September 22, 2010

Messiah escapes on Pezon goal; No. 9 Augie women blank No. 11 Loras

By contributor James Derrick

On this rainy Wednesday, most of the Top 25 teams held sway and added a win to their records. For a complete update on the action from Tuesday and Wednesday, as well as the schedule for this coming weekend, check our scoreboard page.

In action on Wednesday, goals from Joe Broekhuizan and Tyler Vegter sealed yet another win for top-ranked Calvin, as they cruised to a 7-0 record, outshooting a swarmed Adrian by nearly thirty shots. Calvin's defense has been virtually unbreakable, allowing just two goals in their high action match with Wheaton. Calvin has since posted four shut-outs for a total of six. Saturday's showdown between Hope and Calvin will be one of the top matches to watch, as the two continue their bitter rivalry on the pitch.

No. 7 Messiah would again resort to a nervy finish, as they scraped by Centennial Conference opponents Dickinson. An overtime goal allowed Messiah to continue their six match undefeated run. Senior Geoff Pezon was the golden goal hero, as Messiah climbed their way out of an early goal deficit to break Dickinson hearts.

No.14 Salisbury hammered Marymount 3-0 to move to 7-0-2 on the season. Stafford Chipangu, Jake Perry, and Ian Wilson notched the teams three goals in an 18 minute stretch, as Salisbury dominated throughout, posting 28 shots and 9 corners. No.15 Emory again cruised to victory with a 5-0 demolition of Piedmont. Emory (8-0-0) has only allowed a single goal this season, averaging 3.25 goals a game.

In women's action, No. 1 Messiah held nothing back in defending their status at the top of the polls as they annihilated a defenseless Dickinson 6-0. Amanda Naeher left her mark on the match as she bagged a hat-trick and supplied an assist. The holders move to 7-0 on the season, while tallying a 6-goal per game average in their last four matches as they look to defend their national championship from last season.

The College of New Jersey continued to challenge Messiah's position at the top of the polls, hammering Richard Stockton 4-0. Scoring a pair of goals in each half, No. 2 TCNJ maintained their undefeated season, standing 8-0 overall. Yielding a single goal in their campaign, TCNJ's defense has excelled as one of the best in the nation.

Back to men's action, Brian Greene's 108th minute goal for No. 13 Ohio Wesleyan ensured they would not be the exception among the top teams tonight, as they earned a hard fought victory over rivals Ohio Northern. Ohio Wesleyan out-shot Ohio Northern 30-11, with an 11-5 corners advantage. Ohio Wesleyan moves to 6-1 on the season. No. 19 York (Pa.), proving their ability to recover from back-to-back losses, posted their second win in four days, defeating Stevenson 1-0. Stevenson again was humbled after a high-flying start to the season, running out 6-0 before their overtime loss to St. Mary's this past weekend. York's lone goal did little justice, however, to a game that was imbalanced in York's favor. No. 16 Macalester also proved their ability to recover, as they blasted four past Cornell to win big, 4-0.

Tuesday's matches proved to be no more different, as No. 4 Swarthmore and No. 10 Hopkins walked out winners in their respective matches with Arcadia and Neumann. Swarthmore avoided a crisis through a Morgan Langley shot, after going down a goal early on. Langley then returned as the playmaker in the second goal as last weekend's hero, Micah Rose, slotted home for the winner. Swarthmore continues to amaze going 7-0 on the season. Hopkins was able to shrug last weekend's heartbreak to Swarthmore by cruising past Neumann 2-0. A goal in the first 3 minutes from Junior Tony Gass set the tone, and Hopkins was able to progress to a 6-1-1 record.

No. 8 Rochester continued their trend of late against Nazareth, drawing for the third time in a row. Unlike their weekend thriller with rival Hobart, Rochester dominated the match, including a 2nd minute goal from Chris Blivin. Nazareth, however, drew level with seconds left in the first half to secure a hard-earned draw. Trinity performed the sole top 25 upset of the day, with a 1-0 win against No. 23 Eastern Connecticut. Trinity sits 2-2 on the season.

In more women's matches, it took just 23 seconds for Jenny Knox to draw first blood for No. 5 Otterbein, after Ohio Wesleyan committed an early foul in the box. By the 25th minute, Otterbein had all but wrapped-up as Wesleyan found themselves down 3-nil. Wesleyan was able to pull a goal back shortly after, but Otterbein was able to respond before the half for a 4-1 advantage, eventually winning 4-2.

No. 6 Johns Hopkins defeated St. Mary's 4-1 as Christina Convey bagged a brace to send Johns Hopkins to a 7-1 record, their only loss being a heartbreaker to current no.1 Messiah. In the only top 25 match-up of the evening, No.9 Augustana dealt the fatal blow to the undefeated and 11th-ranked Loras. Jessica Dodd was the hero, as nodded home for the 1-0 win, taking Augustana to 5-0-2 on the season, while Loras drops to a still very impressive 7-1 record.

In other top 25 Women's action, No. 8 Rowan remains undefeated after a lop-sided, 3-0 victory against Rutgers-Camden, while No. 15 Emory maintains their top form, firing on all cylinders in a 7-0 win against Agnes Scott. Sarah Belsole was another hat-trick hero on the night. No. 19 Wheaton (Mass.) kept up with their winning ways, defeating Tufts 1-0. In a dead-even match, it took Wheaton 82 minutes to find the net. Wheaton remains undefeated with an 8-0-1 record.

Springfield pulled off the only upset on the night, deflating No. 18 Amherst in a 3-1 win. Erica Donnelly and Katie Mantie scored two shock goals in a span of 3 minutes early in the match, handing Amherst their first loss of the season.

In yesterday's action, No. 4 Illinois Wesleyan heaped the problems on No. 23 Washington University as they walked out winners, 3-1. Illinois Wesleyan is undefeated on the season with an 8-0 record, while Wash U, who spent their early weeks in the upper tiers of the rankings drop to a 3-4 overall record. No. 21 Allegheny sunk Medaille in a 3-0 match that sees Allegheny move to 7-0. Allegheny also boasts the toughest defense in the nation, as they yet to yield a single goal to date.

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