OKLAHOMA CITY – The No. 5-ranked St. Edward’s University women’s soccer team scored a season-high four goals Saturday in its shutout victory over Oklahoma Christian at Eagle Soccer Field.
Sophomore Katherine Whitman struck first for the Hilltoppers in the 13’. Fellow sophomore India Wentz sent a crossing pass in from the outside and Whitman knocked home from eight yards out.
Senior Viktoria Malmros made it 2-0 in the 32’ on assists from Kelly Andrus and Jenna Lipscomb. Then, senior Whytneigh Duffie capped the first-half scoring with her first strike of the season in the 38’ – sending the ball in off the right post.
SEU added insurance in the second half off of the foot of freshman Dominique Giannini in the 68’ to make it 4-0. Sophomore goalkeeper Ocoee Wilson made two saves to grab her sixth-straight shutout.
· Wilson has yet to be scored on as a Hilltopper with six shutouts and a record of 4-0-2.
· The Steamboat Springs, Colo., native remains tied for first in the nation in goals-against average (0.00) and save percentage (1.000).
· Whitman’s goal was the first of her career and her first points since Oct. 27, 2016.
· Freshmen Elianna Chavez and Giannini scored the first points of their careers with an assist and goal, respectively.
· Malmros set a career high Saturday with three points on a goal and an assist – she now has 10-career points.
· Senior Kelly Andrus surpassed 50-career shots Saturday.
· The last time SEU recorded six-straight shutouts was 2013.
· St. Edward’s last unbeaten start though six games came in 2013.
· The Hilltoppers have gone unbeaten in 18-straight Heartland Conference matches.
· Head Coach Nick Cowell’s career record is 395-120-39 overall and 179-34-18 at St. Edward’s.
STAT OF THE GAME I
641 – The Hilltoppers have not surrendered a goal in 641 minutes of action, dating back to the 63' of the first-round match of the NCAA Tournament in 2016.
STAT OF THE GAME II
30 – St. Edward’s attempted 30 shots Saturday – the most in a match since 2013 and fifth-most since 2012.
Head Coach Nick Cowell on the offensive production…
“I was happy with the way we asserted ourselves offensively right from the start, despite kicking against the wind in the first half. I was also excited to see some players come off the bench and perform well. We know we will have bigger challenges ahead, and I am looking forward to the team continuing to grow together.”
The Hilltoppers host Rogers State Thursday at 3 p.m. at Lewis-Chen Family Field. Live stats and video will be available at GoHilltoppers.com. The match is also the 2017 SEU Faculty and Staff Appreciation match.
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