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Troy Soccer Hosts Pair of In-state Rivals

Published: September 11, 2014

TROY, Ala. – The Troy University soccer team will host a pair of in-state rivals over the weekend at the Troy Soccer Complex. The Trojans will welcome Jacksonville State for a 4 p.m. kickoff on Friday and UAB at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Live video and live stats for both matches will be available at TroyTrojans.com.

Troy (4-2) enters the weekend on a four-game winning streak, matching the longest in program history. A win on Friday would mark the program’s best start since 2003. The team has not allowed a goal in 370 minutes of play. The last goal surrendered by the Trojans came in the 80th minute against Louisiana Tech on August 24.

During the team’s recent run, junior midfielder Alissa Jones and freshman goalkeeper Mikki Lewis have been phenomenal. In the last four matches, Jones has scored five goals and recorded two assists while Lewis hasn’t allow a goal in her last 280 minutes in the net. Freshman forward Natalie Melillo has also enjoyed recent success scoring the first two goals of her career.

Jacksonville State (3-3) enters the contest on Friday following a 2-0 loss to Alabama. The Gamecocks have played one common opponent as the Trojans this season. JSU defeated Gardner-Webb, 1-0, on August 24. Troy knocked of the Runnin’ Bulldogs by the same score in its last game on September 5.

UAB (2-3) will travel to face Alabama on Friday before making its way to Troy. The Blazers enter the weekend on a three-game skid having lost to Duke, Jacksonville and Illinois.

Jacksonville State owns a 10-3 record all-time versus Troy including a 1-0, double overtime win last season. UAB and Troy played for the first time ever last season, a 6-2 Blazer victory.

For more information on Troy soccer visit TroyTrojans.com or follow the team on Twitter at @TroyTrojansWSOC.

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