NAIA Women's Soccer Match of the Week
No. 2 Vanguard (Calif.) (3-0-0) vs. No. 8 Mobile (Ala.) (2-2-1)
Orange Beach Sportsplex | Orange Beach, Ala. | 7:30 p.m. CDT
• No. 2 Vanguard (Calif.) squares off against No. 8 Mobile (Ala.) in this week's NAIA Women's Soccer Match of the Week. The Lions enter the contest as one of the NAIA's remaining unbeaten teams with a 3-0-0 record, while Mobile is 2-2-1.
• Saturday marks only the second meeting between the two sides with the first coming in Sept. of 2008. Vanguard won the inaugural contest 2-0. The Lions dominated the offensive side of the ball, outshooting the Rams, 20-5 (10 shots on goal), and holding a 12-2 advantage in corner kicks.
• Dating back to 2007, Vanguard is 2-2-2 in neutral site matches, while Mobile owns a record of 7-11-4, including a 0-2-3 record in its last five. The Rams last neutral site victory came against Grand View (Iowa), 2-1, on Aug. 20, 2012.
• Vanguard, who has not played a ranked team this season, ranks third in the NAIA in assists per game (4.67), fourth in goals per game (6.33) and sixth in shots per game (27.67).
• The Lions most impressive performance of the young season came on Aug. 29 at Antelope Valley (Calif.). Vanguard scored an unprecedented 13 goals, including eight in the first half, en route to a 13-0 win. Seventeen different Lions saw the pitch and combined for 40 shots, including 22 on frame. Forward Kayla Arenas, who was second on the squad a year ago with 11 goals, set the single-game program record with five scores.
• Vanguard returns two of its three All-Americans from a 2012 team that won the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) regular season and tournament titles before reaching its first-ever NAIA Women's Soccer National Championship quarterfinals.
• First team All-American and reigning GSAC Player of the Year Jordan Davidson highlights the returners. Davidson led the squad with 18 goals and 46 points in 2012. Her eight game-winners ranked second in the NAIA. Through three games this season, Davidson boasts six points on two goals and two assists.
• Defensively, Lauren Terry has started all three matches in goal for Vanguard. The 2012 third team NAIA All-American owns a 1.07 goals against average and 81.3 percent save percentage through 252:14 minutes of action this season. Terry owns 14 career shutouts, but has yet to record one in 2013.
• Mobile is 1-0-1 against Top 25 teams in 2013, highlighted by a 2-0 victory at then-No. 6 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) on Sept. 2. However, the Rams have dropped two matches against unranked opponents, including a 3-1 loss at Thomas (Ga.) last time out.
• The Rams, who lost 2012 All-Americans Christy Lachappelle and Olivia Maddox due to graduation, returned 11 players from last year's team that finished second in the Southern States Athletic Conference and advanced to the round of 16 of the national championship for the third-straight year.
• Six different Rams have appeared on the score sheet through five games – MaKelle Pena, Saskia Adriance, Rebekah Counce, Katie Compton, Tyler-Rae Molloy and Morgan Littlewood.
• Gillian McMahon, who also served as the squad's primary goalkeeper in 2012, has started all five matches and boasts two shutout victories this season.
• One day prior to the Match of the Week, Vanguard will play No. 17 William Carey (Miss.) and Mobile will play No. 11 Texas at Brownsville.
For the complete NAIA Women's Soccer Weekly Report, go to www.naia.org.