The Stetson women's soccer team returns to the road this weekend, opening up Atlantic Sun Conference play at ETSU and USC Upstate. The Hatters will challenge the Bucs on Friday, September 21 at 7:00 p.m. and cap off the trip with a tilt against the Spartans on Sunday, September 23 at 1:00 p.m.
ETSU welcomes Stetson to town sitting at the top of the A-Sun standings. The Buccaneers hold a record of 6-2-0 after winning their first four matches to start the season. ETSU has recently lost two of its last four tilts, including last Friday's road loss at Longwood. The Bucs are led offensively by Ramey Kerns, who is near the top of the national ranks with nine goals so far this season. Sarah Zadrazil has added a trio of goals and seven assists to help the ETSU attack.
USC Upstate will host FGCU on Friday before playing host to the Hatters on Sunday. The Spartans are currently 2-7-0, losing seven straight matches in between a season-opening win at VMI and a recent double overtime victory over Presbyterian. Upstate has yet to score more than one goal in a single game, and has been shut out on five occasions in 2012. Michelle Calmeyn leads the Spartans with one goal and one assist on the season.
Stetson has had very different outcomes against this weekend's opponents in the past. The Hatters trail ETSU by a mark of 2-6-0 in the all-time series, dating back to a 2-1 loss in Johnson City back in 2005. Last season Stetson fell short by a score of 6-3 at home. SU has fared much better against USC Upstate, holding a 4-0-1 record in the series since beginning with 4-0 win at home in 2007. Last year the Hatters won 6-3 against the Spartans in DeLand.
The Hatters dropped a pair of games this past weekend, falling to UAB at home and dropping a road contest at Furman. Stetson went into halftime tied with the Blazers on Friday, but an early second half score put Stetson away. Freshman Franziska Wendel scored her first career goal on a penalty kick in the loss. SU fell behind early at now 7-1-0 Furman on Sunday, falling by a score of 4-1. Junior Alyssa Welsh tallied her team-leading third goal of the season in the defeat.
Fans can keep up with all of the Stetson women's soccer action by following the official Twitter page; @StetsonWSoccer. This weekend's action will have both live stats and live video streaming (ASun.TV) available. Click the links on the side bar to access both Friday and Sunday's contests.