FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s soccer team is set to travel to Milwaukee, Wis. for a Horizon League Match against Milwaukee on Saturday, Oct. 2 (8 p.m.).
Game Day Information
Who: Purdue Fort Wayne (3-4-4, 2-2-0 Horizon League) vs. Milwaukee (9-1-0, 4-0-0 Horizon League)
When: Saturday, October 2 | 8:00 p.m. ET
Where: Engelmann Stadium | Milwaukee, Wis.
Live Stats: Link
Weather: 40 percent chance of rain, high of 77 degrees
Horizon League Standings: The Mastodons are tied for fourth place with six points. Top six teams make the Horizon League tournament.
Scouting the ‘Dons
The Mastodons enter Saturday’s game with an overall record of 3-4-4 and a 2-2 record in the Horizon League. They are coming off a 1-0 loss against Oakland on Sunday, Sept. 26 at the Hefner Soccer Complex. As a team, the Mastodons are third in the Horizon League in shots on goal (63), third in shots per game (5.73), tied for third in shots (142) and have allowed the fourth fewest goals (16). Morgan Reitano leads the ‘Dons in goals (three), which is more goals than she scored in her first two seasons (two). Her sister, Bella Reitano, along with Mackenzie Evans and Megan Sinnott are tied for second on the team in goals with two. Kelsey Gallagher leads the team in assists with five. Her assist total is also tied for third in the Horizon League. Goalkeeper Samantha Castaneda is first in the conference in minutes played (1064:35), second in saves (63), and tied for second in shutouts (three).
Milwaukee enter Saturday’s game with an overall record of 9-1 and a 4-0 record in the Horizon League. The Panthers are tied for first in the Horizon League with Northern Kentucky with 12 points. They defeated Youngstown State on Sunday, Sept. 26 by a score of 7-0. In Sunday’s game, Jelena Server scored the game’s first goal three seconds into the first half off the opening kickoff. It’s the fastest goal scored to open a game in NCAA history. In addition, Milwaukee has out-scored Horizon League opponents 18-1 in four league matches and have out-scored its opponents 42-3 through 10 matches this season. Its lone loss came against Wisconsin in double overtime by a score of 2-1.
As a team, the Panthers lead the conference in goals scored (42), shots (210), shots on goal (123), and shots on goal per game (12.30), assists (54), and have allowed the least amount of goals (three). Individually, Milwaukee has the top three goal scorers in the conference with Lesley Kiesling (eight), Server (seven) and Mackenzie Schill (seven). Gaby Schwartz leads the Panthers, and the Horizon League in assists (15). She is the only player in the conference with 10 or more assists. Elainia LaMacchina is tied for second in the conference in shutouts (three) and has 23 saves on the season.
The ‘Dons and Panthers have met two times prior to Saturday’s match. The Panthers own a 2-0 series advantage. The first time these teams met was back in 2001, the Panthers defeated the ‘Dons 2-0 in Milwaukee. The most recent game between these teams was back on Feb. 10 2021 when the Panthers defeated the ‘Dons 1-0 in Milwaukee.
The Mastodons will be back in action on Thursday, Oct. 7 (7 p.m.) for a Horizon League match against Northern Kentucky in Highland Heights, Ky.
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