DAYTON — The Wright State women’s soccer program will close its three-match road trip against Miami (OH) on Thursday, August 25, at Bobby Kromig Field. The non-conference tilt will kickoff at 4 pm and live stats will be available.
Thursday, August 25 – 4 pm – Live Stats
LAST TIME OUT
Wright State fell at Dayton 2-0 last Sunday. WSU was limited to seven shots, including six on goal, in the shutout loss. Lauren Borchert led the team in total shots (3) and shots on goal (2). Michelle Rings, Marcella Sizer, Josie Kruppand Elise Canter each added one shot on goal.
Goalkeeper Jessica Seward made a statement with six saves in the first half but was replaced at the 42-minute mark after being injured on an own goal. Kiera Sarka held the Flyers scoreless in goal with a career-high four saves in the remaining 47 minutes.
SCOUTING THE REDHAWKS
The Redhawks are 1-0-1 on the season, opening 2022 with a scoreless draw against Austin Peay and following with a 1-0 victory at Loyola Chicago. A season ago, Miami compiled an 8-8-3 overall record and a 5-6 mark against Mid-American Conference opponents, which was not enough to advance to postseason action. Entering her fifth year at Miami, head coach Courtney Sirmans holds a career record of 20-39-6.
HISTORY VS. MIAMI (OH)
Wright State has gone 4-6 in 10 career meetings against Miami. Wright State earned a 1-0 victory over the Redhawks in 2019, as current defender Michelle Rings netted her first collegiate goal. Former goalkeeper Maddie Jewell tallied five saves en route to the shutout win.
PRECISION AT ITS FINEST
As a team, the Raiders rank 47th in the country and first in the Horizon League in shot accuracy (.588). Michelle Rings and Olga Massombo are both 2-for-2 on the year in shot-on-goal attempts.
Exhibition contests against Michigan State, Western Michigan, and Morehead State are served as tune-ups for the 2022 season. Wright State concluded preseason play with a 3-0 victory over Morehead State at Alumni Field. Josie Krupp, Elise Canterand Annika Samborski found the back of the net in the victory, while Jessica Seward and Hanna Hargrave combined for the shutdown in goal.
Wright State returns 10 players who logged nine or more starts and 700-plus minutes, including a pair of All-Horizon League performers in Olga Massombo and Olivia Mace. The trio of Madison Keller, Taylor Lauckand Josie Krupp are in the midst of their fifth year with the Raiders.
Massombo, Krupp, Maddie Mitchelland Michelle Rings found the back of the net multiple times a season ago, while Lauren Borchert tied for second on the team with two assists. Mace was the lone Raiders to appear and start in all 18 matches, totaling a team-leading 1,578 minutes. Jessica Seward is in her third season as WSU’s goalkeeper, where she has tallied 111 saves in 23 career starts.
MEET THE COACHES
The Raiders are led by second-year head coach Travis Sobers, a longtime assistant coach at WSU, before taking reigns on the sidelines last summer. The former Wright State men’s soccer standout player helped the Raiders to victories over Marshall, Akron, IUPUI, Cleveland State, and UIC in 2021. Assistant coach Abbey Frail joined the Raiders in January 2022 after two seasons on the staff at her alma mater Wingate University. Last fall, as interim head coach, she guided the Bulldogs to an 11-6 overall record.
WELCOME TO THE FAM
WSU welcomes 10 first-year students and two transfers to this season’s squad. Marcella Sizer joined the Raiders after three seasons at fellow Horizon League school Youngstown State, where she totaled 23 points on 10 goals — two game-winners — and three assists over three seasons.
Wright State’s 2022 roster features 20 players from Ohio. Three Raiders in Elise Canter, Ashley Vaughnand Heidi Orloff came to WSU from nearby Beavercreek High School. Another three individuals in Annika Samborski, Brandy Greenleeand Olivia Mace prepped at Centerville High School.
The Raiders were picked sixth in the annual Horizon League preseason poll, which the league’s 11 head coaches voted on. Oakland topped the conference poll while defending HL tournament champion Milwaukee was close behind in the second.
Josie Krupp – 10
Michelle Rings – 6
Olga Massombo – 5
Josie Krupp – 6
Michelle Rings & Olga Massombo – 5
Lauren Borchert, Maddie Mitchell& Makaylee Zuercher – 2
Josie Krupp – 26
Michelle Rings – 17
Olga Massombo – 15
Jessica Seward – 111
Erin Baker – 27
Kiera Sarka – 4
Josie Krupp – 64
Michelle Rings – 46
Kaylin Helinski – 44
Michelle Rings – 36
Kaylin Helinski – 28
Josie Krupp & Olga Massombo – 27
After Miami, the Raiders welcome Central Michigan to Alumni Field on Sunday, August 28, for their home opener. The match will start at 1 pm