September 30, 2019

Mid-Atlantic Review, Week 5

By Contributor

Believe it or not, we are at the halfway point of the 2019 soccer regular season. Conference play has started for most teams, while a few are wrapping up non-conference bouts. Quite a few surprises this week and draws seem to be the rage for some teams. There will be shake-ups in the Top 25, but nothing like last week, where several voting members had to be hospitalized while trying to fill out their Top 25 ballots (KIDDING, but it was a tough week).

Messiah (8-1-0 / 0-0-0) No. 1 / MA Region No. 1

At first glance, it would appear that Messiah started their game at Marymount (1-7-1 / 0-0-0) slowly by the halftime score of 0-0, but in reality, they peppered the Saints’ keeper with 15 shots, 12 of which were on goal. Saints’ sophomore keeper Maia Pappadakis stopped that dozen and eight more in the second half to haul in a career-high 20 saves. The Messiah keeper, sophomore Courtney Dunlop, had a much more relaxed night, not having to record a single save as the Falcon defense held the Saints to one, first-half, off-target shot. The Falcons broke through early in the second half on Ellie Lengacher’s game-winner, with Sunny Gelnovatch, Rachael Tirjan, Kylie Firestone, and Rebecca Ritchie adding insurance. For the match, the Falcons took 34 shots to one for the Saints (25-0 SOG) and took 13 corner kicks without their opponents registering a single one.

The Falcons avoided the dreaded first-week curse of being No. 1 and emerged unscathed when they visited Misericordia (4-3-2 / 0-0-0) Saturday night and took the Cougars down 3-1. Senior All-American Brooke Firestone led the way with two goals, and classmate Ellie Lengacher opened the scoring in the ninth minute with a beautiful turn at the top of the 18-yard box, striking a hard, low shot past the diving Cougar keeper. The Cougar offense couldn’t mount any serious threat other than sneaking a long shot past keeper Lydia Ewing in the 72nd minute. That shot was the only real offense, as the Falcon defense limited Misericordia to five shots, three of which were on goal. The Falcons took 21 shots, 14 of which were on target and took the only two corner kicks of the game.

The Falcons will host No. 21 Dickinson (6-0-3 / 2-0-1) Wednesday night in their last non-conference match, and open MAC Commonwealth play by hosting Alvernia (3-6-0 / 0-0-0) Saturday evening on Shoemaker Field.

Johns Hopkins (7-1-2 / 1-0-1) No. 4 / MA Region No. 2

For the second time in as many games, John Hopkins made history. In their last match, they celebrated Coach Leo Weil’s 400th victory with the Blue Jays. On Saturday against Washington College (4-3-2 / 1-1-1), they made a different kind of history, the kind that you really don’t want to experience. For the first time ever, they didn’t defeat Washington College, playing them to a double-overtime scoreless stalemate. It was also the first time since 2012 that the Blue Jays have been held scoreless in a Centennial Conference game. The 0-0 draw also ended their 21 game CC winning streak. Again, not the kind of history the Jays wanted to be a part of on Saturday. Hopkins dominated the statistics, outshooting the Shorewomen 22-1 (9-0 SOG) and taking ten corner kicks, while Washington took none. The Blue Jays recorded all of their shots during regulation and couldn’t muster any in the overtime periods. The all-time series between the two schools now stands at 20-0-1 in favor of Hopkins.

The Blue Jays will have just a single game this week, traveling to Haverford (8-1-0 / 2-0-0) Saturday afternoon to face the Fords in Centennial Conference play.

Arcadia (9-1-1 / 0-0-0) 17 / MA Region No. 3

Arcadia squared off against Drew (4-4-0 / 1-0-0) Tuesday night at home and came away with a 2-0 victory. Bridget Sway and Magan Mannato provided goals in the first half for the Knights, and the defense kept the clean sheet, holding the Rangers to only five shots in the contest. The defense now has eight shutouts in ten matches this season, ranking them 6th in the nation with a 0.263 Goals-Against Average. The Knights put up 20 shots, eight of those on goal, while only allowing Drew to fire off three shots on goal total.

The Knights suffered their first setback of the season Saturday afternoon against Stevens (5-3-1/ 0-0-0), falling in double overtime 0-1. The Knights gave up their first goal since September 1, and Arcadia keeper Brianna Williams had gone seven consecutive appearances without surrendering a goal. The Knights were outshot by a slim 14-16 margin, with both teams putting four shots on frame. Corner kicks were 6-5, with Arcadia leading the way. The game was very physical, with 28 fouls being whistled and five yellow cards issued.

The Knights have a single match this week against Lebanon Valley (3-4-0 / 0-0-0), hosting the Dutchmen to open MAC Commonwealth play.

Dickinson (6-0-3 / 2-0-1) 21 / MA Region No. 4

Dickinson hosted Franklin & Marshall (4-3-1/ 1-2-0) Wednesday night in a Centennial Conference matchup and came away with a 2-0 shutout victory. First-year Meg Tate scored the game-winner in the 66th minute, and junior Kyra Thomas added an insurance goal in the 79th minute. The Red Devil defense gave keeper Carli Boyer the birthday present of holding the Diplomats to just three shots, all of which the sophomore saved. The Red Devils outshot the Diplomats 11-3 (8-3 SOG) and held the edge in corners at 10-2.

The Red Devils traveled to Muhlenberg (4-3-1 / 0-2-1) Saturday afternoon and despite controlling possession, shots, and corner kicks, went into double overtime for the fourth time this year. For the third time, the Red Devils failed to garner a decision in the contest and had to settle for a 0-0 scoreless draw. Dickinson put up 25 shots to the Mules’ eight (14-5 SOG) and held a 7-3 lead in corner kicks. The Red Devils dominated regulation, outshooting the Mules 20-5, but overtime proved to be much tighter, with Dickinson holding a slight edge in shots at 5-3.

The Red Devils travel to No. 1 Messiah (8-1-0 / 0-0-0) Wednesday night in an important non-conference regional matchup. The Red Devils then host Ursinus (3-4-1 / 0-2-0) Saturday afternoon to continue with Centennial Conference play.

Misericordia (4-3-2 / 0-0-0) RV / MA Region No. 5

Misericordia may have gotten caught “looking ahead” a bit to their big weekend match when they traveled to Susquehanna (6-2-1 / 1-0-0) Wednesday night, and the River Hawks are not a team to be overlooked. After helping to topple the old No. 1 William Smith by tying them in Geneva last week, the Cougars knew they get another shot at a new No. 1 on Mangelsdorf Field Saturday night. However, the River Hawks wanted a chance at the “giant-killers” first. Susquehanna outshot the Cougars in every period except the second overtime to finish with a 17-15 (11-7 SOG) shot advantage and 6-3 edge in corner kicks over the Cougars. The River Hawks scored first in the 39th minute and held the Cougars off until a penalty kick was awarded in the 73rd minute to Misericordia. Junior Jordyn Martini converted the penalty for the Cougars, who then held off a frenzied Susquehanna attack that launched six shots in the final thirteen minutes. The Cougars outshot the River Hawks 4-3 in the extra sessions, but neither team could score and the game ended in a 1-1 draw.

Not many teams have to face the No. 1 ranked team in the nation ten days after tying a different No. 1 nationally ranked team, but the Cougars found themselves in that unique position this weekend. This time did not go as well as the last, as the Cougars struggled at home against Messiah (8-1-0 / 0-0-0) Saturday night, dropping a 3-1 decision to the No. 1 ranked Falcons. Cougar keeper Alexis Benedetto made 11 saves in goal, but Misericordia struggled to generate offense against the Falcon defense. In the 72nd minute, sophomore Michaela Fasolino struck a beautiful ball from about 25 yards out past the diving Falcon keeper to pull the Cougars back within two, but the offense could not mount any serious threat for the remainder of the match. The Cougars were outshot 5-21 (3-14 SOG) and did not take any corner kicks, while Messiah attempted two.

The Cougars have just one game this week, hosting the first big showdown with the other powerhouse in the MAC Freedom, Stevens (5-3-1 / 0-0-0) Saturday night. This may very well be a “must win” for the Cougars to stay ranked in the region.

Swarthmore (6-3-0 / 1-2-0) No. 17 / MA Region No. 6

Swarthmore traveled to Ursinus (3-4-1 / 0-2-0) Wednesday night and beat the Bears 1-0 in a Centennial Conference contest. Junior Sophia Stills scored the game’s lone goal in the 50th minute. It was Stills’ first game back since being injured in a game on Sept. 1. The Garnet outshot the Bears by a 14-5 (6-2 SOG) margin, and took 12 corners, while the Bears’ took only one.

Saturday afternoon at McDaniel (7-2-0 / 0-0-0), the Garnet appeared to be cruising to an easy victory, up 3-1 nearly halfway through the second half when the Green Terror mounted a furious comeback to tie the game in regulation and then win it in the second overtime period. Senior Brittany Weiderhold scored two goals and classmate Sydney Covitz added one in the second half, but the Garnet offense could not put in the game-winner. Swarthmore outshot McDaniel 17-15 (7-9 SOG) and held a slim 9-8 edge in corner kicks. Each team put up three shots on goal in the overtime periods.

The Garnet have two Centennial Conference matches this week, first traveling to Washington College (4-3-2 / 1-1-1) Wednesday night, then returning home to host Franklin and Marshall (4-3-1 / 1-2-0) Saturday afternoon.

Stevens (5-3-1 / 0-0-0) No. RV / SA Region No. 7

Stevens handled Vassar (4-4-1 / 1-0-0) Tuesday night at home by the final of 4-1. Four different Ducks scored in the win - Fiona Matthews, Olivia Panko, Gabby Saade, and Ally Wanzor all put one in the back of the net. The Brewers tied the game in the 19th minute after the Ducks had scored in the fourth minute on Matthews’ offering, but Stevens re-took the lead before the half on Panko’s 36th minute goal. Saade and Wanzor added second-half insurance goals for the Ducks to win it 4-1. The Ducks held a 21-14 shot lead (6-4 SOG) and held a slight 6-4 edge in corners taken.

The Ducks picked up a much-needed quality win against a Top 25 opponent when they hosted No. 13 Arcadia (9-1-1 / 0-0-0) in Hoboken Saturday afternoon. The Ducks took the previously unbeaten Knights to double overtime before sophomore Fiona Matthews sent a change-up past the Arcadia keeper. The Knight goalie was fooled by the pace of the shot, misjudging the speed and dove to her left past the ball, which then trickled into the net behind her. The Ducks controlled much of the play, especially in overtime, with the Knights relying on counter attacks. Stevens took 16 shots to 14 for Arcadia, with each team putting four on target. The game was especially physical, with 28 fouls being called and five yellow cards issued.

Stevens will open MAC Freedom Conference play with their new conference rival, Misericordia (4-3-2 / 0-0-0) Saturday night in Dallas, PA. This is a critical matchup for both teams, as the winner of the match will not only control the conference but will get a leg up in the regional rankings.

Haverford (8-1-0 / 2-0-0) NR / MA Region No. 8

When Muhlenberg (4-3-1 / 0-2-1) started the season 4-0 without giving up a goal, they made my “Watch List” - teams to keep an eye on. Since then, they’ve gone 0-3 and have not scored a goal. The Fords further exposed Muhlenberg Wednesday night, dominating the Mules by a score of 3-0 while racking up 21 shots (13 on goal) and holding the Mules to six (2 on goal). They also took seven corners to the Mules’ one. The Fords have now gone six matches without allowing a goal and won their seventh consecutive game, matching a team record set in 2005.

The Fords traveled to Franklin and Marshall (4-3-1 / 1-2-0) Saturday afternoon and won 4-0, keeping their current eight-game winning streak alive and recording their seventh consecutive shutout, both school records. Senior Leanne Ludwick had a career day, scoring two goals and assisting on the game-winner, while Kendra Griesman and Saede Eifrig scored lone goals. Haverford held statistical advantages in shots taken at 14-7 (7-3 SOG) and in corners taken at five to four. The Fords have not conceded a goal in the last 723:59 of playing time, minutes that go back to opening weekend.

The Fords have a chance to impress the voters this week as they continue with Centennial Conference play, hosting Johns Hopkins (7-1-2 / 1-0-1) Saturday afternoon. A win against the Blue Jays could give the Fords a big boost into breaking into the national rankings

Gettysburg (8-0-0 / 2-0-0) RV / MA Region No. 9

Gettysburg faced a stiff test Wednesday afternoon at McDaniel (7-2-0 / 2-1-0), squaring off against the other newly-ranked team in the region. The game was a fairly even, defensive struggle with each side getting off just three shots on goal. Sophomore Erika Muskus snuck one past the Green Terror keeper in the 36th minute, and the defense made it stick, playing a tough, physical brand of “D” to post their second straight shutout. The Bullets were outshot by the Green Terror 8-13 (3-3 SOG) but held a 4-0 advantage in corner kicks. The Bullets were also whistled for 12 fouls in the match to McDaniel’s three.

The Bullets had no problems taking care of Ursinus (3-4-1 / 0-2-0) Saturday afternoon, scoring two goals in the first half and adding an insurance goal in the second for a 3-0 win. The Bullet defense held the Bears to no shots in the contest while putting up 12 of their own with 6 of those being on frame. Erika Muskus scored twice while assisting on Molly O’Shea’s score, scoring the game-winner at the 12-minute mark. The Bullets also took the only corner kicks of the game, seven in total.

The Bullets will host Bryn Mawr (5-3-0 / 0-2-0) Saturday afternoon in a Centennial Conference showdown in Gettysburg, their only match this week.

McDaniel (7-2-0 / 2-1-0) RV / MA Region No. 10

McDaniel hosted Gettysburg (8-0-0 / 2-0-0) Wednesday afternoon and came out on the wrong end of a 0-1 decision. The first half was an even affair, with each team getting off five shots. While the Green Terror got off two shots on goal to the Bullets one, that one Bullet shot slipped past the McDaniel keeper to give Gettysburg a 1-0 halftime lead. The Green Terror put the pressure on in the second half, and despite outshooting the Bullets 8-3, could not even the score. For the game, the Green Terror outshot the Bullets 13-8 (3-3 SOG) but did not take a single corner kick, while the Bullets took four. This match marked the first of the season where the Green Terror were shut out.

The Green Terror didn’t panic on Saturday when they found themselves down 1-3 to Swarthmore (6-3-0 / 1-2-0) halfway through the second half. They slowly took control of the game and fought their way back, tying the match in regulation and winning it on Maddie Schwartz’s golden goal in the 106th minute of play. Schwartz scored in the first half to tie the game at one, while Kathryn Dixon and Kristen Worry scored second half goals in the comeback. The Green Terror were outshot 15-17 for the game but held a 9-7 shots-on-goal advantage. They also trailed slightly in corners taken at eight to nine.

The Green Terror will travel to Albright (6-3-0 / 0-0-0) Wednesday evening for a non-conference match and then return to Centennial Conference play Saturday afternoon, hosting Washington College (4-3-2 / 1-1-1).

Watching: (and how they fared this week)

FDU-Florham (8-1-1 / 0-0-0): 1 loss - Albright 1-2

Widener (8-2-0 / 0-0-0): 2 wins - Cabrini 1-0; Gwynedd-Mercy 5-1

DeSales (7-2-0 / 0-0-0): 1 win - Hood 4-1

So, there you have it - week five in the books. We really are at the halfway point. Hard to believe for seniors and their parents. Week five in the Mid-Atlantic was the last of the non-conference bouts (for the most part). We’ll be settling into the matches with old familiar foes now - the ones we see every year in conference play. The leaves are turning, the air is getting a bit chillier for night games, and concession stands are stocking up on hot chocolate for all those chilled fans. It’s time for conference play!


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