MT Soccer set for final home stand

Blue Raiders feature Blue Out Friday against North Texas

October 23, 2013 · @MTAthletics

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The Middle Tennessee soccer team (5-6-4, 2-3-2 C-USA) is set to host its last pair of regular season games for the 2013 slate against North Texas and FIU, Friday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 27 at 1 p.m., respectively.

The two games makeup True Blue Weekend and Friday's game against North Texas will be a "Blue Out," where fans are asked to dress in blue and pack Hayes Soccer Stadium.

The Blue Raiders are coming off a weekend series that left more to be desired, tying Old Dominion 1-1 in double-overtime Friday and losing to Marshall 2-1 in overtime Sunday.

In the match against ODU, Middle Tennessee was looking to add another win against a team that sat at the bottom of the Conference USA East Division. MT jumped on the board late in the first half after Amalie Anderdal sailed a corner kick into the box, ODU's goalkeeper made the initial stop but Angie Lai found the rebound for her first collegiate goal in the 35th minute.

MT held the 1-0 lead until the 74th minute when Old Dominion's leading scorer Jessie Klamut evened the score after stealing a Blue Raider pass and driving it into the back of the net. ODU and MT played through regulation and double overtime with no score, giving MT its fourth tie of the year and second in conference play.

In the second game of the weekend MT faced a tough Marshall squad. Again, MT took the lead in the first half after Kate Loye hit a shot from the right corner, which hit the left post and trickled past the Herd goalkeeper.

MT went into halftime with the lead but allowed Marshall to tie the game in the 62nd minute on a header from a corner kick. After regulation ended, each team took strikes, but it was Marshall that made the golden goal in the 100th minute.

Middle Tennessee will look to get back to its winning ways Friday against North Texas (10-5-1, 4-2-1), who currently sits in second place in the C-USA West Division race. NT leads C-USA in shots (287), points (116), goals (41) and assists (34).

The Mean Green are led by Rachel Holden, who has amassed 11 goals on the season with three game winners. Holden has taken 46 shots, three better than MT's Loye.

Adding to the offensive attack of North Texas are Kelsey Hodges (six goals and three assists), Vanessa Ibewuike (five goals and three assists), Amber Haggerty (five goals and five assists) and Karla Pineda (one goal and six assists). Hailey Riley stands in goal for North Texas, playing in 14 of 17 games, while making 41 saves with six shutouts.

MT's second opponent of the weekend, FIU (6-9-0, 4-3-0), is second in the C-USA East Division. FIU last played Rice, beating the Owls 5-2 last Sunday.

The Panthers have battled through three C-USA overtime games, featuring two wins against LA Tech 3-2 and UAB 3-2. Its lone overtime loss came against East Carolina Oct. 18 in a 2-1 contest. FIU adds a notably conference win against Old Dominion 4-0, Sept. 29.

The Panthers leading scorer is Ashleigh Shim, who has eight goals with three game winners. Madlen Weinhardt is FIU's second-leading scorer with three goals, also adding three assists. Weinhardt takes primary responsibility for FIU's corner kicks, taking 44 of the Panther's 71. In the net for FIU is Paula Zuluaga, who has 58 saves with two shutouts, allowing 2.18 goals per match.

Fans that cannot attend Friday's match against North Texas will be able to catch the live action on MT-10 starting at 7 p.m. The game Sunday can be viewed via live streaming or live stats by clicking here.

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