Weekend recap: action heats up as temps cool
|Plattsburgh junior Matt Hamilton had two goals in the win over New Paltz State|
Fall is finally upon us in full force as temperatures became chilly across many soccer venues over the weekend. The changing leaves bring an unofficial midway point to the soccer season as teams start to eye the finish line to the regular season with only a few weeks remaining before tournament season. With that, we take a look at some of the action from around the country this past weekend.
The men of Williams College pulled double double duty over the weekend. Ranked No. 16 in this week’s poll, the unbeaten Ephs battled to a scoreless tie on Saturday at third-ranked Amherst and followed that up with a 3-2 double overtime victory over Bowdoin on Sunday. Williams takes top honors by playing 217 minutes of soccer this weekend.
The Williams-Amherst match was one of several draws around the top 10 on Saturday. No. 5 Carnegie Mellon battled to a 2-2 standstill with Chicago and No. 7 NYU played 110 minutes of scoreless soccer against Rochester.
Things are getting confusing in the CCIW. Illinois Wesleyan has cleared itself of the mess with a 3-0 start to sit atop the conference but behind the Titans, things are sticky. Perennial conference power North Park tied Augustana over the weekend leaving themselves 0-0-2 in conference play after an earlier 3-3 tie with Wheaton. Wheaton rebounded from that tie to defeat defending conference champion, Carthage so Wheaton sits tied with Augustana for second at 1-0-1. Meanwhile Carthage is tied for fourth with a surprising North Central team at 1-1 in conference play. Don’t expect much clarity any time soon as there are only two mid-week conference games.
No. 1 Trinity may have settled the revolving door of number ones with a clean weekend of play. The Tigers shutout Southwestern 2-0 on the road on Saturday and then returned home on Sunday to hold Mary Hardin-Baylor scoreless in a 3-0 victory.
No. 21 Plattsburgh State had to battle on Saturday to get their second victory over the weekend. After a 4-0 victory over New Paltz State on Friday, the Cardinals needed two overtimes to net the winner and pull out a 3-2 victory over Oneonta State on Saturday.
In women's action, newly ranked Aurora needed overtime to avoid an upset at the hands of Principia College. Aurora remains unbeaten at No. 16 in the Top 25 poll.
Friday’s action was dominated in the wide-open matchup between No. 16 Wheaton (IL) and No. 2 Trinity (TX). The teams combined for 55 shots but only two goals, ending at 1-1. Hilary Barreto made nine saves for the Thunder while Katie Garrett saved 21 shots for the Tigers.
The door is open for a new No. 2 after Trinity followed their Friday draw with a Sunday loss. The Tigers fell 3-2 in double overtime against Loras in Wheaton.
No. 4 Hardin-Simmons might be campaigning for that spot after they left no doubt in either of their two matches, outscoring their opponents 19-0. A 12-0 victory over Schreiner was followed by a 7-0 victory over Texas Lutheran.
Headlining action in the UAA, top-ranked Emory and No. 12 Washington University battled to a 2-2 tie on Sunday afternoon. The Trinity loss should keep Emory safe in the top spot while the tie does very little to handicap the UAA race down the stretch.
Connecticut College pulled off the second top 10 upset on Sunday afternoon by blanking No. 8 Middlebury in a 1-0 defeat. The Camels earned their first NESCAC victory over the year after Astrid Kempainen found the net from distance in the 56th minute off an assist from Aina Torres. Natalie Signor made six saves to earn the clean sheet for the Camels.
The Williams women had a very impressive weekend, pulling off a pair of upsets. The Ephs battled back from a 2-0 deficit to score the final three goals and upset rival ninth-ranked Amherst on Friday. Abby Morss scored two second half goals including the game winner with under a minute remaining in regulation. Bridget Gallagher scored in the 15th minute to lead Williams to a 1-0 upset over No. 22 Bowdoin on Sunday afternoon. The pair of wins gives Williams the leg up in a crowded NESCAC race.
Baldwin-Wallace sent No. 20 Ohio Northern to their second OAC loss with a 1-0 upset win over the weekend. Cheryl Bell scored the game’s only goal in the 24th minute with an assist from Kayla Losco.