The Wright State men’s soccer team has already clinched a berth in the Horizon League tournament, but what happens tonight will determine whether the Raiders are seeded as high as second or as low as sixth.
“We just have to take care of business and not worry about the rest,” WSU coach Bryan Davis said. “We feel very confident against every team in this conference.”
Tonight’s opponent is defending champion Oakland, which is tied with the Raiders for third place.
A victory assures WSU (10-7, 4-3-1 HL) of no worse than the third seed and could move the Raiders up to the second seed, which comes with a first-round bye, if Northern Kentucky loses at Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
In addition to securing either a first-round home game or a bye, a victory against the Grizzlies (7-8-1, 4-3-1) would give WSU back-to-back wins heading into the tournament. A loss would send the Raiders into the postseason having lost four of five.
“It would be massive to get the win,” Davis said. “But regardless of where we end up, I really love this group and I’m really happy with the way they’re performed, especially given the challenges they’ve faced. We only have two seniors. That’s not easy.”
Those seniors, Brett Elder and Wes Cain, will be honored in a pregame Senior Night ceremony.
“They’ve both had fantastic careers,” Davis said. “Brett led us in scoring on two occasions (as a freshman in 2012 and sophomore in 2013), and Wesley is playing at the next level. There’s not a better right back that I’ve seen in the country. He is definitely going to have some professional options when our season ends.”
The HL tournament begins Monday with the No. 3 seed playing host to No. 6 and No. 4 entertaining No. 5. The semifinals begin Thursday at top seed Illinois-Chicago.
Swimming: Sophomore Mitch Stover and senior Samantha Miller swept the Horizon League swimmer of the week honors with their performances against UW-Milwaukee and UW-Green Bay last weekend.
Stover won all six individual events he entered and both relays. Against Milwaukee last Friday, Stover won the 100 backstroke (50.93), the 200 back (1:51.99) and the 200 individual medley (1:54.51) and was part of the winning 200 medley relay.
He won three more events Saturday against Green Bay, taking the 100 back (50.79), 200 back (1:50.91) and 400 IM (4:03.18). He also was part of the winning 400 medley relay.
Miller won two events against Milwaukee, the 50 freestyle (24.20) and 100 free (53.28). She also was part of the 200 medley relay that set a WSU Natatorium record (1:46.75). Against Green Bay, Miller won the 100 free (52.88).
Women’s soccer: Senior midfielder MacKenzie Hamilton scored two goals to lift the Raiders to a 2-1 victory against Valparaiso in the first round of the Horizon League tournament Monday.
Goalkeeper Halle Pyle, who earlier in the day was named the HL defensive player of the week for the second time this season, recorded six saves against the Crusaders.
The win moved WSU (9-7-1) into a semifinal against tournament host and top seed Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Thursday night.
Volleyball: The Raiders snapped a seven-match losing streak Saturday with a three-set sweep of Milwaukee. WSU returns to action tonight at 7 against first-place Cleveland State.