Oakland Takes Unbeaten League Record to Fort Wayne
The Golden Grizzlies kickoff against the Mastodons at 8 p.m.
Oct. 19, 2012
FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- Summit League-leading Oakland (9-5, 4-0) travels to play Fort Wayne (2-12-1, 1-2-1) on Saturday at 8 p.m. The Golden Grizzlies are unbeaten in league matches this season.
OAKLAND SOCCER NOTES
▪ The Golden Grizzlies suffered their first home loss of the season to Michigan State 1-0 in the team's last outing
▪ OU is seeking a ninth Summit League regular season championship
▪ Oakland has outscored Summit League opponents 16-2 over the first four matches of the season
▪ Oakland ranks second in the nation in total points and is fourth in the NCAA in scoring offense, total goals and total assists
▪ Kyle Bethel leads the nation in total assists (10) and assists per-match (0.77) he also ranks 12th in the NCAA in total points and 17th in points per-match
▪ Bethel was named Summit League Offensive Player of the Week for the second consecutive week after scoring twice in the win over UMKC
▪ The Black and Gold boast a perfect 6-0 record at home this season
▪ The Golden Grizzlies rank No. 7 in the latest NSCAA Midwest Regional Poll and are ranked No. 47 in the TopDrawerSoccer.com National Ranking
▪ Oakland is coming off back-to-back shutout wins over Detroit (4-0) and IUPUI (3-0) and ranks No. 11 in the nation with a .550 shutout percentage
▪ Bethel had a goal and four assists last week to move into a tie for The Summit League lead in points with 18 this season
▪ Goalkeeper Eliott Tarney improved to 2-0 as a starter with a win against UMKC
▪ Scott Messer started the season with 275:27 minutes of scoreless action in the nets
▪ Dating back to the previous season, the Golden Grizzlies went 356:30 consecutive minutes without allowing a goal
▪ Messer, Dudley, Bethel, Timm and Lipari have all 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 has won 11 Summit League Championships during its first thirteen years in The Summit League and advanced to five NCAA Tournaments.