INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI women’s soccer team will look to continue their winning road this week when the Jaguars take on Green Bay on Thursday (October 14th) and head to Robert Morris for a showdown on Sunday (October 17th). Head coach Chris Johnson’s team celebrated a 1-0 away win at Detroit Mercy, while Leah Shumate kicked off the offensive with her first career result in year two and Senior AP Woodall scored her first goal in the campaign.
The Jags knew they had to be nearly flawless on the track to secure a spot in the Horizon League tournament and they took the first step in that direction with their 1-0 win. The defense allowed only nine shots and only one on frame when they won at UDM. Shumate delivered the goods with a free kick in the 34th minute to explain the only offense in the game.
This season, Senior Elizabeth Bueckers is driving the attack with six of the team’s 13 goals and a team high of 13 points. Junior Maya Lacognato has six points (2 goals, 2 assists) and both Shumate and Sam Slimak have two assists each. The defense has become stronger through continuity, as Autumn Weeks moved on to the central defender and played a team-strong 1,103 minutes. On the outsides, Makenna Collins and Maya Turner are second and third among the outfield players after minutes of play, while Woodall was their typical solid self between the pipes. Woodall has 1.92 goals against average and 79 saves in their 11 starts.
Johnson had 22 different players starting at least one competition while only three – Collins, Lacognato, and Weeks – started all 13.
“It’s always a great feeling to take the lead. We’ve put a lot of effort across the team to keep it. It’s great to come out with a win and we want to keep the momentum,” said Shumate after winning in Detroit Merciful.
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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 – Jessica Jacobs, Soph.
MF Abbie Schad, Jr.
MF – Alex Stocker, Soph.
MF-Paige Waskom, Ms.
F-Elizabeth Bueckers, Sr.
F-Maya Lacognato, Jr.
Four IUPUI players have scored their first college goals this season in junior Ciena Miller, second graders Sam Slimak and Leah Shumate, and freshman Abbey Renner. Both Miller and Slimak scored against Marian and Renner scored against Wright State. Shumate scored her first on October 10 in Detroit Mercy for the game winner. In addition, Ashton Kudlo registered a shutout in their 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 and owns a 134-167-42 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 215 college wins to his credit.
RECOGNIZING THE GREEN BAY
Green Bay is 6-1-4 overall and 3-1-3 in the Horizon League this season. The Phoenix enters the game with a three-game winning streak after winning all three games with an identical 1-0 result. Green Bay have been unbeaten three marks in their last five games since losing 6-0 to Oakland on September 19. Green Bay has six different players with one game-winning goal this season. Annie Mason started 10 of the team’s 11 games in goal with 0.94 goals against average and 30 saves with a 5-1-4 record and four shutouts.
CUSTOMER ON ROBERT MORRIS
RMU is 4-9-2 overall and 0-5-2 in Horizon League play. The Colonials haven’t won since a 4-2 away win at Hampton on September 12 and have been without a win in seven games since then. Haleigh Finale leads the RMU attack with five goals, six assists and has 50 shot attempts. Kayla Veloso-Lima has three goals and both Kaoru Hayashi and Gabriella Lacuona each have three assists at team level. Two RMU keepers split the time, as Isabella Bohlen (1.88 GAA, 30 saves) started nine times and Courtney Worstell (2.13 GAA, 36 saves) started eight times.
IUPUI is 3-1-1 all-time against Green Bay and won three in a row. (Series history)
The competition on Sunday marks the first meeting between IUPUI and Robert Morris.
IUPUI will host Youngstown State on Saturday, October 23rd at 10:00 am at Carroll Stadium. The Jaguars will honor their senior class around this game.