CORPUS CHRISTI – Fresh off the first win in program history, the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women's soccer team will return to the road this weekend for a pair of matches in the Courtyard Marriott Wilmington Women's Soccer Invitational. The Islanders will take on host UNC Wilmington and Elon in the event.
A&M-Corpus Christi begins the weekend by taking on the host Seahawks at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13. It will mark the home debut for UNCW, as the squad has opened its season with a 1-5-0 record in six road games. Wilmington's lone win this year came at East Carolina a week ago, as it was victorious by a 3-2 mark. The Seahawks faced Campbell, which beat A&M-Corpus Christi two weeks ago 2-1, by a score of 3-1 in the preseason.
Elon should provide a stiff test when it faces the Islanders on Sunday, Sept. 15, at noon. The Phoenix are 3-0-1 on the year so far, having outscored their opponents 11-1. Elon has shutout wins over Coastal Carolina (2-0), UNC Greensboro (3-0) and High Point (5-0) in addition to a 1-1 tie against ECU. Nicole Dennion leads the team with 10 points, scoring four goals and two assists on the season.
The fourth team in the event will be Longwood, with the Lancers facing off with Elon on Friday evening and UNCW on Sunday afternoon.
The Islanders are coming off a momentous, 2-1 win over UTSA last Friday, with Corpus Christi native Yvette Franco scoring both goals for A&M-Corpus Christi. Franco's first goal, in the 66th minute, broke a scoreless tie, and she followed that with the game-winner in the 78th minute, beating the keeper in a 1-v-1 situation. The Carroll grad has five goals and one assist to lead the Islanders with 11 points on the year.
Keeper Audrey Baldwin also played a key role in the 2-1 victory, making eight saves to preserve the win for the Islanders. The lone senior on the Islanders' roster has a .757 save percentage on the year, having played every minute thus far on the season. Baldwin, Franco and defender Daniela Gonzalez all earned honorable mention in the Southland Conference's weekly awards for their performance at UTSA.
The Islanders are in their first year as a varsity program, with the players appearing on the practice field together for the first time on Aug. 6. Shanna Caldwell is in her first season as the head coach after being hired to direct the program on Jan. 1, 2012.
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