The Sycamores soccer team will be heading into conference play Saturday as they host the Evansville Aces. They are heading into this game with good momentum after defeating Purdue Fort Wayne 3-0 last Sunday. Although the Mastadons have a history of losing to ISU, they were a force to be reckoned with as they were off to their best start in program history. The Sycamores are happy to gain some confidence after losing six of their first seven games of the season. Indiana State Head Coach Julie Hanley stated, “anytime the kids have some confidence before heading into those conference games it’s never a bad thing,” after her win against PFW. They will be facing a 1-7-1 Evansville team as the Aces are coming off of a 1-0 loss to IUPUI last week.
Although Evansville’s record is not the best they are still a team that should be not taken lightly. The Aces are a young team with junior Michaela Till defending their goal with 49 saves under her belt this season. The Sycamore defense will also have to be start fast and finish as sophomore, Emily Ormson leads Evansville in scoring with five goals on the season. As for ISU, they are confident with the defense they have as Hannah Sullivan continues to be the defensive stud that the trees need.
Hannah is having an outstanding season as she is 76 percent on saves. She posted a shutout last game against Purdue Fort Wayne and now has 148 career saves with the Sycamores – which is fifth-best in school history. She will be a problem for the Aces as they are struggling as a unit offensively. Sullivan stated, “It’s all about staying positive. Everyone knows when they have made a mistake so that doesn’t need to be reiterated to them. They just need to know ‘you’re a great player and have capabilities to do great things.” Positivity is definitely a must for ISU especially with the rough start they have had.
Offensively, the Sycamores must use their home field to their advantage. Freshman Celeste Wahlberg is quick and the artificial turf will only add to her quick moments. She leads her team in scoring and has the second highest shot percentage on the team. The Trees are 50 percent with shots on goals. Both teams will need to come together if they want to win this conference matchup. The game is Saturday at Memorial stadium in Terre Haute at 7 p.m.