No. 22 Scranton remains unbeaten, Kean takes down No. 19 NYU
|Senior Bill McGuiness had a
goal and an assist in Scranton's 2-1 win
By Rusty Lindsey
While storms pounded much of the Midwest, the rest of the country enjoyed unseasonably warm temperatures on Wednesday night. Rain or shine, Wednesday brought us some intriguing soccer action.
Senior midfielder Bill McGuiness had a goal and an assist to lift No. 22 Scranton to a 2-1 victory over Moravian College in Landmark Conference action. With the win, the Royals lock up a conference postseason tournament berth, their first since 2009.
The Olivet men started their season with a meteoric rise up the rankings on the back of an 11-0-1 start. However, the 18th-ranked Comets have had their dream season come crashing back to earth. The Comets suffered their second loss in a week on Wednesday night when they were topped by Hope by a score of 2-1. In a frantic finish, Hope tied the game in the 71st minute on a goal by Gavin Midlam. Then Hope was able to punch in the winning goal with two seconds remaining in the match to pull out the victory.
Kean also pulled off an upset on Wednesday night, topping No. 19 NYU 2-0. Kean scored early with a 12th minute goal by Kharee Winslow and added an insurance goal late on Erickson Simeon’s sixth goal of the year in the 81st minute.
Frostburg State put the first mark on No. 7 York (Pa.) in CAC play. Frostburg’s Ryan Russell tied the game in the 81st minute and neither team scored in overtime to settle for a 1-1 draw. York is now 4-0-1 in the CAC.
Shutouts were the name of the game on Tuesday night. Six teams were in action and five of the six did not surrender a goal. The guilty party was 24th-ranked Hiram as they fell to Allegheny 3-0.
No. 4 Loras continues to prove that they are one of the elite teams in the country. On Monday, the Duhawks surrendered multiple goals for just the second time this season, but were able to come out victorious with a 3-2 win over No. 13 Dominican. Brad Joiner scored two goals for the Duhawks.
On the women’s side, UW-Whitewater clinched at least a share of the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title with a 5-1 win over UW-Oshkosh. Like most Midwest-based matches on Wednesday, the action included a steady downpour.
Several teams pulled out late escapes earlier in the week including Top 25 newcomer Massachusetts-Boston. Ranked No. 23, Mass-Boston had to come from behind but ultimately prevailed when Amanda Pugliese netted a free kick from 25 yards out to give them a 3-2 win over Salve Regina on Monday.
16th-ranked Middlebury scored in extremes in their 2-1 double overtime victory over Skidmore on Tuesday night. Middlebury’s Scarlett Kirk scored in the third and 103rd minute with the second one ending the game as Middlebury improved to 10-1-1.
Top 25 teams were in action in nine matches on Wednesday and surrendered just five goals, but four of those goals came in Augustana’s 4-2 upset of No. 25 Wartburg. The Knights tied the game at 2-2 in the second half, but Augustana retook the lead in the 71st minute on Ally Frickman’s first goal of the year. The Vikings Kelly Farell added her second goal of the match and 11th of the season in the 79th minute to secure the Viking victory.
The other goal was surrendered by No. 17 Union, who still managed to defeat RPI 2-1. Union’s Molly Gilchrist scored the game winner in the 62nd minute as Union moved to 13-1 on the season.
In a big game with regional rankings implications, No. 11 Wheaton (Ill.) got an early jump on Chicago and survived both the weather and the Maroons for a 1-0 victory. Leah DeMoss scored the game’s only goal with her 16th of the season for the Thunder.
In a race for home field rights in November, 10th-ranked Aurora held serve with a 2-0 victory over Dominican leaving the Spartans with a 16-0-1 record and an inside track to host a pod come tournament time. Not to put the cart before the horse as there is still plenty of soccer to play in the regular season and everything is up for grabs as the season enters the home stretch.
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