October 29, 2018

Mid-Atlantic Review, Week 9

By D3soccer.com Contributor

That’s it - the end of the regular season. Many teams’ seasons have come to a close, while many are fighting to keep playing one more game. Conference playoffs are here, and teams are trying to get that automatic qualifier or impress the committee enough to get that at-large bid. This is their last chance to make an impression...

Messiah (15-1-1 / 7-0-1) D3Soccer.com No. 2 / MA Region No. 1

Messiah traveled to Arcadia (11-4-3 / 6-1-1) Wednesday night in a MAC Commonwealth contest and the teams battled to a scoreless draw. The Falcons controlled play for most of the game, with the Knights defending and making aggressive counterattacks. The Falcons outshot the Knights 24-10 (9-4 SOG) and led in corner kicks 5-3. The Knights’ 10 shots with 4 on goal were season highs against the Falcon defense, who now have their goals-against-average down to 0.176 a game and shots per game average down to 3.5. With the tie, the Falcons claimed the top seed and home field advantage throughout the upcoming MAC Commonwealth playoffs.

The Falcons’ match with Marywood (6-11-0 / 3-3-0) was moved from Saturday to Friday night in order to accommodate the Pacers’ Atlantic East Conference playoff game Monday night. Having sewed up the top seed in the upcoming MAC Commonwealth playoffs, the Falcons rested their starters for much of the contest. Nevertheless, Messiah controlled the flow of the game and came away with a 6-0 non-conference win. The Falcons outshot the Pacers 31-1 (21-0 SOG) and led 5-2 in corners. Senior Lilly Shover and freshman Ashley Sauder each scored two goals, while freshman Jessie Fisher assisted on five of the Falcon goals, setting a new Messiah team record for assists in a game. The Marywood keeper trio of Bella DiToma, Aly Moyer, and Haley Taylor combined for 15 saves.

Upcoming - See MAC Commonwealth Playoffs

Johns Hopkins (16-1-0 / 10-0-0) D3Soccer.com No. 4 / MA Region No. 2

On Wednesday night against Gettysburg (8-5-4 / 4-3-3), Hopkins was engaged in a defensive struggle that seemed destined to end in a scoreless draw when freshman forward Rachel Jackson blasted home the game winner in the first overtime period. Offense had been slow to develop in the match, with only nine shots taken in the first half and the Blue Jays taking six of those. Only thirteen more shots were taken in regulation and overtime, with Hopkins leading the Bullets 14-8 in shots (7-5 SOG) and 4-1 in corners for the game. With the win, the Blue Jays clinch the top seed in the upcoming Centennial Conference playoffs.

Saturday afternoon at Franklin & Marshall (3-12-1 / 1-9-0), the Blue Jays routed the Diplomats 5-0 in their final Centennial Conference game of the season. In the process, Hopkins completed their second straight undefeated season in conference play. Senior Michelle Santangelo opened the scoring for the Jays, and freshman Rachel Jackson added two goals. The duo ranks number one and two in the conference in points and goals, with Jackson slightly leading her teammate in points (25 to 24) and Santangelo returning the favor in goals (11 to 10). The Blue Jays outshot the Diplomats 26-4 (15-3 SOG) and led in corners 6-3.

Upcoming - See Centennial Conference Playoffs

Scranton (14-1-2 / 7-0-0) D3Soccer.com NR RV / MA Region No. 3

Tuesday night, Scranton left the ranks of the unbeaten, falling 1-0 to Penn State-Berks (13-3-2 / 10-0-1) in a non-conference matchup at Weiss Field. The Royals’ defense held the high-powered, nation-leading Nittany Lion offense in check for most of the game, but Penn State-Berks was able to score a first half goal and negate the Royal offense for the rest of the match. Penn State-Berks came into the game averaging over six goals a game, but the Royal defense managed to hold them to just one goal on nine shots with five of those on goal. Corner kicks were even at two for each team.

Against Juniata (6-10-1 / 1-5-1) Saturday afternoon, seniors Jamie Hreniuk and Erica Licari celebrated their Senior Day with goals and led the Royals to a 5-1 victory in their final Landmark Conference regular season match of the season. The Royals saw goals from five players in the win while outshooting the Eagles 28-2 (18-2 SOG) and leading in corner kicks 7-0. The victory was the Royals’ 25th straight conference win, including playoffs. The Royals hold the number one seed for the conference playoffs.

Upcoming - See Landmark Conference Playoffs

Swarthmore (13-2-2 / 7-1-2) D3Soccer.com No. 11 / MA Region No. 4

Swarthmore wrapped up the second seed in the upcoming Centennial Conference tournament when they beat the Mules 3-0 at Muhlenberg (6-8-2 / 3-6-1) Wednesday night. The Garnet outshot the Mules 27-9 (17-4 SOG) and led in corners 9-2. But, despite the offensive dominance, the Garnet couldn’t score until the 48th minute, when junior Eleonore Moser scored her second goal of the year. Classmate Sydney Covitz and Sophomore Sophia Stills added goals for the Garnet to complete the scoring.

The Garnet were nearly tripped up against Haverford (8-5-3 / 5-3-2) Saturday night, but the Swarthmore seniors were not about to let their rivals ruin their Senior Day. After surrendering a goal in the 30th minute, the Garnet went on the attack, furiously trying to tie the game with relentless pressure. The first half was evenly played with each team registering four shots, but the Garnet assumed an attacking posture in the second half and outshot the Fords 11-1 in the period. The equalizer finally came in the 87th minute when senior Caroline Coats won the ball with a strong tackle and sent a pass to sophomore Lizzie King, who then delivered a beautiful cross to the back post. Senior Marin McCoy was there to finish the ball, beating the keeper from close range to knot the game at 1-1. Each team took two shots in the overtime periods, but neither team could manage a goal. For the game, the Garnet outshot the Fords 17-7 (8-4 SOG) and led in corners 5-2.

Upcoming - See Centennial Conference Playoffs

Arcadia (11-4-3 / 6-1-1) D3Soccer.com NR RV / MA Region No. 5

Arcadia hosted Messiah (15-1-1 / 7-0-1) Wednesday night in a matchup of the two top teams in the MAC Commonwealth. The Knights played physical defense and blocked many of the Falcons’ shots, limiting the potent Messiah offense to just nine shots on goal. Knights’ sophomore keeper Brianna Williams saved all nine of those shots and Arcadia came away with a 0-0 double overtime scoreless draw against the No. 2 Falcons. With the draw, the Knights wrapped up the number two seed in the upcoming MAC Commonwealth playoffs and will host a semifinal match Wednesday night.

Coming off of the high of their scoreless draw with the No. 2 team in the nation, Arcadia suffered a bit of a letdown facing a Lebanon Valley (7-6-2 / 3-4-1) team fighting for a MAC Commonwealth playoff spot. The Knights conceded a goal off a corner kick in the 15th minute, and could never beat Dutchmen keeper Serena Dunmoyer, who made eight saves in the game. The Knights outshot the Dutchmen 16-7 (8-5 SOG) and led 3-1 in corners for the contest.

Upcoming - See MAC Commonwealth Playoffs

Misericordia (13-2-1 / 7-0-0) D3Soccer.com No. 16 / MA Region No. 6

Misericordia suffered no letdown and came roaring into the conference playoffs with a thrashing of the Manhattanville Valiants (3-13-1 / 0-7-0) Saturday afternoon in their lone game of the week and MAC Freedom regular season finale. The Cougars remained on their offensive tear, getting goals from six different players in their 6-0 shutout win. Since their 1-0 defeat in late September, the Cougars have outscored their opponents 41-2 and averaged better than 5 goals a game. Saturday, the Cougars outshot the Valiants 32-4 (19-3 SOG) and led 7-2 in corners. The Cougars are the number one seed for the upcoming MAC Freedom playoffs.

Upcoming - See MAC Freedom Playoffs

Dickinson (10-3-4 / 5-2-3) D3Soccer.com NR / MA Region No. 7

Dickinson scored a goal in each half against McDaniel (10-4-1 / 6-3-1), one to take an early lead and one to make a comeback to force a 2-2 draw in a Centennial Conference matchup Wednesday afternoon. Sophomore Kyra Thomas put home a junior Addy Zandi corner to open the scoring in the 30th minute, and freshman Jessica Kiefer scored a goal in the second half after the Green Terror had pulled ahead with two second half goals. The Red Devils were outshot by the Green Terror 7-18 (4-9 SOG) but led in corners 7-5. Senior keeper Mary Katherine Brosnan made 7 saves for the Red Devils.

Saturday on Senior Night, the Red Devils once again could only manage a draw, this time against the Gettysburg Bullets (8-5-4 / 4-3-3) in their Centennial Conference regular season finale. Neither team could manage a goal through 110 minutes of play, and only 25 combined shots were taken by the teams in this defensive affair. For the match, the Red Devils outshot the Bullets 14-9 (8-3 SOG) and led 8-2 in corners. With the draw, Dickinson holds the number four seed in the upcoming Centennial Conference playoffs.

Upcoming - See Centennial Conference Playoffs

Susquehanna (12-3-2 / 5-1-1) D3Soccer.com NR / MA Region No. 8

Saturday afternoon at Drew (6-9-3 / 0-5-2), Susquehanna edged the Rangers 1-0 in both teams’ final Landmark Conference regular season match. Senior Emily Sullivan scored in the 66th minute and the more-than-capable River Hawk defense did the rest, locking up the number two seed and allowing them to host at least one game on Sassafras Field in the upcoming Landmark Conference playoffs. The River Hawks outshot the Rangers 13-8 (7-2 SOG) and led in corners 4-1.

Upcoming - See Landmark Conference Playoffs

Penn State-Berks (13-3-2 / 10-0-1) D3Soccer.com NR / MA Region No. 9

Penn State-Berks made a statement against Scranton (14-1-2 / 7-0-0) Tuesday night, knocking the Royals from the ranks of the unbeaten and proving that they just aren’t a high-flying offense, but also a tough, defensive unit that can win close games against quality opponents. Senior Caitlin Golden scored her 35th goal of the season and the defense made it hold up, limiting the Royal offense to only nine shots with just four of those being on goal. Sophomore Bristol Pizzuto stopped all four of those shots and the scrappy Nittany Lion defense applied pressure on the Royals the entire match.

Saturday afternoon at Penn College (11-7-0 / 8-3-0), the Nittany Lions scored a goal in each half and dominated the stat sheet in their final NEAC regular season match. Junior Charlotte Pizzuto and senior Alexa Lopez scored goals and junior Megan Jardine added an assist in the 2-0 win. The Lions outshot the Wildcats 31-1 (17-0 SOG) and led 6-1 in corner kicks. Penn State-Berks earned the second seed in the upcoming NEAC playoffs despite finishing with an identical record with Keuka, due to the fourth tie-breaker needing to be applied - “total goals allowed in conference play”. Keuka allowed only one goal in conference play, while the Nittany Lions allowed two. For that transgression, they will play their conference playoff semifinal match at Keuka against a yet-to-be-determined opponent.

Upcoming - See North Eastern Athletic Conference Playoffs

So, here we are. The end of the regular season and the beginning of conference playoffs. Now is the time when casual sideline conversations turn to SOS and AQ’s vs Pool B vs Pool C. To ensure you’re sounding your smartest (most smart? intelligentest? Yeah, whatever)... check out Christan Shirk’s column AQ’s, Pool B and C? What does it all mean? And tune back in next week to see who’s in and who’s out!

 


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