October 3, 2010

Upsets? Draws? That's the weekend in D3 soccer

Week Five Soccer Wrap-Up

By D3soccer.com contributor James Derrick

For women's wrapup, scroll down.

In keeping with Saturday's theme of all things equal, Emory and UW-Whitewater secured draws in their respective matches in two of the five top 25 matches on Sunday. No. 12 Emory, which has been virtually unstoppable, floundered in its first UAA match of the campaign. In an even match, both teams managed a substantial number of shots on goal, but Emory's keeper, Trenton Spindler, and Washington's keeper, Andrew Serio impressed, managing save after save. Emory remains undefeated, but does not have a win inthe highly competitive UAA. Undefeated and No. 15 UW-Whitewater failed to win for just the second time of the season, this time, however, to mid-table MIAC team St. Thomas. Still atop of the independents, Whitewater is looking to win again.

No. 7 Stevens Tech were big winners today, as they cruised past Empire 8 rival Nazareth, 4-0. Nazareth has struggled to find form this season, and taking advantage of the fact, Nolan Sandberg ran rampant to slam home all four of his teams goals. Stevens' defense maintained their impenetrability leaving another scoreless team in their wake. DePauw were also winners in their bout with Millsaps. However, DePauw, who sits 2nd in the SCAC and 17th in the nation, were only able to post a 2-1 win over SCAS bottom-feeders. DePauw is now 9-1-1.

No.25 Pacific ended their weekend in poor fashion, losing 1-0 to Pacific Lutheran. While Pacific (8-1-2) suffered just their first loss of the season, they still stand atop of the NWC. Pacific Lutheran, however, improves to an overall record of 5-5-1 and sits just under Pacific at second.

On Saturday, Christopher Newport concluded its weekend flying high with two wins, one of those against powerhouse Trinity. Christopher Newport began their long San Antonio weekend in nervy fashion, going down to Southwestern in the first four minutes, and would need a penalty kick in the second half to draw even. Winston Mattheison scored midway through the second half, however, and Christopher Newport held on for dear life for the win. While enduring a tough match, it would be Saturday's fixture with Trinity that would test heart and guts, as both teams rank among the nation's best, CNU at the top, and Trinity ranking 11th. After controlling possession and holding a large margin in shots on goal, Trinity allowed CNU's Winston Mattheison to bag his second game-winner in as many games. The lone goal proved all that was necessary in a match tainted with 8 bookings and an ejection for Trinity. No. 1 Christopher Newport will surely have cemented their position at the top of the rankings- at least for this week- with the double-win, while Trinity drops to an 8-2 record, despite a big 3-0 win against Rowan on Friday.

No.10 Ohio Wesleyan has demonstrated outstanding form in the past weeks, and Saturday was no different as twice came from behind to upset NCAA Division II opponent Ohio Dominican. Ohio Wesleyan out-shot Ohio Dominican, but very little found there way to goal, as both teams dug in for defensive warfare, but following Ohio Dominican's goal early on in the 2nd half, Ohio Wesleyan took control and drew level through Tyler Wall. Ohio Dominican didn't waste a single minute, literally, to regain the lead, but Ohio Wesleyan's dominance throughout the second half was rewarded by a penalty. Tyler Wall converted again, and three minutes later Travis Wall put the deserving Ohio Wesleyan ahead for the win. Ohio Wesleyan is now 8-1-1.

No.4 Dominican was the only other perfect team to not suffer a set-back, as they continued in their devastating form with a 6-nil drubbing of typical conference contenders Edgewood. Sophomores Leo Elizalde and Ryan Roberts both bagged braces for Dominican. While Dominican's schedule has not boasted the strength of other top 5 teams, they continue to challenge for the number 1 spot with a 10-0 record this season.

Carnegie Mellon slipped up as they fell victim to Chicago. Chicago out-shot, out-pressured, and out-paced the No .3 team, particularly in the two overtime periods that nearly expired without a winner. Carnegie Mellon, who held an advantage in shots in the 1st half, used momentum going into the second half, bagging an early goal. But that would be the end of Carnegie Mellon's grip on the match as Chicago took over the game, and drew level after Alan Pikna smashed home a 35 yard free kick. It would not be until the last minute of the game, however, that Chicago cemented their deserved win through goal-scorer Alex Clifford. Carnegie Mellon could not have asked for a worse start to their conference campaign, especially with their two final matches against the excellent Rochester and Emory.

A lucky Swarthmore although dropping points against Gettysburg, avoided tarnishing their undefeated record. Gettysburg, who held an advantage in shots and scored first, was unable to deal with a free-kick, allowing Morgan Langley to level the match with another goal for his tally sheet. No. 2 Swarthmore is now 8-0-1 and risk being leapfrogged by Dominican in the rankings come Tuesday. In another top-25 upset, No.20 Brockport suffered a loss to Oneonta, following their 2-nil victory over New Paltz the day before. Fomerly undefeated Brockport is reduced to a 7-1-2 record.

Other Friday and Saturday wins came through No.21 Macalester, who defeated Bethel 1-0, No.14 Salisbury, who hammered St. Mary's 3-0, No.16 Hobart, who picked up a vital 2-1 against Fredonia, and No.18 York, who squeezed by Frostburg State 1-0. No.23 Mary Hardin-Baylor is back on track following a 1-0 overtime win against UT Dallas.

The remainder of Friday and Saturday's matches among top 25 teams ended in draws. No. 6 Calvin again slipped up with a scoreless draw against Olivet, while No. 8 Rochester drew yet again this campaign, this time with conference opponent New York University. No.17 DePauw drew with Birmingham-Southern after being significantly out-shot, while Stevens was unable to break-down Rochester Institute of Technology's defense, although they still have yet to yield a goal. Steven's Tech is now 7-0-2 so far this campaign. In two top-25 match-ups, No. 9 Williams v. No.24 Amherst and No.13 Johns Hopkins v. No.19 Muhlenberg ended in thrilling draws. Both games ensued with significant offense, but good defenses across the board found all teams wanting at the conclusion of the matches. Williams and Muhlenberg both remain undefeated at 5-0-2 and 5-0-4, respectively. To finish off the Saturday of draws, Pacific failed to bury Puget Sound.

Women's Top 25 Wrap-up

In a quiet day for women's top 25 soccer, Washington gained a positive result in what has been a disappointing season so far. After seeing their good form evaporate, and sliding down and out of the rankings, Washington won big in the midweek over Principia. Washington finished the week well by forcing a scoreless draw out of No.14 and undefeated Emory. Emory and Washington were dead even throughout the match, and neither team could open their account in UAA conference play so far. Emory earns their second draw of the season, as they are 8-0-2.

In the other match today, Puget Sound pounded George Fox 4-0 in a key Northwest Conference battle. With an overall record of 8-1-1, No.18 Puget Sound sits second in the conference, just behind rivals Whitworth.

Williams, Calvin, and Rowan all suffered upsets on Saturday as underdogs played a big role for Women's soccer this weekend. Although Amherst is ranked 25th with a competitive record of 4-2-2, they pulled off an upset in their own right, upending a 15th-ranked Williams, who has not lost in conference play in 38 consecutive matches, winning 36 of those. The huge win for Amherst should be the momentum needed to prevail in this years' conference tournament, as they look to dethrone Williams.

No.11 Calvin suffered at the hands of Kalamazoo this Saturday after posting 8 shut-out wins in a row. Although Calvin dominated throughout, an early 6th minute goal from Stephanie Verbeek was all Kalamazoo needed to claim a huge conference win. Although they still maintain a losing record, Kalamazoo is undefeated in conference play with a win and a tie.

William Patterson provided the most shocking upset on the night, defeating 7th-ranked, and undefeated Rowan 1-0. While William Patterson's season has been far from poor, with a 7-2-2 record, their win over Rowan is a huge boost in a tough conference, including No. 2 TCNJ. Winning every game since their opening back-to-back losses, William Patterson is in prime contention to take the conference as underdogs.

In Friday and Saturday's other top-25 matches, No. 5 Otterbein were winners in a cut-throat match with conference rivals, John Carroll. While Otterbein maintained an edge in all facets of the match, John Carroll's defense repeatedly denied Otterbein's attack. With ten minutes left in the match, however, Laura Vasbinder slotted a beautiful through ball into the box as Rachel Denz cut inside to tap home the game-winner. This win propels Otterbein to achieve two significant bench-marks, interestingly enough, as they secured their 100th conference win, as well as their 200th overall win their program's history. Otterbein remains undefeated with an 8-0-1 record.

No.3 Hardin-Simmons held nothing back in their humiliation of Louisiana College. With a 12 goal margin, Hardin-Simmons looked as deadly as ever, as Kati McCarthy, Jessica Stuckey, and Amy Kuykendall all bagged braces in their second 12-0 victory of the season. They sit atop of the American Southwest Conference with an overall record of 9-0-0. No.6 Johns Hopkins recovered from their midweek loss to Dickinson for a win against Haverford, but Hopkins' sloppy finish forced a blood pressure-rising finish. After going ahead just before the break- and completely allowing Haverford no room to breathe all match- complacency kicked in for Hopkins, as Haverford's lone shot in the game found themselves in pole position for a famous win or draw. But four minutes later, Erica Suter pounded home Allie Zazzali's long cross to spare Hopkins' blushes, and they are now 9-2-0.

No. 8 Augustana picked up a vital CCIW win against Carthage, winning 1-0. Augustana, still undefeated has yielded one goal so far in this campaign, and is undefeated in conference play with both Wheaton and Illinois Wesleyan lurking. Home to 3 top 15 teams, the CCIW promises a highly competitive conference season.

William Smith dropped vital conference points again, as Hamilton held them to a 0-0 draw. In a tough defensive match-up, 9th ranked William Smith held a clear advantage in shots, corners, and possession, but Hamilton keeper Liza Gergenti was impenetrable, forcing William Smith to continue in their subpar conference campaign. William Smith is 7-2-2.

No. 10 UW-Stevens Point remained unbeaten as a second half dismantling witnessed to implosion of UW-Stout. Despite being dominated in the first half, Stout's defense allowed just one goal, and kept them in the hunt. However, a second half brace from Mary Jean Cornelius sealed Stout's fate as Stevens Point improves to a perfect 10-0 record.

No.20 Cal Lutheran shutout Whittier 1-0 to improve to 9-0-1, 4-0-1 in SCIAC play. Senior Brittany Clark grabbed the game-winning goal for the Regals.

No.12 Loras, No.17 Allegheny, No.21 Wheaton (Mass.), and Lynchburg were big winners, posting a 7-1 win over Central (IA), a 6-0 over Oberlin, a 6-0 win over Mt. Holyoke, and a 10-0 win over Hollins, respectively. Additionally, No.16 Trinity and No.13 Wheaton (Ill.) won by 3-0 margins over Southwestern and Aurora, respectively, and No.23 Stevens Tech cruised past Rochester Institute of Technology 4-0.

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