Women’s Soccer rides win streak to IUPUI

DAYTON — The Wright State women’s soccer program rides its three-game winning streak to IUPUI on Sunday, September 25, at Michael A. Carroll Stadium. The conference matchup will begin at 1 pm and stream on ESPN+. Live stats will also be available.

Sunday, September 25 – 1 pm – Watch – Live Stats

Wright State defeated Green Bay 4-1 last Thursday at Alumni Field, recording season-high marks in goals, shots (21), and shots on frame (12). Lauren Borchert, Lena Jensen, Elise Canterand Olga Massombo found the back of the net, while Josie Krupp tallied a career-high two assists. Goalkeeper Jessica Seward finished with three saves over 90 minutes, allowing just one goal to Green Bay’s Emily Murphy in the 50th minute.

The Raiders are the lone Horizon League team 3-0 in conference play. Wright State has never opened its HL slate with four consecutive victories since joining the conference in 1994.

IUPUI is 5-1-4 overall and 1-1-1 in the Horizon League. The Jaguars opened HL play with a 4-2 win against Cleveland State but followed with a 2-2 tie at Purdue Fort Wayne and a 3-0 loss at Northern Kentucky. IUPUI earned victories over Tennessee Tech (1-0), SIUE (3-2), Murray State (2-0), and Evansville (2-0) during the non-conference portion of its schedule.

Maya Lacognato leads the team with five goals, while Sam Slimak has five points on two goals and one assist, topping the Jaguars in total shots (26) and shots on goal (11). Goalkeeper Ashton Kudlo has notched 25 saves (.806 SV%) and three shutouts in nine starts.

Wright State holds an 8-3 advantage in the all-time series against IUPUI. The teams last faced in 2021, resulting in a 2-1 win for WSU. Maddie Mitchell netted her first goal as a Raider in the victory, while Olga Massombo added an assist. Lauren Borchert and Michelle Rings scored goals against the Jaguars during the 2021 spring season.

The Raiders are off to a 3-0 start at Alumni Field for the first time since the 2011 season. WSU has outscored opponents 10-3 in the span, with three-plus goals in each game.

As a team, the Raiders rank eighth in the country and first in the Horizon League in shot accuracy (.582). Lauren Borchert has compiled a team-leading 15 shots on frame, while Marcella Sizer is 6-for-8 (.750) in shot-on-goal attempts.

Lauren Borchert leads the conference in shot accuracy (.600) among eligible players while also ranking second in shots on goal (15), fourth in total shots (26), and fifth in goals (3). The junior midfielder has tallied multiple shots in nine matches, including a season-high four shots in WSU’s 1-0 win at Miami (OH). She has netted a goal in each home game, occurring against Central Michigan, Milwaukee, and Green Bay.

Olivia Mace has tallied a team-leading three assists over ten matches, good for second in the conference. The Centerville, Ohio native entered the 2022 season with lofty expectations after earning Horizon League All-Freshman Team honors last year. Mace has logged a program-leading 2,270 minutes over 28 games (24 starts) dating back to the 2021 campaign.

Kaylin Helinski has enjoyed a breakout senior season for the Raiders, as she is tied for second on the team in points (5) and goals (2). The Bellville, Ohio native entered the year with three career goals and no assists over 42 games (26 starts).

Wright State has totaled three shutout wins through ten matches, its most in a season since 2019. The Raiders last notched four-plus shutout victories during the 2017 campaign with nine.

Jessica Seward earned Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week for the first time in her collegiate career on August 29 after leading WSU to back-to-back shutouts. In Wright State’s 1-0 victory at Miami (OH), she notched five saves, including four in the second half to preserve the shutout. The Navarre, Fla. native, added three saves, all in the first half, in the Raiders’ 3-0 win against Central Michigan at home. On the season, Seward ranks fifth in the HL in shutouts (3), saves (37), and saves per game (3.70).

Fifteen Raiders have appeared in all ten games, including four newcomers. Kaylee Pham, a freshman out of nearby Springboro, has logged a team-best 891 minutes over ten starts. Five individuals in Pham, Kaylin Helinski, Olga Massombo, Jessica Sewardand Lauren Borcherthave started every game.

CAREER LEADERS (at Wright State only)
Josie Krupp – 11
Michelle Rings, Olga Massombo& Lauren Borchert – 6
Kaylin Helinski – 5

Josie Krupp – 7
Michelle Rings & Olga Massombo – 6
Olivia Mace & Lauren Borchert – 3

Josie Krupp – 29
Michelle Rings & Olga Massombo – 18
Lauren Borchert – 15

Jessica Seward – 140
Erin Baker – 27
Kiera Sarka – 6

Josie Krupp – 72
Michelle Rings – 54
Kaylin Helinski – 52

Michelle Rings – 37
Kaylin Helinski – 36
Olga Massombo – 35

Wright State returns 10 players who logged nine or more starts and 700-plus minutes, including a pair of All-Horizon League performers in Olga Massombo and Olivia Mace. The trio of Madison Keller, Taylor Lauckand Josie Krupp are in the middle of their fifth year with the Raiders.

Massombo, Krupp, Maddie Mitchelland Michelle Rings found the back of the net multiple times a season ago, while Lauren Borchert tied for second on the team with two assists. Mace was the lone Raiders to appear and start in all 18 matches, totaling a team-leading 1,578 minutes. Jessica Seward is in her third season as WSU’s goalkeeper, where she has tallied 133 saves and three shutouts in 29 career starts.

The Raiders are led by a second-year head coach Travis Sobers, a longtime assistant coach at WSU, before taking reigns on the sidelines last summer. The former Wright State men’s soccer standout player helped the Raiders to victories over Marshall, Akron, IUPUI, Cleveland State, and UIC in 2021. Assistant coach Abbey Frail joined the Raiders in January 2022 after two seasons on the staff at her alma mater Wingate University. Last fall, as interim head coach, she guided the Bulldogs to an 11-6 overall record.

WSU welcomes 10 first-year students and two transfers to this season’s squad. Marcella Sizer joined the Raiders after three seasons at fellow Horizon League school Youngstown State, where she totaled 23 points on 10 goals — two game-winners — and three assists over three seasons.

Wright State’s 2022 roster features 20 players from Ohio. Three Raiders in Elise Canter, Ashley Vaughnand Heidi Orloff came to WSU from nearby Beavercreek High School. Another three individuals in Annika Samborski, Brandi Greenleeand Olivia Mace prepared at Centerville High School.

The Raiders were picked sixth in the annual Horizon League preseason poll, which the league’s 11 head coaches voted on. Oakland topped the conference poll while defending HL tournament champion Milwaukee was close behind in second.

The Raiders will host Cleveland State on Saturday, October 1, at Alumni Field.

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