South Atlantic Week in Review- Week 4
By D3soccer.com Contributor
While some teams were wrapping up their non-conference schedule, others were already getting conference games underway. Some losses at the top of the rankings are going to work favorably for some South Atlantic teams, as most fared well this week.
Christopher Newport (7-0-1 / 0-0-0) D3Soccer.com No. 5 / SA Region #1
Friday night in Texas, Captain junior forward Riley Cook scored a goal in each half to hand Mary Hardin-Baylor (2-4-1 / 0-0-0) a 2-0 loss. With the goals, Cook became just the third Christopher Newport player to hit the century points mark, recording her 103rd point with the second goal. The goal was also the 46th for her career, which put her one shy of being the all-time goal scorer at CNU. For the game, the Captains outshot the Crusaders 23-4 (14-1 SOG) and held a slight edge in corners at six to five.
Cook didn’t wait long to break the scoring record, but she did hold off until the second half Sunday at No. 19 Trinity (Texas) (5-2-0 / 0-0-0). The Captains played a scoreless first half with the Tigers, holding the Tigers to just four shots. After the halftime break, the Captains came out with a renewed energy in the Texas heat. Cook scored two goals within a span of 45 seconds to propel CNU to a 2-0 victory. The goals also made the junior striker the all-time leader in goals scored for the Captains. She is single-handedly re-writing the record books at Christopher Newport and will undoubtedly become the all-time points leader at CNU sometime this season, considering that she needs just three points to overtake Victoria Perry’s scoring record set back in 2013. The Captain defense was stellar once again, recording their seventh shutout in eight games this season and holding the potent Tiger offense to just a single shot on goal. The Captains outshot the Tigers 22-11 (7-1 SOG) but only took two corners to the Tigers three.
The Captains return home from their trip out west and host two games, the first Wednesday night against Lynchburg (4-2-0 / 0-0-0) and the second welcoming York (Pa.) (2-5-0 / 0-0-0) to town on Saturday evening to kick off Capital Athletic Conference play.
TCNJ (6-1-0 / 1-0-0) D3Soccer.com No. 7 / SA Region #2
The Lions dominated Widener (6-2-0 / 0-0-0) Wednesday night, pummeling the Pride by a 7-0 score. Seven different Lions scored goals - Ally DeRiggi, Julianna Bertolino, Jessica O’Brien, Nina Carlson, Julia Obst, Lindsay O’Keefe, and Gabriella Barquin all put one in the back of the net. TCNJ outshot Widener 35-2 (14-2 SOG) and took nine corners to the Pride’s zero.
The Lions opened NJAC play Saturday afternoon with a 6-0 pasting of Rutgers-Newark (5-4-0 / 0-1-0). Five Lions scored for TCNJ, who outshot the Raiders 30-2 (14-2 SOG) and took seven corners to Rutgers-Newark’s lone offering. Senior Taylor Nolan scored the game-winner at the 21-minute mark, and Kelly Carolan, Randi Smith, and Lindsay O’Keefe added second-half goals. Freshman Ava Garay added two late goals to cap off the scoring for the Lions.
The Lions have a rare Monday night game, hosting York (Pa.) (2-5-0 / 0-0-0) before welcoming the Roadrunners of Ramapo (4-2-1 / 0-0-1) to Ewing Saturday afternoon.
Centre (9-0-0 / 0-0-0) D3Soccer.com No. 8 / SA Region #3
The Colonels dispatched Asbury (1-6-0 / 0-0-0) by the score of 4-0 Tuesday evening, pushing their regular-season winning streak to 30 games. Senior Meghan Paynter scored two second-half goals to seal the win, while junior Rachel Boule scored the game-winner in the 33rd minute. Sophomore Taylor Gebhart added a goal in the 48th minute. The Colonels outshot the Eagles 29-1 (12-1 SOG) and took nine corner kicks to zero for the Eagles.
The Colonels recorded their fifth straight shutout when they hosted Huntingdon (1-6-1 / 0-0-0) Saturday evening, beating the Hawks 3-0 on Amend Field. Senior Alana Hughes opened the scoring in the 17th minute, while sophomores Brooke Smithson and Cameron Zak added second-half insurance goals. The Colonels outshot the Hawks 19-2 (14-1 SOG) and took six corners while the Hawks didn’t attempt a single one.
The Colonels have a busy week, hosting Franklin (0-7-1 / 0-0-0) Tuesday night before traveling for games against Oglethorpe (7-0-0 / 0-0-0) Friday evening and Emory (4-1-0 / 0-0-0) Saturday afternoon. This is a huge weekend for the Colonels and the toughest stretch of their schedule.
Lynchburg (4-2-0 / 0-0-0) D3Soccer.com No. 22 / SA Region #4
Lynchburg took the week off, with no games scheduled. Having rested up, the Hornets should be ready for a challenging week, first battling at No. 5 Christopher Newport (7-0-1 / 0-0-0) Wednesday night and then at regionally-ranked Washington and Lee (7-0-1 / 0-0-0) Saturday afternoon. These will be important games, as the Hornets will need victories here to maintain their ranking in the region and not fall out of the Top 25.
Washington and Lee (7-0-1 / 0-0-0) D3Soccer.com RV / SA Region #5
Five different Generals scored in the first half, which was good enough for a 5-0 final score at Meredith (1-7-0 / 0-0-0) Saturday afternoon. Senior Laney Smith scored the game-winner in the 19th minute, and first-year Sophia Roche’ added a goal less than a minute later. First-year midfielder Grade Wielechowski, along with seniors Kristen Castle and Kelsey Anderson added insurance goals before the intermission. The Generals put up 29 shots to the Angels’ three (18-2 SOG) and took eight corners to the opposition’s one.
The Generals topped off their road trip to Carolina with a 5-1 victory at North Carolina Wesleyan (1-5-0 / 0-0-0) Sunday afternoon. Washington and Lee’s final non-conference matchup began with two first-half goals by the above-mentioned Wielechowski and sophomore Madeline Becker. The Battling Bishops did just that in the second half, “battling” back to pull within a goal in the 56th minute. The Generals didn’t waste much time to quell the suspense, with first-year Roche’ scoring goals in the 59th and 69th minutes to put the game out of reach. Kelsey Anderson once again added a late goal to finish the scoring. The Generals outshot the Battling Bishops 19-9 (12-6 SOG) and, in a game rife with corner kicks, took 17 to the Bishops’ six.
The Generals have only a single game this week, but what a doozy - perennial power Lynchburg (4-2-0 / 0-0-0) is coming to town Saturday afternoon and this is one of those games that could define a season for the Generals. Are they for real? Should they be in the Top 25? This match could answer those questions.
Emory (4-1-0 / 0-0-0) D3Soccer.com 21 / SA Region #6
The Eagles came into Saturday’s game against Maryville (Tenn.) (4-4-0 / 0-0-0) as the nation’s leader in shots per game. Averaging over 32 shots per game, the Eagles added to that average by putting 34 shots up against the Scots. Only two found the back of the net for a 2-0 victory. Senior Caroline Kolski scored the game-winner in the 14th minute, and freshman Natalie Klar added some insurance in the 52nd. Of the 34 shots offered by the Eagles, 14 were on goal, compared to seven total shots for the Scots with two on target. Emory took nine corner kicks, while the Scots took one.
The Eagles will travel to Covenant (1-3-1 / 0-0-0) Tuesday night and need to avoid looking ahead to the weekend. This is a team that is used to playing in big games against big-name opponents every year, but Saturday afternoon they welcome No. 8 Centre (9-0-0 / 0-0-0) to town and then regionally-ranked Rhodes (6-2-0 / 0-0-0) the following day. This weekend looms large in their ranking status, both nationally and regionally, and could play a big part in their postseason fate.
Randolph-Macon (8-0-0 / 0-0-0) D3Soccer.com RV / SA Region #7
The Yellow Jackets ran all over Methodist (3-3-0 / 0-0-0) Wednesday afternoon, scoring four goals before surrendering one late for a 4-1 win. Junior Meghan Skevington scored two for the Yellow Jackets, with senior Gabby Nelson and sophomore Maddie Bauman added singles. The Yellow Jackets put up 30 shots to four for the Monarchs (8-1 SOG) and took ten corners to one for Methodist.
The Yellow Jackets ran their record to a perfect 8-0 with a dominant 7-1 victory against Marymount (1-5-1 / 0-0-0) Sunday afternoon. The Yellow Jackets scored four first-half goals and three second-half goals while outshooting the Saints 35-5 (20-2 SOG). Six players scored for the Yellow Jackets - Maddie Bauman scored in the first minute and McKenna Maier scored what would prove to be the game-winner in the 7th minute. Abbie Winkelman, Gabby Nelson, Tyria Smalls, and Taylor Drucker added goals for the Yellow Jackets, and the Saints put one in the back of their own net after a Yellow Jacket corner kick. The Yellow Jackets took 14 corner kicks, while the Saints did not earn any.
A single game this week has the Yellow Jackets traveling to Bridgewater (Va.) (3-3-1 / 0-0-0) to take on the Eagles late Saturday afternoon.
Rowan (4-3-0 / 1-0-0) D3Soccer.com NR / SA Region #8
Wednesday night, the Profs traveled across the Delaware River to face No. 17 Arcadia (8-0-1 / 0-0-0) and came away a tough 0-1 loss. In a game where there were nearly as many fouls whistled (16) as shots (17), the Profs and Knights battled back and forth with few quality scoring chances. The Profs nearly scored in the 57th minute, but senior Casey Lubonski’s shot was deflected into the crossbar by the Arcadia keeper. The Knights broke through in the 76th minute, and their defense dug in, holding the Profs to a single shot after the goal. For the match, the Profs were outshot 5-12 (4-6 SOG) and took only two corners to the Knights’ three.
On Saturday afternoon against William Paterson (4-2-1 / 0-1-0), the Profs found themselves down one in the 3rd minute when a Pioneer got behind the defense and slipped one past charging keeper Bristol Pizzuto. That seemed to wake up the Profs, both offensively and defensively, as they settled in and began to take control of the game. Junior Aidan Sheehan tied the game at the 21-minute mark, and senior Casey Lubonski scored the game-winner in the 38th minute. Senior Daria Jones added an insurance goal in the second half to register a 3-1 NJAC win. The Profs outshot the Pioneers 24-4 (13-3 SOG) and held a five to one edge in corner kicks.
The Profs have a single match this week, traveling to Montclair State (5-2-1 / 1-0-0) for an early Saturday afternoon matchup.
Greensboro (5-3-0 / 0-0-0) D3Soccer.com NR / SA Region #9
The Pride ran into a tough Roanoke (6-2-0 / 0-0-0) team Wednesday afternoon, dropping a 0-2 decision to the Maroons in Greensboro. In a defensive battle where offense was hard to generate, the Pride was outshot 4-9 (3-4 SOG) and took no corner kicks to the Maroons’ six. The foul total more than doubled the shot total, with 27 fouls whistled against only 13 shots taken.
The Pride’s foray into the South Atlantic Regional rankings may be short-lived, as Greensboro dropped their second match of the week, this time at Eastern Mennonite (5-1-0 / 0-0-0) Sunday afternoon. The Pride outshot the Royals 18-9 (7-4 SOG) and held an eight to four advantage in corner kicks taken, but could not get one past the Royal keeper. The Royals scored the game-winner in the 12th minute. The final score of 0-1 dropped the Pride to 5-3 and probably out of the regional rankings.
Rhodes (6-2-0 / 0-0-0) D3Soccer.com NR / SA Region #10
The Lynx used two penalty kicks to hand visiting Huntingdon (1-6-1 / 0-0-0) a 3-1 loss Wednesday evening in Memphis. Senior Katelyn Curtis converted the first PK in the 13th minute and junior Liz Vega the second in the 49th. After the Hawks cut the lead in half in the 62nd minute, freshman Sarah DiLuzio added an insurance goal at the 65-minute mark. The Lynx outshot the Hawks 17-9 (10-4 SOG) but trailed slightly at corners taken at 6-7.
The Lynx dropped a tough 2-0 loss at home to undefeated Texas-Dallas (7-0-0 / 0-0-0) Saturday afternoon, falling behind early and unable to recover. The Lynx were outshot 10-12 (2-5 SOG) but took nine corners to the Comets’ five. The Lynx were also pushed around a bit, with UT-Dallas being whistled for 13 fouls compared to the Lynx’s one. Rhodes is another team whose time in the regional rankings may be short-lived, as the South Atlantic Region is rife with quality teams who may jump ahead of the Lynx.
Watching… and how they fared this week.
So, most of the non-conference play is done. There will be non-conference games sprinkled here and there, but for the most part, we’re into conference play. Heated rivalries are all the rage this time of year, just like pumpkin spice. So, pull your team hoodie on, paint your face, sip on your pumpkin spice soy latte, and let’s go win the conference!
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