Women’s soccer weekend preview

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Women’s soccer weekend preview

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Owen Krepps, Contributor

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The Robert Morris University (2-6-0) women’s soccer team snapped their six game losing streak with a solid 2-0 win at Youngstown State (1-5-2) last Sunday. Jane Schleicher’s two goal performance led the Colonials to this win as both of her first half goals were the only two tallies in the contest. Junior goalkeeper Julia Schmid posted her first career shutout stopping seven shots, including two late game clutch saves to secure the clean sheet.

In her senior season, Jane Schleicher now has seven goals in eight games and is averaging an exact 1.00 points per game average. Schleicher is responsible for seven out of the eight RMU goals on the season and her goal total currently places her fifth overall in the country. Her career point totals as of now rank Schleicher fourth all time in RMU Women’s soccer history with forty. She is also currently tied for 3rd in career goals with eighteen. With ten regular season games left, it is almost a certainty that Schleicher will continue to climb up these ranks in the record books and go down as one of the greatest to ever play at RMU.

Schleicher and the Colonials will now shift their attention towards a Friday afternoon game against the Akron Zips (2-4-1) which will be played home, at the North Athletic Complex at 3:00 pm. Akron is looking to snap a two game losing streak, while RMU is looking to extend their winning streak that started last Sunday.

Akron is closing out it’s non-conference season with two wins and is led by a very young team to say the least. Akron only has 6 upperclassmen on their entire roster, and in the beginning of the season relied on eight new players to make their debuts, seven being freshmen.

Despite this, the Zips are a strong team, especially in terms of scoring. As opposed to Robert Morris’ two, Akron has nine different goal scorers this year, and has fifteen goals on the season where RMU has just eight. Six of these goals came against the aforementioned Youngstown State Penguins, who the Colonials just beat 2-0, but Akron was able to defeat 6-0. Freshman Sydney Worthy tallied a hat trick in the game against YSU and now leads the team in points with seven. Junior Ashley Amato also has three goals on the season and is currently the Zips’ sixth leading scorer in franchise history with twelve in her career.

If the Colonials look to get their third win of the season they will have to match Akron’s scoring depth. The only goal that RMU owns that didn’t come from Jane Schleicher was scored against Howard by sophomore Keli Rosensteel. Also if the tandem of Julia Schmid and Sydney Bruckner can get help out defensively, Robert Morris will be in good shape.

Prediction- RMU 2, Akron- 1

But that’s not the only game the Women’s Soccer team has in store for them this weekend, as on Sunday the team travels to Connecticut for a 1:00 pm meeting with the Yale Bulldogs (3-2-1).

Yale is a strong team having won their last three and will play Robert Morris right before their Ivy League play kicks off vs Princeton the 22nd. This is the first game that Yale and Robert Morris will play in team history and it will be covered by ESPN+.

Players the Colonials have to look out for include the likes of Noelle Higginson who leads the Bulldogs in points with two goals, five assists, and nine points. Higginson scored a goal and two assists in a previous game where Yale defeated Marist 3-2. Ciara Ostrander also has two goals on the season, both being game winners. It will certainly be a challenge for the Colonials this Sunday as Yale is an all around good team.

Prediction- Yale 3, RMU- 0

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