Mastodon WSOC Visits SIUE and Southern Indiana

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne women’s soccer will hit the road for a pair of road games at SIUE and Southern Indiana this week.

 

 

 

Game Day Information (Friday)

Who: SIUE Cougars

When: Friday, August 25 | 8 PM ET

Where: Edwardsville, Ill. | Korte Stadium

Live Stats: Link

Watch: ESPN+

Match Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne | SIUE

Game Day Information (Sunday)

Who: Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles

When: Sunday, August 27 | 3 PM ET

Where: Evansville, Ind. | Strassweg Field

Live Stats: Link

Watch: ESPN+

Match Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne | Southern Indiana

Know Your Foes

• SIUE is 0-2 to start the season with losses to Missouri State and Milwaukee. The Cougars fell to the 2022 Horizon League champions 3-1, getting a goal from Ella Robinson less than a minute before halftime. Four different Cougars have one shot each.

 

• Southern Indiana is 0-1-1 and is coming off a tie with North Alabama. The Screaming Eagles will play at Wright State on Thursday before welcoming the ‘Dons on Sunday. USI fell to IUPUI 2-0 in the season opener. USI managed a draw with North Alabama thanks to a 21st minute goal from Maggie Duggan.

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Series Histories

• SIUE leads the series 3-1 against the Mastodons, but the two teams have not met since 2010. The Cougars won that meeting in Fort Wayne 4-3, but the ‘Dons won the last time they met in Illinois, a 2-1 win for the visitors in 2009.

 

• Southern Indiana is up 2-1 in the all-time series against the ‘Dons, but the two schools have only played once as Division I foes, which came last season. Zoe Greenhalge scored the game-winning goal just two minutes into the game.

 

On the Saint Francis Win…

In the Mastodons’ win over Saint Francis (IN) on August 20, the Mastodons tied a pair of program records. The ‘Dons allowed just one shot on goal, which ties a Division I era record, and scored seven goals, which ties an all-time record.

 

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All Eyes on Sam

Samantha Castaneda was selected to the United Soccer Coaches Players to Watch List in early August. She was one of nine goalkeepers in the country on the list.

 

Set Expectations

The Mastodons were picked third in the Horizon League preseason poll. This is the second-highest a Mastodon women’s soccer team has ever been picked to finish in a league preseason poll. The ‘Dons were picked to finish second in the Summit League in 2013.

 

Familiar Faces

Nine Mastodons return for 2023 that started at least 17 of the 19 games last season.

Shut Down and Shut Out

Purdue Fort Wayne had eight shutouts last season, which was a program-best.

Brick Wall Castaneda

Samantha Castaneda owns a 1.04 career goals against average, which is the best in program history among those that played at least 750 minutes in the net. This beats out the second-best of 1.68 from Sam Pavlika (2012-14). Her mark of 0.74 GAA in 2022 is the best for a year-long average, topping Pavlika’s 1.07 in 2012. Castaneda’s 11 shutouts in her career is also a program-best.

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Home Sweet Hefner!

Purdue Fort Wayne finished the 2022 regular season with an unbeaten record at the Hefner Soccer Complex, going 6-0-3 in front of its home crowd. It was the first time in program history that the Mastodons had an unbeaten record at home.

 

In The Horizon League Record Book

Samantha Castaneda’s four Player of the Week awards ties for the fifth-most of any Horizon League player in league history. Only Sam Hagen (15, Milwaukee, 2008-11), Elaina LaMacchia (9, Milwaukee, 2018-21), Erin Kane (6, Milwaukee, 2005-08) and Mallory Geurts (5, Milwaukee, 2016-17) are ahead of Castaneda.

 

Last Time Out

Purdue Fort Wayne topped Saint Francis (Ind.) 7-0 at the Hefner Soccer Complex on Sunday (Aug. 20).

Coming Up

Purdue Fort Wayne will host a pair of non-league matches when Eastern Illinois (Aug. 31) and reigning Missouri Valley Conference regular season champion Valparaiso (Sept. 3) come to the Hefner Soccer Complex.

~ Feel the Rumble ~

By Jhone Marky

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