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Friday, 12 October 2012 13:51

BU at GU Earns NAIA Game of the Week

Bailey Sosa and the Wildcats take on No. 17 Graceland in the NAIA's Game of the Week on Saturday Bailey Sosa and the Wildcats take on No. 17 Graceland in the NAIA's Game of the Week on Saturday

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – This Saturday’s Heart of America Athletic Conference match between No. 14 ranked Baker University and No. 17 Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa has been tabbed the NAIA Women’s Soccer Game of the Week.

The Wildcats and Yellowjackets will kick off at 5 p.m. at the Rasmussen Soccer Complex.

The two sides are currently unbeaten (3-0-0) in the league and tied with No. 25 Benedictine (Kan.) at the top of the standings.

Graceland owns a 5-2-1 record in the series (dating back to 2007), including a 3-0-1 mark in Lamoni. However, Baker won both meetings between the two sides last season.

Baker, who has won 8-of-9 since opening the season 1-1-1, is 2-2-0 in road contests and has one win - 5-1 against then-No. 21 Texas at Brownsville on Sept. 2 - in four attempts against ranked opponents. 

Since 2008, the Wildcats are 20-18-5 in true road contests. Baker owns a 33-11 scoring advantage this season, aided in large part by a trio of goal scorers in Alexa Fryer, Finola Corley and Jordan Dolbin.

Fryer leads the team with 10 goals this season, while Corley is second with eight. Doblin leads the team and is fourth nationally with nine assists. She also owns six goals.

Rachel Theobald has played every game between the pipes for Baker this season and owns a 0.960 goals against average in 1,031:30 minutes of action. She boasts four shutouts, including back-to-back clean sheets against HAAC conference foes Avila (Mo.) on Oct. 6 and MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) on Oct. 9.

Graceland enters the contest riding an eight-match win streak, including a 2-0 victory against Culver-Stockton (Mo.) on Wednesday. During the streak, the Yellowjackets have outscored opponents 19-6, including three shutout victories.

Dating back to 2007, the Yellowjackets have been nearly unbeatable at home, posting a 40-1-7 record in Lamoni, including a 4-0-0 mark this season. Graceland's only loss during that period came last season against St. Ambrose (Iowa.), 2-1.

A key to the Yellowjackets' success this season has been the play of Gisela Arrieta, who ranks sixth in the NAIA in game winning goals (5), seventh in shots per game (6.14), 14th in points (33) and 14th in goals (14). She has lit the scoreboard in 10-of-14 matches this season, including four multi-goal performances. For her career, Arrieta has netted 69 goals in 63 matches (1.1 goals per game). 

Stefany Castano Cardozo has played the bulk of the minutes in net this season and owns a 1.42 goals against average and 0.842 save percentage.

Fans can catch all the action live on Saturday via live stats at Click on the Multimedia tab, then select Live Stats.


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