BUFFALO, NY – Coming off of their biggest shutout since 1998, the University at Buffalo women's soccer team will host a pair of non-conference matches at UB Stadium this weekend. The Bulls will welcome Cornell on Friday night at 7:00 pm before hosting Fairleigh Dickinson on Sunday at 12:00 pm.
The Bulls are coming off of their best performance of the young season on Sunday night as they completely dominated Youngstown State, downing the Penguins 5-0 in front of the home fans at UB Stadium. The five goals marked the most goals scored in a game for UB since 2004. The win also gives the Bulls a 25-1-6 overall record at UB Stadium since head coach Shawn Burke took over the reins of the program prior to the 2014 campaign.
The Buffalo offense is being led once again by junior forward Carissima Cutrona who leads the team with five points so far this season as she has netted a goal in two straight matches. Sophomore Kara Daly had made a strong impression early on this season as she has notched a goal and assist for three points while notching five shots. Senior captain Julia Benati has produced one goal and a team-best nine shots through four matches.
UB's defense is being anchored by a pair of sophomores in the middle as Gurjeena Jandu and Adrianna VanCuyck have been asked to take over the center back positions. Joining the dynamic duo on the Buffalo back line is junior Rebecca Bramble and freshman Marcy Barberic. Between the pipes, UB is being led by senior Laura Dougall who has re-written the UB record books over her impressive career. The senior notched her 33rd career victory and her 28th career cleansheet in the 5-0 win over Youngstown State on Sunday. The 28 shutouts are the most in program history while the 33 wins rank second amongst all UB goalkeepers in program history.
The Cornell Big Red enter Friday nights showdown in Buffalo with a 0-2-0 record after dropping their opener on the road at Syracuse, 3-0, and their home opener to Eastern Washington, 3-1. Senior forward Paige DeLoach scored the lone goal for the Big Red this season with Katerina Weikert awarded the assist. Between the pipes, Meghan Kennedy has started both matches and is allowing 3.70 goals-against while making 10 saves in a pair of losses.
The Bulls lead the all-time series, 3-2-2, but the Big Red won the last meeting against UB by the score of 3-2 behind three second-half goals.
The Fairleigh Dickinson Knights enter this weekend with a 2-4-0 overall record as they will take on the Niagara Purple Eagles on Friday night on the road before coming to Buffalo on Sunday afternoon. The Knights have lost two straight 1-0 contests to Monmouth and La Salle. Fairleigh Dickinson's two wins on the year have come against Rider (2-0) and Hartford (3-1). The Knights are being led offensively by Elma Kolenovic and Viktorija Miseljic who have each netted a team-best three goals on the season. Jessi Reinhardt has notched a team-high 17 shots to go along with a goal and two assists for four points while Daria Jones has posted a goal and assist through five starts. In goal, Amanda Fitzgerald has started five matches and owns a 1-4-0 record while making 27 saves and posting a 1.79 goals-against average. Cassandra Marcoux has made one start between the pipes and made three saves in the cleansheet victory.
This meeting with the Knights marks the second in the programs series history with Fairleigh Dickinson holding the 1-0-0 edge over UB, downing the Bulls 3-1 in 2004.
After the matches this weekend, UB will return to the pitch on Friday, September 15 for their final non-conference match of the season as they travel to take on Big 4 foe St. Bonaventure at 7:00 pm.