November 23, 2013

Final Four bound: Trinity women beat Wheaton 2-1

Cover photo by Michael Salerno, D3soccer.com

Heron junior Madeline Buckley scores the game winner against TCNJ on Saturday.
Photo by Kathy Collins/Hobart William Smith athletics

One spot in the Final Four has been taken, and one more will be detemined before the day is over, as Saturday NCAA action continues in the third and fourth rounds.

The No. 4 Trinity (Tex.) women gave their seniors their first shot at the Final Four as the Tigers defeated No. 6 Wheaton 2-1 in San Antonio.

Wheaton went up 1-0 in the 32nd minute when sophomore Sydney Sharkey sent in a hard shot that eluded the keeper after an initial touch.

Trinity equalized just three minutes later when junior Hannah Kuhl found herself alone with the keeper and captialized to the far post. Junior Emily Jorgens had the assist. In the 72nd minute, sophomore Kimberly Polasek scored the all important game winner, with Kuhl assisting.

Wheaton ends their season at 20-2-2, and misses the Final Four for just the fourth time in the past 10 seasons.

Williams freshman Malcolm Moutenot works the ball against Brandeis on Saturday.
Photo by Williams athletics

In men's third round action, No. 2 Rutgers-Camden defeated No. 7 York 3-1 to advance. Senior Keegan Balle had two goals in the match, with junior Joe Auleta adding a third. Spartans senior Brendan Saberton had a goal for York, who finishes their season at 19-3-1.

No. 13 Montclair State edged No. 10 Rochester 1-0 to set up an NJAC National Quarterfinal on Sunday. Red Hawk sophomore Lucas Terci scored the winning goal early in the match.

No. 3 Messiah fought a tough Kenyon side, winning 2-1, while No. 5 Amherst edged No. 15 St. Lawrence 2-1 in double overtime. Sophomore Greg Singer scored both goals for the Lord Jeffs, while junior Austin Roney scored for the Saints. The Falcons will face No. 19 Franklin & Marshall, 3-0 winners over Rose-Hulman. Senior Ben Beaver had two goals in the Diplomats win.

Amherst will face NESCAC-foe Williams on Sunday, as the Ephs blanked No. 20 Brandeis 2-0. Junior Chris Conder and sophomore Mohammed Rashid scored for Williams.

No. 6 Loras shut down upset-minded Westminster (Mo.) 2-0, while No. 8 Trinity (Tex.) beat No. 24 Wartburg 2-1 in double overtime. Yuri Ribeiro had the game winner in the 106th minute.

In women's action, top-ranked Washington U. cruised past No. 20 Puget Sound 3-0, with junior Lillie Toaspern notching a hat trick. In the other match in St. Louis, Capital upset No. 24 Thomas More 2-1. The two winners will face off on Sunday at 1:30 pm CT.

No. 3 William Smith got by No. 9 TCNJ 1-0, while No. 11 Ithaca edged No. 8 Messiah 1-0 in overtime. The Bombers will face the Herons on Sunday at 1:00 pm ET.

Middlebury senior Scarlett Kirk had a hat trick in the Panther's win over Misericordia.
Photo by Middlebury athletics.

No. 5 Johns Hopkins edged No. 25 Williams 2-1 in double overtime. Senior Kelly Baker scored the winner in the first minute of the second overtime period. No. 18 Middlebury dumped No. 15 Misericordia 5-1, with senior Scarlett Kirk earning a hat trick. The Panthers will play the Blue Jays on Sunday at 1:00 pm ET.

Bears junior Lillie Toaspern fights for control with Logger sophomore Jordyn McLuen.
Photo by Sid Hastings, WUSTL athletics
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