Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, 5 pm, Kerscher Stadium, Ada, Ohio
Saturday's Preview: Northern enters Saturday's matchup winners of five straight shutout victories and seven straight shutouts ... The Polar Bears made their debut in the United Soccer Coaches national poll this week, debuting at No. 19 after receiving votes a week ago ... The Polar Bears open Ohio Athletic Conference play after a 2-day trip to Kentucky that featured a 3-0 shutout over Thomas More (Ky.) and a 5-0 shutout victory over Transylvania (Ky.) ... The Polar Bear offensive attack is led by senior Anna Niemeyer and freshman Jenna Fuller, as the duo each have four goals apiece ... Fuller and sophomore Rose Nienaber are atied for first on the team with two assists each ... Defensively, 2016 OAC Goalkeeper of the Year and sophomore Meagan Grierson leads the Polar Bears with a 7-1-1 record and five shutouts ... Grierson's 11 career shutouts are currently tied for seventh all-time in school history ... The sophomore currently ranks second in the OAC and first on the team with a 0.55 goals against average, and ranks fifth in the OAC with a .808 save percentage and is third in the conference with only five goals allowed this season ... As a team, Northern has not allowed a goal in the alst 708:36 minutes ... Northern is tied for fifth nationally with a shutout percentage of .778 ... Mount Union enters the contest after defeating Wooster 1-0 in Alliance ... Junior Nicole Lanese currently ranks first on the team and in the OAC with 11 goals and 27 points ... The junior also leads the team and is tied for third in the OAC with five assists ... Nine athletes have registered goals for the Purple Raiders thus far this season ... Senior Paige Freel leds MtU in the goal with a 5-2-0 record ... The senior ranks fourth in the conference with 42 saves.
ONU Statistical Leaders
Series Record: Northern owns a 20-9-2 lead in the all-time series between the two schools ... MtU claimed last seasons contest 2-1 in overtime, snapping a 3-game losing streak in the series.
Head Coach Mark Batman: Batman is in his 14th season as head coach with a 172-75-25 career record and a winning percentage of .678.