PARKVILLE, Mo. - The Park University soccer teams return home to Julian Field this Wednesday, September 6 for a non-conference doubleheader against Friends University, kickoff with the women's game at 5:00 p.m.

Both teams are coming off losses at Graceland on Saturday and looking to build momentum as American Midwest Conference play will begin just one week later. Prior to the AMC openers at St. Louis College of Pharmacy on September 13, both Park teams will visit the University of St. Mary on Saturday, September 9 to conclude non-conference play.


Women's Soccer Notes

HEAD TO HEAD
The Pirates are unbeaten in six previous matches with Friends all-time. The teams have not met since the 2012 campaign when Park pasted a 12-1 thrashing on the Falcons at Julian Field. The Pirates have never yielded more than one goal in a match against Friends and own an all-time aggregate scoring advantage of 38-2.

LAST TIME OUT
Facing a second-straight team out of the Heart of America Athletic Conference, the Pirates allowed four goals in the first half and dropped a 6-2 decision to the Yellowjackets. Isabel Sullivan (JR/Nottingham, England) scored twice in the second half for Park, which fired just one fewer shot (14-13) than the hosts.

ABOUT THE FALCONS
Friends enters Wednesday night's game with a 1-1-0 record, most recently falling 4-0 at Central Methodist last Saturday. The Falcons earned a 2-1 win over SAGU (Texas) in the season opener, coming off a 2016 campaign that saw the team finish with a record of 11-8-3.

DOUBLE YOUR PLEASURE
After scoring from the penalty spot in the season opener, Isabel Sullivan netted a pair of strikes against Graceland last weekend. She now has three goals in the first two games, already besting her total from all of last season. It is the second two-goal game of her career, with the first coming on Sept. 16, 2015 against Stephens College.


Men's Soccer Notes

HEAD TO HEAD
Park has won two of three previous matchups against Friends, most recently on Sept. 8, 2012. The Falcons won that contest by a 2-0 scoreline. The last victory recorded by the Pirates was Nov. 7, 2007, a 2-1 overtime win in the semifinal round of the NAIA Region IV Tournament.

LAST TIME OUT
For the second-straight game, Juan Carlos Salazar (JR/Bogota, Colombia) and Isaias De La Torre (SR/Dodge City, Kan.) each scored goals for the Pirates. However, the team surrendered a pair of goals in the second half and dropped a 3-2 decision at Graceland on Saturday, September 2. Thalu Masindi (JR/London, England) recorded four saves in the contest for the Pirates.

ABOUT THE FALCONS
Friends brings an identical 1-1-0 record into Wednesday's clash at Julian Field. The Falcons, the first of consecutive opponents for the Pirates out of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference, end a 10-day hiatus since losing to Avila University, 3-1. The Falcons also own a 4-0 win over SAGU (Texas) this season.

TWO FOR TWO
For the second time in three seasons, the Pirates had two players each record at least one goal in the first two games of the season. Back in 2015, Tim Kloster and Cyril Gadu each netted goals against Saint Mary and Avila.