September 19, 2010

Kean athletics Kean makes some noise; Loras women remain undefeated

Week Three Soccer Wrap-Up

By contributor James Derrick

Although it is Sunday night and the weekend has ended, there is still time to check out the events of the days past. Friday, Saturday, and even Sunday featured a full slate of matches for both men and women, along with some unexpected results. Read about the weekend below in our Weekend Soccer Wrap. The women's Wrap follows, so scroll down. But as a reminder first, check our scoreboard for all of the weekend results and the upcoming schedule. And if you wondering about where your team appears in the latest Top 25 rankings, check that out in our Top 25 area.

Coming off their surprising win at No. 9 York, NJAC squad Kean University was the cog in yet another top performing engine, usurping Richard Stockton 1-0 in overtime. In last week's Top 25 poll, RSU was receiving votes. Tiago Goetzke was the hero for the second straight match, blasting a 30-yard rocket past Richard Stockton keeper as Kean jumps to a 4-2-1 record. In an all-around even match, Kean held the slight advantage in shots on goal.

While duly ranked, No. 11 Swarthmore pulled off an upset in their own right, as they defeated No. 4 Johns Hopkins 2-1. Two first half goals from Micah Rose and Henry Ainley proved all that was necessary in an exciting top 25 match. For Swathmore, this is their first win at Johns Hopkins in 20 years. No. 16 DePauw suffered in their top 25 bout with local rival No. 20 Ohio Wesleyan, in a match that was decided in overtime. Ohio Wesleyan maintained the advantage in shots and possession throughout the match, but freshman Jon Stegner broke DePauw hearts, as his overtime finish rolled agonizingly over the goal line. DePauw, now 6-1, yielded not only their first loss of the season, but their first goal as well.

West Coast powerhouse No. 18 Whitworth was yet another top 25 victim, losing 2-1 to Pacific in their conference opener on Friday. Pacific, who moves to a 5-0-1 record on the season, is pushing to overthrow Whitworth's recent reign over the conference, especially coming close in the closing stages of last season. Although dropping to a 3-2 record temporarily, Whitworth was able to haul themselves out of last week's mess, defeating George Fox 2-0.

LeTourneau claimed their share of the spoils on Friday in their stunning overtime win against No. 13 Mary Hardin-Baylor. Dillon Holt hammered home his shot from a free-kick with just seconds left in the match. LeTourneau opened scoring in the 30th minute, through Kevin Wiah, but Mary Hardin-Baylor responded within seconds of the restart to draw level again. LeTourneau grabbed the lead again early in the second half, only to yield with minutes remaining. Mary Hardin-Baylor responded the following day with a convincing 3-0 win against East Texas Baptist.

Western New England College shocked Wesleyan 3-2 in another thriller. Thirteen minutes in and No. 23 Wesleyan was already coasting with a 2-0 lead. WNEC however pulled a goal back through Kevin Parma, igniting a comeback. Scoring again midway through the second half, WNEC drew even. With overtime looming, and seemingly inevitable, WNEC Senior Alex Dos Santos drove home the winning goal from a curling free-kick in the 89th minute upsetting Wesleyan. Bouncing back from losing their opener to undefeated Williams, Wesleyan proceeded to win two matches in three days, but WNEC, who has experienced nothing short of a rollercoaster season themselves leveled Wesleyan's record at 2-2.

Macalester became the latest top 25 team to fall, as they capitulated at Luther College, 3-1. Luther, who jumps above a .500 average for the first time this season, proved their dominance over an undefeated and 12th ranked Macalester. On Saturday, No. 10 Messiah narrowly avoided joining the upsets from the top 25, defeating DeSales 3-2. DeSales jumped to an early lead, but Messiah forged a 2-1 margin for the majority of the game. DeSales would respond late in the game to draw level, but a Nick Thompson goal in the last five minutes ensured another win for the holders.

No. 22 UW-Whitewater continued on in fine form, blanking Carroll 3-0 in a game that could have ended much worse. Following a notable win at Wartburg, Whitewater stamped their dominance on this match, driving home the opening goal within the first two minutes compliments of Trevor Swetnik shot after a passing sequence. In search for their large margin victory, Whitewater pounded 13 shots on Carroll's goal, as Kron and Montayne shared in the spoils. UW-Whitewater remains undefeated at 5-0-1 with four shutouts.

No. 25 Emory continued in its impeccable form, staking their claim as one of the nation's best following a 3-0 win against a good Averett team. While Emory's schedule-to-date pales in comparison to other top 25 teams, they have made short work of their opponents, recording a total of 23 goals for, and 1 against. Emory is now 7-0. Wartburg suffered a consecutive loss to wrap up a miserable weekend, losing to Macalester, 2-1 in overtime. In another top 25 match up, No. 5 Hobart and No. 7 Rochester played to a 1-1 draw in a dead even, and thrilling local battle. Throughout the match 45 shots were taken, with 18 corners. Rochester remains undefeated with a 5-0-1 record.

Washington University and No. 8 Williams notched Sunday wins against formerly ranked Loras and Babson, respectively. Washington shut out Loras thanks to a lone Patrick McLean goal, and moves to a 5-0-2 record on the season, while Williams moved back on track with their winning ways with a 3-1 win. York (Pa.) was able to bring closure to their nightmarish week with a hard fought 1-0 win against NC Wesleyan on Sunday. 23rd-ranked York suffered losses to Kean on Wednesday, and then Stevens Tech on Friday in an exciting top 25 match-up.

In another dead even match, Muhlenberg drew with Franklin and Marshall, 1-1. Muhlenberg jumped ahead early on, through Nate Squire, but Franklin and Marshall grabbed a late goal to hold off Muhlenberg.

Women's Wrap

In a relatively quiet day for women's soccer, No. 18 Loras maintained perfection with a 1-0 overtime win against No. 14 Wash U. Kate Young slotted home between the keepers legs with just four minutes remaining in the second overtime. Loras jumps to a 7-0 record, while Washington drops to a 3-3 record.

No. 11 Williams defeated No. 22 Oneonta State, 1-0 bouncing back from their midweek loss to William Smith. Brett Eisenhart bagged the winner in the 72nd minute, as Williams now sits 3-1-1 on the season. Oneonta State, who began the season in the higher reaches of the top 25 rankings, has dropped off after last weekend's loss to Alleghany. They now sit 4-2 on the season. No. 12 Puget Sound continued in their winning ways, soaring to an easy 3-0 victory over Lewis and Clark. In a bout that could have brought more goals, Puget Sound dominated in every facet of the game, pounding in nearly 30 shots. Puget Sound maintains their undefeated record at 5-0-1.

No. 5 Otterbein also maintained their perfect record, as they shut out Case Western 2-0. Goals from Julienne Novak and Emily Bates ensured a 2-0 victory in a game that was a little more lopsided than the score line. Paralleling the outstanding performances from their men's team, No. 15 Emory left yet another team in their wake, as they defeated Rhodes 2-0 today. Emily Rubin and Liz Harlan were the goal scorers as Emory recorded their second shutout. They progress to a 6-0-1 record.

Centre dealt Mt. Joseph a 4-0 loss today, as Centre looks to maintain their superb start to the season. After their midweek defeat to Transylvania, Centre bounced back with back-to-back wins against Hanover and Mt. Joseph. Sarah Mastey bagged a brace for Centre, who now sits 7-1 on the season.

No. 21 Lynchburg hammered Sweetbriar 6-0 in a turn around, following their 4-0 loss to No. 1 Messiah. Suffocating any chance of Sweetbriar attack, Lynchburg defense prevented Sweetbriar from firing a single shot on goal. Brittany Klippstein bagged a brace, and Lynchburg improved to 4-2 on the season.

No contests today.
No contests today.
No contests today.