Women’s soccer continues to play HL at Youngstown State
DAYTON –The Wright State women’s soccer program continues its opening week of Horizon League action on the road at Youngstown State on Sunday, Sept. 18. The conference game will begin at 1 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN+.
Sunday, September 18 – 1 p.m. – Watch – Live statistics
LAST TIME OUT
The Raiders are coming off a thrilling 3-2 win over defending conference champion Milwaukee in their Horizon League opener Thursday night at Alumni Field. The WSU handed the Panthers their first conference opener loss since 2012, which also came against the Raiders in double overtime. To add, Wright State earned its first conference opener victory since 2019 in the winning effort.
As MKE outscored Wright State 20-9, the Raiders made the most of their opportunities with seven shots on target, highlighted by goals from Ashley Vaughn, Lauren Borchertand Alana Nesbit. Olivia Mace and Olga Massombo contributed to the attack with one assist each, while the goalkeeper Jessica Seward had a season-high seven saves in 90 minutes. Tied at 2 at the end of the second half, Nesbit scored the winning goal from a pass from Olga Massombo in the 79th minute.
IN SEARCH OF PENGUINS
Youngstown State opened the season with four straight losses but followed with a 2-0-2 record. The Penguins began their conference roster last Thursday with a 1-1 draw against preseason favorite Oakland on the road.
Goaltender Brooklynn Kirkpatrick shined for YSU, as she leads the conference in total saves (43), shutouts (3) and minutes played (720:00). The junior also ranks second in the HL with 5.38 saves per game. Regan LaVigna leads the Penguins offense with three points on a goal and an assist.
STORY AGAINST. UJS
WSU holds a substantial advantage in the all-time series, leading 21-1-3. The Raiders haven’t lost to the Penguins since 2012, which featured a six-game winning streak from 2015 to 2021. A season ago, the Raiders used a late second-half goal by Josie Krupp to tie the match against YSU at 1-1, which would prove to be the final score after two overtimes. Krupp also scored the game-winning goal in WSU’s 2-1 win over the Penguins in the spring of 2021. Kaylin Helinski helped the Raiders to a 2-1 win over YSU in the 2019 campaign by scoring the second goal of his college career.
PRECISION TO EXCELLENCE
As a team, the Raiders rank 14th in the nation and first in the Horizon League in shot accuracy (.584). Lauren Borchert compiled a team of 12 shots on the frame, while Marcella Sizer and Michelle Rings are both 4 for 5 (.800) in shot attempts.
PACE OF ATTACK
Lauren Borchert ranks second in the HL in shots on goal (12) and fourth in total shots (20). The junior midfielder had multiple shots in seven matches, including a season-high four in WSU’s 1-0 win at Miami (OH). She scored unassisted goals in home wins over Central Michigan and Milwaukee. In national rankings, Borchert ranks 68th overall in shot accuracy (0.600).
Olivia Mace had three team-leading assists in eight games, good for second place in the conference. The Centerville, Ohio native entered the 2022 season with high expectations after earning Horizon League All-Freshman team honors last year. Mace has logged 2,100 minutes over 26 games (22 starts) since the 2021 campaign.
Kaylin Helinski had a breakout senior season for the Raiders, as she leads the team in points (5) and goals (T-1st, 2). The Bellville, Ohio native started the year with three career goals and no assists in 42 games (26 starts).
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Jessica Seward won Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week for the first time in her college career on Aug. 29 after leading WSU to back-to-back shutouts. In Wright State’s 1-0 win at Miami (OH), she made five saves, including four in the second half to preserve the shutout. The Navarre, Fla. native added three saves, all in the first half, in the Raiders’ 3-0 win over Central Michigan at home.
Seventeen Raiders appeared in the eight games, including six newcomers. Kaylee Pham, a freshman from nearby Springboro, recorded a team-best 711 minutes over eight starts. Five individuals in Pham, Kaylin Helinski, Olga Massombo, Jessica Sewardand Lauren Borchertstarted every game.
CAREER LEADERS (at Wright State only)
Josie Krupp – ten
Michelle Rings – 6
Olga Massombo, Kaylin Helinski& Lauren Borchert – 5
Josie Krupp, Michelle Rings& Olga Massombo – 6
Olivia Mace – 3
Lauren Borchert, Maddie Mitchell& Makaylee Zuercher – 2
Josie Krupp – 26
Michelle Rings – 18
Olga Massombo – 16
Jessica Seward – 133
Erin Baker – 27
Kiera Sarka – 6
Josie Krupp – 70
Michelle Rings – 52
Kaylin Helinski – 50
Michelle Rings – 37
Kaylin Helinski – 34
Olga Massombo – 33
Exhibition contests against Michigan State, West Michigan and Morehead State served as tune-ups for the 2022 season. Wright State wrapped up preseason play with a 3-0 victory on Morehead State at Alumni Field. Josie Krupp, Elise Canterand Annika Samborsky found the back of the net in the win, while Jessica Seward and Hanna Hargrave combined for the shutout in goal.
RETURN OF TALENT
Wright State fires 10 players who have recorded nine or more starts and more than 700 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 middle of their fifth year with the Raiders.
Massombo, Krupp, Maddie Mitchelland Michelle Rings found the back of the net several times a season ago, while Lauren Borchert tied for second on the team with two assists. Mace was the only Raiders to appear and start in all 18 games, totaling a team-leading 1,578 minutes. Jessica Seward is in her third season as a WSU goaltender, where she has 133 saves and three shutouts in 29 career starts.
MEET THE COACHES
The Raiders are led by second-year head coach Travis Sober, a longtime assistant coach at WSU, before taking the sideline reins last summer. The former Wright State men’s soccer standout helped the Raiders to victories over Marshall, Akron, IUPUI, Cleveland State and UIC in 2021. Assistant Coach Frail Abbey joined the Raiders in January 2022 after two seasons on staff at his alma mater Wingate University. Last fall, as interim head coach, she guided the Bulldogs to an 11-6 overall record.
WELCOME TO THE FAMILY
WSU welcomes 10 freshmen and two transfers to the team this season. Marcella Sizer joined the Raiders after three seasons at another Horizon League school, Youngstown State, where she had 23 points on 10 goals – two game winners – and three assists in three seasons.
Wright State’s 2022 roster includes 20 players from Ohio. Three Raiders in Elise Canter, Ashley Vaughnand Heidi Orloff came to WSU from nearby Beavercreek High School. Three other people in Annika Samborsky, Brandi Greenleeand Olivia Mace prepared at Centerville High School.
The Raiders were picked sixth in the Horizon League’s annual preseason poll, which the league’s 11 head coaches voted on. Oakland topped the conference poll while defending HL Tournament champion Milwaukee was a close second.
After YSU, the Raiders will prepare for a home game against Green Bay on Thursday, September 22. The conference game will begin at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN+.