Wright State fall sports are now in full swing with all in action this week.
Men’s Soccer: The Wright State men’s soccer had a strange false start Friday night at Kentucky as the teams were ready to play as the lights went out. Those lights never came back on and the teams will get together again on November 5, but now the Raiders will open the season this Friday night at home against Marshall at 7 pm at Alumni Field.
The Raiders went 2-1 in the preseason, defeating Slippery Rock (1-0) and Duquesne (4-1) following an opening 2-0 loss at nationally-ranked Marquette. With another Top 40 recruiting class, WSU received preseason scoring from Greg Marchand against SRU and two goals from Chris DuPont and one each by Wesley Cain and Brett Elder at Duquesne.
Marshall will come to town with a 0-1-1 record after tying Appalachian State 0-0 on Friday and losing 2-0 at Davidson on Sunday. The Herd went 1-1 in the exhibition season with a 4-1 loss at Akron and a 2-0 win versus their alumni. The teams opened the 2012 campaign at Marshall as the Raiders dropped a 2-0 decision. WSU leads the overall series 6-5.
Friday night is “Student Takeover Night” at Alumni Field when the first 100 WSU students will receive a Raider Cowbell courtesy of the Raider Rowdies. Students will also have a chance to win more prizes with student-only promotions at halftime.
Women’s Soccer: With a 1-1 West road trip that saw the Raiders fall 1-0 at Pepperdine and a 1-0 win at Nevada Sunday, WSU will take a 2-1-1 record into the home opener against Western Michigan Thursday at 7 pm. Wright State travels to Iowa Sunday for a 2 pm tilt.
Senior Emilie Fillion has collected three of the Raiders’ four goals so far this year and was honored by the Horizon League last week. Kalee Thompson netted the fourth. Brooke McCurdy has manned the nets and holds a 0.68 goals against average in four games.
WMU is currently 1-2 on the young season with its lone win coming at home against Cleveland State 1-0 Sunday. They lost 3-1 to Iowa and 3-2 to St. Louis. WSU won the last matchup with WMU 3-2 two years ago and lead the series 3-1 while this will be the first meeting with Iowa.
Volleyball: The Wright State volleyball team picked up its first win of the season with a 3-0 decision against USC Upstate in its opening weekend at Western Carolina.
This week, WSU will play at Northern Kentucky Tuesday at 7 pm before traveling to the Lafayette Tournament where they play Saint Peter's and the host school on Friday and Lehigh and Fairleigh Dickinson on Saturday.
Senior Heidi Splinter has a team-high 57 kills with freshman Emily Meng’s has 154 assists. Miranda Puthoff has collected 47 digs with Marisa Aiello’s nine blocks.
NKU is currently 0-3 after losing to Clemson, Xavier and Michigan at the Xavier Tournament. The Norse defeated WSU last year at WSU 3-0. Lafayette won two of three to open the season at the LaSalle Tournament while Saint Peter's dropped three to Rhode Island, Lehigh and New Hampshire to open at the Lehigh Classic. Lehigh boasts a 2-1 mark with wins over Saint Peter's and Rhode Island while Fairleigh Dickinson is 0-4.
Cross Country: After opening the season at the Flyer 5K Challenge, the men’s and women’s cross country teams will compete Friday at the Queen City Invitational in Mason, Ohio, at 5 pm.
The men placed sixth while the women finished seventh at the Flyer 5K Challenge. Senior Dan Shafer paced the WSU men with a time of 16:18 while senior Rachel Janson led the Raider women with a time of 20:36.