Hornets head for Florida as Hermine brews in Gulf of Mexico

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (bamastatesports.com) – The Lady Hornets soccer team will be off to Jacksonville, Florida for a couple of weekend matches at Atlantic Sun Conference representatives Jacksonville University and the University of North Florida.

Alabama State (0-3) travels to take on the Dolphins (1-3) on Friday at 6 p.m. CT followed by a noon matinee at the Ospreys (0-2-2).

Weather could be a factor with a tropical storm Hermine expected to make landfall sometime on Friday where the Jacksonville area could see between a predicted two to three inches of rain.

“Their fields do drain well there and it’s sand-based so there’s still a chance that we can get these games in this weekend,” said ASU head coach Jodie Smith, who is in search of his 150th career collegiate victory.

Jacksonville has had a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde type season with a 3-0 victory to open the season against North Georgia, but was shutout in its last three matches against Charleston Southern, FAU and Miami (FL).

North Florida has tallied just a goal on the season, but has fought their way to ties against North Georgia and Georgia Southern.

Among the best

Ariela Lewis scored her first goal of the season and 29th of her career at Alabama State Tuesday night at Troy.

The senior ranks seventh among active players in NCAA Division I women’s soccer for goals per match with a rate of 0.69 goals scored per match.

Twin sister and fellow striker Aaliyah Lewis currently ranks fourth in the same category with 45 career goals scored in 63 games played, a rate of 0.71 goals per match.

“Double A” Elite company

Aa. Lewis is also just one of three active players with at least 30 goals and 20 assists in her career.  (45 goals and 24 assists).

The others are Florida’s Savannah Jordan (69 goals, 22 assists) and Florida Gulf Coast’s Tabitha Tindell (52 goals, 23 assists).

Among active players, Aa. Lewis is tied for fifth in total goals with Tyler Lussi of Princeton.