Mid-Atlantic Review, Week 11
By D3soccer.com Contributor
The NCAA Championship Tournament field has been set. Few real surprises for the Mid-Atlantic Region, and several schools in the region will square off against each other early on. With so many “favorites” around the nation getting upset in their conference tournaments, there weren’t that many at-large bids to go around. Let’s take a look at where our top teams in the region will be playing...and who will be staying at home.
Messiah (18-1-1 / 7-0-1) D3Soccer.com No. 1 / MA Region No. 1
No. 1-ranked and seeded Messiah hosted #4 seed Albright (12-8-0 / 5-3-0) Thursday night for a MAC Commonwealth semifinal game, their 20th straight Commonwealth semifinal match where they carried in a 19-0-0 record in those games. When the Falcons and Lions met a few weeks ago in conference play, the Falcons squeaked out a 2-1 victory, where the Lions scored their first-ever goal against the Falcons. Messiah’s defense made sure no such indignation occurred again, as they held the Lions to three shots, none of them on target.The offense, meanwhile, put up 44 shots with 19 of those on target in a 6-0 rout. Sunny Gelnovatch opened the scoring and added another in the second half, while Maddie Kohl added two of her own. Falcons Lindsay Haseltine and Shelby Burger each scored a goal. The Falcons led in corners taken 14-1.
Messiah hosted #2 seed Arcadia (15-3-3 / 5-1-2) Saturday afternoon in the MAC Commonwealth Championship game, the fifth straight time that the two have met for the title. The previous meeting this season between the two was a Falcon-dominated affair everywhere but the scoreboard, with Messiah putting up 40 shots while holding the Knights to just 6. But, at the end of that game (thanks to a tremendous defensive effort by the entire Arcadia team), the scoreboard read 0-0. This time, the match was much more even statistically, with Messiah holding a slim 17-12 shot advantage (8-3 SOG) and trailing five to seven in corner kicks. What would appear to be another dead heat was actually a 3-0 Falcon win. The championship is their 17th MAC Commonwealth title and makes them the recipient of the automatic bid to the NCAA Championship Tournament. Brooke Firestone opened the scoring in the first half and Korinne Kovatch added two second-half insurance goals.
With the MAC Commonwealth’s automatic berth, the Falcons will host...[read more]