October 29, 2018

South Atlantic Week in Review- Week 9

By D3soccer.com Contributor

What a melancholy time of year. While many seniors are sadly packing away their cleats for the last time, still others are fighting for one more game, one more chance at ending their careers as a champion. Conference playoffs are here, and teams are trying to get that automatic qualifier or impress the committee enough to get that at-large bid. This is their last chance to make an impression…

Christopher Newport (15-1-0 / 7-0-0) D3Soccer.com No. 12 / SA Region #1

Christopher Newport continued to dominate Capital Athletic Conference play with a convincing 4-1 win at St. Mary’s (Md.) (8-10-1 / 2-4-1) Wednesday afternoon to extend their conference win streak to eighteen games. The Captains had controlled play in the first half and outshot the Seahawks 22-1, but could only manage a 1-0 halftime lead. The Seahawks put a slight scare into the Captains early in the second half when they temporarily tied the game at 1-1. The Seahawk goal lit a fire under the Captains and they quickly retook the lead on junior Carson Pokorny’s goal a minute later. For the game, the Captains outshot the Seahawks 36-2 (15-2 SOG) and led in corners 10-2. Captain sophomore Riley Cook scored her 17th goal and 40th point of the season, becoming just the second player in Christopher Newport history to surpass the 40-point mark.

On Saturday night, the #1-seed Captains hosted the #8-seed Southern Virginia Knights (4-13-0 / 0-7-0) in the opening round of the ODAC playoffs but were forced onto unfamiliar territory when Captains Field was determined to be unplayable and the match was moved onto CNU’s turf field. The potent Captain offense took a while to adjust to the new surface and was held scoreless in the first half for the first time in nine games. After the break, the usual suspects in the Captains’ attack emerged, with sophomore Riley Cook scoring her 18th goal of the season and senior Gabby Gillis adding her 15th. The Captains outshot the Knights 25-2 (9-0 SOG) and led in corners kicks 6-2. The #1-seed Captains will host the #5-seed Salisbury Sea Gulls Wednesday night at 6:00 pm.

Upcoming - See Capital Athletic Conference playoffs

Centre (17-0-0 / 8-0-0) D3Soccer.com No. 10 / SA Region #2

Saturday in their SAA Quarterfinal matchup with the Millsaps Majors (2-13-2 / 0-8-0), the Colonels didn’t just score quickly, they struck like lightning. Junior forward Alana Hughes scored just 11 seconds into the match, a team record and the seventh-quickest goal in NCAA Division III history. The Colonels didn’t back off at all and scored eight more goals in the 9-0 drubbing. Senior Keeghan Francis and freshman Elizabeth Nelson each added two goals while Hughes added two assists to her lightning strike. The Colonels outshot the Majors 32-0 (14-0 SOG) and led in corners taken at 8-0. The Colonels have now outscored opponents 62-4 on the season, a goal differential exceeded by only a few teams nationally. #1-seed Centre will now host the semifinals and final of the SAA playoffs starting Friday at Andrew P. Amend Field.

Upcoming - See Southern Athletic Association playoffs

TCNJ (11-1-1 / 7-0-1) D3Soccer.com No. 9 / SA Region #3

TCNJ clinched the number one seed in the upcoming NJAC playoffs when they beat Rowan (12-2-2 / 6-1-2) Wednesday evening. The Profs got on the board first in the 19th minute off of a corner kick, and the Lions couldn’t equalize until the 68th minute when junior Jen McGrogan sent a long pass to junior Joriam Rivera who poked it past the Prof keeper. The game winner came in the 87th minute on a freshman Nikki Butler header. The Lions outshot the Profs 14-3 (7-1 SOG) and led in corners 8-1. The Lions will host an upcoming NJAC semifinal against Montclair State (10-3-5 / 4-2-3) Wednesday night at 6:00 pm.

Upcoming - See New Jersey Athletic Conference playoffs

Lynchburg (15-2-2 / 7-1-2) D3Soccer.com No. 15 / SA Region #4

Lynchburg fell behind Tuesday night at Virginia Wesleyan (9-3-4 / 6-0-4) when they gave up two goals early in the second half in a crucial ODAC matchup. The Hornets battled back and scored two late goals in the final three minutes of regulation, the second coming in the final 20 seconds on a senior Hannah Olds goal. Neither team could score the game winner in the overtime periods. The Hornets outshot the Marlins 19-15 (8-6 SOG) and led in corners 5-2.

The seniors for Lynchburg took center stage Saturday night against the Ferrum Panthers (8-5-2 / 4-5-1) in their final ODAC regular season matchup and Senior Night. Seniors Rachel Cook, Kennedy Jakubek, and Caitlin Mertens each tallied a goal for the Hornets and freshman Taylor Smith added one as well for a 4-0 victory. The Hornets dominated the Panthers, outshooting them 38-2 (11-2 SOG) and took five corner kicks to the Panthers’ zero. The #3-seed Hornets will now host the #6-seed Washington and Lee Generals (9-4-2 / 6-3-1) in an ODAC quarterfinal Wednesday night at 6:00 pm on Shellenberger Field.

Upcoming - Old Dominion Athletic Conference playoffs

Rowan (12-2-2 / 6-1-2) D3Soccer.com No. 23 / SA Region #5

Rowan fell to TCNJ (11-1-1 / 7-0-1) Wednesday night on the road in an important NJAC match. The Profs took the lead in the 20th minute when Cathryn McGarry scored off a corner kick, but the Profs could not hold the lead past the midpoint of the second half. The Lions scored two goals, the second coming with less than three minutes left in regulation to hand the Profs a 2-1 loss. The Profs were outshot by the Lions 3-14 (1-7 SOG) and trailed in corner kicks 3-8. Despite the loss, the Profs sewed up the number two seed in the upcoming NJAC playoffs and will host the #6-seed Kean Cougars (5-7-6 / 2-3-4) Wednesday night at 6:00 pm.

Upcoming - See New Jersey Athletic Conference playoffs

Bridgewater (VA) (14-2-2 / 7-1-2) D3Soccer.com RV / SA Region #6

Wednesday night at Shenandoah (9-9-0 / 5-5-0), Bridgewater vaulted to the top of the ODAC standings when they defeated the Hornets 4-1 on three second half goals. Hunter Collier scored twice, and Cyan Coates and Bailey Kratz added singles for the Eagles. Shots were even at 15, with the Eagles holding an 11-6 lead in shots on goal. The Eagles also held an 8-4 advantage in corner kicks taken.

Saturday afternoon, the Eagles earned the #1-seed in the upcoming ODAC playoffs for the first time in their history by virtue of a scoreless draw with Virginia Wesleyan (9-3-4 / 6-0-4) on their home pitch. Each team had their chances to score, but neither could finish during regulation time or the overtime periods. The Eagles were outshot by the Marlins 12-15 (3-8 SOG) and trailed in corner kicks 3-7. Eagle sophomore keeper Sydney Davis finished with 7 saves for the match. For ODAC playoff seedings, Bridgewater, Randolph-Macon (11-1-2 / 7-1-2), and Lynchburg (15-2-2 / 7-1-2) all finished with identical conference records, but after sorting through the tiebreakers, the Eagles emerged as the #1-seed, with Randolph-Macon earning the #2-seed, and Lynchburg garnering the #3-seed. The Eagles will host an ODAC first round match Wednesday at 3:30 pm.

Upcoming - See Old Dominion Athletic Conference playoffs

Emory (12-4-1 / 3-2-1) D3Soccer.com No. 25 / SA Region #7

The forecast for Friday night in Atlanta was cold, dreary, and defensive as Emory battled Carnegie Mellon (7-8-1 / 3-6-0) in a UAA contest at home. The Eagles scored on their only shot on goal of the night and their defense made it count in the hard-fought 1-0 win. Junior Caroline Kolski scored in the 57th minute with senior Abbe McCarter providing the assist. The Eagles held a slight edge in shots at 8-7 but trailed slightly with shots on goal at 1-3. They also trailed in corner kicks, taking only 3 to the Tartans 6.

Sunday afternoon, the Eagles stayed on their home pitch and rode two first half goals to a 2-1 Senior Day victory over Case Western Reserve (7-9-0 / 0-6-0). Freshman Lindsey Breskow scored the first goal in the 28th minute and junior Shivani Beall added a much-needed insurance goal in the 32nd minute that would prove to be the game winner. The stat sheet was not quite as tight as the score line, as the Eagles outshot the Spartans 32-8 (11-5 SOG) and led in corners 8-3.

The UAA does not have a postseason playoff tournament, so the Eagles will conclude their regular season at the Rochester Yellowjackets (9-6-1 / 2-4-0) Saturday afternoon.

Randolph-Macon (11-1-2 / 7-1-2) D3Soccer.com RV / SA Region #8

Randolph-Macon blasted Hollins (2-14-1 / 1-9-0) Wednesday afternoon 10-0 in an ODAC matchup to move back into second place in the conference standings. Freshman Nicole Czyzewski recorded her first collegiate hat trick, while sophomores Sophia Basso and Meghan Skevington each scored two goals. The Yellow Jackets outshot Hollins 47-0 (32-0 SOG) and led in corners 8-0.

At Guilford (6-10-0 / 4-6-0) Saturday evening, the Yellow Jackets captured a share of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference regular season title with a 1-0 win over the Quakers. Freshman Bonita Soliday scored the lone goal in the 35th minute and the Yellow Jacket defense was once again exemplary. Randolph-Macon outshot Guilford 29-5 (15-4 SOG) and led 8-2 in corners. The Yellow Jacket defense recorded its 12th shutout of the season and is currently leading the nation in goals-against average, limiting opponents to an average of 0.148 goals per game. The Yellow Jackets will host Shenandoah (9-9-0 / 5-5-0) Wednesday night in the opening round of the ODAC playoffs.

Upcoming - See Old Dominion Athletic Conference playoffs

Virginia Wesleyan (9-3-4 / 6-0-4) D3Soccer.com NR / SA Region #9

Tuesday night against Lynchburg (15-2-2 / 7-1-2), Virginia Wesleyan scored two goals early in the second half and held that 2-0 lead until late in the game, when the defense finally gave way to the Hornets’ unrelenting pressure. Junior Ryan Applewhite scored in the 51st minute to give the Marlins a 1-0 lead, then just three minutes later freshman Camryn Terry added what was thought to be an insurance goal. The Hornets then began an all-out assault on the Marlins and eventually broke through in the 88th minute and then tied the game in the closing seconds of regulation. Neither team could score in the overtime periods and the game ended in a 2-2 draw. The Marlins were outshot by the Hornets 15-19 (6-8 SOG) and trailed in corner kicks 2-5.

The Marlins battled the Bridgewater Eagles (14-2-2 / 7-1-2) to a scoreless draw Saturday afternoon on the road and became the #4-seed in the upcoming ODAC playoffs. The 0-0 score was an indication of the even play, as neither team was able to gain an edge in possession. The Marlins held a slight edge in shots at 15-12 and held a slightly larger edge in shots on goal at 8-3. Virginia Wesleyan also held the advantage in corner kicks taken at 7-3. The Marlins will host Roanoke for an ODAC playoff game on Wednesday.

Upcoming - See Old Dominion Athletic Conference playoffs

This is the time we have been waiting for - the end of the regular season and the beginning of conference playoffs. The NCAA Tournament selection is a week away and teams all around the country will be glued to their computer screens come next Monday. To better understand your team’s chances, check out Christan Shirk’s column AQ’s, Pool B and C? What does it all mean? And tune back in next week to see who’s in and who’s out!


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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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