Westminster soccer: the women’s soccer team plays at home for two games

By Joshua Fisher

For the Deseret News

Published: Thursday, Aug. 30 2012 1:45 p.m. MDT

Megan Molumby of the No. 22 Westminster College women's soccer team prepares to pass the ball to a teammate.

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SALT LAKE CITY – The No. 22nd-ranked Westminster College women's soccer team will continue its home stand with two games this weekend. Westminster will play Doane (Neb.) on Saturday at noon and then open Frontier Conference play on Monday against Great Falls (Mont.). The game against UGF has been moved to a noon start time. Doane and UGF will play each other at noon on Sunday with all three games being played at Dumke Field on the Westminster campus.

Westminster enters the weekend with a 2-0 record after defeating Avila (Mo.) and College of Idaho at home last weekend. This is just the second time in school history the team has opened the year with two straight wins and the first time since 2007.

The Griffins dominated the first two games of the year, outscoring the opposition 10-0. They also posted a 27-10 advantage in total shots with a 23-6 edge in shots on goal. Westminster has attempted eight corner kicks to just one by its opponents.

The team is currently No. 13 in the NAIA with an average of 5.0 goals per game while being No. 10 with 10 total goals. They also rank No. 10 in the country at 5.0 assists per outing with 10 total assists placing them No. 7 nationally. The Griffins are No. 39 in shots per game (18.5) and No. 31 in shots on goal per game (11.5). They are among 27 teams in the NAIA that have yet to allow a goal and their two shutouts place the Griffins at No. 3 in the NAIA.

Alyssa Hill leads the offense with three goals and six points. She ranks at No. 20 in the nation in goals and No. 38 in points to this point of the season. Margo Hickman has racked up five points behind one goal and three assists and is tied for the team assist lead with Lorin Wathen. Rylei North and Amanda Peppers scored two goals apiece. Justine Jones has fired eight shots to tie Hickman for the team lead in the category.

Jamie Wilkinson and Dayna Winter-Nolte split the two games in goal over the weekend. Wilkinson recorded five saves in a shutout victory over Avila in her first career start. Winter-Nolte then posted a shutout victory behind one save against College of Idaho.

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