Truman State womens soccer starts 2013 home season Friday

Coming off a hard-fought weekend in Minnesota, the Truman women's soccer team will experience its home field for the first time in the 2013 regular season when it hosts Maryville (Mo.) in the GLVC opener on Friday, Sept. 13 at 1:00 pm.

The Bulldogs will cap the weekend with a trip to Missouri-St. Louis on Sunday, Sept. 15 at noon.

Truman (0-1-1) used a stingy defense to walk away from Minnesota with one point, despite the offense not finding the net in either contest. Goalkeeper Emily Bozdeck and her back line of Suzanne Pelley, Lauren Seawright, Jessica Hanson and Kelsey Ridgway were nearly perfect in the 200-plus minutes of action, surrendering just a lone overtime goal to then-No. 6 (now-No. 4) Minnesota State-Mankato in the season opener.

The Bulldog offense, meanwhile, will look to get on track this weekend with the start of Great Lakes Valley Conference play.

Truman will take on two squads who experienced different week one results, beginning Friday with a winless Maryville squad in the first GLVC contest in Truman State University history.

The Saints came on the wrong sides of both a 4-2 decision at Upper Iowa as well as a 1-0 result against St. Cloud (Minn.) State.

Sunday's opponent â?? Missouri-St. Louis â?? however spun the opposite direction on the first weekend, bringing down two MIAA squads for two victories. UMSL defeated Emporia State 2-0 in its season-opener before dealing Lindenwood a 2-1 setback on Sept. 8. The Tritons travel to Quincy on Sept. 13 before hosting Truman on Sunday.

Leading the Bulldogs on the sideline is head coach Mike Cannon, who is in his 21st season at the helm of the Truman program.

He has a 265-97-39 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.

Courtesy Truman State University