Weekend wraps: No. 2 Calvin men win 2 on the road
The second weekend of the season is now a wrap and patterns of power are beginning to emerge. A number of programs remain undefeated, and there have already been some exciting overtime finishes involving Top 25 teams. We will have a new No. 1 men's team on Tuesday, while on the women's side, Messiah looks as strong defending their title as they did winning it.
Also wrapping up this weekend are the many tournaments scheduled across the country at the start of every season. These tournaments feature inter-regional and non-conference action and allow fans to catch a glimpse at teams not familiar, while giving the programs a chance to measure up against opponents not often seen, or perhaps a look at a future post-season match-up. Two examples are Whitworth traveling across country from Washington to play in the Mayor's Cup tourney at Oneonta State, and Ohio Wesleyan visiting Wheaton (Ill.) for the Bob Baptista Invitational.
Looking again at Messiah, the No. 1 women Falcons blasted Mary's 7-0 on Saturday to improve to 4-0. Freshman Alicia Frey had the game winner for the Falcons in the 27th minute. Men's No. 1 Hobart had a tougher Saturday, falling 1-0 to a strong SUNY Brockport side.
Continuing with the men, No. 2 Calvin College continued its strong start to the 2010 season, winning two road matches to improve to 4-0. After defeating No. X Wheaton 3-2 on Saturday, Calvin defeated North Central College 3-0. Senior Kurt Van Sickel scored in the 33rd minute of play for the game winning goal. No. 3 CNU kept pace by defeating Kean University 3-1 in the 2010 Chick-Fil-A Invitational at Virginia Wesleyan College. Brian Lybert had the game winner for the Captains, who improved to 5-0 wih the victory. The Captains return home next week as they face Marietta College and Penn State-Altoona in the 2010 Joe Pombriant/CNU Classic.
or the women, No. 2 TCNJ continued their winning ways by edging Eastern 1-0. Sophomore Amy Van Dyk scored the crucial goal in the 64th minute for the Lions, who yet to allow a goal this season. No. 3 Washington University fell 1-0 in overtime to St. Olaf College. Junior Lindsay Howard scored the game winner with just three seconds to play in overtime. With the loss, the Bears fall to 3-2, while St. Olaf improves to 3-1.
In men's action, No. 4 Carnegie Mellon edged by Westminster College 2-1 in overtime, improving to 5-0, and No. 5 Johns Hopkins played Rutgers-Camden to a 1-1 draw in the 10th annual Cialella Classic. The Blue Jays move to 4-0-1 on the season.
Women's No. 4 Hardin-Simmons moved to 2-0 with an 8-0 blanking of Rhodes College, while No. 5 Otterbein blanked Kalamazoo 3-0 to improve to 4-0 on the season.