September 9, 2019

Mid-Atlantic Review, Week 2

By Contributor

Week two brought some great matchups of Top 25 teams that will definitely have an impact on our soon-to-be-released Women’s Top 25. Despite going 1-1-1 for the week, Johns Hopkins showed that they are a talented team that should be playing deep into November. Messiah stumbled against William Smith (again), and Dickinson went down to Virginia for the weekend and walked away without a loss against two quality opponents. Arcadia is still undefeated, but face a stiff test at Misericordia this upcoming week.

Messiah (3-1-0 / 0-0-0) No. 2 / MA Region No. 1

The Falcons survived at home Wednesday night when they hosted Johns Hopkins (3-1-1 / 0-0-0), pulling out a 1-0 win on a defensive miscue by the Blue Jay defense. In the 58th minute, a Hopkins goal kick was sent out to midfield and kicked back into the Blue Jay defensive third. A Blue Jay defender passed it back to the keeper who then sent a weak clearance out to a defender at the edge of the six yard box. It’s unclear if the ball was mis-hit or if the keeper didn’t see the defender, but either way, Falcon freshman Brianna Seip pounced on the ball and sent it into the Blue Jay goal. To be fair, Seip made an exceptional strike with a Jay defender all over her and the keeper making a desperation dive in front of her, so the Falcons still had to earn it. In any case, it was a fortuitous event that the Falcons desperately needed, as at the time they were being outshot by Hopkins 9-3, with Hopkins being the primary aggressor in the match. The Falcon defense, led by senior Barb Foster, held the Jays to mostly inert shots from distance, but several shots were right on target, and one even struck the post. In a rare occurrence, the Falcons were outshot by their opponent 8-17 (4-6 SOG), but led in corner kicks 6-1. Junior keeper Lydia Ewing was outstanding once again, making six saves in her third shutout to open the season.

The Falcons weren’t able to play escape artists again on Saturday at William Smith (3-0-0 / 0-0-0). Messiah had been able to squeak out wins in their last two games despite being outplayed by their opponents for long stretches, but it finally caught up with them when they took on the Herons in Geneva Saturday afternoon. The Falcons gave up a goal in each half and couldn’t answer in the 2-0 loss. The Falcons were outshot 7-12 (5-5 SOG) but led in corners 7-5.

The Falcons will travel to Reading to play Penn State Berks (1-2-0 / 0-0-0) Wednesday night before hosting the Tartans of Carnegie Mellon (2-1-1 / 0-0-0) Saturday night.

Johns Hopkins (3-1-1 / 0-0-0) No. 10 / MA Region No. 2

For some reason, the Jays just can’t get Messiah (3-1-0 / 0-0-0) out of their heads. They now have one win, 11 losses, and two ties all-time against the Falcons and Wednesday night in Grantham, PA, should have come away with a victory or at least a six-yard. Instead, they were the better team for most of the match, outshooting the Falcons 17-8 (6-4 SOG) and had the home team on their heels for most of the night desperately defending their goal. A defensive miscue in the 58th minute allowed the Falcons to score and steal one from the Jays. Senior Emily Maheras took seven shots in the game, and sophomore Rachel Jackson added four, one of which clanged off the Falcon post for more Hopkins disappointment. The Blue Jays left Grantham for the second straight year shaking their heads in frustration and wondering just what it is that they need to do to win against this Messiah team. Do they want to see the Falcons again in November? Something about this team tells me they do.

For the second straight game, the Blue Jays outshot and outplayed their opponent for long stretches, but couldn’t come away with the win. Against Stevens (2-1-1 / 0-0-0) Saturday morning, the Blue Jays controlled play for much of the match, outshooting the Ducks 27-14 (10-6 SOG) and leading in corners 12-7. Hopkins got a goal from freshman Molly Riech, and a penalty kick conversion from senior Emily Maheras after sophomore Rachel Jackson was taken down in the box for a 2-2 draw. Hopkins had to come from behind twice, but could never get a go-ahead goal. For the purposes of the Stevens’ Engineering Cup Tournament, a PK shootout was conducted, which the Jays won 4-2.

For the second straight day, the Blue Jays put 27 shots on their opponents’ goal. On Sunday, no extra time was needed, as Hopkins took it to New York University (2-2-0 / 0-0-0) for a 3-0 victory in Stevens’ Engineering Cup. Sophomore Rachel Jackson and senior Carly Lupton-Smith scored goals, while senior Emily Maheras converted a second penalty in as many days. The Blue Jays left Hoboken with the Engineering Cup championship and a win, which had eluded them in their last two matches despite playing excellent soccer. Hopkins outshot the Violets 27-4 (10-3 SOG) and led 9-1 in corners.

The Blue Jays will spend the week playing in New Jersey, taking on TCNJ (3-0-0 / 0-0-0) Wednesday night before returning to the Garden State Saturday afternoon to matchup against Rowan (3-1-0 / 0-0-0).

Stevens (2-1-1 / 0-0-0) No. 13 / SA Region No. 3

The Ducks once again played a top ten opponent Saturday morning when they faced Johns Hopkins (3-1-1 / 0-0-0) in their Engineering Cup, and once again, they played toe-to-toe with a powerhouse and looked the part themselves. And while once again not getting the win, they were at least able to get a well-earned draw against a bigger, more athletic team by controlling possession, playing aggressive, and being downright feisty. They frustrated the Blue Jays in the final third and took advantage of their opportunities to score a goal in each half. Sophomore Fiona Matthews and junior Kaitlyn Casiano each scored a goal in the 2-2 draw.

No need for overtime dramatics Sunday afternoon when the Ducks took on St. John Fisher (2-2-0 / 0-0-0). Stevens scored one first half goal and three in the second half to pull away from the Cardinals 4-0 in their Engineering Cup tournament. There was a Panko family hat trick, with senior Julia putting in two goals while freshman Olivia added one of her own. Senior Gabby Saade scored her third goal of the year to open the scoring in the seventh minute. The Ducks outshot the Cardinals 25-8 (9-2 SOG) and led in corners 9-2.

Friday night, the Ducks travel to Swarthmore (3-1-0 / 0-0-0) to challenge the Garnet before hosting the Lions of TCNJ (3-0-0 / 0-0-0) Sunday afternoon.

Swarthmore (3-1-0 / 0-0-0) No. 14 / MA Region No. 3

The Garnet traveled to Drew (1-3-0 / 0-0-0) to take on the Rangers Saturday afternoon and came away with a 1-0 victory. Senior Maddy Carens scored the Garnet’s lone goal in the first half, but they weren’t able to add a second despite controlling play for most of the match. The Garnet outshot the Rangers 22-8 (9-2 SOG) and led in corners taken 9-1.

Sunday afternoon, the Garnet stayed in New Jersey and faced the Coast Guard (0-4-0 / 0-0-0) Bears in the Drew Fall Classic. Senior Brittany Weiderhold scored two goals and added an assist in the 3-1 Garnet victory. Sophomore Kim Kockenmeister scored the opening goal for the Garnet before Weiderhold scored the game-winner. The Garnet outshot the Bears 20-12 (9-7 SOG) and held a 5-1 lead in corners.

The Garnet will host two games this week against quality opponents: first, they’ll welcome the Ducks of Stevens (2-1-1 / 0-0-0) Friday night, then bring in the Nittany Lions of Penn State Berks (1-2-0 / 0-0-0) Sunday afternoon.

Scranton (0-1-2 / 0-0-0) NR / MA Region No. 4

The Royals continued to search for that elusive first win Saturday afternoon at home against Vassar (1-1-1 / 0-0-0) but had to settle for a 1-1 draw with the Brewers. Despite outshooting the Brewers 18-12 (9-6 SOG) and leading 4-2 in corners taken, the Royals couldn’t hold the first half lead taken on sophomore Steph Lowery’s ninth-minute goal.

The Royals host Marywood (1-2-0 / 0-0-0) Wednesday night, then travel to Long Island to take on Farmingdale State (2-1-1 / 0-0-0) Saturday afternoon.

Misericordia (3-1-0 / 0-0-0) No. 19 / MA Region No. 5

The Cougars hosted Cortland State (1-2-0 / 0-0-0) Tuesday night and after giving up an early Red Dragon score, held them to a single shot on goal over the remainder of the match while putting in three of their own for the 3-1 win. Sophomore Kate Field, senior Jordyn Martini, and freshman Madelyn Uetz scored for the Cougars. Misericordia outshot Cortland State 20-5 (13-2 SOG) and held a 7-2 advantage in corner kicks.

Misericordia won the battle of the Cougars when they matched up against Kean (2-3-0 / 0-0-0) Friday night. The Pennsylvania Cougars got goals from Devyn Anderson, Kendall Pearage, Jordyn Martini, and Kenzi Pfeifer in the 4-1 win, while senior Jeanna Orfanos added three assists. The PA Cougars outshot the NJ Cougars 21-6 (12-4 SOG) and led in corners 7-1.

The Cougars suffered their first loss of the year Sunday afternoon at home against Farmingdale State (2-1-1 / 0-0-0), dropping a 1-0 decision to the Rams. The Cougars outshot the Rams 18-3 (9-2 SOG) and led in corners 6-1, but couldn’t get any shots past Farmingdale State keeper Daniella Ford, who made eight saves on the day. In case you’re doing the math and see one more shot on goal unaccounted for, the ninth Cougar shot on goal was cleared off the line by a Ram defender. The Cougars had several good looks, but just as many bad breaks to keep them out of the goal.

The Cougars host Lebanon Valley (1-2-0 / 0-0-0) Wednesday night before welcoming their future conference foes Arcadia (4-0-1 / 0-0-0) (who will join the MAC Freedom side in 2020) to Mangelsdorf Field Saturday night.

Arcadia (4-0-1 / 0-0-0) NR / MA Region No. 6

Despite outshooting Ursinus (2-0-1 / 0-0-0) 17-5 (4-2 SOG) Wednesday evening, the Knights couldn’t put one past Bear junior keeper Sabrina Doherty, who stopped all four shots Arcadia put on goal. The 0-0 draw is the third shutout of the season for the Bears, the first time that the team has recorded such a feat. The Knights got five shots from senior Amanda McHugh, while Veronica Garcia, Jules Oswald, and Claire Weisner each had two. Knight junior keeper Brianna Williams made two saves in the shutout.

Friday night, the Knights found themselves playing the Red Hawks of Montclair State (2-0-1 / 0-0-0) for the second time in five days. The stat line read similar to the game five days ago, with the Knights outshooting the Red Hawks 17-4 (7-3 SOG) and leading in corners 6-3, but the final scoreline read much differently. While the Knights walked away 4-1 winners last weekend, they needed overtime to put one by the MSU keeper in a 1-0 victory. Junior Mackenzie Hoffman scored for the Knights in the 91st minute when she poked Erin Vander Plaat’s rebound past the Red Hawk keeper.

Arcadia and Salisbury (2-2-0 / 0-0-0) played a tight game Sunday afternoon, with each team getting off nine shots in the defensive battle. The Knights held a slim 5-3 advantage in shots on goal and, more importantly, a 2-0 lead on the scoreboard. Juniors Erin Vander Plaat and Megan Mannato scored goals for the Knights, with classmate Eva Ruppersberger and Morgan Giordano adding assists. The Knight defense stood tall again, recording their fourth shutout in five games.

The Knights host Cabrini (3-0-0 / 0-0-0), Tuesday night before traveling to Dallas, PA, to face off against the Cougars of Misericordia (3-1-0 / 0-0-0) in a prime time matchup Saturday night.

Dickinson (2-0-2 / 0-0-0) NR / MA Region No. 8

The Red Devils beat Penn State-Berks (1-2-0 / 0-0-0) 1-0 Tuesday night on a senior Rachel Lazris penalty kick in the 15th minute after classmate Addy Zandi was fouled in the box. Dickinson outshot the Nittany Lions 22-6 (12-2 SOG) and held a 12-1 advantage in corner kicks. Sophomore keeper Carli Boyer made her first start and turned away both shots she faced for the shutout win. For the Lions, freshman keeper Leslie Estrada made 11 saves in goal.

On Saturday night, Dickinson battled Virginia Wesleyan (2-1-1 / 0-0-0) to a 1-1 draw in the Captains Classic Tournament at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, VA. Junior Ally Diez headed home a goal just before halftime to give the Red Devils the halftime lead. The Marlins came out strong in the second half, holding Dickinson without a shot for the remainder of regulation and the overtime periods. For the match, the Red Devils were outshot 3-11 (1-4 SOG), but led in corner kicks 5-4.

Sunday night, the Red Devils came away with their second draw of the weekend, holding No. 4 Christopher Newport (4-0-1 / 0-0-0) to a 1-1 deadlock. The Red Devils trailed in shots taken at 12-28 but hung closer with the Captains with shots on goal at 7-10. They also trailed in corner kicks 3-8, but continually frustrated the Captains with tough, physical defense, especially in the final third. First-year Sarah Williams headed one home early in the second half, but the Captains answered with their own goal less than ten minutes later. The Red Devils head home from a tiring (but rewarding) weekend, having played 220 minutes of soccer against quality opponents without suffering a loss.

The Red Devils will host Alvernia (1-1-0 / 0-0-0) Saturday afternoon in their only game of the week.

Susquehanna (2-2-0 / 0-0-0) NR / MA Region No. 9

Against Hartwick (3-1-0 / 0-0-0) Saturday afternoon in the “Mayor’s Cup” Tournament in Oneonta, NY, it was a tale of two halves. The first half was played evenly, with both teams getting off five shots and each keeper making two saves. The second half, however, belonged to the River Hawks, as they outshot the “regular” Hawks 12-5 and put in three for a 3-0 victory. Sophomore Samantha Chillis, senior Hayley Steinmetz, and junior Kate Ross scored goals for the River Hawks while junior keeper Madi Welliver recorded five saves. For the match, the River Hawks outshot Hartwick 17-10 (8-5 SOG) and led 8-2 in corners taken.

On Sunday against Oneonta State (1-1-1 / 0-0-0), the stat line showed the River Hawks in control of the game, leading in shots 22-10 (15-6 SOG) and holding a slight 4-3 lead in corners. However, the “Saves” line of the stat sheet shows the River Hawks trailing the Red Dragons 2-13 in that all-important stat. And in the most important stat of them all, Susquehanna trailed Oneonta State 4-2 on the scoreboard. Sophomore Samantha Chillis scored for the second day in a row and classmate Anna Werner converted a penalty in the 8oth minute, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a three-goal deficit.

The River Hawks take the weekend off, with only a Wednesday afternoon matchup with visiting King’s (2-1-0 / 0-0-0) on the docket.

Week two is in the books. Some great matchups occurred this week, and a few more are coming up before we get into conference play. Let us know if you think someone should be getting some press - is Muhlenberg for real or have they just not faced a quality opponent yet? How about Widener? They’re on our radar, let’s see how they do in the next few weeks.


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Women's MId-Atlantic Review


The weekly Mid-Atlantic Review will survey the Division III women's soccer landscape throughout the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Region consisting of four states but it could be called the Pennsylvania or maybe Quaker region as 43 of the region's 63 schools are located in Pennsylvania. And this excludes the sixteen schools assigned to the Great Lakes region (PAC and AMCC plus Carnegie Mellon and Allegheny). This region features these conferences: Centennial, CSAC, Landmark, MAC Commonwealth, MAC Freedom and the NEAC.

We will look at some of the key match-ups, results, and standout performances, identifying who is trending up and who is trending down each week.

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