Brooke McCurdy has big plans after she graduates from Wright State next spring. She wants to play soccer professionally in Europe, hopefully in the Netherlands, where she has relatives. Then she wants to go to grad school and eventually law school.
Those dreams can wait, though, because still has goals to accomplish this fall. The senior goalkeeper from Peterborough, Ontario, ranks second in the Horizon League with a 1.07 goals-against average and second in saves with 74. She’s already Wright State’s career leader in saves (359) and could finish her career as high as fourth in the Horizon League record book.
“I’m really proud to be a part of Wright State soccer,” McCurdy said. “Just the fact that I left my name behind once I’m done here, that means a lot. Even though it is a saves record, that’s something the entire back line should be proud of. It takes all of us.”
McCurdy, a double major in computer science and computer engineering, discovered Wright State while on a tour of Ohio universities with her club team. Coach Pat Ferguson saw her play and invited her down for an official visit. She fell in love with Wright State right away.
McCurdy started 14 games as a freshman in 2010 and was named to the Horizon League all-newcomer team. She started 20 games as a sophomore and posted a 1.46 goals-against average. Last year, she also played in 20 games and lowered her average to 0.65, giving up only 14 goals. She was named to the Horizon League second team and made the all-tournament team.
The Raiders (5-5-4, 2-1-1) lost 2-0 at Detroit (8-6-1, 2-2-0) on Wednesday and host first-place Milwaukee (5-7-1), 3-0-0) at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Prior to the loss to Detroit, the Raiders had given up just one goal in four games, and McCurdy said, “We’re communicating a lot better. Each game we’re getting better and better. Four of the five (defenders) are the same as last year. Each game we learn each other’s strengths and weaknesses.”
Men’s basketball: Coach Billy Donlon stayed in his hometown of Chicago on Wednesday after the media day event to recruit. He returned to practice Thursday. The Raiders have an intrasquad scrimmage (closed to the public) on Tuesday.
“With some of the rule changes (regarding hand-checking), I’m excited to see how that goes,” Donlon said. “If they do call the game the way they say they will, everyone will be adjusting.”
Men’s soccer: The Raiders (3-6-1, 1-2-0) lost their second straight Horizon League game Saturday, 2-1 to first-place Oakland (5-2-5, 3-0-1) at Alumni Field. Brett Elder scored the only goal, his fifth of the season. He’s tied for fifth in the conference.
Wright State plays at Illinios-Chicago (10-3, 3-0) on Saturday.
Volleyball: The Raiders (6-17, 0-5) suffered their ninth straight loss Tuesday, falling 3-1 to Eastern Kentucky at C.J. McLin Gymnasium. They play at Illinois-Chicago tonight and at Valparaiso on Saturday.