@AU_WSoccer Looks For Program's Best Start Against Hampton

Pregame

WASHINGTON — The American University women's soccer team is looking for its third straight home win on Wednesday when the Eagles host Hampton on Wednesday at Reeves Field. 

GAME NOTES

  • History in the Making — A win or tie for American against Hampton will be the best start through five games in program history. American has twice started a season 4-0 (2006 and 2007) but lost in the fifth game to higher ranking opponents. 
  • Weekly Honors — Senior Audrey Denkler earned the Patriot League Women's Soccer Midfielder of the Week award and classmate Yari Bradfield was picked for the honorable mention list. Denkler secured the award with three assists during the week that saw AU defeat Longwood (2-0) and UMBC (2-1). The Arlington, Va., native had an assist on the second goal of the game by classmate Yari Bradfield in the Longwood win and then found classmate Gabriela Maldonado and sophomore Toni Williams in the win over UMBC on Sunday. Denkler leads American and is tied for the league lead in assists with four. Bradfield scoring two goals against Longwood.
  • PL Leaders — Gabriela Maldonado is second in the Patriot League in points with seven and is trailed by classmate Yari Bradfield with six.
  • What Can Brown Do For You — Sophomore Ryleigh Brown has allowed three goals this season with two shutouts, both at home. Brown is fifth in the Patriot League in goals against average at 0.711. The PL has six keepers with an under 1.00 goals against average this season. 
  • Scouting Hampton — The Pirates fell 2-0 to VMI in the season-opener under first-year head coach Kevin Darcy. Hampton is looking for its first winning season in program history that began in  2015. Sydney Jackson is the top returning scorer for the Pirates. Last season, Jackson had seven goals and 15 points. 
  • All-Time Record — Wednesday's contest will be the first-ever meeting between American and Hampton. The Pirates begin their first season in the Big South after three previous seasons as an independent.