Women's Soccer Takes on Grinnell before IIAC Opener on Saturday

Women's Soccer Takes on Grinnell before IIAC Opener on Saturday

The Buena Vista women's soccer team takes the field Wednesday afternoon at Grinnell College for its final tune-up before kicking off Iowa Conference play on Saturday at home against Luther College.

Wednesday Broadcast Info:
Live Stats: http://www.sidearmstats.com/wartburg/wvball/
Live Video: https://livestream.com/wartburgknightvision/vb17

Saturday Broadcast Info:
Live Stats: http://www.bvuathletics.com/sports/wsoc/2017-18/boxscores/20170930_yvzh.xml
Live Video: http://www.bvuathletics.com/links/94t2jb
Live Audio: http://kbvu.streamon.fm/

Team Previews:

About Grinnell: The Pioneers (4-4) have won consecutive matches coming into play this afternoon to get back to .500 on the year.  Both wins came at home to start Midwest Conference play following a pair of tough 1-0 setbacks.  Today marks the fourth Iowa Conference opponent for Grinnell this seaon, and its first since starting the year with three straight IIAC foes.  It edged Simpson, 2-0, to begin the year before being shutout, 2-0 and 4-0, respectively against Coe and Central.  For the year, the Pioneers have outscored opponents, 15-12, and have recorded 78 shots-on-goal through the first eight matches.  Francesca Varias and Valencia Alvarez each have three goals with Varias also dishing out two assists to hold a slim 8-7 edge in total points.  Three players follow with two goals as Lilyrose Weis is tied with Varias for the team lead in assists.  Defensively, the team has allowed just 78 total shots and has gotten solid play in-goal from goalkeepers Regan Kasprak and Elizabeth Hunt.  Kasprak has started seven of the eight matches and played the majority of the minutes, allowing nine goals and registering 22 saves for a goals-against average of 1.51.  Hunt has played just under 200 total minutes and has surrendered three goals while postinig 14 saves.  The Pioneers are coming off a 9-7-3 campaign a year ago where they finished 6-2-1 in conference play.

Luther: The Norse (4-4, 1-0 IIAC) moved back to .500 on the year with a 2-1 home victory over Nebraska Wesleyan this past Saturday to begin their conference schedule.  The team will step out of league play tonight to host UW-Whitewater before taking on the Beavers in Storm Lake on Saturday.  Luther received a pair of first-place votes in this year's coaches poll and were picked to finish third following a 2016 campaign that saw the Norse go 13-3-3 (6-0-2) and win both the regular season and tournament championships.  The team has its fifth-year senior goalkeeper, Lauren Thormodsgard, back this season after earning First Team All-IIAC accolades a year ago after posting a 0.75 goals-against-average.  In all matches so far this season, she has surrendered 12 goals and ranks seventh in the league.  She is also sixth in saves per contest (5.14).  The Norse have also scored 12 goals on the year, led by Ellie Schmid's team-high four.  Maggie Anderson is one of three players to have found the back of the next twice while she also has two assists to sit second on the team with six points.  Meredith Arpey is the team leader with three assists.

About Buena Vista: The Beavers (2-6-1, 0-0 IIAC) enter the week looking to put an end to a tough five-match losing skid.  Two of those setbacks have been by one goal and two others by just two.  The team has scored 11 goals on the year but has seen opponents score 23 times.  Caroline Maher has helped lead the offensive attack with a team-high six goals - a total that also ranks her third in the IIAC.  Rachel Tice is the only other player with multiple goals (2), and she has also dished out a team-leading two assists.  As a team, BVU is averaging just shy of 6.0 shots-on-goal per outing which is seventh in the league in all matches played.  Defensively, Rachel Novotny and Katie Voortman have split time in-goal for a team that is third in the IIAC in saves per match (6.44).  Novotny has played the majority of the minutes (640:00) and has allowed 20 goals and posted 44 saves.  Voortman has played 209:13, allowing three goals and saving 14 shots.  BVU will look to open IIAC play Saturday on the right foot.  The team is working to qualify into its first-ever IIAC Tournament.

Looking Ahead: Following Saturday's Iowa Conference opener, the Beavers will continue the league schedule next Wednesday, October 4, when they travel to Loras College for a 5:00pm match.