Sept. 20, 2006
Women's soccer opens A-10 play as part of Rivalry Day against Xavier on Friday (Sept. 22) at 5:30 p.m. ET at Baujan Field. In 22 years of play, dating back to UD's first season in 1984, the Flyers own a commanding 15-5-2 all-time series record over the Musketeers, including a streak of eight wins in a row. However, as rivalries always go, the score and the intensity are much closer than the records show. 12 of the 22 games between the two have been decided by one goal or less.&nbsp;It should be a battle&nbsp;as both teams will try to be the champion of the I-75 rivalry. Men's soccer will continue Rivalry Day as they follow with a match against Wright State at 8:00 p.m. On Sunday (Sept. 24), the Flyers will head&nbsp;north&nbsp;to play at Oakland University at 1:00 p.m. E.T.
On Friday, AAA is letting fans be a part of the action. NASCAR and soccer fans can experience Mark Martin's AAA No. 6 Ford Fusion show car and a virtual NASCAR simulator from 4 to 8 p.m. The life-sized replica of the car Martin drives in NEXTEL Cup races and the NASCAR simulator are free and open to the public. However, the simulator is open only to&nbsp;those having a valid driver's license or college ID.
WEEKEND IN REVIEW
The Flyers (1-3-3) went 1-1 last weekend at the Ohio State Invitational Tournament, gaining their first win of the 2006 season. On Friday (Sept. 15), UD defeated the Washington Huskies 1-0 on a game-winning goal with just 15 minutes left in the match by freshman Caitlin Proffitt. Proffitt received the ball at her foot from a header by Annette Bonasso, turned on a defender, and placed the ball passed the Huskie's goalie for her second goal of the year to secure the win. On Sunday (Sept. 17), Dayton battled a physical #10 California but went down early by two goals and could not catch up. A few missed scoring chances early in the game in front of the goal by UD seemed to haunt the Flyers all game as the Golden Bears used their height to an advantage scoring both of their goals off corner kicks.
OSU INVITE ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Freshmen Tasha Dittamore and Caitlin Proffitt, along with junior Kristen Persichini were named to the Ohio State Invitational All-Tournament team on Sunday for their performances against Washington and #10 California last weekend. Proffitt scored the game-winner versus the Huskies on Friday, and Dittamore secured a shut-out including two key saves in her first collegiate start in the same game.
The Musketeers (3-5-0) went 1-1 last weekend as they defeated Morehead State 3-0 on Friday night (Sept.15) behind a two goal effort from Amber Silvis.&nbsp;&nbsp;They fell to Ball State 3-2 on a free-kick in overtime on Sunday (Sept. 17). Xaviex is led on the year by senior forward Angie Scarlato who has five goals and two assists giving her a total of 12 points. In 2005, Xavier went 9-7-2, setting school winning records for regular season conference play (4-3-2) and regular season non-conference play (5-4).
The Golden Grizzlies (1-5-0) come off a 1-1 weekend as well, topping Western Michigan 3-2 in overtime on Friday (Sept. 15) and losing a tight one at home 3-2 to Loyola Marymount on Sunday (Sept. 17). Junior Kristi Tomczyk, who was tabbed Mid-Continent Player of the Week this week, leads the team on the year with three goals and one assist totaling seven points. In 2005, Oakland went 9-8-1, finishing as co-Mid Continent Conference regular season champions, before falling in the finals of the conference tournament. The Flyers hold a two-to-one all-time series advantage over the Golden Grizzlies, with UD winning the last match 2-1 in 2004.
Following this weekend's play, UD will continue A-10 conference play as they head out to the New England area to take Massachusetts Friday, October 6 at 4:00 p.m. ET and Rhode Island Sunday, October 8 at 12:00 p.m. ET, completing a three-game road stand.