Oakland Hosts Defending Champions WIU on Saturday
Oakland faces WIU at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Sept. 27, 2012

ROCHESTER, Mich. -- Oakland (5-3, 1-0) will face defending league champions Western Illinois (2-5-2, 0-0-1) on Saturday at the OU Soccer Field at 7 p.m. The Golden Grizzlies are unbeaten at home this season..

Oakland (5-3, 1-0-0 Summit) vs Western Illinois (2-5-2, 0-0-1 Summit)
Rochester, Mich.  - September 29, 2012 - 7 p.m.

OU Soccer Field (1,000)

Team Stats
Oakland / Western Illinois
Ticket Info

Adults - $5 ; Kids (12 under) $3; Kids (3 under) Free
Purchase tickets at the field on the day of the game


Gates open at the OU Soccer Field one hour before kickoff

Live Stats


All-Time Series

Western Illinois leads 11-7-1
Last Meeting: Western Illinois won, 1-0 (Nov. 11, 2011)
(Summit League Tournament, hosted by Kansas City)
Last Meeting at OU Soccer Field: Tie 0-0 (Oct. 23, 2010)

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Matt Dudley scored the golden goal winner for in double-overtime as the Golden Grizzlies downed Duquesne 2-1 on Wednesday

▪ Dudley's goal was the first of his collegiate career, while Kyle Bethel's equalizer was his third of the season

▪ The Fighting Leathernecks won both the regular season and tournament titles in The Summit League last season

▪ Oakland currently boasts the No. 15 scoring offense in the nation

▪ With a 5-0 shutout win over Oral Roberts in the Summit League opener on Sunday, the Golden Grizzlies also improved to No. 14 in the NCAA in shutout percentage

Kyle Bethel currently ranks No. 8 in the NCAA in both assists per game and total assists

Scott Messer started the season with 275:27 minutes of scoreless action in the nets

▪ Lipari is the leading goal scorer for Oakland this season with four goals and ranks No. 32 in the nation in goals per game

▪ Dating back to the previous season, the Golden Grizzlies went 356:30 consecutive minutes without allowing a goal

Scott Messer and Miche'le Lipari have both been named Summit League Player of the Week by the league office this season

▪ The Black and Gold announced captains for this season as John Timm, Nick Kristock and Lucas Diener

▪ Oakland is currently No. 6 in the NSCAA Midwest Regional Rankings and recently earned a No. 48 ranking in the TopDrawerSoccer.com National Ranking

▪ The Golden Grizzlies posted a 2-0-1 record during the preseason and never failed to score under two goals in a match

▪ The Golden Grizzlies were picked third in this season's Summit League Preseason Poll

▪ With the win over New Hampshire, the Golden Grizzlies are now 9-3-3 in the first home match of the season since joining the Division I ranks

▪ Four Oakland players were recognized by CollegeSportsMadness.com for preseason all-league honors. John Timm was named to the first team, while Johnny Dreshaj and Jeff Cheslik earned second team honors. Jacob Vanderlaan was named Preseason Freshman of the Year.

▪ Oakland has won 11 Summit League Championships during its first thirteen years in The Summit League and advanced to five NCAA Tournaments.

▪ Be sure to check out postmatch coverage, which includes Grizz Vision interviews with the players and coaches




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