Women's Soccer Hosts Providence in Home Opener Thursday


MATCH 3 | Hartford Hawks (2-0) vs. Providence Friars (2-0) DATE | TIME: Thursday, August 23 | 5 p.m. LOCATION: Al-Marzook Field at Alumni Stadium (West Hartford, Conn.) TICKETS: 860-768-HAWK | Purchase Online COVERAGE: Live Stats | Watch TWITTER: @HartfordWSOC | #CapitalCityTeam FIRST KICK Hartford women's soccer puts its undefeated record on the line on Thursday when it hosts Providence in its home opener. The first kickoff from Al-Marzook Field at Alumni Stadium is slated for 5 p.m. HARTFORD QUICK HITS

  • Hartford looks to go 3-0 for the first time since 1999, and the fifth time in program history, on Thursday.

  • In 180 minutes of soccer this season, the defense has yet to concede a goal as the Hawks have outscored their opposition by a commanding 10-0 margin.

  • Hartford nearly swept the America East weekly awards on Monday with sophomore Gabriela Gamory earning Offensive Player of the Week and freshman Taylor Brown receiving Rookie of the Week distinction.

  • Six Hawks have found the back of the net so far this season, led by Gamory and junior Bridgette Alexander, who each have three apiece.

  • The winningest coach in Hartford women's soccer history with 126 victories, John Natale is currently in his 15th season at the helm of the Hawks.

  • The Hawks were picked to finish fourth in the America East Preseason Coaches' Poll.

SCOUTING PROVIDENCE

  • The Friars are also undefeated on the season with a pair of shutout victories against Holy Cross (2-0) and Fairleigh Dickinson (1-0).

  • Casey Estey, who was one of three Friars with three goals a year ago, scored in the 23rd minute to lead Providence to its most recent win against the Knights.

  • Picked to finish fourth in the 2018 Big East Preseason Poll, Providence finished 10-8-2 in 2017 and advanced to the Big East semifinals for the second time in three seasons.

INSIDE THE SERIES: HARTFORD LEADS, 7-4-0

  • Hartford owns a 7-4-0 record against Providence in a series that began in 1986.

  • Thursday's tilt ends an eight-year hiatus between the two clubs.

  • The Friars ride a two-game winning streak into the match with a pair of one-goal victories against the Hawks in 2007 and 2008.

LAST TIME OUT: HARTFORD 3, SIENA 0

  • Hartford downed Siena, 3-0, on Siena Field on Monday for its second-straight shutout victory.

  • Alexander scored twice in the contest, netting the to-ahead goal in the 25th minute before tacking on an insurance tally in the 58th minute.

  • Sophomore Maia Perez registered a pair of saves to earn her fifth career shutout victory.

NEXT ON TAP Non-conference action continues with a morning match at Manhattan on Sunday. The Hawks and Jaspers are slated for a 10 a.m. kickoff from Gaelic Park in Riverdale, N.Y.

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