Mid-Atlantic Review, Week 7
By D3soccer.com Contributor
Week seven was a real humdinger. Some of the top teams in the region met in important conference games, and in some cases, there were no winners. Two Top-25 matchups yielded two draws. The Centennial Conference race is heating up and will be interesting to watch over the next few weeks, with six teams in the hunt to be the regular season champion. Let’s look back at what the top-ranked teams in the Mid-Atlantic did this past week and what they have going next week:
Messiah (11-1-1 / 2-0-1) D3Soccer.com No. 1 / MA Region No. 1
No. 1 Messiah hosted No. 15 Arcadia (11-1-2 / 2-0-1) Wednesday night and did everything they could to score on the Knights, except put one in the net. The Falcons launched 40 shots with 18 of those being on goal, but the Knights’ defense held. The Falcons were up a player for the last 40 minutes of regulation and 20 minutes of overtime due to an Arcadia red card but couldn’t breakthrough with a goal. These two teams have now played four games in a row that went into double overtime. For the match, the Falcons outshot the Knights 40-6 (18-4 SOG) and took seven corners to the Knights’ one. Falcon keeper Lydia Ewing stopped an Arcadia penalty kick just three minutes into the game and finished with four saves.
The Falcons had a lot less trouble dispatching Widener (10-4 / 1-2-0) Saturday night, ripping the Pride 4-0 in a MAC Commonwealth contest. Senior Brooke Firestone scored twice in the final five minutes of the first half, and freshman Brianna Seip and senior Elle Lengacher added some insurance with goals in the second half. The Falcons put up 27 shots with 18 of those being on goal, while the Pride shot four times with two on target. Pride keeper Ashton Houbary made a career-high 14 saves in the loss.
The Falcons have two MAC Commonwealth games this week, first making the long trip to Lycoming (7-5-1 / 0-2-0) Tuesday afternoon before hosting Lebanon Valley (3-8-0 / 0-3-0) Saturday afternoon for part of Homecoming celebrations.
Johns Hopkins (8-1-4 / 2-0-3) D3Soccer.com No. 7 / MA Region No. 2
When No. 7 Johns Hopkins hosted No. 18 Dickinson (8-1-4 / 4-0-2) Tuesday night, two teams met with identical 7-1-3 records with that lone setback a 1-0 loss to No. 1 Messiah. It only made sense that the teams would leave with their identical records intact, playing to a 2-2 draw after 110 minutes of combat. The game was even for long stretches, rife with physical play. The Blue Jays controlled a majority of the possession in the game, but every time they could finally penetrate the Red Devil defense, Dickinson would answer right back. Alex Damron opened the scoring in the 32nd minute when Maddy Rocks dribbled to the end line and sent a pass back to near the top of the 18-yard box to the waiting Damron, who curled a shot over the keeper. Dickinson was awarded a penalty five minutes later, and keeper Caitlin Hendricks guessed correctly on the resulting kick but couldn’t quite haul in the shot, and it trickled into the net to tie the score. Rachel Jackson powered in a shot at the 67 minute mark, and the Hopkins defense held strong until the 89th minute when the Red Devils were able to capitalize on a miscue that allowed a desperation ball sent in from mid-field to be headed over an onrushing Hendricks and into the net. The defenses dominated play in the overtime periods, and the tired teams seemed resigned to the 2-2 draw. The Blue Jays put up 22 shots, but only put six of those shots on goal, while Dickinson put eight of 12 shots on goal. The Jays took a single corner while Dickinson took three.
The Blue Jays stopped their run of overtime matches against Muhlenberg (6-4-1 / 1-3-1) Saturday afternoon, but just by a few seconds. Senior Emily Maheras converted a penalty kick in the 89th minute to give Hopkins a 2-1 Centennial Conference victory, stopping a string of three straight CC draws. The Blue Jays fell behind in the 35th minute and began an offensive assault that couldn’t penetrate the Mule defense until the 81st minute. Senior Carly Lupton-Smith knocked in a serve off of a free kick to start the Blue Jay comeback in the final ten minutes of regulation. The Blue Jays held a 24-11 shot advantage, but just a slim 8-7 shot-on-goal advantage. Hopkins also slightly trailed in corner kicks taken at 3-5.
Two Centennial Conference matchups this week for the Blue Jays, first at McDaniel (11-2-0 / 5-1-0) Wednesday afternoon, then hosting Swarthmore (8-3-0 / 3-2-0) Saturday night. The last time these two teams met on Homewood Field was last season’s CC playoffs, where the Garnet pummeled the Jays 5-1 to win the conference championship.
Arcadia (11-1-2 / 2-0-1) D3Soccer.com 15 / MA Region No. 3
Arcadia traveled to No. 1 Messiah (11-1-1 / 2-0-1) Wednesday night and had to play for nearly 62 minutes with only ten players. The Knights survived the second half and overtime periods that saw them outshot 30-1 (15-1 SOG) after a Knight defender was given a red card for purposefully bringing down a Falcon as the last defender. Knight junior keeper Brianna Williams picked a great time to have a career night, recording 18 saves in the contest, with several of those being extremely acrobatic and game-saving. The Arcadia defense, playing with ten players, did an excellent job of pressuring the ball and limiting the Falcons’ chances, but Williams was the difference and the reason that they survived to draw 0-0. For the match, the Knights were outshot 6-40 (4-18 SOG) and took only one corner kick compared to seven for the Falcons.
The Knights had no trouble Saturday afternoon when they hosted Lycoming (7-5-1 / 0-2-0), beating the Warriors 3-0 to remain unbeaten in MAC Commonwealth play. Erin Vander Plaat, Morgan Giordano, and Riley Nyhus scored for the Knights, who outshot Lycoming 19-4 (10-2 SOG) and took five corners while the Warriors did not take any.
The Knights are at Alvernia (3-10-0 / 0-3-0) Tuesday night and host Albright (7-5-0 / 1-1-0) Saturday afternoon for two MAC Commonwealth games.
Dickinson (8-1-4 / 4-0-2) D3Soccer.com 18 / MA Region No. 4
Dickinson went into their Centennial Conference match at Johns Hopkins (8-1-4 / 2-0-3) Tuesday night with no fear. Despite not having the best of records at Homewood Field, they are in the midst of an excellent season where they have played on par with some of the best teams in the nation. And, the No. 7 ranked Blue Jays fit the bill as one of those teams. The Red Devils battled back and forth with the Blue Jays and fought back twice to tie the game and send it into overtime, the second instance with less than two minutes remaining in regulation time. First-year Meg Tate scored twice for the Red Devils, the first a penalty conversion that she somehow snuck past the Hopkins keeper, and the second running onto a desperation, last-minute ball sent in from beyond midfield that she headed beautifully over the Jays’ keeper. Each team had a few chances in overtime, and the Red Devils nearly won it, but Tate’s quest for a hat-trick went just inches wide of the goal and diving keeper. The Red Devils were outshot 12-22 by the Blue Jays but put eight shots on goal compared to six for Hopkins. Dickinson also took three corner kicks to one for Johns Hopkins. While their overall records are identical, Dickinson now holds the advantage in conference play with a record of 4-0-2 compared to Hopkins’ 2-0-3 in conference play.
The Red Devils remained unbeaten in Centennial Conference play by defeating Washington College (4-6-2 / 1-4-1) by a score of 2-0 Saturday afternoon. Addy Zandi scored in the sixth minute, and Caleigh Fletcher added an insurance goal in the 61st minute. The Red Devils outshot the Shorewomen 18-4 (9-2 SOG) and took nine corners to one for Washington.
The Red Devils host Penn State-Harrisburg (7-6-1 / 5-1-1) Wednesday night in a non-conference matchup before heading over to Bryn Mawr (5-6-0 / 0-5-0) to get back into Centennial Conference play Saturday afternoon.
Stevens (7-3-1 / 2-0-0) D3Soccer.com No. 24 / SA Region No. 5
Stevens dominated the stat sheet when they hosted Wilkes (4-5-1 / 1-1-0) Saturday afternoon in Hoboken, but they weren’t able to get one past the Colonels’ keeper until the 56th minute when Ally Wanzor blasted one in. Catalina Abusada added a goal in the 79th minute, and the defense had no trouble limiting the Colonel offense. The Ducks held a commanding 19-5 shot advantage (9-2 SOG) and a 7-2 edge in corner kicks.
The Ducks continue with MAC Freedom play when they host FDU-Florham (10-3-1 / 0-2-0) Tuesday night and then head to King’s Saturday evening.
Swarthmore (8-3-0 / 3-2-0) D3Soccer.com No. 23 / MA Region No. 6
The Garnet had no games scheduled this week. Their next game will be hosting a non-conference match with Farmingdale State (7-4-2 / 4-0-0) Monday night before getting back into Centennial Conference play, hosting Bryn Mawr Wednesday afternoon. Saturday night, they return to the scene of the crime, Homewood Field, where they dismembered Johns Hopkins 5-1 last season to win the Centennial Conference championship. This matchup will be near the top of everyone’s “must see” list this weekend.
Gettysburg (9-1-0 / 4-1-0) D3Soccer.com No. 25 / MA Region No. 7
Gettysburg lost their “perfect” status when they hosted Haverford (10-1-1 / 4-0-1) Saturday afternoon in a Centennial Conference contest, falling 0-1 to the Fords. In a game that saw more fouls called (14) than total shots taken (13), each team managed only three shots on goal. The Bullets ended the match holding an 8-5 advantage in shots (3-3 SOG), and 4-2 advantage in corner kicks taken but couldn’t find that elusive tying goal.
The Bullets hit the road this week, traveling all over the Centennial Conference. First, they head to Franklin and Marshall (6-5-1 / 2-4-0) Tuesday afternoon, then take on Muhlenberg (6-4-1 / 1-3-1) at the Mules’ Varsity Field Saturday night.
McDaniel (11-2-0 / 5-1-0) D3Soccer.com RV / MA Region No. 8
McDaniel traveled to Franklin and Marshall (6-5-1 / 2-4-0) Tuesday afternoon for a Centennial Conference matchup and walked away with a 3-0 victory. Sophomore Hanna Schepers scored twice for the Green Terror, and classmate Carly Wetzel scored the other goal. The stat sheet showed a much closer game, with shots being even at nine apiece and McDaniel holding a slight 5-3 advantage in shots on goal. The Green Terror also had a slight edge in corner kicks at 3-1.
The Green Terror took care of Bryn Mawr (5-6-0 / 0-5-0) by the final of 2-0 Saturday afternoon in a Centennial Conference matchup, with Maddie Schwartz scoring the game-winner in the 64th minute. Just over two minutes later, Hannah Schepers scored the insurance, and the defense made sure it held, limiting the Owls to a single shot for the entire game. McDaniel put up 23 total shots, with nine of those being on frame. The Green Terror also took seven corner kicks to a single corner for the Owls.
The Green Terror have two massive conference games this week, first hosting Johns Hopkins (8-1-4 / 2-0-3) Wednesday afternoon, then traveling to Haverford (10-1-1 / 4-0-1) Saturday afternoon.
Haverford (10-1-1 / 4-0-1) D3Soccer.com RV / MA Region No. 9
Haverford continued its’ hot streak by knocking Gettysburg (9-1-0 / 4-1-0) from the ranks of the undefeated Saturday afternoon. First-year Alyssa Saito scored in the 74th minute for the Fords in the Centennial Conference 1-0 victory. Haverford was outshot by the Bullets five to eight, but each team put three shots on goal. The “Haverhawks” are now unbeaten over their last 11 matches.
The Fords play host for two Centennial Conference matchups this week, first welcoming Washington College (4-6-2 / 1-4-1) to town Wednesday afternoon, then the Green Terror of McDaniel (11-2-0 / 5-1-0) Saturday afternoon.
Scranton (6-3-3 / 3-0-0) D3Soccer.com NR / MA Region No. 10
Scranton visited Penn State-Berks (8-6-0 / 6-0-0) in a non-conference matchup Wednesday night and fell 0-1 in overtime to the Nittany Lions. The Royals outshot Penn State-Berks 15-10 (7-2 SOG) but trailed slightly 4-6 on corner kicks. The Royals outshot the Lions 10-5 in the second half, but couldn’t get one past Berks’ keeper Leslie Estrada, who made seven saves on the night.
The Royals remained undefeated in Landmark Conference play by making quick work of Moravian (6-5-0 / 1-2-0) Saturday afternoon, scoring two goals in the first five minutes of the 3-0 victory. Grace Elliott and Hope Drewes scored for the Royals, and a Greyhound own goal in the 81st minute rounded out the scoring. The Royals held a 16-5 shot advantage (8-2 SOG) and an incredible 15-4 advantage in corner kicks.
The Royals hit the road this week for two Landmark Conference matchups, first visiting Drew (5-7-0 / 1-2-0) Wednesday night before heading down to Elizabethtown (7-3-1/ 2-1-0) for a Saturday afternoon game with the Blue Jays.
Watching… and how they did this past week.
DeSales (10-2-1 / 1-0-1): 1 win, 1 tie - Rutgers-Camden 3-0; Eastern 2-2
Susquehanna (9-3-1 / 2-1-0): 1 win, 1 loss - Penn College 3-0; Catholic 0-1
FDU-Florham (10-3-1 / 0-2-0): 1 win, 1 loss - St. Joseph 8-0; Misericordia 0-1
Cabrini (9-2-2 / 1-0-1): 1 win, 1 tie - Neumann 4-0; Immaculata 0-0
Wow, what a week that week seven turned out to be. Some great matchups that showed just how evenly matched the talent in this region has become. No team is guaranteed a win; they have to earn it. These next few weeks are “make or break”, “do or die”, “all or nothing”, or however else you want to say it. The playoffs are right around the corner. It’s the middle of October, for goodness sakes!
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