September 3, 2019

South Atlantic Week in Review- Week 1

By Contributor

It’s Tournament time. No, not THAT tournament, or even conference tournaments. It’s early season invitationals that provide so many great cross-regional matchups and games that you would expect to see in November, not August. There were several this week and a couple next week that will have a big impact on the Top 25 Poll being released in a couple weeks. Let’s see how the teams ranked in our Preseason Top 25 and those regionally ranked at the end of last season fared this week and what’s on tap for next week.

TCNJ (2-0-0 / 0-0-0) No. 3 / SA Region #3

The Lions traveled to No. 14 Swarthmore (1-1-0) Friday night, taking care of the Garnet 1-0 on their home turf. Sophomore Nikki Butler scored the game’s lone goal just seven minutes into the game and the always-reliable Lion defense made that lone goal stand up. Senior keeper Nicole DiPasquale made five saves, several of them extremely acrobatic to hold off the Garnet and preserve the win. The Lions held a 19-8 advantage in shots (a slim 6-5 SOG edge) and a slim advantage in corners taken at 6-4. 48 players saw the field, with 21 of those being Lions. Both sides showed off youthful, deeply talented teams in this contest that plan on making deep runs into the Tournament this season.

The Lions swarmed all over Eastern Connecticut (0-2-0) Saturday night, with seven different players scoring in the 7-0 win. TCNJ scored early and often, giving plenty of rest for everyone. After having 21 players see action on Friday, Coach Russo sent 31 Lions onto the pitch Saturday night. Randi Smith, Nikki Butler, Taylor Nolan, Lindsay O’Keefe, Gianna Coppola, Nina Carlson, and Emily Blankenship all scored goals for the Lions. The Lions outshot the Warriors 27-2 (14-1 SOG) and led in corners taken 3-0.

The Lions have a light week this upcoming week with only one match, hosting Moravian (0-1-0) Saturday afternoon. The Lions and Greyhounds have only met once prior, a 2008 TCNJ 1-0 victory.

Christopher Newport (2-0-0 / 0-0-0) No. 4 / SA Region #1

Friday night, the Captains traveled to Virginia Beach for Virginia Wesleyan’s opening day tournament and breezed to a 4-0 victory over Westfield State (0-2-0). The Captains got goals from four different players - sophomores Ryanne Davidson and Karina Vasquez added goals with senior Hailey Shaw and (who else) All-American junior Riley Cook. Cook scored 25 goals last season to move into fourth place all-time in scoring for the Captains. Plan on seeing her name here on a weekly basis. The always superb Captain defense held the Owls to a single shot, which was not on frame. In an interesting note, no corner kicks were taken during the match.

On Saturday night, Cook recorded her 13th career game-winning goal in a 4-0 dismantling of Luther (0-2-0). Sophomore Karina Vasquez and freshman Jill McDonald added goals for the Captains, and an own goal by the Norse rounded out the scoring. The Captain defense allowed only one shot on goal and one corner kick, while the offense launched 16 shots, ten of which were on the Norse goal.

The Captains will return to Virginia Beach Tuesday night to face the Marlins of Virginia Wesleyan (2-0-0) before returning home to host their “Captains Invite” Tournament on the weekend. Emory, Dickinson, and Virginia Wesleyan will join the Captains at Captains Field in Newport News for games Friday and Saturday nights. The Captains will host Emory (1-0-0) Friday evening, a tough University Athletic Association member who will be a stiff test for the No. 4 Captains. This matchup will make a statement for both teams. On Saturday, CNU will host the Red Devils of Dickinson (1-0-0) in a primetime matchup under the lights of Captains Field.

Centre (2-0-0 / 0-0-0) No. 9 / SA Region #2

The Colonels started out slow Friday night against Covenant (0-1-0), but second half scores by four different players led Centre to a 4-1 win on Amend Field. The teams battled to a scoreless draw in the first half, despite the Colonels outshooting the Scots 8-2. When the Colonels struck in the 59th minute on senior Meghan Paynter’s goal to open the scoring, the Scots struck right back five minutes later to notch the game at 1-1. The game was tied for less than two minutes, as sophomore Brooke Smithson scored the game-winner and senior Alana Hughes and junior Sarah Sirkin added insurance goals to seal the win. The Colonels outshot the Scots 25-4 (16-1 SOG) and 6-2 in corners taken. Covenant freshman keeper Lucy Sandhoff made 12 saves in the loss.

Sunday afternoon, 32 different Colonels saw the pitch as Centre pummeled Mount St. Joseph (0-1-1) 7-0 at home in Danville. Senior Alana Hughes scored two for the Colonels, her seventh career multi-goal game, while Brooke Smithson, Taylor Gebhart, Abby Carter, Gracie Fitzgerald, and Mills Mullen added goals. The dominant performance came on both sides of the ball, as the Colonels put 21 shots on goal (32 total), while only allowing four total Lion shots. Centre also held a 7-0 advantage in corner kicks taken.

The Colonels don’t have a weekday game this week, but get on the bus and hit the road to the Midwest for an epic weekend. They’ll make their first stop in Springfield, OH, to visit the Wittenberg Tigers (2-0-0) on Saturday afternoon, before piling back on the bus and heading to Greencastle, IN, to take on the DePauw Tigers (0-2-0) Sunday afternoon. They’ll look forward to heading back to Danville, where five of their next six matches will be played on the friendly confines of Amend Field.

Lynchburg (1-1-0 / 0-0-0) No. 20 / SA Region #4

The Hornets had a rough start to their season at the Roanoke Invitational Soccer Showcase Saturday morning, as they faced No. 10 Johns Hopkins (2-0-0) and fell 0-2 to the Blue Jays. Lynchburg gave up an early goal in the fourth minute and could never solve the staunch Hopkins defense. Hornet senior goalkeeper Caitlin Dorsch made five saves in the loss, as the Hornets were outshot 11-20 (5-7 SOG) and trailed in corners 3-6.

The Hornets bounced back in a big way Sunday afternoon in Roanoke, trouncing Mount St. Mary (0-2-0) 7-2 for their first win of the young season. The Hornets got two goals from first year Avery Wyscarver, including the game-winner. Dana Seavey, Taylor Stevens, Emma Hiett, Sarah Barnes, and Alyssa Damato added goals for the Hornets. The Hornets outshot the Knights 24-6 (14-2 SOG) and led in corners taken at 4-2.

The Hornets take it easy this upcoming week, letting the women settle into their studies on class days before hosting two weekend games. They’ll host the Shellenberger Classic, where they’ll take on the Maryville (Tenn.) Scots (2-0-0) Saturday afternoon before battling Kalamazoo (0-1-1) on Sunday to see who are the most dominant Hornets this year (all apologies to Shenandoah and any other Hornet-mascotted team).

Rowan (1-0-0 / 0-0-0) No. 24 / SA Region #8

The Profs lambasted the Nittany Lions of Penn State Brandywine (0-1-0) Friday afternoon at home 5-0, while piling up 41 shots (24 on goal). The Profs got got goals from juniors Kelsey Holt and Dominique Marrone, while senior Casey Lubonski tallied one and senior Daria Jones added a pair of her own. The final stats were 41-4 total shots (24-3 SOG) and 14-0 in corners taken. Penn State Brandywine senior keeper Emily Bush from Bayville, NJ, made 19 saves in the losing effort.

The Profs head out on the road for the first time this week for two away matches before returning home to host one. First, they cross the river into Pennsylvania to face off against the Rosemont Ravens (0-1-0) Tuesday afternoon. Saturday, they head south to Virginia to face Bridgewater (1-1-0) and look for a little revenge for last year’s 1-0 loss to the Eagles in Jersey before returning home to host the Washington and Lee Generals (1-0-1) Sunday afternoon.

Emory (1-0-0 / 0-0-0) NR / SA Region #5

The Eagles needed extra time to take care of Sewanee (0-1-0) Friday night, but not too much of it, scoring just 74 seconds into overtime to defeat the Tigers 2-1. The Eagles controlled much of the action, holding a 34-5 advantage in shots (10-4 SOG) and a 7-4 lead in corners. After a scoreless first half (in which the Eagles outshot the Tigers 12-1) Emory scored at the 56 minute mark on freshman Natalie Klar’s first collegiate goal after a beautiful centering pass from senior Shivani Beall. The lead lasted less than ten minutes as the Tigers answered in the 65th minute. Despite outshooting the Tigers 20-4 in the second half, the Eagles found themselves headed to extra time. Early in the extra period, the Tigers had a defensive miscue deep in their own end, and a Sewanee defender took down senior Caroline Kolski from behind in the box, earning a red card and giving up a penalty kick. Junior midfielder Samantha Hilsee beat the keeper on the right side, converting the PK and giving the Eagles a well-earned opening night victory. The Eagles ended the night outshooting the Tigers 34-5 (10-4 SOG) and led in corners 7-4.

Emory will make the long trip to Newport News, VA, this weekend to participate in the “Captains Invite” hosted by Christopher Newport (2-0-0). They’ll face the host No. 4 Captains Friday evening in an uber-important regional matchup before facing off against the Marlins of Virginia Wesleyan (2-0-0) Saturday night.

Virginia Wesleyan (2-0-0 / 0-0-0) NR / SA Region #6

The Marlins hosted Luther (0-2-0) in their namesake tournament Friday evening and blasted the Norse 4-0, scoring two goals in each half. Junior Reina Araujo and senior Alex Davidson each scored two goals in the lopsided win. The Marlins outshot the Norse 14-3 (10-2 SOG), but had less corner kicks by a 3-4 margin.

The Marlins had a repeat performance against Westfield State (0-2-0) Saturday night, beating the Owls 4-0. Junior Reina Araujo scored another goal (her third on the year), while sophomore Kennedi Anders, senior Marli Hayward, and senior Alexandra Fitz scored their first of the season. The Marlins outshot the Owls 10-4 (8-1 SOG) and held a slim margin in corner kicks at 3-2.

The Marlins are another invitee to the “Captains Invite” tournament at Christopher Newport (2-0-0) this upcoming weekend, where they’ll face Dickinson (1-0-0) Friday night and Emory (1-0-0) Saturday evening. However, prior to the kick-off of the tournament, they’ll host the No. 4 ranked Captains in Virginia Beach Tuesday night before making the short trip to Newport News on the weekend.

Bridgewater (Va.) (1-1-0 / 0-0-0) NR / SA Region #7

The Eagles faced Denison (0-1-1) Friday afternoon at the Washington and Lee Tournament in Lexington, VA, and escaped with a 1-0 win over the Big Red on a late goal by senior Sydney Ryan. Despite being outshot 8-18 (3-7 SOG) and trailing in corner kicks taken 1-4, the Eagles kept Denison out of the net with a superb effort by junior keeper Sydney Davis, who recorded seven saves. The win was a good start in an attempt to duplicate last season’s effort, which ended with a bid to the NCAA National Tournament for the first time in the program’s history.

The Eagles couldn’t keep the momentum going on Saturday afternoon against Greensboro (1-1-0) in their second match of the Washington and Lee Tournament, falling by a score of 1-2 to the Pride. The Eagles found themselves down 0-2 at the half and unable to generate any offense, managing only one shot in the opening stanza. They battled back in the second half on senior Morgan Todd’s 76th minute goal, but couldn’t complete the comeback against the Pride defense. Greensboro is coming off a stellar 2018 season where they recorded a 17-1 record, but missed out on an at-large bid to the National Tournament. This victory could have served as a bit of vengeance, as the Eagles received one of the few coveted at-large bids.

The Eagles will host a game before heading back out on the road for another tournament this weekend. The Eagles welcome the Bullets of Gettysburg (1-0-0) to Jopson Field on Tuesday afternoon in their first home game of the season. This weekend, the Eagles will travel to Lexington, VA, to participate in the “Mary Washington Classic”, facing off against the No. 24 ranked Rowan Profs (1-0-0) Saturday afternoon. The Profs will be looking to avenge their 1-0 loss to the Eagles a year ago in Jersey. On Sunday afternoon, Bridgewater will match up against host Mary Washington (1-1-0) in a battle of the “Eagles”.

Randolph-Macon (2-0-0 / 0-0-0) NR / SA Region #9

The Yellow Jackets traveled north into central PA to face Penn State-Harrisburg (1-1-0) Friday afternoon and came away with a 2-0 victory, scoring a goal in each half. Senior Abbie Winklemann, a Gettysburg native, scored a first half goal near her old stomping grounds, and junior Casey Kent added her own in the second half. The Yellow Jackets outshot the Nittany Lions 25-4 (13-1 SOG) and led in corners taken 3-0. The Yellow Jackets played a physical game against the Lions, punishing them with 19 fouls while receiving two yellow cards.

On Sunday evening, the Yellow Jackets hosted St. Mary’s (Md.) (1-1-0) and came away with a 3-1 victory on their home turf. Junior Meghan Skevington scored the game-winner, with sophomore Tyria Smalls and senior Gabby Nelson adding goals. The Yellow Jackets dominated the stat line, also, outshooting the Seahawks 18-4 (9-2 SOG) and led in corners taken at 6-2. It was a fairly physical match, with 24 fouls being called between the two teams, including 3 yellow cards and 1 red card.

The Yellow Jackets will host a Wednesday afternoon match with the Meredith Angels (1-1-0) before heading to our nation’s capital to participate in the “DC Classic Catholic Tournament” on the weekend. They’ll face Rutgers-Newark (0-2-0) Saturday afternoon before matching up against the host Catholic Cardinals (2-0-0) Sunday afternoon.

So, there you have it - week one is in the books. Only nine weeks left in the regular season. Don’t laugh, it will be over before you know it! Follow along here for our weekly wrap ups and let us know if we’re leaving someone out. Should we be talking about some other team out there that’s making an impact? State your case, maybe you’ll see your team here.


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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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