Women's Soccer Faces Road Test at Wilmington on Wednesday

Women's Soccer Faces Road Test at Wilmington on Wednesday

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RICHMOND, Indiana – The Earlham College women's soccer team looks to win its third straight game on Wednesday when the Quakers travel to Wilmington College for a 7 p.m. game in the Quaker Bowl rivalry.

The Teams: Earlham and Wilmington. The Earlham Quakers are 2-2-0 this season having won their last two contests, 12-1 over MacMurray College and 4-0 over Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, last week. The Wilmington Quakers host their first three games all by one goal, but rebounded with an 8-0 shutout win over Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) member Manchester University on Saturday.

The Coaches: Chad Hardin is in his second year as Earlham's head women's soccer coach. He previously achieved a 43-42-5 record in five seasons at Marian University under Hardin after a 6-27-2 mark the previous two seasons. After Marian, Hardin spent two seasons as head boys' soccer coach at Scecina Memorial High School. Steve Spirk, a Wilmington alumnus, has been the head coach since the 1992 season and has led his Quakers to six NCAA Division III Tournament appearances.

The Players: A trio of freshmen lead Earlham offensively. Jordan Blackburne and Chloe Lamenzo have both scored four goals while Lamenzo has also tallied an assist. Erin Welsh has scored two goals and assisted on three others while freshmen Hailey Beel and Yana Miller both have four points. Sophomore goalkeeper Sari Stissi, who earned a shutout win over St. Mary-Woods, has a 1.00 goals against average. Hannah Greaney and Ashley Lovett lead Wilmington offensively with two goals each.

Historic Game: The Quakers have not scored over eight goals since the 2004 season until the 12-1 win over MacMurray last Thursday.

HCAC Offensive Player of the Week: Chloe Lamenzo is the reigning HCAC Offensive Player of the Week after scoring four goals and assisting on another last week.

Youth Movement: Earlham's top four offensive producers are all freshmen. Furthermore, 34 of 44 offensive points have come from first-years.

Quaker Bowl Rivalry: Earlham and Wilmington announced this year that the two schools will compete for the Quaker Bowl, a traveling trophy between the two athletics departments. Wilmington currently leads the 2017-18 academic year 1-0 courtesy of a 49-20 win in football.

Recent History: Earlham is 1-4 against Wilmington since joining the HCAC prior to the 2010 season.

Coverage: Live statistics and live video of the contest will be available – visit the links above.

Social Media: Earlham athletics is represented on Facebook (Earlham Quakers Athletics), Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat (@Earlham Quakers). The Quakers also have a mobile application (Earlham Athletics Front Row) available for download on the App Store and Google Play.

Up Next: Earlham hosts Berea College at 1 p.m. on Saturday.