The Samford women’s soccer team (6-2-5 overall; 3-0-1 SoCon) has endured in Southern Conference play after a week of difficult games from a variety of opponents.
Last Friday, the Bulldogs took on East Tennessee State in Johnson City, Tennessee.
Samford came away with a 2-1 victory. Both goals were scored by freshman forward Kyla Reynolds (41’ and 52’).
On Sunday, the Bulldogs traveled to take on Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina and returned home with a 3-0 victory.
The goals were scored by Caroline Orman (15’), Nikki Bario (26’) and Lexi Orman (55’).
With the SoCon schedule in full swing, each game could make or break a conference regular season championship for Head Coach Todd Yelton.
Yelton, who is in his 16th year of coaching, has put together an impressive squad in search of his sixth SoCon regular season title.
Freshman Taylor Yount leads Samford’s offense with 7 goals this season. The Florida native has been a pleasant emergence in the squad, which has outscored their opponents 22-17 up to this point in time.
The Bulldogs defense has been safeguarded by sophomore goalkeeper Morgan McAslan. McAslan, an Ole Miss transfer, is taking her first season with the Bulldogs by storm, recording 64 saves so far this season.
“The team has had a great start to the season and it’s super exciting to see all the potential we have,” said McAslan. “We have a big freshman class this year and are a relatively young team. I think the most important thing will be getting games under our belts and gaining experience together.”
The next SoCon opponent ahead in Samford’s schedule will be The Citadel Bulldogs (5-4-2).
The Citadel are 1-2-0 this season in SoCon play and are coming off of a 4-2 road loss against Mercer in Macon, Georgia.
Last season, Samford took down The Citadel twice, once in the regular season and a second time in the SoCon quarterfinals.
This will be the first time the two teams face off against each other since Samford ended The Citadel’s season last October with a 1-0 win.
Samford will face The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Friday, Oct. 11. The game is scheduled for a 3 p.m. start time and can be streamed live on ESPN+.
The Bulldogs will battle Mercer in Macon, Georgia on Sunday, Oct. 13 before returning home next Friday to host UNC Greensboro.