ISLANDERS vs. UNLV (N) | Sunday, Aug. 21 | 1 PM UTRGV Soccer Stadium | Edinburg, Texas Live Stats | Gamenotes
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Ready to embark on its fourth season of competition, the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women's soccer team opens the 2016 campaign with a pair of games this weekend on the road at the UTRGV Invitational.
The Islanders will face the host Vaqueros on Friday for the inaugural matchup of the South Texas Showdown presented by NavyArmy Community Credit Union, before wrapping up the weekend with a Sunday contest against UNLV.
A&M-Corpus Christi's matchup with the Vaqueros will be streamed on the GoUTRGV YouTube page.
THE OPENING KICK
• The Islanders will open up the 2016 season with the first-ever contest in the South Texas Showdown presented by NavyArmy Community Credit Union.
• A&M-Corpus Christi's two games this weekend will be a part of the UTRGV Tournament, with Fairleigh Dickinson competing as the fourth team.
• This weekend will mark the second meeting for the Islanders with UTRGV and UNLV. The Runnin' Rebels skipped passed the Islanders last year 1-0 in the season opener in Las Vegas, while the Blue and Green played to a 2-2 tie with Vaqueros at the Jack in 2015.
• A&M-Corpus Christi is looking to top its best start in program history in 2014, when the Islanders earned a win and a tie in the opening weekend of the season.
• The Islanders squared off with Texas in the only preseason game of 2016 last Friday. The Longhorns topped the Islanders 3-0 in Austin.
• Jordan Wainwright went the distance in net for the Islanders; making five saves on the night.
SOUTH TEXAS SHOWDOWN
• Friday's match will be the inaugural competition in the South Texas Showdown presented by NavyArmy Community Credit Union.
• Each school will earn points based on results when the two institutions compete annually in 12 sports.
• The rivalry series was created in an effort to increase exposure for the two universities in their respective communities and the entire South Texas area.
• The home leg of the 2016 soccer portion will be played at the Jack on Sept. 11 at 7 P.M.
• The senior class of Islanders Women's Soccer represents the first group of players to play with the program from their freshman to senior seasons.
• Combined, the seven seniors have played in 296 games with 17 goal and 11 assists.
• Yvette Franco tops the chart for career goals with 15, nine ahead of Alyssa Miller in second place.
SUMMER TRANSFER LIST
• Head coach Shanna Caldwell inked a trio of transfers to the roster this season.
• Junior goalkeeper Jordan Wainwright is the presumptive No. 1 between the pipes. Once she steps foot on the pitch for an official game, Wainwright will become the first junior net minder in program history.
• Redshirt-sophomore Kaitlyn Joy is the only transfer with Division I experience. The Dripping Springs, Texas, native returns to her home state after spending a pair of season at the University of Idaho.
• Andi Bethard rounds out the transfer list as an outside defender from Cisco College.
NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK
• 11 newcomers highlight the 21-player roster, the largest number since the inaugural season of Islanders Soccer, including eight freshmen who aim to strike into the starting XI.
• Defender Karla Kedenburg has impressed in early training sessions since the start of camp. The German international has wasted little time acclimating to the Texas heat and the artificial turf at the Dugan Soccer Stadium.
• Midfielder Chayse Bauer will be one of a few players in the Southland Conference with international experience after representing the US at the 2015 Maccabi Games, where she won a gold medal with a victory over Sweden in the finals.
• The freshman class boasts speed and strength over height with an average height of 5-5. Shayla Spearman comes in as one of the quickest players, despite the shortest height on the team at 5-3.
• The Vaqueros finished 2015 with a 5-12-3 record, 3-7 in the WAC, winning three of their last four games before losing in the first round of the WAC Tournament.
• UTRGV brings back the majority of its lineup with 20 returning letter winners, including 10 starters.
• The Vaqueros were selected to finish seventh in the Western Athletic Conference for the 2016 season.
• The Runnin' Rebels capped their 2015 campaign with an 11-10 record and a 6-5 mark in the Mountain West.
• UNLV brings back 8 players from the starting XI that defeated the Blue and Green 1-0 in the season opener a year ago.
• The Runnin' Rebels were tabbed by the Mountain West Conference to finish the year in eighth place.
• UNLV will face Fairleigh Dickinson on Friday to open up their 2016 season.