Lady Blues Soccer Set To Kick Off With Top 20 Team

The 2006 MIAA Champion and No. 13 nationally-ranked Washburn Lady Blues will open the season on the road with a top-25 match up as they will take on No. 17 Central Oklahoma on Aug. 25 in Wichita Falls, Texas. The following day, they will battle host school Midwestern State before returning home to face Rockhurst at 7 p.m. in Yager Stadium on Aug. 29.

About the Bronchos:
Quick Kicks: The Lady Blues and the Bronchos have met since Oct. 10, 2004 in a downpour in Edmond, Okla … the Bronchos won the game 3-0 in a rain-shortened event as the game was called after 70 minutes.
About UCO: Central Oklahoma will be gunning for its fourth straight regular season Lone Star Conference championship in 2007, with the Bronchos also hoping to atone for two heartbreaking NCAA Division II playoff losses the past two seasons. UCO has eight starters and seven other letterwinners back from last year’s 18-3-1 team that lost in a shootout in the first round of the national tournament for the second straight year.
The Bronchos enter the 2007 campaign riding a 17-game winning streak over LSC teams, having won the last two regular season and league tournament titles.
Junior forward Lacy Williams leads UCO’s offense after picking up eight goals and seven assists last year and she’s one of five first-team All-LSC performers the Bronchos have back. Also returning are senior midfielders Sarah Addison and Kasey Mahaffey, sophomore defender Alli Miller and senior goalkeeper Carly Fischer.
Lacy Williams and goalkeeper Carly Fischer came away as the preseason offensive and defensive players of the year, respectively from the LSC’s preseason poll.
About the coach: UCO’s Mike Cook is in his 10th season at the helm of the Broncho program. He is 142-42-8 at UCO and 230-65-8 overall in his 15th season of coaching.
Series history: UCO leads the all-time series 1-0 from their 3-0 win on Oct. 10, 2004.
Last meeting: UCO scored three goals in the first half to push themselves to the win. The game was called after 70 minutes because of unplayable field conditions. There were 26 combined fouls in the game and the Lady Blues were unable to get a shot off as they were outshot 9-0.

About the Mustangs:
Quick Kicks: The Lady Blues and the Mustangs have not met since Oct. 9, 2004 in Edmond, Okla … the teams played for 110 minutes to a 1-1 tie.
About MSU: The Midwestern State Mustangs were picked to finish fourth in the race for the 2007 Lone Star Conference preseason poll. The Mustangs, who finished with a 10-8-1 mark a season ago while advancing to the LSC semifinals. The Mustangs return nine starters led by junior forward Megan Bibilone, who scored five goals in 2006, and sophomore midfielder Kari Bristow, who added five goals and six assists.
About the coach: Jeff Trimble is in his 10th season as the Mustangs head coach. His is 105-60-16 overall.
Series history: Washburn and Midwestern State are tied in the all-time series 0-0-1.
Last meeting: The Washburn Lady Blues picked up a 1-1 tie with Midwestern State in Edmond, Okla., on Oct. 9, 2004. The Lady Blues fell behind 1-0 in the 61st minute, but Lauren Schwindt tied the match with her third goal of the season off an assist from Jolene Silovksy. Jenna Hatledstad had nine saves in the match. The Lady Blues were outshot 15-9 in the game.

Lady Blues Soccer History:
Washburn is 35-30-14 (.531) all-time in its fifth season of competing. In MIAA play, the Lady Blues are 22-24-11 (.481). In home matches, the Lady Blues are 18-14-5 and they are 12-15-7 on the road. In matches on neutral sites, the Lady Blues are 5-1-2.

Lady Blues last time out:
No. 1 Nebraska-Omaha 2, No. 10 Washburn 2 (Nov. 5, 2006)
OMAHA, Neb. -- UNO’s Beth McGill’s second goal of the game, with 58 seconds to play, forced an overtime and the Mavericks then survived a shootout with No. 10 Washburn to advance to the NCAA Division II quarterfinals against Grand Valley State Nov. 11.
Officially, the game will go down as a 2-2 tie after the teams played through two 10-minute overtimes. UNO converted three of four penalty kicks in the overtime to just one for Washburn.
Washburn, who ends their season at 15-1-6, took the lead at 22:56 on a goal in the box by Jessica Mainz on a pass from Ashley Taylor. The goal was Mainz’s 13th of the season, which tied her own single-season record.
McGill, UNO’s career-leading scorer and the MVP in the North Central Conference the past two seasons, slipped the ball past goalkeeper Jenna Hatlestad at 30:39 to tie the match.
Washburn reclaimed the advantage when Jolene Silovsky was able to dribble around UNO goalkeeper Ellen Petersen, who had come out to play the ball. Mainz earned the assist on the goal, which came at 69:31.
UNO continued to apply heavy pressure in the closing minutes. The winning play started on the right side where Brandie Beale gained control and fed the ball into the box. Ali Portell’s shot banged off the post and McGill kicked in the rebound.
The Mavericks nearly won the game in the final minute of the second overtime period when Lindsey Nealon, who entered the game because of an injury just seconds before, had a shot bounce off a defender in the box.
In the shootout, Petersen made a save on Mainz and McGill scored in the first round. Meagan Horvath then scored past Petersen, but Beale matched her with a goal. Lisa Fahey’s shot went over the crossbar, but Portell was stopped by Hatlestad. Petersen made her second save, stopping Jenna Lawless on a diving stop near the right post and UNO sophomore Tara Wegehaupt scored, giving UNO a 3-1 edge.

Lady Blues Notes:
#1 • Jenny Persons / GK / Jr. — Joined the Lady Blues for spring practice after transferring from UTEP … a junior college teammate of WU’s Karla Vasquez.
#2 • Brittany Tracz / MF / Fr. — A first team all-Sun County selection and a second team all-state pick in her senior season.
#3 • Lisa Fahey / D / Jr. — Has started all 42 games of her Washburn career at a defender’s position.
#4 • Ashley Taylor / F / So. — Has started three of 22 games played in Lady Blues career … already ranks in top five all-time in goals per game, points per game, assists pregame and shots per game … also in the top 10 in seven other categories.
#5 • Danielle Ayala / F / Jr. — At Santa Rosa Junior College in California, led the team in goals as a freshman and as a sophomore recording nine goals with four assists in her last season … earned first team all-Big 7 Conference honors both seasons.
#6 • Traci Nigg / MF / Jr. — Has started all 41 matches of her career recording five goals and five assists tallying 15 points … ranks sixth in all-time assists and shots attempted (22) and seventh all-time in points.
#7 • Kaydi Hooker / D / Jr. — Has started all 42 matches in her Washburn career has recorded seven shots on goal and 12 shots total … ranks sixth in career games started and 10th in all-time games played.
#8 • Markie Gallagher / MF / Fr. — Named the 2007 Female Athlete of the Year at Platte County High School … named soccer team’s MVP as a sophomore, junior and senior seasons.
#9 • Lauren Lawless / F / So. — Played in 17 games as a freshman.
#11 • Jordan Shefte / D / Fr. — A first team all-metro pick and a second team all-state selection … as a senior she was a Wendy’s High School Heisman Nominee … earned first team all-state honors and chosen as honorary captain.
#12 • Ashley Hynek / D / Fr. — At Olathe South, she was an all-Sunflower league honorable mention as a senior … part of the 2006 6A state championship team.
#13 • Jessica Mainz / F / Jr. — A returning All-American selection for her junior season … needs two goals to become Lady Blues all-time leader in goals … ranks in top 10 in 13 career categories … name is in the top 10 in 25 single season categories … school’s all-time leader in points per game, goals, goals per game and game-winning goals and five other categories.
#14 • Brie Forman / F / Sr. — Enters senior season with 14 shots and four on goal … ranked 17th all-time in shots attempted and 19th in shots per game … also tied for 19th in all-time games played with 33.
#15 • Carrie Pennewell / MF / Fr. — Part of four Class 5A state, conference and Mo-Kan championship teams.
#18 • Danielle Sicard / D / Fr. — At Topeka High, she earned all-city, all-Centennial League, all-region and all-state honors … as a senior she was a first team all-city, first team all-region, first team all-league, and a second team all-state pick.
#20 • Ashley Klone / GK / Fr. — At Kelly Walsh High School, she was a four-year starter … as a sophomore, she was named first team all-conference, all-region and all-state … state runner-up for Gatorade State Player of the Year for state championship squad … as a junior, named first team all-conference, first team all-region and first team all-state as well as Gatorade Player of the Year … her senior season she was a first team all-conference, first team all-region and first team all-state
#21 • Manon Englehardt/ F / Jr. — At Derby High School, earned first team all-state honors three seasons and was a four-time first team all-regional and all-conference … the Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior … at Iowa, she played in 32 games with seven starts recording three goals.
#24 • Angela Wiseman / MF / So. — Already ranks in the top 20 in five all-time career categories including ninth in shots per game and 11 in shots attempted.
#30 • Karla Vasquez / MF / Jr. — A transfer from Cochise College and a teammate of current WU goalkeeper Jenny Persons.
#33 • Keeley Lambeth / MF / So. — Ranks in the top 20 in 12 career categories after first season as a Lady Blue … tied for fifth in career game-winning goals.

Lady Blues in the National Poll:
The Lady Blues enter the 2007 season ranked No. 13 in the National Soccer Coaches Association National Preseason Poll which was released last week. The Lady Blues finished the 2006 season ranked No. 12 in the final poll. Washburn has been ranked in the last nine national polls earning a ranking as high as No. 10 in the final regular season poll last year.
Blue Notes:
• The Lady Blues are 2-1-1 all-time against the Lone Star Conference. The Lady Blues will take on another pair of LSC opponents in Southwestern Oklahoma and West Texas A&M on Aug. 31 and Sept. 2 respectively.
• The Aug. 25th start date is the earliest the Lady Blues have started a season topping last season’s Aug. 26 first kick.
• The Lady Blues are 4-0 all-time in their first match of the season.
• Lady Blues’ graduate assistant Tera Reisner, a 2005 graduate from Missouri Southern, scored the game-winning goal against Washburn on Sept. 10, 2004 in a 1-0 overtime win on the same date the Lady Blues set the NCAA Division II single-game attendance record with 1,848.
• The Lady Blues are 3-9-1 all-time against ranked opponents. In 2005, Washburn was 3-0-1 after going 0-9-0 the first three years of the program.

Up next: The Lady Blues will have its home opener on Aug. 29th at 7 p.m. in Yager Stadium. Last season, the Lady Blues and Rockhurst tied 1-1 in double overtime in Kansas City.

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