Fresh off a 3-1 home victory against Cal Poly Pomona, the Humboldt State women’s soccer team looks to build off its success as it visits Stanislaus State and Chico State this weekend. The match versus Stanislaus State is scheduled to kick off Friday, Oct 12, in Turlock, Calif. at 7 p.m. inside Warrior Stadium.
The Lumberjacks enter the weekend 4-7-1 and must improve on their 2-6-0 CCAA record to be eligible for the conference playoffs. Senior forward Alex Jenkins continues to produce, and her seven goals this season make her the second highest scorer in the league. Sophomore goalkeeper Brooke Townsend will get her fourth start of the year for the Green and Gold and currently has 15 saves on 47 shots faced.
“Against Stanislaus we’re going to have to make sure we’re clean on set pieces, attacking and defending,” HSU head coach Paul Karver said. “We’re going to have to make sure we go and press them and eliminate their ability to move the ball the way they want to. Their ability to move the ball is very good and similar to the way we play. We are going to have to make the game difficult at the point of contact versus allowing them to get any sort of momentum. If we can eliminate their ability to get momentum then we can be successful in that environment. Stanislaus on a Friday night is absolutely a blast to play in and everyone should be very excited about that.”
Following a 5-0 rout against UC Santa Cruz this past Saturday, Stanislaus State sits at 6-4-2 overall with a 2-3-1 record in CCAA play. The Warriors boast the second-highest scoring offense in the conference with 19 goals scored, and they have five players who have recorded at least two goals and one assist.
Humboldt holds a 6-16 record while facing Stanislaus State and dropped the match 2-0 last year when the Warriors came to College Creek Field.
Currently riding a five-game win streak, Chico State holds a 6-0-4 overall record and their 5-0-1 CCAA record makes them the second-ranked team in the conference behind Sonoma State. The Wildcats defense has been suffocating and has only surrendered six goals on the year. Senior forward Erin Woods leads the team with four goals and an assist on 34 shots.
HSU defeated Chico State last year by a score of 2-1, earning the team’s first win versus the Wildcats since 2007. The North Coast squad is 9-17-5 when taking the pitch against their rivals.