RICHMOND, Indiana – The Earlham College women's soccer team opens Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) play on Saturday when the Quakers host Bluffton University at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
The Teams: Earlham and Bluffton. The Quakers are 4-5-0 overall after picking up their first road victory 3-1 at Grace Bible College (Michigan) on Tuesday. The Beavers are 1-7-0 overall and on a four-game losing streak. Bluffton's lone victory came on Sept. 9, a 2-1 overtime win at Grace Bible College.
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. Rhonda Gottshalk is in her third season as Bluffton's head women's soccer coach.
The Players: A trio of freshmen lead Earlham offensively. Freshman Chloe Lamenzo as scored eight goals and dished out three assists for 19 points while freshman Miller has scored six goals while freshmen Jordan Blackburne has four goals and Erin Welsh has found the back of the net three times. Freshman Erin Welsh has dished out a team-high six assists. Sophomore goalkeeper Sari Stissi has a 1.56 goals against average.
Youth Movement: Earlham's top four offensive producers are all freshmen. Furthermore, 59 of 70 offensive points have come from first-years.
Matlack-Messer Stadium: Earlham is 3-1 at the brand new Matlack-Messer Stadium this season with the lone loss coming at the hands of Marietta College.
Recent History: Earlham is 5-3-0 against Bluffton since joining the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) prior to the 2010 season. The Quakers won 3-0 last season.
Coverage: Live video of the contest will be available - visit the link 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 Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology on Tuesday afternoon.