goal in the 80th minute rounded out the scoring. West finished the game with a career-high five points (2g, 1a) while goalkeeper Maggie Barron recorded one save to earn the win.
ABOUT RADFORD: The Highlanders enter tonight's game against VMI with a 1-1-1 record on the season. Radford opened the season with a 2-2 tie against Saint Francis U, lost to East Carolina (5-1) and defeated Wofford (5-0). Jessica Wollman leads the team with three goals while Jordan Lundin has a pair of markers. Courtenay Kaplan has started twice in goal while playing in all three games, posting a 2.42 goals against average and a .667 save percentage. Lexi Dean has started once in goal and played in two games, recording a 1.34 GAA and a .800 save percentage.
THE ALL-TIME SERIES: Radford holds a 3-0 edge in the all-time series with the Mount, including a 2-1 win at the Mount's Waldron Family Stadium last season. The series began in 1997 with a 3-0 Radford victory.
LAST YEAR'S MATCHUP: Jasmine Casarez scored twice to lead Radford to a 2-1 win over the Mount last season at Waldron Family Stadium. After a scoreless first half, Casarez scored just over nine minutes into the second half to put the Highlanders on top. Just under 10 minutes later, she made it 2-0 with a sharp angle goal. Marcella Fegler cut the deficit in half when she picked up a loose ball and scored into an empty net. Radford's Lexi Dean made a diving stop on a Kayla Hughes shot with six and a half minutes left to preserve the win. The Mount held a 16-14 lead in shots in the game.
PRESEASON PREDICTIONS: The Mountaineers were picked ninth in the annual Northeast Conference preseason coaches poll that was released on Monday. Two-time defending champion Saint Francis U is the preseason favorite.
UPCOMING SCHEDULE: The Mountaineers play at UMBC on Friday, September 7, before hosting Loyola on Sunday, September 9, at 1:00 p.m.