Bulldog soccer teams prepare for Quincy University
The final date of the 2013 regular season has reached the Truman women's and men's soccer teams, as the Bulldogs get set for an afternoon doubleheader that features major conference and regional implications against long-time rival Quincy on Wednesday in Kirksville.
Kickoff between the GLVC's top two women's programs is set for noon, while the men's teams will battle at 2:30 pm.
For the Bulldog men, the equation is a bit foggy, as Truman needs at minimum a draw and most preferably a win, while also getting help in order to reach the GLVC tournament that is set to begin this Sunday (Nov. 2) on campus sites.
The Bulldogs, currently mired in a 2-5-2 slump dating back to the start of October, finds themselves a half-game out of the No. 8 spot that is currently held by Missouri S&T.
Truman is currently tied with UW-Parkside for ninth, with both squads leading Illinois Springfield and Southern Indiana by a half-game.
All five teams have avenues into the conference tournament, but only S&T controls its own destiny entering the final date of competition on Wednesday.
The men are looking to rebound from an 0-3 stretch during a five-day period last week, as Truman lost 1-0 to No. 5 Lindenwood on Wednesday (Oct. 23), 3-0 to USI on Friday (Oct. 25), and 1-0 to UIS on Sunday (Oct. 27).
On the season, the Bulldogs have a +12 goal differential and are led by Nick Tolmais' six tallies.
Nick Franta has added five scores, while Chris Mansfield is the team-leader with five assists.
Drew Garrone has made all 17 starts in net, posting a 1.14 goals-against average and 62 saves.
Meanwhile, the Bulldog women enter Wednesday's match in a completely different situation, as the 11-win squad has already locked down the No. 2 seed in next week's GLVC tournament.
Its Wednesday opponent, Quincy, has already clinched the GLVC regular season title and No. 1 seed in the conference tournament, while also leading Truman by one spot in the most recent Midwest regional rankings.
QU was second in last week's poll, while Truman sat third, with the top six teams qualifying for the NCAA tournament.
The Bulldog women went 1-1 last weekend, falling 1-0 at Southern Indiana on Friday night before rebounding with a 4-0 romp against Illinois Springfield on Sunday.
Trisha Shoemaker tallied five points in the UIS match, while both Janae Fritze and Jade Shinn recorded their first collegiate goals.
On the year, the women have a +20 goal differential, with 14 different players finding pay-dirt for the squad.
Shoemaker's eight goals lead the team and rank second in the GLVC in conference-only matches, while she, Alexis Heffernan and Kristina Weishar share the team-high with four assists apiece.
Emily Bozdeck is in the midst of one of the best seasons in Bulldog goalkeeper history, posting a 0.39 goals-against average with 58 saves and 10 shutouts.
The men are coached by Duke Cochran, who has an 88-58-15 (.593) record at the helm and is in his ninth season with the program.
He has led the team to two NCAA tournament appearances.
The women are coached by Mike Cannon, who is in his 21st season at the helm and has a 276-98-42 all-time record at Truman and is the seventh-winningest active coach in NCAA-II history.
Cannon has guided the Bulldogs to nine NCAA postseason appearances.