September 25, 2018

South Atlantic Week in Review- Week 4

By Contributor

Week 4 is over, and we are settling into this 2018 campaign. We are nearing the halfway mark, meaning that conference play is underway and those ever-important rivalry games are here. But, in many cases, more than bragging rights are on the line - playoff seeding, for one is even more critical. Let’s see how our top teams in the South Atlantic Region fared this week and what is in store for next week.

TCNJ (5-1-0 / 2-0-0) No. 8

The Lions once again dominated the stat sheet but couldn’t find the scoresheet until the 86th minute against the visiting FDU-Florham Devils (7-1-1). The Lions peppered the Devils with nineteen shots while the Devils only produced one (4-0 SOG) but could only find the back of the net once. Junior Alexa Pestritto took a beautiful cross from sophomore Julia Obst and snuck it past the Devil keeper to put the Lions on the board. The Lions handed the Devils their first loss of the 2018 season.

On Saturday afternoon in Mahwah, TCNJ blasted the Ramapo (2-6-0 / 1-1-0) Roadrunners 4-0, outshooting them 31-0 (16-0 SOG) and holding a 9-1 edge in corners. Junior Taylor Nolan scored two goals for the Lions and their defense did the rest, recording their fourth shutout in six games. The Roadrunners forced the Lions offsides an incredible 15 times, but the Lions still managed to put in four.

The Lions are in the thick of NJAC play, hosting two conference games this week, playing Rutgers-Camden (4-1-1 / 1-0-1) Wednesday night before welcoming William Paterson (4-5-0 / 1-1-0) to Lions Stadium early Saturday afternoon.

Christopher Newport (5-0-0) No. 10

The Captains are scrambling to reschedule all of their matches postponed by Hurricane Florence and started their odyssey with a rare Monday night game at Arcadia (5-1-2). The Captains looked none the worse for wear, as they handed the Knights their first loss of the year. Despite not having played a full game since September 5th, the Captains controlled play against a physical Arcadia team and did not allow the Knights to score in the 3-0 win.

Thursday night, the Captains found themselves in the hole early on a Roanoke (1-2-3 / 0-0-1) goal in the 11th minute, but they didn’t take long to pull even, then pull ahead, then pull away. The Captains tied it up before halftime, then scored three goals in a span of just over four minutes early in the second half to lock up the 4-1 win.

The Captains faced their fourth postponement of the season on Sunday when they were scheduled to take on the Methodist Monarchs in Fayetteville, NC. The game will be made up on Wednesday, October 3rd. Christopher Newport might be looking at a grueling upcoming schedule during conference play while trying to makeup all of these postponed matches.

The Captains travel to Lynchburg (7-1-0 / 1-0-0) to face the Hornets in an important regional matchup Wednesday evening before returning home to host Penn State-Harrisburg (5-3-1) Saturday afternoon in a Capital Athletic Conference game.

Lynchburg (7-1-0 / 1-0-0)) No. 11

On Wednesday night, senior Caitlin Mertens scored a hat trick in a 5-0 win against St. Mary’s (Md.) (4-5-0). The Hornets outshot the Seahawks 23-0 (14-0 SOG) and led in corners 4-1. Senior Hannah Olds added two goals of her own in the victory for the Hornets.

Saturday played like a repeat when the Hornets visited crosstown rival Randolph (4-1-0 / 0-1-0), with Mertens netting another hat trick for the second straight outing. The Hornets outshot the Wildcats 36-4 (24-3 SOG) in the 6-0 shutout. It was the Hornets’ sixth shutout of the season.

The Hornets host the Captains of Christopher Newport Wednesday evening in a non-conference contest before traveling to the Roanoke Maroons in an important ODAC matchup on Saturday afternoon.

Centre (9-0-0 / 1-0-0) No. 20

Junior Alana Hughes scored the first two goals in a 5-0 win over the visiting Thomas More Saints (1-9-0) Wednesday night. The Colonels outshot the Saints 30-1 (16-0 SOG) and led in corners 8-0. Centre scored four second half goals in the win.

Against Oglethorpe (3-6-0 / 0-1-0) on Saturday afternoon in their Southern Athletic Association opener, the Colonels’ defense was stifling, keeping the Stormy Petrels from registering even a single shot. Alana Hughes kept her hot streak alive, scoring the opening goal in the 3-0 victory. The Colonels outshot the Stormy Petrels 16-0 (10-0 SOG) and held the advantage in corners 6-0.

On Sunday afternoon against Piedmont (5-3-1 / 1-0-0), the dominant defense was on display once again as the Colonels held the Lions to only three shots, two of those being on goal. It is the ninth time in nine games this season that the Colonels have held their opponents to under five total shots in a game. Alana Hughes was the offensive hero once again, scoring the match’s only goal in the 51st minute. She has scored 8 goals this season and seven in the last five matches.

The Colonels travel to the Franklin Grizzlies (3-4-1) for a non-conference matchup Wednesday night before returning home to host the Berry Vikings (5-2-1 / 1-0-0) Saturday afternoon in a Southern Athletic Association contest.

Emory Eagles (6-2-0) No. 24

Friday night, the Eagles faced in-state foe Piedmont and came away with a 3-0 victory, thanks to two goals from freshman Arielle Williamson, who netted one in each half. The Eagles outshot the Lions 23-12 (11-7 SOG) and keepers Dani Staffin and Haley Pratt combined for 7 saves to keep the Lions off the scoreboard.

On Sunday, Emory traveled to Montgomery, AL to face the Huntingdon Hawks (3-3-3 / 1-0-0) and came away with a 6-0 victory, thanks to a brace by sophomore Samantha Hilsee and goals from four other Eagles. The Eagle defense recorded their fifth shutout of the season as the offense outshot the Hawks 24-2 (17-1 SOG) and led in corners 11-3.

The Eagles don’t play a weekday game this week in preparation for their big UAA contest against the No. 2 Washington U. (8-0-0) Bears Saturday afternoon. This could be the “Game of the Week”.

Rowan (6-1-0 / 2-0-0) No. 25

The Profs moved their match with the Arcadia Knights, originally scheduled for this past Wednesday night, to Tuesday, October 16 at 5:30 PM.

On Saturday evening, Rowan hosted previously unbeaten Montclair State (4-1-3 / 0-0-1) in NJAC play. The Profs outshot the Red Hawks 22-11 (13-3 SOG) and led in corners 7-3. The first half was evenly played by both teams, with the Profs holding a slight edge in shots (9-8) and a 2-1 lead on the scoreboard after goals by Darah Wagner and Jessica Logan. The second half saw the Profs take control of the game and control possession, outshooting the Red Hawks 13-3 down the stretch. Rowan could not net another goal, but the Prof defense never gave MSU any good chances and preserved the 2-1 lead, handing the Red Hawks their first loss of the season.

The Profs continue with NJAC play by hosting Stockton (6-1-3 / 1-0-1) Wednesday night, then travel to Kean (2-3-3 / 0-1-1) for a Saturday morning kickoff with the Cougars.

Bridgewater (Va.) (7-1-0) NR, Receiving Votes

The Eagles led Frostburg State (1-6-0) in shots (14-6, 9-2 SOG), corners taken (3-1), and in the most important area - the scoresheet 2-0. Senior Bailey Kratz scored early in the first half, and freshman Hanna Randolph scored early in the second for the Eagles.

On Saturday afternoon against Emory and Henry (0-7-1 / 0-1-0), five different Eagles scored between two goals from freshman Hannah Randolph in a 7-0 ODAC victory. The Eagles outshot the Wasps 46-1 (18-1 SOG) and held a 5-2 advantage in corners. Bridgewater’s defense recorded its’ fifth shutout of the season.

The Eagles take flight to away contests this week for two ODAC matchups. The first is on Wednesday afternoon against the Eastern Mennonite Royals (2-3-0 / 0-1-0) and the second is at the Washington and Lee Generals (3-1-2 / 0-0-1) Saturday afternoon.

Montclair State (4-1-3 / 0-1-1) NR, Receiving Votes

On Wednesday afternoon, Montclair State posted their second straight draw and third of the year, but remained unbeaten, tying the Vassar Brewers (5-2-1 / 1-0-0). The evenly-played match was reflected in the 1-1 final score. MSU led slightly in shots 20-17 (7-4 SOG) and corners 3-2 but was unable to find that elusive game-winning goal. Freshman Gabrielle Tancredi scored for the Red Hawks, her second of the season.

The Red Hawks saw their unbeaten status end Saturday evening in Glassboro, losing to Rowan 2-1. MSU battled back once when they found themselves behind but couldn’t respond a second time when the Profs took the lead again. Freshman Madison Martino scored her second goal of the season in the loss. The Red Hawks were outshot by the Profs 11-22 (3-13 SOG) and had fewer corners, 3-7.

The Red Hawks continue conference play this week by hosting two NJAC matches: On Wednesday night, William Paterson visits MSU Soccer Park, while Rutgers-Newark (4-4-1 / 0-2-0) visits for a Saturday morning contest.

Washington and Lee (3-1-2)

The Generals met Randolph-Macon (3-0-1 / 0-0-1) Saturday afternoon in an ODAC contest in Ashland, VA, and walked away with a 1-1 draw. The Generals were outshot by the Yellow Jackets 9-22 (5-9 SOG) but led in corners 10-6. Senior Megan Engeland scored the lone goal for the Generals, her 30th career goal and 65th career point, moving her into Washington and Lee’s all-time top ten list in both categories.

The next day at St. Mary’s (Md.), Engeland added to her laurels by recording an assist on the game-winning goal in the Generals’ 2-1 non-conference victory. The Generals outshot the Seahawks 17-5 (9-4 SOG) but couldn’t score the winner until the 96th minute in overtime. Sophomore forward Sydney von Rosenberg scored both General goals in the win.

The Generals have the good fortune to host two important ODAC foes this week: First, they welcome Roanoke Wednesday afternoon, then Bridgewater (Va.) Saturday afternoon. While tough to face both of these conference rivals in the same week, the Generals are fortunate to get both matches on home turf.

One to Watch

Greensboro (7-0-0) was our only unbeaten team last week that withstood the pressure and remained without a loss. Our other two, Berea (5-2-0 / 0-1-0) and Birmingham-Southern (4-2-1 / 0-1-0), each suffered defeats and fell from the ranks of the unbeaten. Greensboro, however, won three times this week. The first saw sophomore Alexis Chase record a hat trick and lead the Pride to a 3-1 victory at Marymount (0-7-0) on Wednesday. At home against Bob Jones on Friday, the Pride defense rose up and held the Bruins to 3 shots in a 2-0 win. Saturday, the Pride traveled to Averett (2-7-0) and came away with a 4-1 victory. They outshot the Cougars 24-6 (13-3 SOG) in the contest.

This week, the Pride travel to Piedmont International for a Wednesday night matchup before hosting William Peace (1-3-1) at home on Saturday evening. Is this team the real deal? We’ll keep an eye on them.

Week four is finished. Hard to believe. We’re nearly half way through the 2018 season already. Conference play is now in full swing and teams are meeting their rivals on crisp, fall nights. The playoffs are just around the corner. Check back with us this upcoming week to see the postseason picture start to become clearer and to see if any possible Cinderellas are lining up to make an appearance at the postseason ball this year. As always, let us know what you think!


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South Atlantic Weeki in Review


The weekly South Atlantic Week in Review will survey the Division III women's soccer landscape throughout the NCAA South Atlantic Region consisting of twelve  states.  The primary ones are Virginia (ODAC), New Jersey (NJAC), North Carolina (USAC) and Georgia (Various).  The remaining states are home to three or fewer South-Atlantic schools with conference ties elsewhere: Arkansas, Alabama, D.C., Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, Pennsylvania and Tennessee.  We will look at some of the key match-ups, results, and standout performances, identifying who is trending up and who is trending down each week.

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