Mount St. Mary’s women’s soccer closes non-conference list at UNC Asheville on Wednesday

MOUNT ST. MARY’S (1-1-3) at UNC ASHEVILLE (2-4-1)

Wednesday, September 14, 2022 | 1:00 p.m.
Asheville, North Carolina | Greenwood Soccer Field

Mount St. Mary’s closes the non-conference schedule with a Wednesday matinee at UNC Asheville. The Mountaineers are coming off their first win of the season, a 3-0 win over Hampton on Saturday.

EDITING UPDATE: Mount St. Mary’s scored three times in the first 28 minutes en route to a 3-0 win over Hampton on Saturday afternoon. Goals by Kayla Pennington, Madison Bee and Luisangely Navas propelled the Mont to victory on Saturday. The victory gives the Mount a 1-1-3 record through the first five games of the season. Bee leads Mont with a pair of goals and four points this season while Maevyn Jones (1g, 2a, 4 dots) and Nicole Wilson (1g, 2y, 4 pts) are also tied for the team lead in points (1g, 2y, 4 pts). Drew Camp started against Hampton, making a first-half save with Emma Murray followed by a second-half stoppage in his first collegiate appearance. Arden Lembryk (1.33 GAA, 17 SV) has started three of Mount’s five games this year with Camp (0.67 GAA, 5 SV) making the other two starts.

ABOUT UNC ASHEVILLE: UNC Asheville enters Wednesday’s game with a 2-4-1 record on the season. The Bulldogs saw their game against East Tennessee State tied at 69:06 on Sunday with the score tied 1-1. UNC Asheville has lost three in a row, including a 1-0 loss to Davidson on September 8 in their last game. Taylor Gardner has provided the offense this season, leading the team with four goals and 11 points in seven games played. Brooklyn Scythes, Azalea Mihalovich and Daysha Chaney have each scored two goals this year. Bronwyn Luitwieler (2.00 GAA, 4 GP, 16 SV) and Grace Murray (2.00 GAA, 3GP, 10 SV) have shared their time in goal this year.

THE ALL-TIME SERIES WITH UNC ASHEVILLE: This will be the first ever meeting between the two programs.

MOUNT VS. THE GREAT SOUTH: Mount St. Mary’s is 4-22-2 all-time against Big South opponents. This is Mount’s second game this year against a Big South opponent, posting a 1-1 draw at home to Radford on September 1st. Against current Big South members, the Mount are 0-6-1 against Radford, 0-2 against Campbell and 1-2-1 against High Point. Mount’s records against former Big South schools are 0-3 against Towson, 0-5 against UMBC, 1-3 against Liberty, 0-1 against Elon, and 2-0 against VMI.

PUT ONE IN THE WIN COLUMN: Mount St. Mary’s scored three times in the first 28 minutes en route to a 3-0 win over Hampton at home on Saturday for the team’s first victory of the year. The victory also served as the first win at Mont for the head coach. Melissa Sherwood, which is in its first season with the program. The Mount’s 1-1-3 record at the start of the season marks the first time since 2017 that the Mountaineers are .500 or better after five games. The Mount opened the 2017 campaign with a 3-2-0 record.

MOUNTING THE GRAPHICS: Senior Kalli Bell has a pair of assists this season for the Mountaineers. Bell had eight assists last year, tied for the second-best single-season mark in program history. She now has 13 career assists, tying her for third all-time at the Mount with Kelli Devine (2004-07). Christy Wicks (1994-97) holds the all-time mark with 22.

1. Christy Wicks (1994-97), 22
2. Kim Henry (2002-05), 14
t3. Kelli Devine (2004-07), 13
t3. Kalli Bell (2019-22), 13

SHARED DECISIONS: The Mountaineers have drawn 1-1 in three of the first five games this season. The Mount opened the season with back-to-back games against West Carolina and Robert Morris. It’s the first time in program history that the team has opened the year with back-to-back draws. After a 2-0 loss at Towson, the Mount earned a 1-1 draw with Radford on September 1 at Waldron Family Stadium. The program’s record for draws in a season is four set by the 2005 team. This is the fourth time the Mount have had three draws in a season, joining the teams in 2010, 2013 and 2018.

WELCOME TO MAAC: In addition to having a new head coach, the Mount will also participate in a new conference this season. Mount St. Mary’s was announced as the 11e member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) on May 2 after a 33-year run in the Northeast Conference. The Mountaineers were selected ninth in MAAC’s annual preseason coaching survey. Quinnipiac was named the league favorite, followed by Niagara, Fairfield, Siena, Iona, Marist, Rider, Manhattan, the Mount, Canisius and Saint Peter’s.

MAAC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: It didn’t take long for the climbers to win a weekly prize in their new conference. Goalkeeper Arden Lembryk was named Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week on Monday after making eight saves in Mount’s 1-1 draw against West Carolina in the season opener. Lembryk made a key save in the closing seconds to preserve the tie.

HEAD COACH MELISSA SHERWOOD: The head coach Melissa Sherwood is in her first season at the helm of Mount’s women’s soccer program. She picked up her first win as Mount head coach in a 3-0 win over Hampton on September 10 at Waldron Family Stadium. Sherwood, hired in January, was previously an associate head coach at Northwestern State, helping the Lady Demons to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2005. Sherwood served as head coach at Saint Peter’s for four years (2016-19).

NEXT: The Mount opens the Metropolitan Atlantic Athletic Conference game with a home game against Marist on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 1 p.m. at Waldron Family Stadium on campus.

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