Mid-Atlantic Review, Week 5
By D3soccer.com Contributor
Week 5 saw conference play start with a few big non-conference games mixed in. Teams are making the short trip down the road to face their conference rival and position themselves for a playoff run. Underdogs are gearing up for that big game against the conference favorite, hoping to play spoiler and maybe steal a point and grab a spot in the postseason. Let’s look in to see how the top teams in the Mid-Atlantic Region fared this week.
Messiah (8-1-0 / 1-0-0) No. 4
On Saturday against Hood (3-6-0 / 0-1-0) in their MAC Commonwealth opener, the Falcons put up nine goals against the Blazers. The Falcons dominated all over the stat sheet, outshooting the Blazers 29-0 (17-0 SOG) and leading in corners 9-0. Freshman Jessie Fisher scored her first collegiate goal and then added two others to record a hat trick, while junior Brooke Firestone and senior Julia Kyne each recorded a brace in the 9-0 win.
This week, the Falcons continue with MAC Commonwealth play by traveling to Stevenson Tuesday night to take on the Mustangs (1-6-2 / 0-1-0) and then host the Albright Lions (7-1-1 / 1-0-0) on Saturday evening.
Johns Hopkins (9-1-0 / 3-0-0) No. 7
Wednesday night, Hopkins and Penn State-Berks (5-3-1 / 5-0-0) had to wait nearly two hours to begin their non-conference match. Once the weather cleared enough to commence play, the host Blue Jays came away with a 1-0 victory after a hard-fought battle with the Lions. The Blue Jays were awarded a penalty kick in the 16th minute when a Lion defender was whistled for a foul in the box on junior Emily Maheras. Maheras placed her penalty shot just inside the left post, beating the Lion keeper and giving the Jays a 1-0 lead that would hold up for the remainder of the game. The Blue Jays held a 16-6 advantage in shots (7-3 SOG) and a 5-2 advantage in corners taken.
On Saturday night, Hopkins and Haverford (5-3-0 / 2-1-0) were locked in a defensive struggle that saw only five combined shots in the first half. The Jays finally broke through in the second when junior Emily Maheras drilled a shot past the Fords goalkeeper in the 55th minute. Freshman Rachel Jackson added an insurance goal in the 81st minute, her seventh goal of the year. The Blue Jays outshot the Fords 7-4 (4-2 SOG) and led in corners 3-0 in the Centennial Conference win.
The Blue Jays continue with Centennial Conference play on the road this week, first visiting the Dickinson Red Devils (6-2-2 / 2-1-1) on Wednesday evening before heading to the Muhlenberg Mules (3-4-1 / 1-2-0) for a Saturday afternoon matchup.
Swarthmore (9-0-1 / 3-0-1) No. 13
On Wednesday night, the Garnet visited the Arcadia Knights (6-2-2 / 1-0-0) in Glenside for a non-conference matchup that was shortened due to severe weather. The Garnet outshot the Knights 11-6 (7-6 SOG) and held a 6-2 advantage in corners for 77 minutes before the match was delayed by weather and eventually called. The lone goal was scored by the Garnet’s Maddy Carens in the 16th minute off a pass from Marin McCoy.
Saturday night in Lancaster, PA, the Garnet dominated Franklin & Marshall (1-7-1 / 0-4-0), peppering the Diplomats with 38 shots, 21 of which were on goal, and taking 11 corners to the Diplomats’ none in the 3-0 Centennial Conference win. Sophomore Grace Taylor put in the game-winner in the 28th minute, with senior Yasmeen Namazie and junior Brittany Weiderhold adding insurance goals late in the second half. Sophomore keeper Gabby Panayotakis made 18 saves for the Diplomats in the loss.
The Garnet travel to the Washington College Shorewomen (6-2-0 / 2-2-0) for a Centennial Conference matchup Tuesday night before heading to the Farmingdale State Rams (6-2-1 / 1-0-0) for a non-conference game Sunday afternoon.
Misericordia (6-2-1 / 4-0-1) No. 25
In their only game this week and MAC Freedom opener Saturday afternoon, the Cougars blasted DeSales (3-5-2 / 0-1-0) with three goals in the first half and two in the second for a 5-1 victory. The Cougars outshot the Bulldogs 17-6 (12-1 SOG) and led in corners 6-1. Jeanna Orfanos scored two goals in just under three minutes in the first half to break the game open.
The Cougars set out on a long road trip to upstate New York Tuesday afternoon to take on the Brockport State Golden Eagles (5-5-0 / 2-2-0) in a non-conference match before returning home to host the King’s Monarchs (4-4-0 / 1-0-0) in a MAC Freedom contest Saturday afternoon.
Arcadia (6-2-2 / 1-0-0) NR Receiving Votes
On Wednesday, the Knights could not respond to Swarthmore’s (9-0-1 / 3-0-1) early goal and literally ran out of time when severe weather delayed and then forced the cancellation of the match in the 77th minute. The Knights were outshot by the Garnet, 6-11 (2-7 SOG) and trailed in corners 2-6 when the non-conference match was called.
Against Stevenson (1-6-2 / 0-1-0) Saturday night, the Knights took advantage of two Mustang fouls to come away with a 2-0 MAC Commonwealth victory. Sophomore Erin Vander Plaat scored on a free kick after a Mustang foul in the 14th minute, then junior Bridget Sway buried a penalty kick in the 88th minute after the Stevenson keeper committed a foul in the box. The Knights outshot the Mustangs 18-6 (6-1 SOG) and led in corners 7-2 in the win.
Scranton (8-0-1 / 2-0-0) NR Receiving Votes
On Tuesday night at home, Scranton got two goals from senior Jamie Hreniuk in the first fifteen minutes of the game to beat Wilkes (3-4-1 / 1-0-0) in a non-conference matchup. The Royals outshot the Colonels 16-9 (7-4 SOG) and led in corners 9-1. Hreniuk’s seventh and eighth goals of the season give her 32 for her career, which is good enough to place her 10th all-time in Royal program history.
On Saturday, senior Erica Licari scored in the first half in a 1-0 Landmark Conference win against the Goucher Gophers (3-4-2 / 0-1-1). The Royals dominated the stat sheet, outshooting the Gophers 21-0 (7-0 SOG) and leading in corner kicks 12-3, but could only manage the one goal. The Royals are off to their best start since 2003, when they went 23-0-1 before losing in the third round of the NCAA Tournament.
This week, the Royals host Penn State-Harrisburg (5-5-1 / 0-1-0) Wednesday night for a non-conference match before traveling to the Moravian Greyhounds (6-2-1 / 1-1-0) Saturday afternoon for Landmark Conference play.
Dickinson (6-2-2 / 2-1-1)
On Wednesday afternoon, the Red Devils traveled to Lancaster to meet the Franklin & Marshall Diplomats (1-7-1 / 0-4-0) and like many others in the area, had to wait out a significant rain delay to finish out the Centennial Conference match. The wait seemed to favor the Red Devils, as they tallied three in first half and two in the second for a 5-2 victory. Dickinson outshot F & M, 26-7 (15-3 SOG) and held a slight advantage in corners, 3-2. Junior Ally Diez scored two goals in the match.
On Saturday afternoon, the Ursinus Bears (4-4-2 / 1-3-0) scored just 30 seconds into overtime to upset the Red Devils. The visitors, despite outshooting the host Bears 13-6 (6-3 SOG) and leading in corner kicks 5-3, could only manage one first half goal and ultimately dropped the 2-1 Centennial Conference decision. Sophomore Ally Diez scored just over five minutes into the game, but the Red Devils could not manage another and could not keep the Bears off the scoreboard.
The Red Devils have an important week upcoming in regard to Centennial Conference play, first hosting Johns Hopkins (9-1-0 / 3-0-0) Wednesday night before traveling to the Washington College Shorewomen (6-2-0 / 2-2-0) Saturday afternoon.
Penn State-Berks (6-3-1 / 6-0-0)
The Lions traveled to Johns Hopkins (9-1-0 / 3-0-0) Wednesday night and had to wait nearly two hours through a weather delay to face the Blue Jays. The Lions were whistled for a foul in the box in the 16th minute and couldn’t overcome the converted PK that gave the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead. The Lions thought that they had tied the game in the 66th minute when Alexis Schoener crossed a ball from the end line that Monica Pinel deflected into the goal, but the ball was ruled to have crossed the end line and resulted in a corner kick instead of a goal. There would be no other goals, despite opportunities by both teams, and the match resulted in a 1-0 Hopkins victory. The Lions were outshot by the Jays 6-16 (3-7 SOG) and trailed in corners, 2-5.
Things were a bit easier for the Lions when they returned to NEAC play Saturday afternoon at home, where they cruised to a 12-0 victory over SUNY Poly (1-7-1 / 1-5-0). Senior Caitlin Golden recorded 11 points when she scored four goals and three assists in the win. Seven different Lions scored while outshooting the Wildcats 44-2 (28-1 SOG).
Sunday against SUNY-Cobleskill (4-6-0 / 1-4-0), the Lions continued their offensive onslaught, beating the Fighting Tigers 13-0. The Lions outshot the Fighting Tigers 32-0 (21-0 SOG) and led in corners 11-0. Caitlin Golden and Monica Pinel each scored four goals in the NEAC win.
Tuesday night, the Lions travel to the Elizabethtown Blue Jays (3-4-2 / 1-1-0) for a non-conference outing before hosting the Morrisville State Mustangs (5-5-0 / 4-1-0) in NEAC play Saturday afternoon.
Susquehanna (8-1-1 / 2-0-0)
The River Hawks got two goals from junior Alee Pettit and the Susquehanna defense did the rest, recording their fifth consecutive shutout in the 2-0 win over Delaware Valley (3-6-0 / 0-1-0). The River Hawks outshot the Aggies 27-2 (12-1 SOG) and led in corners 9-0. In addition to putting another tally in the win column, the victory also saw this Hawk team etch their name in the school record books. The team’s sixth straight win is a program best and the defense’s 485 minutes without surrendering a goal is also an all-time record.
Saturday afternoon against Moravian (6-2-1 / 1-1-0), Susquehanna continued their winning ways, picking up an important Landmark Conference result with a 1-0 decision against the Greyhounds. The victory was the seventh straight for the River Hawks and the sixth straight shutout for their defense. The stats were fairly even, with Susquehanna leading in shots 8-5 (4-2 SOG) and corners 4-3, but the River Hawks were the only side to score. Kathryn Perlowitz got the eventual game-winner, putting in a rebound off Anna Werner’s shot that careened off the crossbar.
The River Hawks have two home matches this week, first welcoming the Penn College Wildcats (7-1-0 / 5-0-0) Wednesday afternoon in a non-conference contest, then hosting the Catholic Cardinals (5-3-2 / 1-1-0) Saturday afternoon in a Landmark Conference matchup.
Gettysburg (6-3-1 / 3-1-0)
On Tuesday night against Frostburg State (3-6-0 / 1-0-0), the Bullets dominated the stat sheet, but dropped a 0-1 non-conference decision. The Bullets outshot the Bobcats 32-11 (15-5 SOG) and led in corners 4-0, but they could never put one past Bobcat senior keeper Rhianna Lapen, who recorded an astounding 15 saves.
Saturday, the Bullets had no trouble finding the scoring column. They posted three goals in the first half and five in the second half as they handed Bryn Mawr (1-6-2 / 0-3-0) an 8-1 Centennial Conference defeat. Gettysburg outshot the Owls 36-2 (24-2 SOG) and led in corners 11-0 in the win. Molly O’Shea registered a hat trick and six different players scored for the Bullets.
The Bullets don’t have a weekday game this week before traveling to the Haverford Fords (5-3-0 / 2-1-0) for Centennial Conference play Saturday afternoon.
Week five is finished. Hard to believe that we are halfway through this season and looking at the back half. Everyone is now in the thick of conference play and it is October already! September was a blur and some teams will hit double digit wins this week. Playoffs will be here in a few weeks and then the real fun begins - who will be conference champs and experience the NCAA Tournament? Who will fall short and once again have to look forward to “next year”? Stick with us and follow the top teams in the Mid-Atlantic Region down this important stretch.
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