COLUMBIA, Ky. – The No. 2-ranked Lindsey Wilson women's soccer team travels to No. 1 Spring Arbor (Mich.) this Saturday for a 7 p.m. CT kickoff at the Cougar Soccer Complex in Spring Arbor, Mich.
The rematch of the 2015 NAIA National Championship final was selected by the NAIA as the NAIA Network Women's Soccer Game of the Week.
Lindsey Wilson fell to the Cougars 3-0 in last year's title game at the Orange Beach Sportsplex in Orange Beach, Ala.
The Dec. 5 victory was the 19th-straight for the Cougars. Spring Arbor (4-0) has won its first four matches in 2016 to extend its winning streak to a program-record 23 games.
In addition, the Cougars are in the midst of a team-record 14-match shutout streak. The last goal yielded by Spring Arbor came against Taylor on Oct. 17, 2015 – 1,277 game minutes ago.
The Blue Raiders (2-2) fell on the road to No. 3 Northwestern Ohio on Sep. 3. The 2-0 defeat marked the second-straight game in which Lindsey Wilson was shutout. Prior to Saturday, the Blue Raiders had not suffered consecutive shutout losses since Sep. 17-18, 2010.
An appearance in goal on Saturday will be a record-tying one for Johanna Henriksson. Saturday's match will mark the senior's 74th game in goal for Lindsey Wilson, which will tie the record set by Carrie Revlett between 2006 and 2009. Henriksson also appears in the career top-five in goals against average, saves, shutouts and minutes.
Lindsey Wilson is in the middle of a stretch of six-straight matches against top-25 opponents. Spring Arbor is the fourth-consecutive top-10 program to oppose the Blue Raiders. Lindsey Wilson is 1-2 against top-10 competition this year.
Annika Koemm leads the Blue Raiders with two goals after netting the game-winners in Lindsey Wilson's first two matches. Bethany Balcer's four goals heads a balanced Spring Arbor attack – eight Cougar players have scored at least one goal this season. Balcer, the 2015 NAIA Player of the Year, recorded a pair of goals against Lindsey Wilson in the 2015 national championship match.
Lindsey Wilson holds an 8-1-4 record all-time against Spring Arbor, including a perfect 5-0-0 mark on the road.