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Women improving in non-conference play

Looking to build onto its 2-2 record, the BG women’s soccer team will have two tough challenges in this weekend’s play.

BG is matched up against Wright State today in a home match. The Raiders are a team that has defeated the Falcons the past three years. Sunday the Falcons take on Purdue, which recently knocked off No. 1 Portland, winning will not be an easy task.

“With every non-conference game, the performance is more important than the result,” said BG coach Andy Richards.

“Right now it is about the team performance and continuing to get better.”

The team will take the field today following two games earlier in the day as part of an invitational hosted by the men’s soccer team, with the women’s game set to begin roughly around 5 p.m.

BG returns home to Cochrane Field following a two-game road trip last weekend to take on WSU.

“They are a very organized, hard-working team. They will give us some problems,” said Richards of the Raiders.

So far, this season in terms of offense, has been a tale of two sophomores, with Stacey Lucas netting two goals in one game this season and classmate Faith Juillerat scoring a goal in last weekend’s Murray State match, accounting for all of the goals scored so far this season.

For this weekend, Richards hopes the team as a whole rises to the challenge as he is not looking for one player in particular to stand out in such a well-balanced roster this season.

“I don’t know if this team has a player that can step up and score a goal every game,” Richards said, noting that the strength of his team depends on a cumulative effort by all.

Following the home match, BG will travel to West Lafayette, Ind. to take on the Boilermakers who are coming off a huge win and have the home field advantage.

“They are a Big Ten team, so they are going to have some great athletes on the team,” said Richards.

“For us we are in a no lose situation” The expectation for us will be low,” Richards said, who prefers the underdog position going into the Purdue match.

This is not the first time the Falcons have been the underdog, going up against powerhouses in West Virginia and Kentucky in the team’s first two weeks of play.

“There is no reason we can’t make it a competitive game.”

In preparation for this weekend’s games, BG has been working on team fitness and style of play. BG has also rid itself of irregularities in play that have shown up early this season, according to Richards, whose team was plagued by illness this week.

“Everyday we seemed to have lost two to three players in practice,” Richards said.

Emphasizing performance over winning in non-conference play, Richards added he would be happy with a split on the weekend.

Although, “two wins would be absolutely huge for us,” Richards said.

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