The Stetson women's soccer team returns home for the first time since September 14 to play host in a pair of Atlantic Sun Conference games this weekend. The Hatters will take on A-Sun newcomer Northern Kentucky on Friday at 7:00 p.m., and then welcome Lipscomb to town on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
Northern Kentucky comes to DeLand with a record of 3-7-0. The Norse won their first ever NCAA Division I game, defeating Canisius 2-0 to start the season, but have since dropped seven of their last nine. Most recently NKU fell at the hands of Jacksonville and North Florida at home in its first two A-Sun conference games of the season. Martha Staab leds the Norse with three goals in 2012, while Allison Ponzer has totaled four assists.
Lipscomb will play at FGCU on Friday before challenging the Hatters on Sunday. The Bisons are 2-6-2 on the season and are in the middle of a four-game losing streak. Lipscomb recently lost to both North Florida and Jacksonville to start the A-Sun conference season 0-2. Baylee Linnell leads the Bisons with four goals and one assist through 10 games in 2012.
Friday will mark the first ever meeting between Stetson and Northern Kentucky in women's soccer. This is the first season of Division I play for the Norse. The Hatters have played Lipscomb nine times since starting the series back in 2001, and Stetson is a perfect 9-0-0 against the Bisons. Last season SU topped Lipscomb by a score of 2-1 in overtime to end the year.
Stetson began Atlantic Sun Conference play last weekend, splitting a pair ofroad games at ETSU and USC Upstate. The Hatters fell behind early and Jenna Premo scored late in a 3-1 loss to the Buccaneers. Stetson was victorious to end the weekend, beating the Spartans 2-0 behind unassisted goals by Rebecca Oser and Mara Keomanivane.
Fans can follow in-game updates on Twitter at @StetsonWSoccer. Both contests will also feature live stats on GoHatters.com and live video on HatterVision.