Mid-Atlantic Review, Week 2
By D3soccer.com Contributor
Welcome back to the Mid-Atlantic Review. We continue this week covering the teams that finished last season ranked in the region and are starting to get a feel of who are the “contenders” and who are the “pretenders” in the region. The second week of the regular season saw some huge games with national ranking implications. Let’s dive in.
This week, the Falcons welcomed No. 9 Johns Hopkins and No. 6 William Smith to Grantham. On Wednesday night against Hopkins, the Falcons scored early, just over two minutes into the game, and the Blue Jays would never recover. The Falcons added another goal in a dominant half, outshooting the Jays 13-1 and leading 7-0 in corners for the 2-0 halftime lead . Hopkins came out with a vengeance to start the second half, dominating play by controlling possession and winning balls, launching five shots in the first ten minutes. But, the Falcons’ top-ranked defense from 2017 never surrendered any real quality chances and stood firm. The Falcons slowly regained control of the match and finished off the game in the 78th minute with their third goal. They ended the night outshooting Hopkins 22-6 and leading 9-1 in corners. Saturday evening, the Falcons faced off against the Herons of William Smith in a clash of titans. The game followed suit to what many thought it would (and as it has the last few years) - a defensive struggle that would end 1-0 or close to it, with one of the teams taking advantage of one of their limited opportunities. In this year’s edition, it was the Herons taking the lead on their first shot of the game in the 24th minute. Senior All-American Megan Barwick launched a shot from the top of the 18 that was deflected into the net. Messiah had mostly controlled play up until that point and ultimately led in shots 15-8, but couldn’t take advantage of their opportunities due to a well-organized Heron defense. The game ended, of course, in a 1-0 Heron win.
Johns Hopkins (3-1-0)
The Blue Jays had a busy week , traveling to No. 5 Messiah for a mid-week top-10 showdown with the Falcons before heading to Newport News, VA, to continue adding notches of nationally-rankeds to their belt. In a stacked Captains’ Classic, the Jays faced No. 24 Virginia Wesleyan Marlins and No. 17 Christopher Newport Captains. As mentioned above, the Blue Jays fell to Messiah 3-0, but the score line and stat sheet don’t tell the whole story, as Hopkins controlled play for long periods, especially early in the second half. This young Blue Jays team proved that they could play with any team in the country and for long stretches gave the Falcon defense fits. Goalkeeper Robyn Lipschultz made 11 saves and several of those were incredibly acrobatic, to say the least. On Friday night, Hopkins faced off against Virginia Wesleyan. In a tightly contested game, the Blue Jays were very opportunistic, scoring just before halftime and then twice again early in the second half to secure a 3-0 victory. The Jays narrowly outshot the Marlins but led in corners taken, 8-2. On Sunday, Hopkins led Christopher Newport 1-0 at the half before monsoon-like conditions forced a postponement. By rule, the game will be restarted at a later date. Stay tuned.
It doesn’t get any easier for Johns Hopkins this week, at least not initially, as they host No. 3 TCNJ at Homewood Field Wednesday, before heading back out on the road to Bryn Mawr, PA, to face the Owls.
The Cougars , hosting three games at Mangelsdorf Field. On Tuesday, the Cougars hosted the Susquehanna River Hawks. The Cougars scored twice early in the first half, and the River Hawks couldn’t come back. The Cougars outshot the Hawks 15-4 in the 2-0 win. On the weekend, the Cougars hosted their Cougar Classic Tournament, taking on the RIT Tigers Friday and Kean Cougars on Sunday. Friday night, the Cougars outshot the Tigers of RIT 23-14, but couldn’t seal the win until the 106th minute thanks to a golden goal in double OT by Freshman Kaylee Sturans. The Cougars took the lead early in the second half, but gave up the equalizer in the 76th minute. Sunday, the Cougars of Misericordia thoroughly controlled play against the Cougars of Kean, outshooting them 36-7 and holding the edge in corners, 21-2. Despite that dominance, Misericordia could only manage one goal and gave one up with 13 seconds left in regulation. Neither team could manage a goal in the OT periods and had to settle on a 1-1 draw.
The Cougars now head out on the road after their long homestand, making their way to the other side of the conference to face MAC Commonwealth members Lebanon Valley on Wednesday and Arcadia on Saturday.
The Garnet traveled to Hoboken, NJ, this week to participate in Stevens’ Engineering Cup, taking on the Brewers of Vassar Friday and the NYU Violets Sunday afternoon. Friday evening, the Garnet defense gave up their first goal of the season, but still came away with the 2-1 win over the Brewers. Swarthmore led Vassar in shots (19-5) and corners (8-2) and built a 2-0 lead before surrendering the lone goal. Sunday against NYU, Marin McCoy scored her third goal for the weekend and was named the Engineering Cup tournament MVP. The Garnet outshot the Violets 13-5 and posted a 3-0 win to remain undefeated on the season.
On Saturday, the Royals traveled the long distance to Danbury, CT to take on the Western Connecticut Colonials. Senior Jamie Hreniuk scored her fifth goal of the year 49 seconds into the game, and the Royals never looked back, securing a 4-1 victory. The Royals outshot the Colonials 23-5 and led 6-3 in corners. Sophomore Erin Toburen added two goals.
The Knights hosted the Ursinus Bears Thursday, and had to wait through a long weather delay to claim their second win of the year. The Knights outshot the Bears 13-3 and dominated possession, but could only find the back of the net once. The Knights earned their first clean sheet of the year by keeping the Bears from taking a single shot on goal. On Sunday, the Knights earned their second consecutive shutout by limiting the Muhlenberg Mules to just three shots while taking fourteen of their own. Erin Vander Plaat scored twice in the 2-0 win.
The Colonels finally started their season after seeing their opener postponed due to inclement weather. They headed to New York, to face the Ithaca Bombers Wednesday night. In a defensive struggle, the Colonels were outshot 5-9 in the 0-1 loss to the Bombers. On Saturday at home against Marywood, the Colonels gave Head Coach John McNichol his first win. Wilkes outshot the Pacers 18-6 and held a 9-2 advantage in corner kicks in the 3-2 win. Senior Nicolette Towlen scored two goals in the win.
The Colonels head back out on the road this week, first traveling to New Jersey mid-week to face the William Paterson Pioneers before heading out again on Saturday to New York to take on the Bard Raptors.
Last week, the Green Terror invaded Pennsylvania to take on the York (Pa.) Spartans and the Albright Lions. On Wednesday night, McDaniel was outshot by the host Spartans, 16-14 and York held the edge in corners, 10-4, but it was the Green Terror on the right end of the scoreboard, 2-1, on two Kristen Worry goals. On Saturday afternoon in Reading, the tables were turned, as the Green Terror outshot Albright 15-5, but the Lions scored two goals three minutes apart to hand McDaniel the loss, 1-2.
The River Hawks traveled to Dallas, PA, Tuesday to take on the Misericordia Cougars and were unable to answer when the Cougars scored twice in the first half. The River Hawks defense dug in and held the Cougars scoreless the rest of the way, but the offense was unable to find the back of the net in the 2-0 loss. Saturday afternoon, the River Hawks hosted the Penn State-Harrisburg Nittany Lions in a tight contest. The Hawks held the advantage in shots, 22-14, but the Lions held the advantage in shots on goal 13-12. River Hawks sophomore keeper Madison Welliver made 12 saves in the 2-1 win for Susquehanna.
There you have it, week two in the books. The season is starting to take shape and we are starting to get a vision of who may be ranked in the Mid-Atlantic Region when the rankings come out next month. Do you feel that we are missing someone? Does your team deserve a shoutout for their great start? Contact us and let us know, maybe you’ll see your team here next week for week #3!
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