BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – This year’s Family Weekend will feature two home matches for the Samford women’s soccer team as the Bulldogs open conference play against VMI on Friday, Sep. 24 at 7 p.m. and UNCG on Sunday, Sep. 26 at 1 p.m. Samford will also be honoring Coach Yelton’s late wife, Shauna Yelton, with the naming of Samford Track and Soccer Stadium field in her honor prior to the start of Friday’s game against the Spartans.
The Bulldogs are entering the weekend with an overall record of 3-3-2 after capturing a 4-0 win over JSU while dropping a 2-1 (2OT) final decision to BIG 12 opponent, Texas, this past week. VMI currently sits at 2-7 after only finding two wins over Winthrop and Hampton in non-conference play. UNC Greensboro holds a record of 1-3-4, finding its lone win of the season with a 1-0 victory over Elon in late August. The Spartans will open SoCon play against Chattanooga before taking the field with the Bulldogs on Sunday.
- Samford and VMI have faced off a total of nine times.
- The Bulldogs have yet to drop a match to the Keydets for a 9-0 series advantage.
- Last season, Samford defeated VMI by a 2-0 final decision in Lexington.
- The two teams have competed against each other 15 times.
- The Bulldogs hold a 9-5-1 advantage in the series.
- In their last meeting, Samford captured a 2-0 win over the Spartans.
BULLDOGS TO WATCH
- Junior Kylie Gazza tallied her second goal of the season and seventh of her career against the Texas Longhorns. Gazza is an instrumental piece for Samford both on offense and defense, logging a total of 744 minutes on the pitch so far this season. The center back has also started every game for the Bulldogs, aiding Samford in its two shutouts against Alabama and Jacksonville State.
- Senior Morgan McAslan continues to be a standout between the posts for the Samford women’s soccer team. The goalkeeper from Waterdown, Canada has played the entirety of every match this season, registering 774 minutes in goal while tallying 30 saves after 109 shots faced.
- Junior Nikki Bario made her official return for the Bulldogs this past Thursday against the University of Texas after sitting out due to injury to start the year. The forward/midfielder logged 54 minutes at Mike A. Myers Stadium. Last season, Bario competed in all 13 games, making 11 starts for Samford, while recording 12 shots with two being on goal and two assists.
SHAUNA YELTON FIELD DEDICATION
- With the support of the greater Birmingham soccer community, our dedicated donors, Samford University, and the Yelton family, Samford Athletics will commemorate the life and legacy of Shauna Yelton with the naming of the Samford Track and Soccer Stadium field in her honor on Friday, Sep. 24 as the Bulldogs open conference play against VMI. Kickoff is set for 7 PM with the dedication ceremony taking place at 6:45 PM.
- Shauna Yelton, the late wife of Todd Yelton, Samford soccer head coach, lost her battle to cervical cancer in November of 2015. Shauna was a proud member of the Samford community, being the former Director of Health Services where she provided care to the campus community and its employees. She was also an avid fan of Samford Athletics, supporting not only the Samford soccer team, but all programs across the board.
- Her legacy also continues with the Shauna’s House initiative, a yearly fundraising event designed to build transitional homes and/or support structures for orphans in Ukraine and Thailand. The annual Shauna’s House Night game will be held on Sunday, Oct. 24 at 1 p.m. as the Bulldogs face Chattanooga to close out the regular season at Samford Track and Soccer Stadium. More information will be available on the event later this month at SamfordSports.com.
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