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LAKELAND, Fla.- The No. 3 Southeastern University women’s soccer team is set to enjoy a lengthy stay on its home pitch. After playing four if their first five matches on the road, the Fire opened up a six-game home stand with a 6-1 victory over the Brewton-Parker College Barons this past Saturday night. The Fire welcome the Hope International University Royals to the SEU Soccer Complex on Wednesday night meeting before hosting the No. 8 University of Northwestern Ohio Racers for a mid-day NAIA Top-10 showdown on Saturday.
GAME:
SEU Soccer Complex, Lakeland, Fla.
Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. No. 3 Southeastern (5-1) vs. Hope International (3-3)
Saturday, 12:00 p.m. No. 3 Southeastern (5-1) vs. Northwestern Ohio (4-0)
FIRE FOCUS:
Southeastern is currently riding a five-match win streak. During that stretch, SEU has outscored opposing sides 24-2.
The Fire out-shot the Rams and the Barons a combined 54-1 last week.
Senior forward Uchenna Kanu is averaging a hat trick per game over her last three outings.
Senior transfer outside back Siobhan Longmore has totaled four assists coming off the bench over her last two games played.
As a team, SEU is generating a majority of its offense in the second half, specifically in the later minutes of contests. The Fire have netted 90% (27-30) of their goals in the second half this season and of those second-half tallies, 44.4% (12-27) have come in the final 30 minutes of play.
The Fire are 33-0-2 all-time at the SEU Soccer Complex under the direction of head coach Randy Belli.
SEU is 14-7-3 (.646) all-time against NAIA-ranked or receiving votes opponents with Belli at the helm.
FIRE FIRST:
This marks the first time SEU has faced either Hope International or Northwestern Ohio in program history.
THE ROYALS:
After a 13-6-2 2018 campaign in which HIU won the Golden State Athletic Conference and advanced to the NAIA Opening Round, the Royals have had a tough start to 2019.
Hope International fell out of the NAIA Top-25 after losses to Rocky Mountain (6-3), RV Marian (4-0), and No. 14 Eastern Oregon (6-0).
The Royals returned their leading offensive producer from last season in senior midfielder Leigha Williams. After netting 13 goals and recording 15 assists in 2018, Williams has scored four times and registered an assist thus far.
Junior forward Cassie Soto has been the top goal manufacturer for HIU up to this point. The Santiago Canyon Community College product has posted back-to-back multi-goal efforts to lead the Royals with six goals and has also recorded five assists.
THE RACERS:
UNOH is coming off a 13-5-3 2018 season in which the Racers failed to advance to the NAIA National Championship Final Site for the first time since 2013.
Northwestern Ohio is off to a 4-0 start, scoring momentous 2-0 win on the road at No. 4 Spring Arbor on September 7.
Prior to allowing two goals to IU-East in their most recent contest, the Racers had shut out each of their previous three opponents.
The Racers are without their top goal scorers last season in Jackie Gardner (15 G, 8 A) and Iris Rabot (14 G, 11 A), who accounted for 43.3% of the team’s scores in 2018.
Freshman forward Jeweleen Reuille leads UNOH with four goals scored thus far.
TALE OF THE TAPE:
SEU
Goals per Game: 4.3
Shots per Game: 20.5
Shots on Goal per Game: 10.3
Shutouts: 3
Individual Goals Leader: Uchenna Kanu (12)
Individual Assists Leader: Uchenna Kanu/Siobhan Longmore (4)
Individual Saves Leader: Holly Eddins (16)
HIU
Goals per Game: 3.5
Shots per Game: 18.7
Shots on Goal per Game: 10.5
Shutouts: 3
Individual Goals Leader: Cassie Soto (6)
Individual Assists Leader: Cassie Soto (5)
Individual Saves Leader: Amber Vasconcellos (24)
UNOH
Goals per Game: 2.3
Shots per Game: 16.3
Shots on Goal per Game: 9.3
Shutouts: 3
Individual Goals Leader: Jeweleen Reuille (4)
Individual Assists Leader: Agnes Stefansdottir (2)
Individual Saves Leader: Lisa Venrath (3)
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