Sept. 18, 2008
Northwest Soccer Hosts Missouri Southern Today at 4 p.m.
MARYVILLE, Mo.-Two of the top offensive tandems in the MIAA square off today as Holly Ramaeker and Andrea Tritz lead the Northwest Bearcats (5-1, 1-1 MIAA) against Nikki Llewellyn, Stephanie Heines and the Missouri Southern Lions (2-3, 0-2) at 4 p.m. on Bearcat Pitch.
The teams split a pair of 1-0 matches last season. Krista Pollman scored the lone goal for Northwest while Llewellyn came through for the Lions.
Llewellyn is a three-time, first-team All-MIAA pick, who's also the fourth-leading goal scorer in league history (42, one behind Washburn senior Jessica Mainz). Her 18 goals in 2007 was one shy of the MIAA's single-season record.
Llewellyn and teammate Stephanie Heines have each scored four times this season, accounting for all but two of the Lions' goals.
For the Bearcats, Ramaeker and Tritz are tied for third in the league with five goals each. Ramaeker became the fourth player in Northwest history to record a hat trick, scoring three times in the Bearcats' 3-1 win against Missouri Western last weekend. Tritz set a program record by scoring in four consecutive games to start the season.
Both Ramaeker and Llewellyn will match up as midfielders. Tritz and Heines will lineup as forwards.
The difference in the contest could be the play of the defensive units. The Bearcats, led by senior defender Jessica Braun and goalkeeper Kira Lazenby have posted three shutouts and allowed four goals in six games. The Lions have surrendered a league-high 15 goals in five games.
Senior Lisa Senkle has waited two years for the starting goalkeeper role to open at Missouri Southern. She's teamed with a young defensive line headed by freshmen Laura Creason and Kara Hammann. Five of the seven defenders on the Missouri Southern roster are first-year players.
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