South Atlantic Week in Review- Week 5
By D3soccer.com Contributor
Week five in the South Atlantic Region saw some great games: an epic rematch of Top 15 teams that duplicated the result of their NCAA Tournament matchup from last season, a team from the region pushing No. 1 to overtime, and a game that saw a goal in the final second (yes, final SECOND, not seconds) which meant heartbreak for one team and elation for the other. Let’s take a look back at week five:
TCNJ (7-1-0 / 4-0-0) No. 8
On Wednesday night, TCNJ scored a goal in each half against Rutgers-Camden (5-5-1 / 2-1-1) and the defense did the rest, keeping the Scarlet Raiders from recording a single shot in the 2-0 NJAC victory. The Lions outshot the Scarlet Raiders 23-0 (11-0 SOG) and led in corners 9-0. Senior Arielle Curtis added a second half goal to a Rutgers-Camden own goal to round out the scoring.
On Saturday afternoon, the Lions found themselves tied at the half with William Paterson (4-7-0 / 1-3-0), despite outshooting the Pioneers 13-1. The Lions came out after the break and scored two quick goals to seal the win and reflect the dominance on the stat sheet. The Lions outshot the Pioneers 33-1 (12-1 SOG) and led in corners 12-1 in the 4-1 NJAC victory.
Christopher Newport (6-1-0 / 1-0-0) No. 9
On Wednesday night in Lynchburg, the Captains scored first, but couldn’t hold the lead and fell to the Hornets (9-1-0 / 2-0-0) by a 2-1 score, the same result as their epic second round NCAA matchup last fall. The game was a back-and-forth, end-to-end affair with both teams getting chances in the first half, but neither team able to get on the scoreboard, finishing the half knotted at zero. In the second half, senior Gabby Gillis forced her way through the Lynchburg defense on a Captain corner kick and used her body to put junior Carson Pokorny’s service into the Hornet goal. That goal seemed to rile up the Hornets, who struck back quickly, scoring a minute later. Lynchburg kept up the attack and struck again five minutes later, giving them a 2-1 lead. The Captains tried to answer but could never put one in the net despite several good chances. In the last fifteen minutes, Gillis made a beautiful move in the box to get free from her defender and get a strike on goal, but the Lynchburg keeper made a diving save, just tipping the ball into the post and saving a goal. The Captains outshot the Hornets 17-13 (7-7 SOG) but had two less corners at 4-6.
Christopher Newport’s Riley Cook scored the game winner in the first overtime against Penn State-Harrisburg (5-5-1 / 0-1-0), the sophomore forward’s eighth career game winner. The Captains had to come from behind after the Lions held a 1-0 halftime lead. The Captains outshot the Lions 35-6 (18-4 SOG) and led in corners, 9-4 in the 2-1 Capital Athletic Conference victory.
The Captains travel this week, first to Methodist (4-3-0 / 0-1-0) for a Wednesday afternoon non-conference matchup in Fayetteville, NC, then heading out to MD to visit the Bobcats of Frostburg State (3-6-0 / 1-0-0) Saturday afternoon for a Capital Athletic Conference match.
Lynchburg (9-1-0 / 2-0-0) No. 12
The Hornets faced off against Christopher Newport (6-1-0 / 1-0-0) Wednesday night in a rematch of their NCAA Tournament second round matchup last fall, when they ruined the Captains’ undefeated season with a 2-1 victory. As Yogi Berra once said, “It’s déjà-vu all over again” for the Captains. This fall’s rematch saw the first half going back and forth with each team attacking and getting chances, but unable to finish, leaving the score deadlocked 0-0 at the half. The even play continued in the second period, though the Captains finally broke through in the 68th minute with a goal off a corner kick. The Hornets took little time in answering, when seniors Kennedy Jakubek and Caitlin Mertens teamed up a minute later to tie the game. Jakubek took a shot from the right side that the Captain keeper blocked, but Mertens was there to put in the rebound. The Hornets kept up the attack and scored the game winner less than five minutes later when Jakubek served in a cross that Mertens finished with a beautiful header. Senior keeper Delia Losapio preserved the win for the Hornets with a diving, acrobatic save towards the end of the game and made a total of six saves in the 2-1 victory.
The Hornets battled Roanoke (1-4-3 / 0-2-1) in an ODAC matchup Saturday and walked away with a 3-0 victory that appeared more lopsided than the game on the field. The Hornets outshot the Maroons 18-10 (10-6 SOG) and led in corners 6-2 but were able to keep Roanoke from putting in any goals. Caitlin Mertens scored her ODAC-leading 14th goal of the season in the win.
The Hornets host two ODAC matches this week, first Wednesday night as they welcome the Randolph-Macon Yellow Jackets (4-0-1 / 1-0-1) to Shellenberger Field and then the Emory & Henry Wasps (0-9-1 / 0-3-0) Saturday afternoon.
Centre (11-0-0 / 2-0-0) No. 17
The Colonels won their 10th straight game Wednesday night at Franklin (4-5-1 / 1-0-0), plowing over the Grizzlies in a non-conference matchup 5-0. Junior Alana Hughes continued her hot streak, recording five points on the evening. The Colonels outshot the Grizzlies 29-8 (16-5 SOG) and led in corners taken 7-2.
Saturday against Berry (5-3-1 / 1-1-0), the Colonels faced a Viking squad that was determined to play strong defense. The Colonels controlled possession and peppered the Vikings with 25 shots (14 of those on goal), but could only put one goal in, freshman Cameron Zak’s header in the 65th minute. Junior Alana Hughes was held without a goal but continued her point streak by assisting on Zak’s goal. The Colonel defense once again held their opponent to under five total shots, this game limiting the Vikings to one shot, which was not on goal.
This week, the Colonels have two Southern Athletic Association games, both on the road. First, they travel on Friday night to the Rhodes Lynx (5-3-1 / 2-0-0) and on Sunday afternoon they head out for a game with the Hendrix Warriors (8-3-0 / 2-0-0).
Emory Eagles (6-3-0 / 0-1-0) No. 24
Emory battled No. 1 Washington U. (10-0-0 / 1-0-0) in a crucial UAA matchup Saturday afternoon for 95 minutes before the Bears’ Darcy Cunningham curled in a corner kick that glanced off Eagle keeper Dani Staffin’s hands and into the net for a 2-1 Bears victory. The Eagles played tough defense all afternoon, with Staffin making a career high 13 saves to keep Emory in the game. Emory was outshot 6-34 (2-15 SOG) and trailed the Bears 0-6 in corners. The match was a very physical one, with 27 combined fouls called. Sophomore Jordan Fitzgerald scored for the Eagles to tie the game at 1-1 late in the first half.
The Eagles face the Berry Vikings (5-3-1 / 1-1-0) on Tuesday night at home in a non-conference tilt before hosting an important UAA conference matchup with the Chicago Maroons (8-1-1 / 1-0-0) on Saturday afternoon.
Bridgewater (VA) (9-1-0 / 3-0-0) NR Receiving Votes
The Eagles won their seventh straight match Wednesday afternoon over the visiting Eastern Mennonite Royals (2-5-0 / 0-3-0) but had to make a comeback to do so after surrendering an early goal. Bridgewater outshot Eastern Mennonite 12-6 (6-3 SOG) and led in corners 5-2 in the 2-1 Old Dominion Athletic Conference victory.
Last second heroics gave the Eagles their eighth straight victory, an ODAC clash with Washington and Lee (4-2-2 / 1-1-1) in Lexington, VA. The Eagles’ sophomore keeper Sydney Davis saved a General shot in the waning moments of the game and immediately sent the punt downfield. Bridgewater’s sophomore forward Hunter Collier tipped the ball past the defense and junior midfielder Catherine Haufe shot it past the General’s keeper. The ball rolled across the line and into the goal just before time expired. After a meeting among the officials, the goal was allowed and the Eagles came away with a 2-1 victory with a goal scored at 89:59. The Eagles were outshot 5-24 by the Generals (2-11 SOG) and trailed in corner kicks 3-9.
The Eagles are in Roanoke (1-4-3 / 0-2-1) on Wednesday evening, facing the Maroons in what is being labeled as a non-conference match. They then host the Guilford Quakers (4-4-0 / 2-0-0) in a return to ODAC play on Saturday afternoon.
Rowan (7-1-1 / 3-0-1) NR Receiving Votes
The Profs had to wait an extra night to face Stockton (7-2-3 / 2-1-1), after their Wednesday night game was rescheduled due to inclement weather. The match was fairly even, with each team getting off 10 shots (6-5 SOG in the Profs’ favor), but the difference was the Profs’ ability to find the net, as they scored a goal in each half and held the Ospreys to none. Senior keeper Shelby Money recorded five saves in the NJAC win.
At Kean (3-3-4 / 1-1-2) on Saturday, the Profs outshot the Cougars 26-13 (14-4 SOG) and led in corners 7-3, but couldn’t put in any goals, resulting in a 0-0 NJAC draw. The keepers were the stars of the show, with Kean freshman goalie Mary Bystrycki recording 14 saves and Rowan senior keeper Shelby Money garnering four saves. The shutout was Money’s fourth of the season and 32d of her career, which breaks the Rowan school record of 31 held by Becky Petsch from 1999-2002.
The Profs travel Wednesday afternoon to the Eastern Eagles (5-5-0 / 1-0-0) for a non-conference matchup before returning home to host New Jersey City (4-6-0 / 0-4-0) Saturday night in a return to NJAC play.
Washington and Lee (4-2-2 / 1-1-1)
Washington and Lee hosted Roanoke (1-4-3 / 0-2-1) Wednesday night in an Old Dominion Athletic Conference matchup. The Generals outshot the Maroons 21-2 (9-0 SOG) and held a 14-2 advantage in corner kicks but could only slip one behind the Maroon keeper as they slipped away with a 1-0 victory. Sophomore midfielder Allie Smith Miller scored the game-winner for the Generals off a Danielle Spickard free kick in the 77th minute.
The Generals suffered heartbreak at home against Bridgewater (9-1-0 / 3-0-0) on Saturday. Late in the match with the score tied at one, the Generals had possession of the ball with mere seconds left in regulation and fired a shot on goal. The Eagle keeper made the save and then quickly punted the ball to midfield where an Eagle player touched the ball past the General defense, leaving freshman keeper Jasmine Furin one-on-one. Furin made a diving move but was unable to keep the Eagle player from taking a shot, which trickled across the goal line as time expired. After a meeting among the officials, the goal counted, and the Generals suffered their first ODAC loss. Up until that point, the Generals had controlled play, outshooting the Eagles 24-5 (11-2 SOG) and leading in corners 9-3.
Montclair State (6-1-3 / 2-1-1)
The Red Hawks battled the Pioneers of William Paterson (4-7-0 / 1-3-0) Wednesday night at MSU Soccer Park in a New Jersey Athletic Conference matchup. Junior Emily Beenders had a hand in both goals, scoring one herself and assisting freshman Gabrielle Tancredi on the other. William Paterson actually outshot Montclair State 12-15, but the Red Hawks had more shots on goal at 6-4. MSU also led in corners taken 4-2. Freshman keeper Lindsay Freewalt had four saves in goal for the Red Hawks.
The Red Hawks hosted Rutgers-Newark (5-5-1 / 1-3-0) Saturday in a NJAC matchup and came away with a hard-fought 1-0 victory. The Red Hawks outshot the Scarlet Raiders by the slim margin of 15-12 (7-3 SOG) and had three corner kicks to the Raiders’ one.
Montclair State hits the road this week, first for a non-conference matchup at Stevens (6-2-0 / 3-0-0) on Tuesday night, then they drive the short distance Saturday afternoon to Ramapo (2-8-0 / 1-3-0) to face the Roadrunners in NJAC play.
Piedmont (7-3-1 / 2-0-0)
The Lions played the Covenant Scots (4-5-1 / 1-1-0) Wednesday night in Chattanooga and despite dominating in shots (18-9) and shots on goal (6-2), found themselves in a 0-0 draw late in the game. That’s when senior Sarah Weber got on the end of a pass from sophomore Cassie Kirk and scored the game winner in the 87th minute. The Lion defense recorded its’ 7th shutout of the season in the 1-0 USA South Athletic Conference win.
Saturday’s USA South contest with the Wesleyan (Ga.) Pioneers (1-8-1 / 0-2-0) was postponed due to weather in the 58th minute with the Lions leading 4-0. The game is scheduled to be completed on October 12th.
The Lions have a busy week hosting three games. First, they’ll welcome the Oglethorpe Stormy Petrels (3-8-0 / 0-2-0) Monday night in a non-conference matchup before returning to USA South play against the Brevard Tornados (7-2-0 / 3-0-0) Wednesday night and then the Agnes Scott Scotties (3-6-1 / 0-3-0) Saturday afternoon.
There you have it, an exhilarating week in the South Atlantic Region. Conference play continues this week and several teams in the region should hit double digit wins. Teams will start to think about conference playoffs and the NCAA Tournament. Join us as we continue to follow the top teams in the South Atlantic Region as they make the push for the postseason.
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