MOUNT ST. MARY'S (0-0) at HOWARD (0-0)
Friday, August 23, 2019, 7 pm
Washington, D.C. – Greene Stadium
2019 SEASON KICKOFF: Mount St. Mary's opens the 2019 season this weekend with games against the SWAC and Big South Preseason favorites. The Mount begins the year at Howard on Friday night against the defending SWAC champions. On Sunday, the Mountaineers welcome Radford, the Big South defending champions, for a 1:00 p.m. matchup at Waldron Family Stadium.
MOUNT UPDATE: The Mountaineers are coming off their first Northeast Conference playoff appearance since 1997. The Mount closed the 2018 season with a 5-9-3 overall record and a 4-2-2 NEC mark that was good for third place. Second team All-NEC selection Maria Buonomo returns to the Mount defense.
ABOUT HOWARD: Howard won the SWAC title last season, finishing the year with a 13-7-2 overall record that featured an 11-game win streak. The Bison, who lost to North Carolina in the NCAA Tournament, have won their conference in three of the past five seasons and are the preseason favorites in the SWAC this season. Despite losing several players due to graduation, Howard had five players selected to the SWAC preseason teams: senior Alayah Hightower (Second Team; SWAC Preseason Defensive Player of the Year), junior Aleeya Sawyer (All-SWAC First Team) and sophomores Thalia Boucher (All-SWAC First Team), Kendall Macauly (All-SWAC First Team) and Victoria Thornton (All-SWAC First Team).
ALL-TIME SERIES: Mount St. Mary's holds a 9-4-3 lead in the all-time series with Howard that began in 1996. The two teams have met in each of the past five seasons, and the Mountaineers are 2-0-1 against Howard over the past three matchups. The Mount posted a 2-1 victory last year on a late Maddie Tchou goal. Tchou received a Jenna West pass, made a move past the defender, and beat the keeper with 1:49 remaining to give the Mount a 2-1 lead. Tchou had given the Mount a 1-0 lead just 3:37 into the game, but the Bison tied the game when Aleeya Sawyer corralled a rebound off a free kick that hit the post and connected for a goal with 7.7 seconds remaining in the first half. GAME RECAP.
ABOUT RADFORD: Radford is the defending Big South regular season and tournament champion. The Highlanders went 16-3-1 in 2018 while advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the seventh time in program history. Key returnees for the Highlanders include goalkeeper Courtenay Kaplan and defenders Kayla Thomas and Emily Dunn. Radford hosts Appalachian State on Friday night before heading to the Mount for Sunday's matchup.
ALL-TIME SERIES: The Mountaineers are 0-4-0 all-time against Radford, including a 2-1 losses in each of the past two seasons. Last year, Radford jumped out to a 2-0 lead with a goals in the 40th and 53rd minute. The Mount regrouped and carried play the final 25 minutes, cutting the deficit to 2-1 on a Kayla Hughes free kick in the 73rd minute. Radford was able to hold off the Mountaineers the rest of the way to earn the one-goal victory. GAME RECAP.
PRESEASON POLL: Mount St. Mary's was selected to finish fifth in the annual Northeast Conference Preseeason Coaches Poll. Defending champion Central Connecticut has been tabbed as the preseason favorite, followed by Saint Francis U, Fairleigh Dickinson, Bryant, the Mount, Sacred Heart, Robert Morris, Long Island, Wagner, St. Francis Brooklyn and Merrimack.
NEWCOMERS: Head coach Tori Krause brought in 10 newcomers for the 2019 season. Forward Elisabeth Rockhill is a junior transfer from Coastal Carolina while junior defender Maggie Prokop comes to the team from Montgomery C.C. Eight freshmen joined the roster as well, including defenders Madi Stanchina and Alex Piccinich, midfielders Kalli Bell, Alex Hanna, Brenda Aleman and Mikayla Bates, along with forwards Lindsay Reightler and Hannah Cooksey.
UPCOMING SCHEDULE: The Mountaineers visits Towson on Thursday, August 29, at 5:00 p.m. before heading back home to face UMBC on Sunday, September 1, at 5:00 p.m.