Sept. 4, 2008
2-0 Bearcats Return to Home Pitch
MARYVILLE, Mo.-Fresh off two shutout victories last weekend in Kansas, the Northwest Missouri State soccer team returns to its home pitch to host the Bearcat Classic Friday and Sunday.
Northwest (2-0) takes on in-region foe Northeastern State (1-0) at 2 p.m. Friday and welcomes Wayne State (0-2-1) to Maryville Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Rockhurst (0-1) completes the four-team Classic and will take on Wayne State Friday (4:30 p.m.) and Northeastern State Sunday (noon).
The Bearcats faced both their opponents a year ago, dropping a 3-1 decision on the road at Northeastern State and outdueling Wayne State at home 2-1, but it's a new Northwest team that featured six new starters in last weekend's back-to-back 2-0 victories.
Two of the new faces included junior Andrea Tritz, who scored in each of the Bearcats' two games last weekend, and junior Kira Lazenby, who posted four saves at goalkeeper.
The defense, which allowed 11 total shots in two games, featured freshmen Kate Horvat and Jacque Dedovesh and was anchored by returning starter Amanda Olah and senior Jessica Braun, who missed much of 2007 to injury.
They'll face a tough challenge in Northeastern State Friday, which scored five goals in its opening win against Harding a week ago. The RiverHawks return their top four scorers from 2007 and their goalkeeper in sophomore Patricia Nardy.
Wayne State won just once in 2007 after posting back-to-back 10-win seasons in 2005 and 2006. Like Northwest, the Wildcats faced Southwestern Oklahoma and Newman last weekend in Kansas. Wayne State tied Newman 1-1 and lost a 1-0 decision to Southwestern Oklahoma.
Northwest is 2-0 to begin a season for the first time in program history (since 1999) and has a chance to equal its longest winning streak with a win Friday. Head Coach Tracy Hoza is 3-2 in home openers at Northwest and has enjoyed a scoring advantage of 12-8 in those five contests.
The Bearcats are one of six MIAA teams that made it through the first weekend undefeated and one of four that has yet to allow a goal. Northwest begins its 16-game conference schedule next Thursday at Truman.
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