September 12, 2018

South Atlantic Week in Review- Week 2

By Contributor

 Welcome back to the South Atlantic Review.  We continue this week covering the teams that finished last season ranked in the region and make a very deserving addition to the group.  The second week of the regular season is complete and this region saw some big games with national ranking implications. Let’s get right into it.

TCNJ (2-0-0)

 On Wednesday night, the Lions hosted the Lions of Penn State-Berks.  The Jersey Lions dominated play against the PA Lions, outshooting them 26-3 and leading in corners 12-0.  Despite the lopsided stat sheet, it was a 0-0 draw at halftime. TCNJ finally broke through in the second half with a Taylor Nolan header, and Haley Bodden added an insurance goal in the 80th minute.  On Sunday, the Lions were to travel to Bethlehem, PA to take on the Moravian Greyhounds, but the game was cancelled due to inclement weather. No details have been announced regarding a makeup date.

 The Lions stay on the road this week, traveling to Baltimore to take on Johns Hopkins in an important Wednesday night game that will have an impact on national rankings.  They have little time to recover, as they begin NJAC conference play Saturday at the Rutgers-Newark Scarlet Raiders.

Lynchburg (3-1-0)

 The Hornets participated in the Roanoke Maroon’s Invitational Soccer Showcase Tournament this weekend, taking on Carnegie Mellon Saturday and the Adrian Bulldogs on Sunday.  On Saturday, in one of the most anticipated games in the region, the Hornets faced off against the Tartans and the match lived up to the hype. In a closely-contested match where both teams took 6 shots and 3 corners, Carnegie Mellon was the team that took advantage of their only corner kick in the first half. The Tartans took a 1-0 lead on an Emily Tolmer goal in the 32nd minute.  Lynchburg battled back in the second half, outshooting the Tartans 5-1, but could not draw even, eventually falling 0-1. Sunday, the Hornets got back to their winning ways against the Adrian Bulldogs. They outshot the Bulldogs 13-3 in the first half, but found themselves knotted in a 1-1 tie at halftime. They continued to press in the second half and eventually broke through in the 78th minute, when Hannah Olds and Caitlin Mertens scored goals within a minute of each other to ensure the 3-1 win.

 This week, the Hornets participate in another tournament, this one in Sewanee, TN, where they’ll take on the Emory Eagles on Saturday and the Sewanee Tigers on Sunday.

Christopher Newport (3-0-0)

 Christopher Newport traveled to Carlisle, PA, Wednesday, to take on Dickinson.  The Captains beat the Red Devils 3-1, outshooting them 15-4 on the afternoon. The Captains’ defense shut down the Red Devil offense, which had been averaging 5.5 goals a game coming into the match.  The Red Devils couldn’t even manage that many shots against the Captains’ defense.  On Sunday afternoon, the Captains squared off against Johns Hopkins.  The teams battled against each other, but especially battled Mother Nature .  The game was delayed, moved to a new venue, started, stopped, delayed, and eventually postponed.  Johns Hopkins led 1-0 at the time of stoppage, but by rule, the game will be restarted and played in its entirety.  No date has been announced for the replay. Stay tuned for details, as we will definitely provide them for this important regional match-up.

 This week, the Captains have the Virginia Wesleyan Marlins at home Wednesday night before heading off to Pennsylvania to take on the Flying Dutchmen of Lebanon Valley.

Virginia Wesleyan (2-2-0)

 The Marlins squared off against Salisbury Tuesday night on the Seagulls’’ home pitch.  The Marlins scored two goals in the first half and the defense did the rest, keeping the Gulls off the scoreboard in the 2-0 victory.  The Marlins met nationally-ranked Johns Hopkins Friday night, battling the Blue Jays in a back and forth contest. The Marlins were outshot by the slim margin of 10-12, but Hopkins was very opportunistic, finding the back of the net three times to none for the Marlins, who lost 0-3 .

 Virginia Wesleyan heads out on an extended road trip, with three road  games this week. First, they travel to Christopher Newport to face the Captains on Wednesday night, then head to Widener to face the Pride Saturday afternoon.  The Marlins finish their odyssey with a visit to Hoboken to square off against the Stevens Ducks.

Rowan (3-1-0)

 The Profs beat Rosemont 10-0 Tuesday night at home, outshooting the Ravens 20-1 and leading in corners 7-0.  The Ravens employed an offsides trap with mixed results, catching the Profs offsides an incredible 18 times, but in the process giving up 10 goals.  The Profs then traveled to Misenheimer, NC, to participate in Pfeiffer’s weekend tournament. On Friday night, the Profs recorded their second straight 10-0 victory, throttling the Wesleyan (GA) Wolves. Nine different Profs put the ball in the back of the net.  The Profs outshot the Wolves 33-0 and led in corners taken 8-1. Sunday, the Profs took on the Emory Eagles in an important regional matchup that would most certainly not end in another 10-0 result. Despite being outshot by the Eagles 10-6, the Profs earned a 1-0 win on an Abby Daigle goal in the 40th minute.

 Next, the Profs return home to New Jersey to host the Marymount Saints on Wednesday night before traveling the short journey to Wayne to face William Paterson.

Bridgewater (4-1-0)

 The Eagles were coming off a game in which they were beaten soundly by TCNJ, being outshot 23-0 in the process.  On Wednesday afternoon, they took out their frustrations by thrashing Averett 11-0, outshooting the Cougars 28-5. They then traveled to Lexington, VA for the Washington & Lee Tournament, facing off against the Salisbury Seagulls Saturday and the Franklin & Marshall Diplomats on Sunday.  On Saturday, the Eagles were outshot (14-11) and had fewer corners than the Seagulls (5-3), but came away with the 3-0 win. The teams had to battle through several lightning delays with one eventually ending the match with three minutes remaining. On Sunday, the Eagles scored four first half goals en route to a 6-1 victory.  Five different players scored for the Eagles, who outshot the Diplomats 13-3 and led in corners taken t 3-1.

 The Eagles come home for two games this week, first hosting the Southern Virginia Knights on Wednesday and then the Battling Bishops of North Carolina Wesleyan on Sunday.

Centre (4-0-0)

 The Colonels played two weekend matches this week , hosting the Otterbein Cardinals Saturday and the John Carroll Blue Streaks Sunday afternoon.  Saturday, the Colonels played the Cardinals level to a 1-1 tie in the first half. But, in the second half, the Colonels came alive and dominated, scoring three second half goals and shutting down the Cardinals’ defense  for the 4-1 victory. In that second half, the Colonels outshot the Cardinals 11-1. Sunday afternoon, the Colonels outshot the Blue Streaks 19-2 and held a 7-0 advantage in corner kicks in a rain-soaked affair at Amend Field.  The Colonels will take the 2-0 win, but they know that it could have been much more.

 This week, the Colonels travel to Denison to face the Big Red on Saturday afternoon and then travel to the Mount St. Joseph Lions on Sunday afternoon.

Roanoke (1-1-2)

 The Maroons hosted the Lynchburg Hornets, Adrian Bulldogs, and Carnegie Mellon Tartans in their Roanoke Invitational Soccer Showcase Saturday and Sunday.  On Saturday, the Maroons were outshot 15-8 by the Adrian Bulldogs and trailed in corners taken, 4-8, but still managed a 0-0 draw. The Maroons had several great chances, including shots banging off the crossbar and posts, but could not bury one for the win.   On Sunday, the Maroons met UAA powerhouse Carnegie Mellon and despite holding the Tartans to just 8 total shots, lost the match 0-2.

 This week, the Maroons stay home at Donald J. Kerr Stadium and host the Meredith Avenging Angels Wednesday and the Randolph-Macon Yellow Jackets Saturday afternoon.  The Maroons will need to put a couple in the win column this week or risk dropping from our weekly review.

Montclair State (3-0-1)

 On Wednesday, the Red Hawks faced off against the New Paltz Hawks in their home opener.  Four different Red Hawks scored in the 4-0 victory. Montclair State outshot New Paltz 24-9 in the lopsided affair.  Sunday, the Red Hawks took on the Frostburg State Bobcats and duplicated their previous 4-0 effort. Just as the previous game, four different Hawks scored in the balanced attack.  The shots were much closer than the previous game (15-12), but the Hawks’ defense kept the Bobcats out of the net.

 This week, the Red Hawks hope to become Road Warriors, traveling to Newburgh, NY, to face the Mount St. Mary Knights for a Wednesday night game and then Saturday heading to Rutgers-Camden to face the Scarlet Raptors in an afternoon contest.

Turning the Tide in the South Atlantic

Emory Eagles (3-1-0)

 Our first team to jump into the thick of things from outside last season’s regional rankings is the Emory Eagles.  The Eagles earn this distinction due to their outstanding first week performance while traveling to San Antonio, TX, to take on two west coast powerhouses Puget Sound and Pacific Lutheran. The Eagles dominated the weekend, outshooting their opponents by a combined 57-9 en route to 1-0 and 2-0 victories.  These were two quality wins against two quality opponents.

 This week, the Eagles returned home for a quick rest and to host crosstown rival Oglethorpe before heading back out on the road to Misenheimer, NC to participate in a tournament hosted by the Pfeiffer Falcons, where they faced the Rowan Profs.  On Thursday night, the Eagles scored six first half goals en route to a 9-0 blowout win over Oglethorpe. The Eagles outshot the Stormy Petrels 44-1, with 27 shots on goal. They also had a 10-1 advantage on corner kicks. On Sunday, the Eagles gave up their first goal of the year against the Rowan Profs, and it cost them dearly as they could not answer in a 0-1 loss.  Despite outshooting the Profs 10-6, they could not sway the score in their favor. The Eagles have now outshot their opponents 111-18 on the year and out-scored them 12-1. Despite the loss, the Eagles have more than earned their way into our regional coverage.

 This upcoming week, the Eagles continue with tournament play, traveling to Sewanee, TN to participate in a tournament hosted by the Sewanee Tigers. There, they’ll face off against the Lynchburg Hornets Saturday and the Thomas More Saints on Sunday.

 Well, that’s it for week #2 in the South Atlantic Region.  Several high profile matches and a few wins by Mother Nature highlighted this week’s action.  Feel that we’re missing someone? Have we not mentioned a team that you think that we should? Let us know! Maybe you’ll see them in next week’s South Atlantic Review!  See you next week.


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South Atlantic Weeki in Review


The weekly South Atlantic Week in Review will survey the Division III women's soccer landscape throughout the NCAA South Atlantic Region consisting of twelve  states.  The primary ones are Virginia (ODAC), New Jersey (NJAC), North Carolina (USAC) and Georgia (Various).  The remaining states are home to three or fewer South-Atlantic schools with conference ties elsewhere: Arkansas, Alabama, D.C., Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, Pennsylvania and Tennessee.  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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