No. 8 William Smith edges No. 4 Ithaca
By Rusty Lindsey, D3sports.com
|Freshman Ella McMackin scored
the wining goal for the Herons.
William Smith athletics
Another busy weekend of action featured several Top 25 matchups as the national landscape continued to take shape.
No. 10 Emory hung tight with Division II Lee University for much of the match on Friday night before falling to the Lady Flames by a 1-0 score. Chloe Rader’s penalty kick in the 78th minute lifted Lee to its first victory of the season. The goal snapped a streak of 234 minutes and 36 seconds of scoreless soccer played by the Emory defense, spanning the last three games. For goalie Liz Arnold, it ended a personal streak of over 256 minutes of scoreless soccer. Arnold became the first Emory keeper to play a full contest in goal since September 19th, 2010.
After playing their first five games on the road, Emory finally played their home opener on Sunday, defeating No. 6 Lynchburg 3-1. The Eagles opened with a pair of early goals and added an insurance tally in the 73rd minute to improve to 3-2-1. Kelly Costopoulos scored two goals for the Eagles.
Two of the top three teams in the Top 25 pitched Saturday shutouts: No. 1 Johns Hopkins held a 21-2 edge in shots en route to a 4-0 victory over Washington College, while No. 3 Wheaton moved to 5-0 on the year with a 2-0 victory over St. Thomas.
No. 8 William Smith wrapped up a good weekend with a 3-0 win over Rochester, and a hard-fought 1-0 win over No. 4 Ithaca. In Sunday's match freshman Ella McMackin scored for the Herons in the 29th minute off a cross from junior MaryClaire Pelletier. The Bombers defended well for the rest of the match as they were outshot 17-8, but could not get the equalizer. Both sides leave the weekend at 4-1.
No. 12 Misericordia edged Stevenson 1-0 on a goal from junior Megan Mahoney, while No. 24 Thomas More defeated Manchester 4-0.
Unbeaten Trinity (Conn.) handed No. 25 Williams its first loss of the season with a 2-0 shutout. Laura Nee and Abbey Lake each scored for Trinity.
Despite being outshot 23-9, Bowdoin managed to hold off No. 15 Amherst, settling for a scoreless draw. Both teams moved to 1-0-1 on the season. Similarly Pacific Lutheran was outshot 28-5 by No. 16 Puget Sound, but the match ended in a 1-1 draw.
In another Top 25 battle with huge Regional Ranking implications, No. 19 Loras defeated No. 13 Aurora 2-1 to give the Spartans their first loss of the season. Sarah Small scored the game winner for the Duhawks at the 58:51 mark.