Women’s soccer looks to shake losing streak as it heads to Valparaiso

This Sunday the BG women’s soccer team, 1-4-0, will kick off against Valparaiso University, 2-2-1, at 2 p.m. Eastern Time.

The away game will be available on the internet at bgsufalcons.com.

The Falcons are coming off of a two-game losing streak against the University of Minnesota and Western Kentucky University. Both games were played at the Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium in St. Paul, Minn.

Valparaiso is also coming off of a two game losing streak. They won their first two games of the season, which were at home against IUPUI and Towson University; they tied their third game at home against Kent State and lost at DePaul University 1-0 and at the University of Iowa 3-1.

They will play Western Michigan tonight before facing the Falcons Sunday afternoon.

The Falcons faced Valparaiso last fall at Cochran Field and lost 4-1. They also played them again this past February as a part of their spring season.

“Valparaiso is a team we are familiar with,” said head coach Kellie Evans. “Kelsey Draper plays for Valparaiso and she is the twin sister of our Kaylee Draper.”

Kristen Manski, the goalkeeper for Valparaiso University, has a GAA of 0.96 and has recorded two shutouts this season. Manski has a save percentage of .773.

Falcons goalkeeper Becca Ison has a GAA of 2.88 and a save percentage of .588.

The current top scorer for the Falcons is junior Tracy Togba, who has one goal and one assist. The top scorers for Valparaiso are Luisa Desario, Sarrah Ludwig and Trisha Wladecki who each have one goal and no assists.

“We are just going to get more organized and look at some stuff that we need to do and hope to be able to attack,” Evans said. “Valparaiso is going to be a good opponent and by all means organized, but it should be a good game.”

After the Falcons play Valparaiso, they will return home for four games before heading back on the road again. They will begin their home series on Friday Sept. 14 by playing Illinois State at 7 p.m.