PREVIEW: Women’s soccer travels to UIC

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Women’s soccer travels to UIC for a road tilt. Photo Credit: David Auth

By Samantha Dutch, Contributor

CHICAGO– Coming off of their first win, Robert Morris (1-2-0, 0-2-0 Horizon) hits the road to Chicago to take on the University of Illinois-Chicago Flames. The matchup will take place on February 24 at 1:00 p.m. at Loves Park Indoor Sports Center.

Recapping RMU

Having lost their first game against Milwaukee 5-1 and then falling to Northern Kentucky in double-overtime 1-0, the Colonials were ecstatic to win their first game this past Wednesday, February 17, against former Northeast Conference opponent Saint Francis. The final score was 3-0, with Kaoru Hayashi recording two goals and one assist, Haleigh Finale with the third and final goal, as well as Bailey Farabaugh also having an assist.

Scouting UIC

The Flames have won both of their games so far, starting their season with a win at Oakland 1-0, and their second at Youngstown State with a final score of 2-0, placing them tied for first in the Horizon League standings. In their 2019 season, UIC had a record of 12-6-1, and they had six All-Horizon League Players. When it comes to shutouts, shutout percentage, save against, and goals-against average, the Flames are within the top-20 in the nation.

Players to Watch

Bailey Farabaugh (RMU) – Farabaugh’s assist against Saint Francis, as well as a shot on goal, proves her to be a useful component for the Colonials. She has totaled many shots over her time on the team and contributes in both midfield and forward positions.

Brittany O’Connell (RMU) – A senior midfielder, O’Connell started all 18 games in the Colonials’ previous season, totaling 18 shots on goal and three goals. Having an impact in the middle of the field, O’Connell could be crucial in stopping plays from getting to RMU’s defense and possibly creating attacking opportunities as well.

Keri Birkenhead (UIC) – Having an impressive stat line from UIC’s previous game of six shots (four on goal) and one goal, senior forward Birkenhead places great pressure on the net.

Lena Kurz (UIC) – Germany native Lena Kurz picked up where she left off in 2019, achieving her 11th career shutout against Oakland. As a junior, she was named the Horizon League’s Goalkeeper of the Year, and this past week she earned the title of Defensive Player of the Week for the third time. She has yet to let up a goal in UIC’s two games this season.

Prediction

Robert Morris will fall to UIC 2-0.