Mid-Atlantic Review, Week 4
By D3soccer.com Contributor
Some teams are squeezing in those last few non-conference games, while others have already started their conference slate. Misericordia made a statement that the voters shouldn’t give up on them quite yet. Hopkins celebrated a historic milestone for Coach Weil, while Dickinson beat the odds once again. Stevens finally got a quality result against a Mid-Atlantic stalwart.
Let’s take a look at what happened around the Mid-Atlantic Region this week...
Messiah (6-1-0 / 0-0-0) D3Soccer.com No. 4 / MA Region No. 1
Messiah took the week off and only had a Saturday afternoon game. They looked well rested and came out fast, wasting no time against Denison (2-4-3 / 0-0-0). The Falcons scored goals on their first two shots of the game and then pounded in four on their first seven shots. The stunned Big Red found themselves down 4-0 in just the 34th minute, but settled down after that and held the Falcons scoreless the rest of the way. The Falcons got two goals from senior Brooke Firestone, and singles from junior Maddie Kohl and sophomore Mallory Johnson. Senior Ellie Lengacher added two assists. The Falcons outshot the Big Red 20-2 (with 11 of those being on goal) and took six corners to Denison’s one. The Falcon defense held Denison to zero shots on goal.
The Falcons go out on the road this week, first to Marymount (1-5-1 / 0-0-0) Wednesday night before heading up to visit the Cougars of Misericordia (4-2-1 / 0-0-0) for a Saturday night prime time matchup.
Johns Hopkins (7-1-1 / 1-0-0) D3Soccer.com No. 6 / MA Region No. 2
In Reading, PA, on Wednesday night, the Blue Jays finished their non-conference slate with a 4-2 victory over Penn State-Berks (3-5-0 / 2-0-0). Senior Emily Maheras scored the opening two goals of the game, while freshman Jenny Zwerling and junior Riley O’Toole added goals of their own at the 34th minute and 48th minute, respectively. The Blue Jays outshot the Nittany Lions 24-12 (12-7 SOG) and led 9-3 in corners taken.
For the second time this season, a Mid-Atlantic women’s soccer head coach has won his 400th game. Hopkins’ Leo Weil celebrated his 400th win at the helm of Johns Hopkins Women’s Soccer in his 28th season with the team. He has been with the team since the inception of the program in 1992 and has posted a 400-119-40 record. The Blue Jays started the celebration early against Bryn Mawr (4-2-0 / 0-1-0) Saturday afternoon, playing in front of their home crowd for the first time this season. They scored four first-half goals and didn’t let their foot off the gas, cruising to a 6-0 victory over the Owls. Riley O’Toole scored twice for Hopkins, and Emily Maheras, Rachel Jackson, Abigail Gerdes, and Jackie Tait each scored a goal. The Blue Jays outshot the Owls 25-1 (12-0 SOG) and took 10 corners, while limiting the Owls to one. Congratulations to Coach Weil and the Blue Jays from all of us here at D3Soccer.com on your historic achievement!
The Blue Jays only have a single game this week, waiting until the weekend to travel to Washington College (3-3-1 / 0-1-0) Saturday night.
Swarthmore (5-2-0 / 0-1-0) D3Soccer.com No. 12 / MA Region No. 3
As the song goes, “If it weren’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all”, so it went for Swarthmore Saturday afternoon against Dickinson (5-0-2 / 1-0-0). The Garnet had several opportunities to score against the Red Devils, but misfortune took hold each time until they ran out of time and Dickinson scored one of their own. During regulation, Swarthmore outshot Dickinson 13-4 and had several good chances, but the shots were either saved, missed, or hit metal. Moments prior to Dickinson’s Golden Goal in 2OT, it appeared that senior Brittany Weiderhold was going to win it for the Garnet, as she came in on the left side and blasted a shot that the Red Devil keeper saved with a diving effort. Dickinson then countered, slowly working their way down the length of the field to score the game-winner in the 108th minute. For the match, the Garnet outshot the Red Devils 15-6 (4-3 SOG) with each team attempting three corners.
The Garnet hit the road this week for two matches, first visiting Ursinus (3-2-1 / 0-1-0) Wednesday night before traveling to McDaniel (6-1-0 / 1-0-0) for a Saturday afternoon game.
Arcadia (8-0-1 / 0-0-0) D3Soccer.com 17 / MA Region No. 4
Wednesday afternoon, the Knights battled Rowan (4-3-0 / 1-0-0) at home to garner a tough 1-0 victory and stay unbeaten on the year. Senior Karlie Flowers sent in a shot from the top of the 18 that beat the Profs’ keeper in the 75th minute. The game was a typical physical Rowan-Arcadia matchup, with nearly as many fouls whistled (16) as shots taken (17). The Knights outshot the Profs 12-5 (6-4 SOG) and took three corners to the Profs’ two. Junior keeper Brianna Williams recorded her sixth shutout of the season, making four saves.
The Knights continued to roll on Saturday afternoon against Wilkes (2-3-1 / 0-0-0), using dominant defense and opportunistic offense to stuff the Colonels 3-0. The Knights held the Colonels to one shot on goal, two shots total, and no shots in the second half. Riley Nyhus scored the game-winner, while Erin Vander Plaat and Gabby Rhoads added insurance goals. All of the Knights goals were scored in the second half. The Knights recorded their seventh shutout of the season in the nine games they’ve played.
The Knights will host Drew (3-3-0 / 0-0-0) Tuesday night before traveling to Stevens (3-3-1 / 0-0-0) for a Saturday afternoon matchup of Top 25 teams.
Misericordia (4-2-1 / 0-0-0) D3Soccer.com RV / MA Region No. 5
Not many teams can claim a non-losing record against William Smith (4-1-1 / 0-0-0), but after Wednesday afternoon’s 0-0 double overtime draw with the Herons, the Cougars stand at a career 1-1-1 with the current unanimous No. 1 team in the nation. After stunning the Herons last season in Dallas, PA, the Cougars traveled to the Finger Lakes and may have limited the newly-crowned No. 1’s reign at one week (we’ll have to see what the voters think next week). Despite getting outshot 9-22 (1-6 SOG) and only taking three corners to the Herons’ seven, the Cougars kept the clean sheet, thanks mostly to junior keeper Alexis Benedetto, who saved all six shots she faced.
Saturday night at Moravian (4-3-0 / 0-0-0), the Cougars again struggled to get off shots, only managing nine for the entire game. But, this time they made them count and put two of those shots into the net for a 2-1 win. All of the scoring came in the first half, with the Greyhounds garnering the first goal in the 16th minute and the Cougars answering just a minute later. Sophomore Kendall Pearage scored the tying tally and junior Devyn Anderson scored the game-winner in the 25th minute. Both defenses dug in for the rest of the match and kept clean sheets the rest of the way. The Cougars outshot the Greyhounds 9-5 (6-3 SOG) and held a 4-2 lead in corners taken.
The Cougars travel to Susquehanna (5-2-0 / 0-0-0) Wednesday night before hosting Messiah (6-1-0 / 0-0-0) Saturday night.
Dickinson (5-0-2 / 1-0-0) D3Soccer.com RV / MA Region No. 6
Tuesday night, the Red Devils traveled to Shenandoah (5-3-0 / 1-0-0) and came away with a hard-fought 2-0 win in a relatively even contest. Dickinson got goals from first-year Meg Tate, scoring what proved to be the eventual game-winner at the 25 minute mark, and senior Addy Zandi adding an insurance goal in the 80th. The Red Devils were outshot 9-11 (5-6 SOG) while holding a 4-3 advantage in corner kicks. Sophomore keeper Carli Boyer made five saves in the shutout win.
The Red Devils have played a lot of soccer this season, having now gone to double overtime three times. The good news - they haven’t lost any of them. The better news - they’re doing it against quality opponents. On Saturday at No. 12 Swarthmore (5-2-0 / 0-1-0), they took their third regionally-ranked team to double overtime and despite once again being outshot by their opponent, came away with a golden-goal winner in the 108th minute. The Red Devil defense confined the Garnet to mostly inert shots, and sophomore keeper Boyer did the rest, making four saves on the day. None was more important than the final one, where she made a diving save to thwart a Garnet chance and held onto the ball so there was no rebound opportunity to an onrushing Garnet forward. The Red Devils got the game-winner a few minutes later when senior Addy Zandi received a throw in and took it down the right side, sending in a cross to sophomore Jessica Kiefer, who tucked her shot into the left side of the net past the diving Garnet keeper. The Red Devils were outshot on the day 6-15 (3-4 SOG), with each team taking three corner kicks.
The Red Devils continue with Centennial Conference play this week, hosting Franklin & Marshall (4-1-1 / 1-0-0) Wednesday night before traveling to Muhlenberg (4-2-0 / 0-1-0) Saturday afternoon.
Stevens (3-3-1 / 0-0-0) D3Soccer.com No. 25 / SA Region No. 7
At Scranton (1-2-3 / 0-0-0) on Saturday afternoon, the Ducks jumped out to an early two goal lead and made it stand, coming away with a hard-fought 2-1 victory. Senior Julia Panko scored in the second minute and classmate Gabby Saade scored in the 19th minute with the eventual game-winner. The Royals cut the lead to one in the 35th minute, but the Ducks' defense would not allow an equalizer. Stevens outshot the Royals 11-10 (8-4 SOG) and held a six to three advantage in corner kicks. The win halted the Ducks’ two-game losing streak during a stretch where they went 1-3-1.
The Ducks host two games this week, bringing Vassar (3-3-1 / 0-0-0) to Hoboken Tuesday night and Arcadia (8-0-1 / 0-0-0) in on Saturday.
Haverford (6-1-0 / 0-0-0) D3Soccer.com NR / MA Region No. 8
The Fords throttled Immaculata (2-6-0 / 0-0-0) by a score of 5-0 Tuesday afternoon, taking 30 shots to the Mighty Macs’ four (17-0 SOG). The Fords got two goals and two assists from first-year Celia Page, while junior Saede Eifrig, senior Leanne Ludwick, and junior Lauren Nguyen each scored lone goals. The Fords held an 8-4 advantage in corner kicks, while Mighty Mac sophomore keeper Brooke Shissler recorded 12 saves in the contest.
The Fords scored three first half goals against Alvernia (3-4-0 / 0-0-0) and no more, settling for a 3-0 win and a 6-1-0 record heading into Centennial Conference play. Senior Leanne Ludwick, junior Saede Eifrig, and sophomore Jaclyn Corbin scored goals for the Fords. The Fords outshot the Golden Wolves 26-2 (14-1 SOG) and took nine corners, while Alvernia did not attempt any. In the “strange stat” category, the Fords were whistled for offsides 19 times. Yep, you read that right - nineteen.
The Fords will host Muhlenberg (4-2-0 / 0-1-0) Tuesday afternoon before going to Franklin and Marshall (4-1-1 / 1-0-0) Saturday afternoon.
Gettysburg (6-0-0 / 1-0-0) D3Soccer.com NR / MA Region No. 9
Wednesday afternoon against York (Pa.) (2-5-0 / 0-0-0), the Bullets ran their record to 5-0 for the first time since 1993 with a 4-1 victory. The Bullets got four goals from four different players, while outshooting the Spartans 14-7 (9-5 SOG) and took four corners to York’s three. Freshman Grace Slevin scored for the Bullets, along with the sophomore trio of Kelly Gaudian, Emma Bedell, and Molly O’Shea.
The Bullets stayed perfect on the season at Washington College (3-3-1 / 0-1-0) Saturday afternoon in a defensive struggle where fouls were nearly double the number of shots taken. Senior Charlotte Cenatiempo scored her fourth goal of the year and the game-winner for the Bullets in the 63rd minute. The defense made it stand, shutting down the Shorewomen and not allowing a single shot in the final 30 minutes. The Bullets outshot the Shorewomen 13-6 (5-2 SOG) and held a slight edge in corners at 4-3. Thirty fouls were whistled in the contest, with Gettysburg leading(?) with 18 called against them.
The Bullets travel to face the Green Terror of McDaniel (6-1-0 / 1-0-0) Wednesday afternoon before hosting Ursinus (3-2-1 / 0-1-0) Saturday afternoon.
Moravian (4-3-0 / 0-0-0) D3Soccer.com NR / MA Region No. 10
The Greyhounds rallied from a goal down to beat Albright (4-3-0 / 0-0-0) by a final of 2-1 Wednesday night. The Greyhounds fell behind in the 30th minute when the Lions scored off a corner kick, but junior Sara Cassel answered in the 37th minute to even the score. The Greyhounds moved ahead when senior Paige Weiss headed in a Megan Chesney corner kick. Moravian took 12 shots to Albright’s seven (5-3 SOG) and held a slight edge in corners taken at 6-4.
The Greyhounds hosted Misericordia (4-2-1 / 0-0-0) Saturday night and hoped to catch the Cougars tired and beat up from their double overtime scoreless draw with No. 1 William Smith. The Greyhounds scored first in the 16th minute when junior Val Monaco blasted one past a diving Cougar keeper, but Misericordia answered right back just a minute later. The Cougars added another before halftime to take a 2-1 lead into the intermission. Both defenses stiffened in the second half, where the teams combined for just four shots. The Greyhounds trailed 5-9 in total shots (3-6 SOG) and took only two corners to the Cougars’ four.
The Greyhounds travel south to face Stevenson (1-5-1 / 0-0-0) Wednesday night before returning home to host Juniata (1-4-2 / 0-0-0) Saturday afternoon.
FDU-Florham (8-0-1 / 0-0-0): 2 Wins - Manhattanville 9-0; Alvernia 2-1
McDaniel (6-1-0 / 1-0-0) 2 Wins - Stevenson 1-0; Ursinus 1-0
Well, here we go. It’s conference play time. Time to line up across from those old familiar foes and battle it out. You know each other so well. For 90 minutes, your mortal enemy will be riding up your back, putting an elbow to your ribs, running through your follow through. Once the final whistle blows, you’ll shake hands and wish each other luck. But for now, it’s game time. It’s conference play. It’s do or die. It’s time to start jockeying for playoff positioning. Believe it or not, it’s time to start thinking about the playoffs.
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