BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – After splitting a home and away opening weekend, the CSU Bakersfield women’s soccer team will continue its season with another road trip and home game. The Roadrunners, fresh off of a 4-2 victory over Fresno State on Sunday, will play host to UTEP on Friday, Aug. 26, before traveling to Loyola Marymount Sunday, Aug. 28.
The ‘Runners saw great performances by freshman Sophie Freeman and sophomores Aminah Settles and Sabrina Delgado in their victory over the Bulldogs. Freeman, a Bakersfield native and Garces Memorial graduate, netted her first career goal while also assisting on a goal in the match.
Settles dished out two assists in the game while Delgado earned Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week after scoring two goals against Fresno State. CSUB will need those three, as well as the rest of the squad, firing on all cylinders to tackle a tough pair of opponents this weekend.
CSUB and UTEP will face each other for the first time in the two programs’ histories. UTEP opened its season with a convincing 5-0 victory over fellow WAC member New Mexico State Aug. 19. The Miners went on to draw nil-nil against Abilene Christian on Sunday. Aleah Davis leads UTEP in points with four after scoring a goal and assisting twice. Alyssa Palacios has seen the bulk of time in goal for the Miners and has made 13 saves on the year.
The ‘Runners will play their sixth match against Loyola Marymount on Sunday and CSUB will be looking for its first victory in the all-time series. The Lions made a run to the NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen a year ago and were ranked No. 25 at the beginning of this season. A trip to the Midwest to open the season resulted in a draw against Tulsa and a 4-1 loss to Oklahoma, but the Lions will be ready for a tough battle against CSUB.
Friday’s match in Bakersfield is scheduled for a 5 p.m. kickoff and is part of a doubleheader with CSUB men’s soccer. As part of the celebration for the first week of classes, the first 100 students at the women’s game will receive free shaved ice. During halftime of the men’s match against Sacramento State, the annual Rowdy Run will take place as CSUB welcomes the freshman class to the family. Administrators, student leaders, and freshmen run down the field through a human tunnel to ring in the new academic year.
For information on season tickets and single game tickets, visit GoRunners.com/tix. Fans who cannot make it out to the match can view Friday’s contests live via the Roadrunner Sports Network. Links to live stats for all games can be found here. Sunday’s contest in Los Angeles will be streamed live via CampusInsiders.com.