The fall sports hit stride this week as both the men's soccer team and volleyball team will open their season at Marshall while women's soccer hosts one more before heading to the University of Colorado Tournament.
Men's Soccer: Being picked to win the Horizon League in the 2012 Coaches Poll, the Raiders will start the campaign Friday night at Marshall. WSU returns 2011 first-teamer Bryce Rockwell-Ashton as well as newcomer of the year and starting goalie Craig Feehan. WSU posted a record of 11-7-2 and advanced to the championship game of the Horizon League before losing to Loyola 1-0.
Marshall, 8-8-1 last year, also opens the season Friday night. Both teams played their openers in 2011 as the Raiders won 1-0 at the Athletes in Action complex in Xenia. The Thundering Herd were picked to finish eighth in the Conference USA preseason poll but boasts the league's Preseason Defensive Player of the Year in goalie Daniel Withrow as well as two other Preseason All-Conference players. WSU leads overall 6-4-0.
WSU went 0-1-1 in preseason action, losing at #10 Akron 5-0 and tying at home against defending Big East champion Marquette 0-0.
Women's Soccer: Wright State women's soccer won its opener 1-0 over Ohio last Friday night on a late goal by Emilie Fillion.
This week, WSU will host Mount Vernon Nazarene Monday at 7 pm before heading west to play in the Omni Hotels Colorado Women's Soccer Classic hosted by the University of Colorado in Boulder. WSU will play Denver Friday before taking on the host team Colorado Sunday. Both games are slated to start at 3:30 pm eastern time. Colorado went 4-13-2 but is 1-0-1 so far this season while Denver went 16-5-0 in 2011 while being picked to win the Western Athletic Conference in 2012.
Mount Vernon Nazarene went 12-9-2 a year and will open their 2012 season with the Raiders Monday night. Tickets can be bought at the gate for $5 and $3 or $2 for groups of 15 or more. WSU students will be admitted free of charge with an ID.
Volleyball: Under first-year head coach Susan Clements, the Raiders will open the 2012 campaign at the Thunder Invitational host by Marshall Friday and Saturday.
WSU opens with the host team Friday at 7 pm--Marshall went 10-21 overall last fall. On Saturday, the Raiders will take on Miami at 10:30 am and IUPUI at 5:30 pm. In 2011, the RedHawks finished 16-16 while the Jaguars finished 15-16 overall.
WSU was picked seventh in a Horizon League preseason poll after finishing 6-23 in 2011.
All home fall events can be seen live on the Horizon League Network (HLN) and accessed through wsuraiders.com.