September 10, 2019

South Atlantic Week in Review- Week 2

By Contributor

Week two brought some great matchups of Top 25 teams that will definitely have an impact on our soon-to-be-released Women’s Top 25. Christopher Newport was pushed to overtime twice this week and nearly escaped unscathed. TCNJ is rolling along but faces two tough challenges this upcoming week. Lynchburg rebounded nicely from their opening week loss and successfully hosted their Shellenberger Classic. Randolph-Macon is starting to raise some eyebrows.

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

At first glance, one might have thought that when the Captains traveled to their cross-bay rivals Virginia Wesleyan (2-1-1 / 0-0-0) Tuesday night, that it was going to be an offensive explosion since both teams were coming off two 4-0 victories and identical 2-0 records. But neither side had surrendered a goal yet this season, and the defenses for both teams were determined to keep it that way. Halfway through the second stanza, the Captains held a slight edge in shots, 8-6, way below each teams’ season averages. Both teams were concentrating on jamming up the middle and neither team could get anything organized in the final third. The Captains picked it up towards the end of regulation but couldn’t quite break through. After an initial OT yielded no shots, the Captains finally found a fortunate bounce when first-year Emily Talotta dribbled down the left side and bounced a difficult-angled shot past the Marlin keeper. The Captains outshot the Marlins 14-8 on the night (7-5 SOG) but had zero corners to the Marlins’ two. The victory was coach Dan Weiler’s 100th win with the Captains.

The Captains faced their toughest match to date Saturday night, hosting their “Captains Classic” against Emory (1-1-0 / 0-0-0) and came away with a 2-0 victory. The Captains scored twice in the second half on goals by a pair of first-years, with Jessica Zimmermann punching in a rebound and Jill McDonald heading in a corner. The Captains were outshot by the Eagles 17-23 but led in shots on goal at 8-7. CNU also had a slight lead with corners at 7-5. Junior keeper Haley Eiser finished the night with seven saves, a couple of those very acrobatic.

The Captains had a bit of a letdown Sunday evening when they hosted Dickinson (2-0-2 / 0-0-0), settling for a 1-1 draw with the Red Devils. While outshooting Dickinson 28-12 (10-7 SOG), they were fortunate to escape with the tie, thanks mostly to junior keeper Haley Eiser. She made several incredible saves, including a one-on-one breakaway and a sprawling dive in the second overtime to preserve the tie. The Captains did have their fair share of chances but could only put a header by freshman Molly Beegle past the Dickinson keeper. Eiser finished with six saves on the evening.

Saturday afternoon, the Captains host Methodist (1-1-0 / 0-0-0) in their only game this week.

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

The Lions used two goals by junior Kelly Carolan to beat Moravian (1-2-0 / 0-0-0) 3-0 on Saturday afternoon. It took only 26 seconds to find the net when senior Despina Lianidis was taken down in the box by a Greyhound defender. Carolan’s initial shot was saved by the Greyhound keeper, but the rebound went directly to Carolan, who buried the second offering. After Carolan’s insurance goal early in the second half, freshman Nina Carlson added another in the 78th minute. The Lions defense was its’ usual swarming self, holding Moravian to just four shots, with only one of those on goal. The Lions launched 20 shots, with six of those being on target.

The Lions will host Johns Hopkins (3-1-1 / 0-0-0) Wednesday night in a matchup of Top 10 teams. This is the “Match of the Week”, for sure, at least part one.

Match of the week part two will take place in Hoboken Sunday afternoon when the Lions make the short drive to visit the Ducks of Stevens (2-1-1 / 0-0-0) in a matchup that will surely shake up the rankings.

Centre (4-0-0 / 0-0-0) No. 9 / SA Region #2

Centre found itself in unfamiliar territory Saturday afternoon against Wittenberg (2-2-0 / 0-0-0) when it found itself down 1-0 and nearing halftime. The Colonels, who had won 25 straight regular season games, had controlled most of the possession, but couldn’t solve the Tigers’ keeper. Sophomore Annie Stauffer leveled the score in the 42nd minute, and junior Gracie Fitzgerald scored the game-winner in the 65th minute to make it 26 straight. For the game, the Colonels outshot the Tigers 18-8 (10-4 SOG) and led in corners 7-5.

The Colonels finished their long weekend road trip with a visit to DePauw (1-3-0 / 0-0-0) in Greencastle, IN, Sunday afternoon. The Colonels were locked in a defensive struggle in the first half, with only eight shots taken between the teams. It looked like the teams would be heading into halftime knotted at zero, when a Tiger defender fouled a Colonel in the box. Sophomore Elizabeth Nelson converted the penalty to give the Colonels a 1-0 halftime lead. Senior Meghan Paynter made it a 2-0 lead in the 78th minute, and although the Tigers scored in the 82nd minute, the Colonel defense would not allow a tying score to preserve the 2-1 win. The Colonels outshot the Tigers 19-6 (4-1 SOG) and led in corners 3-2.

The Colonels have a busy week, hosting two games at home before heading out on the bus for another. Centre hosts Berea (1-2-0 / 0-0-0) Wednesday night and Denison Saturday afternoon, then travel to Mount Union (2-1-1 / 0-0-0) Sunday afternoon.

Lynchburg (3-1-0 / 0-0-0) No. 20 / SA Region #4

The Hornets opened their “Shellenberger Classic” Saturday morning against Maryville (Tenn.) (2-2-0 / 0-0-0) with a come-from-behind 2-1 victory. The Scots scored first in the 27th minute, but that seemed to invigorate the Hornets, and they scored just a minute later. Senior Georgie Duggan scored the equalizer and classmate Sarah Barnes scored the game-winner in the 66th minute. The Hornets outscored the Scots 17-7 (9-5 SOG) and led in corners 7-1.

Lynchburg had an easier time on the second day of the Shellenberger Classic in the “Battle of the Hornets”, easily handling Kalamazoo (0-3-2 / 0-0-0) by a score of 3-0 Sunday afternoon. Senior Alyssa Rudy scored the first two goals for Lynchburg, and freshman Alyssa Damato scored an insurance goal in the 59th minute. The Virginia Hornets outshot the Michigan Hornets 22-3 (14-3 SOG) and led in corners 14-3.

The Hornets are leaving on a midnight train to Georgia this weekend. Well, probably a bus and not at midnight, but they’re heading to Atlanta to take on Emory (1-1-0 / 0-0-0) Saturday and Demorest, GA to face Piedmont (3-2-0 / 0-0-0) Sunday.

Emory (1-1-0 / 0-0-0) No. 23 / SA Region #5

The Eagles played even with No. 4 ranked Christopher Newport (4-0-1 / 0-0-0) Saturday evening in the CNU Captains Invite in Newport News, VA, but came out on the wrong end of a 2-0 score. Emory had several chances to score, but the Captain keeper turned aside each attempt. The Eagles outshot the Captains 23-17 but trailed in shots on goal by a slim margin of 7-8. They also trailed 5-7 in corner kicks taken.

The Eagles’ second match for the Captains Classic with Virginia Wesleyan (2-1-1 / 0-0-0) was canceled due to travel conflicts. The game will not be rescheduled.

The Eagles host Lynchburg (3-1-0 / 0-0-0) Saturday morning and Mount St. Joseph (1-2-1 / 0-0-0) Sunday afternoon.

Virginia Wesleyan (2-1-1 / 0-0-0) NR RV / SA Region #6

The Marlins had a great game plan against Christopher Newport (4-0-1 / 0-0-0) Tuesday night and nearly executed it to perfection, but a late 2OT bad-angle deflection kept them from pulling off the tie against the nation’s No. 4 team. Up to that point, the Marlins had done an excellent job of frustrating the Captain offense, especially in their final third. They held the vaunted CNU offense to 13 shots during regulation and zero shots during the first OT, and many of those shots were from distance and non-threatening. The Marlins night ended in frustration when a Captain forward came down the left side and struck a shot from a severe angle that deflected past keeper Tristen Roberts, who up until that point had an excellent night in goal, making six saves. The Marlins played an even game against one of the best teams in the nation and have to feel good about the effort. For the night, the Marlins were outshot 8-14 (5-7 SOG) and led in corners taken at 2-0.

The Marlins faced Dickinson (2-0-2 / 0-0-0) Saturday night in a defensive battle and once again went into double overtime. This time, it worked out a little better than the previous game but was still not the desired outcome that the Marlins wanted. The Marlin defense held the Red Devils to three first half shots and none the rest of the way, including overtime. They finished with 11 shots to three for Dickinson (4-1 SOG), but the Red Devils were able to put one of those first half shots in the goal, taking a 1-0 lead. Freshman Abby Peterson was able to net the equalizer in the 63rd minute, but the Marlins couldn’t put another into the net in regulation or overtime and walked away with a 1-1 draw.

The Marlins’ second game of the Captains Invite against Emory (1-1-0 / 0-0-0) was canceled due to travel conflicts and will not be rescheduled.

The Marlins host two matches this week at Foster Field - first the Seagulls of Salisbury (2-2-0 / 0-0-0) Wednesday night, and then the Eagles of Mary Washington (1-3-0 / 0-0-0) Saturday night.

Rowan (3-1-0 / 0-0-0) No. 24 / SA Region #8

You would think that it would have been hard for the Profs to improve on their 5-0 victory last week against Penn State Brandywine, but they more than doubled their scoring output with a 12-0 shellacking of the Rosemont Ravens (0-3-0 / 0-0-0) Tuesday night. Senior Daria Jones had a hat trick, and juniors Aidan Sheehan and Dominique Marrone added braces of their own to contribute to the drubbing. Shots were 34-1 (22-1 SOG) with the Profs recording 11 corners to zero for the Ravens.

Saturday afternoon at Bridgewater (Va.) (2-3-0 / 0-0-0), the Profs exacted some revenge for last year’s 1-0 home opener loss to the Eagles. Freshman midfielder Riley Finnegan scored just 35 seconds into the game, but the remainder of the half was a defensive struggle. Bridgewater outshot the Profs 5-2 for the rest of the half and tied the game just before the break. The Rowan defense then dug in, surrendering only one shot the rest of regulation and overtime periods. Another quick score by the Profs decided the game, with junior Daria Jones scoring just 29 seconds into the second extra period. The Profs outshot the Eagles 10-6 (5-3 SOG) and took nine corners to the Eagles’ two.

The Profs played their second overtime game in as many days against Washington and Lee (3-0-1 / 0-0-0) Sunday afternoon, but this time came out on the wrong end of a golden goal. The Generals scored in the 94th minute and held the Profs to just two first half shots and a single second half shot. The Profs were unable to register any offense at all in the overtime period. Rowan had only three total shots to 13 for the Generals (1-6 SOG) and trailed 3-6 in corner kicks taken.

The Profs will travel to Alvernia (1-1-0 / 0-0-0) Wednesday night before hosting No. 10 ranked Johns Hopkins (3-1-1 / 0-0-0) Saturday afternoon.

Randolph-Macon (5-0-0 / 0-0-0) NR / SA Region #9

The Yellow Jackets dominated Meredith (1-3-0 / 0-0-0) Wednesday afternoon, beating the Avenging Angels 3-0. The Yellow Jackets outshot the Angels 28-5 (12-2 SOG) and led in corners taken at 5-1. Senior Gabby Nelson, sophomore Maddie Bauman, and sophomore Nicole Czyzewski all scored for Randolph-Macon. Freshman defender Olivia Adams recorded two assists for the Yellow Jackets.

The Yellow Jackets took part in the DC Classic Catholic Tournament this weekend and on Saturday afternoon comfortably handled Rutgers-Newark (2-3-0 / 0-0-0). Sophomore Tyria Smalls and senior Gabby Nelson each scored two goals to pace the Yellow Jackets. Randolph-Macon outshot the Raiders 21-5 (13-3 SOG) and led in corners taken at 4-2.

On Sunday against tournament host Catholic (3-1-0 / 0-0-0), the Yellow Jackets came away with the title and a 2-0 win. Senior Gabby Nelson scored her fourth goal of the week and a third of the tournament in the 24th minute, and sophomore Nicole Czyzewski added an insurance goal in the second half. The Yellow Jackets outshot the Cardinals 20-10 (12-2 SOG) as corners were even at five. The Yellow Jackets have started the 2019 campaign with five wins against zero losses, the first time they have been 5-0 since 1995 when they finished at 19-1-2. Four Yellow Jackets were named to the All-Tournament Team for the DC Classic Catholic Tournament - Gabby Nelson, Casey Kent, McKenna Maier, and Olivia Adams.

The Yellow Jackets stay on the road this week, first visiting Mary Washington (1-0-3 / 0-0-0) Wednesday afternoon before heading to North Carolina to face the Salem Spirits (2-2-0 / 0-0-0) Saturday afternoon.

Week two is in the books. Some great matchups occurred this week, and a few more are coming up before we get into conference play. Let us know if you think someone should be getting some press - are Eastern Mennonite (4-0-0) and Rhodes (4-0-0) for real or have they just not faced a quality opponent yet? How about Oglethorpe (3-0-0)? They’re on our radar, let’s see how they do in the next few weeks.


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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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