Lady Buffs set to take on Texas A&M-Commerce and Texas Woman’s on the road

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The West Texas A&M women’s soccer team enters its most important stretch of the season with two road matches this weekend. The Lady Buffs will face Texas A&M-Commerce on Friday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. in Commerce, Texas. They will finish the weekend with a match against Texas Woman’s on Sunday, Oct. 25 at 2 p.m.  Head coach Chad Webb enters the weekend one win shy of 50 for his career.

ON THE WEB
Live video and stats will be provided for both matches this week. You can find the links by going to GoBuffsGo.com and clicking on the women’s soccer schedule.

SCOUTING TEXAS A&M-COMMERCE
The Lions enter this weeks match with WT looking to get revenge after the Lady Buffs handed them their only conference loss on Oct. 11. WT used first half goals from Rachel Herring and Khadidra Debesette to dispatch the Lions.

TAMUC’s balanced attack is led by Vicky Back, Savannah Grasser and Jade Bell. Back leads the team and LSC in goals (nine) and points (21) while Grasser has seven goals on the season. Bell leads the team with seven assists and has contributed four goals. As a team, the Lions have outscored their opponents 27-11.

Courtnie Northern ranks third in the conference in goal against average (.782), saves (64), shutouts per game (five) and saves per game (4.57).

WEST TEXAS A&M VS. TEXAS A&M-COMMERCE-THE SERIES
+ WT leads the all-time series against TAMUC, 20-11-2.
+ The Lady Buffs have won three consecutive road matches against the Lions.
+ WT has won four of the last six matches against TAMUC.
+ WT defeated TAMUC, 2-1, on Oct. 11 in Canyon, Texas.

SCOUTING TEXAS WOMAN’S
The Pioneers enter this week’s match up having lost three of their last six matches including a 1-0 loss to WT two weeks ago. TWU stepped out of conference play on Tuesday night and defeated Oklahoma Christian 4-1 in Oklahoma City.

Natalia Diaz leads the team in almost every offensive statistical category including goals (four), assists (seven) and points (15).

Ariana Morrison ranks in the top five in the LSC in goals against average (1.087), saves (.827), saves per game (5.15) and shutouts per game (.231).

WEST TEXAS A&M VS. TEXAS WOMAN’S- THE SERIES
+ WT leads the all-time series against the Pioneers, 13-3-2.
+ The Buffs have won eight of the last nine against TWU including three of four in Denton.
+ WT defeated TWU, 1-0, on Oct. 9 in Canyon, Texas.

SCOUTING THE LADY BUFFS
The Lady Buffs moved into fourth place in the Lone Star Conference standings after a draw and loss this past weekend. WT allowed a late equalizer in Friday’s 1-1 match against Midwestern State. In Sunday’s match, Angelo State scored right before half time and added a brace in the second half on their way to a 2-0 victory.

Haley Girard scored her second goal of the season in the match against MSU. Girard got on the end of Karyn Forbes free kick to give the Lady Buffs the lead. Forbes led the team with seven shots, five of those on goal over the weekend.

Courtney Dippel returned in goal for WT and made a 17 saves in the two matches. She now has 52 saves on the season which is the seventh most in school history.

The Lady Buffs have outscored their opponents, 13-5, in the first half but have been outscored, 14-6, in the second half.

LONE STAR IN THE POLLS
Angelo State is the lone LSC team ranked in the NSCAA Top 25 poll for the second week in a row. The Rambelles won both of their matches last weekend and moved up one spot ot No. 4.

NEXT UP
The Lady Buffs will host their final two home matches of the season next week starting with a match up with Lubbock Christian on Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. WT will honor its seniors on Friday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. against LSC rival Eastern New Mexico.

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