Men’s and women’s soccer open conference play

October 20, 2015

By Marty Carlino 

Both the Men’s and Women’s Soccer teams have kicked off their conference schedule undefeated, which places both teams at the top of their conference standings.

The Women’s Soccer team has captured victories in their first seven NACC conference matches, propelling them to a record of 9-4.The Stars have been impressive throughout their conference win streak, averaging over five goals per game during that stretch.

The team had its most impressive victory when defending 2014 NACC conference champions, the Aurora University Spartans. Two late goals by junior Kelli Iovino and senior Taylor Adler helped the Stars achieve their first victory over Aurora since the conference commenced in 2006.

Adler and Iovino, both ranking in the top five of the NACC conference board for goals scored, have been quite the goal-scoring duo with a combined total of 26 goals. Each of the two players has also recorded impressive single-game performances.

Kelli Iovino scored three consecutive goals against Alverno College in under a three-minute span. Iovino totaled four goals in the match as the Stars defeated Alverno 13-0. The dominant performance helped notch Iovino her second NACC student athlete of the week honor this season.

Taylor Adler followed with a record performance of her own against Wisconsin Lutheran College. She tallied six goals in the match, which tied the university record for most goals in a match. Backed by Adler’s six goals, the Stars beat Wisconsin Lutheran 10-0 to improve to 7-0 in NACC play.

The Men’s soccer opened the conference portion of their schedule with an undefeated start as well. The team has an overall record of 8-2-3 with a NACC conference record of 5-0-2.

The Stars sit atop conference standings and also rank near the top in many other statistical categories. The Stars have had a strong defensive stance throughout the course of NACC play, surrendering only one goal over the span of seven games. The team has shut out their opponents in six out of the first seven conference games and their goals against average is an impressive 0.51.They wrap up conference play later this month as they will look to head into the NACC conference tournament playing their best soccer.