Commodores to play home opener Friday

Commodores play home opener on Friday.

Commodores play home opener on Friday.

Miami Game Notes 
Ohio Game Notes 

NASHVILLE – Vanderbilt is set for its home openers this weekend when it takes on Miami (Fla.) on Friday and Ohio on Sunday.

The Commodores (1-1) begin a five-game home stand with their matchup against the Hurricanes (2-0) at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. The Dores are coming off a resounding 3-0 victory over Jacksonville last Sunday.

Vanderbilt outshot the Dolphins, 19-1, and spent the vast majority of the game controlling possession. Junior goalkeeper Lauren Demarchi secured her first win of the season, playing 72 minutes in goal and recording one save. Demarchi also recorded a career-high five saves in the first half against No. 10 Florida State on Aug. 16.

“We dug in and defended well,” head coach Darren Ambrose said. “We’ve been known for that. We showed a lot of patience against Jacksonville. We showed some nice pattern play and scored a couple of really good goals.”

Olivia Simmons had a strong showing against Jacksonville. She registered three points in the matchup coming off one goal and a throw-in assist.  Leila Azari leads Vanderbilt with two assists, with Haley Hopkins chipping in one assist on the year.

Kaylann Boyd and Madison Elwell have also added goals for the Commodores.

Miami comes in having scored seven goals in two games, but Vanderbilt’s defense has challenged its first two opponents. That defense held Jacksonville to just one shot in 90 minutes and only allowed one goal to FSU. In the Seminoles’ other game this season, they scored five goals.

Ohio (1-1) is coming off its first win of the season against Robert Morris with a 1-0 victory in overtime. Ohio lost to Pitt, 2-1, in its other previous game of the season.

In its Friday matchup, Vanderbilt is seeking its second consecutive victory in a home opener under Ambrose.

“It’s always good to play at home,” Ambrose said. “Our kids are beyond excited to play at home. It’ll be a good crowd. It’s a great place for us to step out and play.”