|Sophomore Charles Izydorek picked a great time for his first goal of the 2012 season Redlands Athletics photo by Beth Doolittle|
By Rusty Lindsey
A year ago today Swansea became the first Welsh team to score a goal in the Premier League since 1983. In doing so the Swans became the final of the 92 teams across the top four divisions to score a goal that season, doing so in their fifth game of the season. The Swans would go on to an 11th place finish in the final table. And with that, we take a look at the DIII action from across the country from this past weekend.
Top-ranked Trinity opened their west coast swing with a 1-1 draw at Redlands on Friday night. Charles Izydorek gave Redlands a 1-0 lead with his first goal of the season in the 51st minute. Izydorek’s finish was set up by a beautiful through ball from fellow sophomore Matej Kustura. Trinity would answer a few minutes later Jeff Hayes found Michael Micheletti with a long throw which Micheletti flicked into the net to provide the final score. Trinity finished their trip with a 2-0 victory over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.
Loras continued to cement itself as one of the top teams in the country by posting a pair of victories. Duhawk keeper Dylan Milkent surrendered just his second goal of the season in Loras’ 2-1 victory over Augsburg on Friday night. Loras was outshot 13-9 in the match but goals by Pat Langan and Brad Joiner finished for the Duhawks. Loras went on to post their sixth shutout of the season on Sunday when they defeated Macalester 1-0.
The top teams in the CCIW completed an impressive weekend at the expense of the MIAA. No. 15-ranked Wheaton(IL) jumped out to a 3-0 lead before surrendering a goal in the final ten minutes to finish with a 3-1 victory. Mitchell Paur scored on a swinging volley in the 14th minute and Adam Blackman netted Wheaton’s second goal with a bending drive from 24 yards out in the 35th minute. Blackman added his second goal of the night in the 61st minute by floating the keeper from the far corner of the box. Taylor Pruis scored in the box for Calvin in the 83rd minute. Defending conference champion Carthage knocked off No. 23-ranked Hope 2-1 on Friday. Carthage also defeated Albion 3-1 on Saturday. North Park battled to a scoreless draw with UW-Whitewater on Sunday afternoon.
Swarthmore rallied from a 1-0 deficit with a pair of second half goals to upset No. 5-ranked Franklin & Marshall on the road on Saturday. Freshman Wyatt McCall’s first collegiate goal provided the game winner in the 61st minute to knock the Diplomats from the ranks of the unbeaten. Swarthmore has now won their last five matchups against Top 25 opponents.
Susquehanna also suffered their first loss of the year on Saturday at the hands of Penn State-Altoona. Mike Robinson ended the defensive battle with a goal at the 108 minute mark to give Altoona the 1-0 victory.
In similar 1-0 fashion No. 8 Rutgers-Camden was handed their first loss of the season by Rutgers-Newark. Newark’s Nick Kyprianou scored the game’s lone goal in first half.
Bowdoin’s Zach Danssert’s 86th minute goal was the difference in Bowdoin’s 1-0 victory over Babson on Sunday. The loss dropped No. 11-Babson to 5-1-1.
In women's play, Fredonia State stole the headlines on Saturday by upsetting top-ranked William Smith on the road. Katie Kleine took a pass from Catie Hale and slotted a shot inside the left post to give the Blue Devils the margin of victory in the 30th minute. Meaghan Meszaros recorded the shutout for Fredonia State.
In a much anticipated rematch from last year’s Elite 8, third-ranked Wheaton eliminated the need for a dramatic comeback by scoring early and late for a 4-0 victory over No. 8 Washington U. Freshman Ally Witt’s third goal of the season in the 35th minute gave Wheaton a 1-0 lead at halftime before three second half goals blew the game open. Anna Seabolt converted on an assist from Sarah Guidera in the 48th minute and Leah DeMoss scored the final two goals for the Thunder in the 58th and 79th minutes. Freshman Mary Pettit and Annie Wooldridge provided the assists. DeMoss has now scored six goals in the last three games for the Thunder.
Shutouts reigned supreme in Saturday’s Top 25. Only four goals were tallied in 19 games against the Top 25. Two of those goals were scored by Bowdoin as the upset No. 18 Brandeis 2-1 on Saturday. No. 16 Centre scored twice in the first half to defeat Hanover 2-1 on Saturday. The fourth goal was scored by Fredonia State.
A pair of ties highlighted the Sunday action in the women’s Top 25. No. 2 Emory had to come from behind to salvage a 1-1 tie with unranked Roanoke. The Eagles ran their regular season unbeaten streak to 30 with the tie. Roanoke’s Carmen Graves netted a header with an assist from Pierce Bradner to put the Maroons ahead 1-0 in the second half. Emory’s Veronica Romero scored the equalizer in the 61st minute for the Eagles who are now 4-0-2.
No. 20 Wartburg was able to escape with a 2-2 draw against St. Norbert. Cathy Reiter saved the Knights with a goal with only 56 seconds remaining to send the game to overtime and avoid Wartburg’s second loss. St. Norbert led 2-0 at halftime on a pair of goals from Alyssa Hoffman.