PREVIEW: Women’s soccer returns home to take on Purdue Fort Wayne

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Women’s soccer hosts Purdue Fort Wayne. Photo Credit: David Auth

By Samantha Dutch, Contributor

CANONSBURG, Pa.– After traveling to Illinois to play the UIC Flames (3-0, 3-0 Horizon), the Colonials (1-3, 0-3) are back at home for their next matchup against Purdue Fort Wayne (2-1, 1-1). The two teams are set to meet on March 3 at 1:00 p.m.

The Colonials and Mastodons have faced off three times in program history with the most recent coming in 2019 at the North Athletic Complex where the teams played to a 1-1 tie. The Mastodons hold the series lead with a 2-0-1 record.

Recapping RMU

The Colonials bear the bottom of the rankings, having played four games thus far and having lost three of them. Their sole win this season was against Saint Francis, their former Northeast Conference opponent. They lost their first two games against Milwaukee, and then Northern Kentucky in double-overtime. RMU most recently fell to UIC 3-1, with Gabriella Lecuona securing the lone Colonials goal in the 77th minute of play.

Scouting the Mastodons

Purdue Fort Wayne has a record of 2-1, finding victory against Cleveland State (3-2) and Findlay of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) with a score of 2-0. Their only loss this season was against Milwaukee, the current leader of the Horizon League Standings, as they maintained a low 1-0 score. The team’s 2019 cumulative record was 4-10-4 and 0-6-2 in the Summit League, also new to the Horizon League.

Players to Watch

Courtney Hurey (RMU) – Possessing more of a defensive tactic, Hurey netted the assist on Lecuona’s goal. She has an impressive history including being named to the All-Section team as a central defender and midfielder at West Allegheny, and playing for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds’ club team.

Gabriella Lecuona (RMU) – Lecuona scored RMU’s sole goal against UIC, a team that had a clean record sheet before her, making her a valuable asset when it comes to placing pressure on talented defenses.

Rylee Vruggink (PFW) – Starting her collegiate career off on a strong foot, Vruggink scored the team’s first goal in their previous game. Before PFW, she has recorded 45 assists and 30 goals in her high-school career.

Kailyn Wade (PFW) – The senior forward has had numerous crucial goals for Purdue, including her most recent goal against Cleveland State, and she fires many shots on net.

Prediction

Robert Morris will fall to Purdue Fort Wayne 2-1.