South Atlantic Week in Review- Week 8
By D3soccer.com Contributor
The NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer Committee released the first of their weekly regional rankings on Wednesday, and while there were no real surprises, the order of rankings may have raised a few eyebrows. Below are the teams listed as the committee saw them ranked. Alongside are the D3Soccer.com rankings and the ranking number for the South Atlantic Region.
Christopher Newport (13-1-0 / 6-0-0) D3Soccer.com No.13 / SA Region No. 1
Christopher Newport scored a goal in each half to cruise to a 2-0 Capital Athletic Conference win when they hosted Salisbury (6-8-1 / 3-3-0) Wednesday night. Sophomores Maddie Cochran and Riley Cook scored goals for the Captains, who outshot the Sea Gulls 26-11 (15-6 SOG) and led in corners 10-3.
The Captains won the CAC regular season title and the top seed in the upcoming postseason when they throttled second place Mary Washington (9-3-1 / 5-1-0) Saturday afternoon. Sophomore Riley Cook led the way with a hat trick and freshman Kristina Toms added two goals of her own in the 7-1 win. All eight of the game’s goals were scored in the first half. The Captains outshot the Eagles 21-11 (14-6 SOG) and led in corners 7-3. Christopher Newport has won the CAC every year since joining the conference in 2013, making it six straight years as CAC regular season champs.
The Captains have a single CAC match left, a road game Wednesday afternoon at St. Mary’s (Md.) (7-9-1 / 2-3-1). The Captains will open CAC playoff action on October 27 at home against a fourth place team yet to be determined.
TCNJ (10-1-1 / 6-0-1) D3Soccer.com No.10 / SA Region No. 2
The Lions battled Montclair State (9-3-4 / 4-2-2) Saturday night to a scoreless draw, despite controlling play for most of the game. The Lions outshot the Red Hawks 23-4 (11-2 SOG) and led in corners 13-2. Red Hawk freshman keeper Lindsay Freewalt made 11 saves in goal for Montclair State. Sophomore forward Julia Obst led the way for the Lions with 8 shots, 4 of which were on frame.
The Lions have one NJAC regular season clash remaining, a home match with Rowan (12-1-2 / 6-0-2) Wednesday night in their regular season finale. The Lions also have a makeup game with New Jersey City (4-9-0 / 0-7-0) that has yet to be rescheduled.
Centre (16-0-0 / 7-0-0) D3Soccer.com No.12 / SA Region No. 3
In their only game this week, the Colonels finished off the Sewanee Tigers (6-10-2 / 3-4-0) for their first-ever undefeated regular season. The Colonels outshot the Tigers 24-5 (13-2 SOG) and led in corners 8-3 in the 5-0 Southern Athletic Association victory. Five different Colonels scored goals in the win, which was Centre’s 43rd straight conference game unbeaten.
The Colonels start SAA playoffs Saturday, hosting a yet-to-be-determined team in a quarterfinal matchup. The Colonels have won six straight SAA Conference Championships, the only team to have lifted the title since the conference’s inception.
Randolph-Macon (9-1-2 / 5-1-2) D3Soccer.com NR / SA Region No. 4
The two teams tied atop the ODAC standings battled to a 0-0 tie when Randolph-Macon and Virginia Wesleyan (9-3-2 / 6-0-2) met Wednesday afternoon. The Yellow Jackets held an offensive edge in the first half while the Marlins surged in the second. As the standings and team play were even, so were the stats, as the Yellow Jackets slightly trailed in shots 17-18 (3-5 SOG) but had the upper hand in corners at 5-4. Freshman keeper Edye Carr made 5 saves in goal for the Yellow Jackets.
The Yellow Jackets slipped in the ODAC standings after a 0-1 overtime loss to the Bridgewater (Va.) Eagles (13-2-1 / 6-1-1) Saturday afternoon, a result that marked their first loss of the season. Randolph-Macon controlled play in the first half, holding an 8-2 advantage in shots, while Bridgewater held a slight edge in shots the second half 6-5. For the game, the Yellow Jackets outshot the Eagles 15-10 (4-3 SOG) and led in corners 9-4. The dagger for the home side came when the Eagles were awarded a penalty kick in the 98th minute after a Yellow Jacket was whistled for a handball inside the box.
The Yellow Jackets finish up regular season play this week with two ODAC matchups, the first coming Wednesday afternoon at Hollins (2-12-1 / 1-7-0) and the second Saturday night at the Guilford Quakers (5-9-0 / 3-5-0).
Lynchburg (14-2-1 / 6-1-1) D3Soccer.com No.17 / SA Region No. 5
Lynchburg battled Washington and Lee (7-4-2 / 4-3-1) Wednesday evening in an ODAC matchup at home and came away with a hard-fought 1-0 win. The dynamic duo of seniors Caitlin Mertens and Kennedy Jakubek came through once again for the Hornets early in the second half when Jakubek sent a cross into the box that Mertens put past the Generals’ keeper. The Hornets outshot the Generals 19-15 (13-6 SOG) but trailed in corners 6-7.
Saturday evening against Shenandoah (9-7-0 / 5-3-0), it was a Hornet v. Hornet face-off. The Lynchburg variety came out on top by a score of 5-1 in an ODAC contest where they outshot Shenandoah 25-12 (14-6 SOG) and led in corners 7-3. Senior Hannah Olds scored two goals for Lynchburg, while freshman Taylor Smith, senior Brooke Kowalski, and senior Kennedy Jakubek each registered a single goal.
The Hornets will travel to Virginia Wesleyan (9-3-2 / 6-0-2) Tuesday night for an ODAC matchup before returning home Saturday night to host the Ferrum Panthers (8-3-2 / 4-3-1) in their regular season and ODAC finale.
Rowan (12-1-2 / 6-0-2) D3Soccer.com No. 25 / SA Region No. 6
Tuesday evening in Glassboro, NJ, Rowan faced non-conference Arcadia (11-3-2 / 6-0-0), a team sitting on the edge and looking to break into the Top 25. The game was fairly even, with the Profs being outshot by the Knights 11-16 (5-7 SOG) and trailing in corners 0-5. But, the Profs were able to do something that the Knights could not - put one in the net. Junior forward Daria Jones put Rowan on the board in the 86th minute and the Prof defense did the rest, not allowing another chance from the Knights for the remainder of the game.
The Profs had no trouble scoring at Ramapo (3-12-0 / 1-7-0) Saturday afternoon, coming away with a 6-0 NJAC victory. Senior forward Cathryn McGarry scored two goals, while juniors Darah Wagner and Daria Jones each recorded a goal and an assist for the Profs. Rowan outshot the Roadrunners 22-9 (13-6 SOG) and led in corner kicks 7-0.
The Profs are at TCNJ (10-1-1 / 6-0-1) Wednesday night for both teams’ final regular season and NJAC game. This match could very well decide the regular season champion and host of the conference playoffs.
Emory (10-4-1 / 1-2-1) D3Soccer.com NR, Receiving Votes / SA Region No. 7
Emory met the Covenant Lady Scots (9-7-1 / 6-2-0) Wednesday evening in their last non-conference matchup of the season. Junior Shivani Beall recorded the first hat trick by an Eagle since the 2013 season en route to a 4-0 pasting. The Eagles outshot the Lady Scots 32-2 (21-1 SOG) and took 14 corners to the Scots’ one. Sophomore Lindsey Breskow scored the other goal for the Eagles in the victory, her second of the season.
The Eagles continue UAA play this weekend, starting with a Friday night clash against the Carnegie Mellon Tartans (7-6-1 / 0-4-0) before turning around and hosting the Case Western Reserve Spartans (7-7-0 / 0-4-0) Sunday afternoon.
Bridgewater (VA) (13-2-1 / 6-1-1) D3Soccer.com NR / SA Region No. 8
Bridgewater bounced back from their disappointing loss Saturday by thrashing Hollins (2-12-1 / 1-7-0) in an ODAC matchup on Tuesday afternoon. The Eagles scored 4 in each half to waltz to an 8-0 home victory. Sophomore Cyan Coates and junior Bridget Fabiani each scored two goals to pilot the Eagles, who led in shots 32-0 (17-0 SOG) and 11-0 in corner kicks.
The Eagles garnered another ODAC win Saturday afternoon against Randolph-Macon (9-1-2 / 5-1-2) and in the process handed the Yellow Jackets their first loss of the season. Bridgewater senior forward Bailey Kratz scored the game winner on a penalty kick awarded for a Yellow Jacket handball in the box during the first overtime period. The Eagles trailed the Yellow Jackets in shots 10-15 (3-4 SOG) and trailed in corners 4-9.
The Eagles conclude their regular season with two important ODAC matches this week, first traveling to Shenandoah (9-7-0 / 5-3-0) Wednesday night before hosting the Virginia Wesleyan Marlins (9-3-2 / 6-0-2) Saturday afternoon.
Virginia Wesleyan (9-3-2 / 6-0-2) D3Soccer.com NR / SA Region No. 9
The two teams tied at the top of the ODAC standings battled to a 0-0 tie when Virginia Wesleyan and Randolph-Macon (9-1-2 / 5-1-2) met Wednesday afternoon in Ashland, Va. The Yellow Jackets held an offensive edge in the first half while the Marlins surged in the second. The play was fairly even, as the Marlins led slightly in shots 18-17 (5-3 SOG) but trailed in corners at 4-5.
The Marlins remained the only unbeaten team in ODAC play Saturday afternoon by dominating Guilford (5-9-0 / 3-5-0) at home. The Marlins’ Kennedi Anders, Mary Alexis Jackson, and Maddie Koch all scored goals for Virginia Wesleyan. The Marlins outshot the Quakers 31-6 (15-2 (SOG) and led in corners 15-0.
That’s it for week 8. An exciting week that saw the first installment of the regional rankings and we’re nearing the end of conference play. Tune in next week, where we’ll lay out the playoffs for our conferences represented in the regional rankings. The excitement is starting to build, teams trying to grab that automatic berth or do well enough to catch the committee's eye and nab an at-large bid.
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