The Stetson men's soccer team continues Atlantic Sun Conference action this weekend with a pair of road contests at Lipscomb and Northern Kentucky. The Hatters will square off with the Bisons on Friday, October 19 at 8:00 p.m., and then challenge the Norse on Sunday, October 21 at 1:00 p.m.
Lipscomb welcomes Stetson to Nashville with an overall record of 4-9-0 and an A-Sun mark equal to the Hatters at 1-2-0. The Bisons have lost five of their last seven contests, including last Saturday's 3-0 home loss to ETSU. Ethan Summers leads Lipscomb with three goals and two assists for eight points on the season, but five Bisons in all have scored at least two goals in 2012.
Northern Kentucky will host ETSU on Friday before welcoming Stetson to town on Sunday. The Norse are riding a hot streak, winning three straight matches and not recording a loss since a 1-0 defeat on the road at Bradley on September 29. NKU comes into the weekend 5-7-1 overall and an undefeated 2-0-1 in A-Sun play. Craig Heard, one of five Norse with two goals on the season, was named A-Sun Player of the Week on Monday. A.J. Fleak, this Monday's A-Sun Defensive Player of the Week, has two shutouts on the season.
The Hatters hold a commanding 7-1-1 advantage in the all-time series with Lipscomb, which dates back to 2003 when Stetson defeated the Bisons 2-0 in Nashville. Last season the Hatters defeated Lipscomb by a score of 3-1 in DeLand. Sunday will mark the first ever contest between Stetson and Northern Kentucky as the Norse enjoy their first season of A-Sun and Division I play.
Stetson, now 1-2-0 in the A-Sun standings, sits in a tie for sixth with five league contests remaining. After this weekend the Hatters finish out A-Sun action with home games against North Florida and ETSU, and a road tilt at Florida Gulf Coast.
As always, fans can follow @StetsonMSoccer on Twitter for in-game updates this weekend. Live Stats will be available at LipscombSports.com and NKUNorse.com for Friday's and Sunday's matches, respectively. Both games will be streamed live on ASun.TV.
New this week for Stetson fans is the introduction of "Hat-Alerts." The Stetson University Department of Athletics has teamed up with TextCaster to launch a new text messaging communications service for its fans.
A new way for fans to get immediate updates on their favorite Hatter teams, Hat-Alerts is a free service that sends text messages right to people's cell phones. Hat-Alerts will broadcast score updates, athletics news, ticket information, promotions, and even weather delays.
For soccer fans, subscribers can choose either "scores" (scores sent at halftime and final), and/or "news" (previews, recaps, and other soccer news).