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Westminster soccer: 16th-ranked Griffins host three games at Dumke Field this week

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The 16th-ranked Westminster women’s soccer team returns home this week to play three games in four days at Dumke Field. The Griffins begin the week by playing back-to-back games with Antelope Valley on Thursday and Friday at 4 p.m. MT. The Griffins close the action on Sunday with a 1 p.m. Frontier Conference game against Great Falls.

The games on Friday and Sunday will be broadcast live on Griffins TV, which is available online and through the Livestream app on mobile devices and Roku players. Live stats will be available for all the games at Dumke Field this week.

Westminster returns to Dumke Field after finishing 2-1 during a road trip that concluded Monday. The Griffins are 8-1-1 on the season and ranked 16th in this week’s edition of the NAIA Coaches’ Poll. The No. 16 ranking is the highest ranking in school history.

The Griffins enter the week averaging 2.3 goals per game, and they have notched an assist on 15 of the team’s 23 goals. They average 15.7 shots per game and 6.8 shots per every goal scored. Westminster is putting 51 percent of its shot attempts on goal while also taking 59 corner kicks.

Westminster is limiting the opposition to 0.40 goals per game and forcing 16.5 shots per every goal allowed. Opponents are taking 6.6 shots per game with 51.5 percent of those attempts on goal. The Griffins lead the NAIA with seven shutouts on the season, and they are 10th by averaging 0.7 shutouts per game played.

Rylei North leads the team with seven goals, and she is 35th in the NAIA in that category. She has taken a team-leading 37 shots with 24 of them on goal. Lexi Tucker is second on the team with 11 points behind four goals and three assists. Nicole Carter is tied with Tucker for the team lead in assists with three, and Abby Holbrook has three goals and one assist for seven points.

Abi Yanke has recorded eight wins and six shutouts in goal for the Griffins. The junior ranks ninth in the NAIA with her 0.40 goals-against-average, while also making 27 saves for an .871 save percentage. Breanna Empey has made one appearance in goal with one save in 27 minutes.