There’s no time in soccer for scoreboard watching, especially when it comes to following scores outside your own. But Wright State women’s soccer coach Pat Ferguson will be checking his phone for text messages when he can tonight to see how Milwaukee is doing against third-place Oakland as his team hosts Cleveland State.
The Raiders play at 7 p.m. Milwaukee plays at Oakland at 6:30 p.m. If Wright State (7-5-4, 4-1-1) wins and Milwaukee (7-8-1, 5-1-0) loses or ties, the Raiders would earn the top seed in the Horizon League tournament.
If the Raiders are winning and hear Milwaukee is losing, that could be an extra shot of adrenaline for the Raiders.
“Information is power,” Ferguson said.
Wright State hasn’t been the No. 1 seed since 1999. It last won the tournament in 2000. That was its third straight title.
Last year’s team lost 5-1 to Milwaukee in the championship game. The Raiders got a measure of revenge for that result by beating Milwaukee 1-0 at Alumni Field on Oct. 19. They followed that with another 1-0 win at Green Bay last Saturday.
“Obviously, the result against Milwaukee was a very good result,” Ferguson said, “not just because we won, but we outplayed them and deserved to win. Green Bay is at the bottom of the conference, but they’re actually much better than their record. Flying 500 miles and playing on a different surface and coming away with a win is also very good. I’m pleased with not only how we’re playing, but how we’re approaching training. They’re serious and intense.”
The Raiders played three road games in six days last season in the Horizon League tournament, and Ferguson said he saw signs of fatigue in the final game.
Even if they win tonight and Milwaukee wins, the Raiders will get the No. 2 seed and a bye in the first round. They would then play next Friday in the semifinals. The top seed hosts the semifinals and finals.
Women’s basketball: The Raiders beat Indiana Wesleyan 81-55 in an exhibition game Wednesday at the Nutter Center. The Raiders ended the first half on an 11-1 run to break open a close game.
Kim Demmings had 19 points, six rebounds and five assists. KC Elkins scored 12. Ivory James and Abby Jump had nine each. Tayler Stanton had 11 rebounds. Sarah Hunter had five assists.
Men’s swimming: Freshman Clement Quilliec was named Horizon League Male Swimmer of the Week after winning five individual events and swimming with two winning relays in victories over Green Bay and Milwaukee at the WSU Natatorium last week.
Men’s soccer: Freshman goalkeeper Tyler Blackmer was named Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week after recording seven saves in a 2-1 overtime win over Green Bay on Saturday and allowing only one goal in a double-overtime 1-0 loss to Bowling Green in the previous game Oct. 22.