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THE OPENING KICK
The Cleveland State women's soccer team returns home for its regular season finale at Krenzler Field when the Vikings host Wright State on Saturday (Oct. 20) at 4:00 p.m. The Vikings dropped a pair of road contests last week to fall to 5-10 overall and 1-4 in the Horizon League. Last week opened with a 2-1 setback at Youngstown State on Wednesday (Oct. 10) before the Vikings fell at Detroit, 2-0, on Sunday (Oct. 14). Wright State enters the week with a 6-3-6 overall mark and 1-1-3 in league play. Last week, the Raiders were 0-1-1 in two home matches, falling to Detroit, 1-0, and playing to a scoreless tie with Valparaiso.
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|Vikings Fall 1-0 To Wright State in League First Round
The fourth-seeded Cleveland State women's soccer team had its season come to an end with a 1-0 setback to fifth-seeded Wright State in the opening round of the Horizon League Championship on Tuesday afternoon at Krenzler Field.
REVIEWING THE LAST TIME OUT
CSU was in action two times last week. Here are recaps of the matches.
Match #14: Youngstown State 2, CSU 1 (Oct. 10, Youngstown, Ohio)
Youngstown State took a 2-0 lead at the half and held off a furious CSU rally for a 2-1 victory. Kelcey Fischer scored with 11 minutes left to get the Vikings on the board.
Match #15: Detroit 2, CSU 0 (Oct. 14, Detroit, Mich.)
Detroit used a pair of late second half goals to turn a scoreless game into a 2-0 victory. Playing with the wind at their backs in the final 45 minutes, Detroit got on the board at the 76:11 mark and went ahead 2-0 less than four minutes later.
AVONA'S BIG WEEK
Senior Jamie Avona enjoyed quite a week (Oct. 1-7) in helping CSU to a pair of wins, scoring a pair of game-winning goals and added an assist. She started the week by scoring the golden goal in the second minute of double overtime in a 1-0 win over Green Bay (Oct. 3) and came back with a goal and an assist on Senior Day in a 4-1 win over Francis Marion (Oct. 6). Avona's two goals allowed her to move into a tie for second in the league with five goals.
HAVAS KEEPS SCORING POINTS
Freshman Vickie Havas has had quite a start to her collegiate career. Havas recorded her league-leading fifth assist of the season in a 1-0 win over Green Bay (Oct. 3), while also increasing her Horizon League leading point total to 15. Havas has scored at least one point in eight of the 14 matches she has played in this year (sat out Francis Marion match).
LOOKING AT THE RECORD BOOK
Through 15 matches, freshman Vickie Havas is making a dent in the CSU single season record book. Havas' 15 points are tied for the fifth most in a season in program history, and just four shy of moving all the way up to second place with 19 points (Jennifer Wieand, 2007). Havas' five assists are tied for the third most in a season in school history, while her five goals are tied for the fifth most in a season at CSU.
AVONA IMPROVES CAREER MARKS
With her two goals and assist in two matches two weeks ago, senior Jamie Avona moved up the career record book. Avona now has nine career goals, ranking fourth all-time in CSU history, while her four assists are 10th most. Her 22 career points are fifth most in CSU history.
VIKINGS NOTCH FIRST SHUTOUT
CSU recorded its first shutout of the season in a 1-0 double overtime victory over Green Bay (Oct. 3). Sarah Wood posted six saves to earn the shutout, which was also aided by the solid defense of Valerie Stahl, Frederike Dubeau, Carla Ragone, Sarah Zawie and Erin O'Toole.
WOOD NOTCHES FIRST CAREER POINT
Freshman goalkeeper Sarah Wood notched her first career point with an assist on CSU's goal against Valparaiso (Sept. 28). Wood scooped up a loose ball in front of the goal, made a quick throw to Jaime Avona who kicked it up field to Vickie Havas. Havas made a move past the goalkeeper and scored.
TIP OF THE HAT TO AVONA
Senior midfielder Jaime Avona became just the second player in program history to record a hat trick when she scored three goals in a 5-1 win at IUPUI (Aug. 24). Avona joins Ashley Walchack, who accomplished the feat in a 6-1 win over Delaware State on Aug. 27, 2006. Avona now has nine goals in her career, the fourth most in program history.
STAHL KEEPS STARTING
Senior Valerie Stahl started both of CSU's matches last week and has now started all 69 contests she has appeared in at CSU. Stahl, who has missed just two games in her career (one as a sophomore and one as a junior), is one match shy of becoming the 11th player in school history to play in 70 career matches. She is ranked ninth in program history with her 69 career starts.
CSU's five goals in the 5-1 win at IUPUI (Aug. 24) were the second most goals scored in a match in program history. The record for goals scored in six, set in a 6-0 win over Delaware State on Aug. 27, 2006.
The Vikings close out the regular season on Friday (Oct. 26) when CSU travels to Milwaukee for an 8:00 p.m. EST contest.