South Atlantic Week in Review- Week 6
By D3soccer.com Contributor
We are more than halfway through the season, with only four weeks remaining before playoffs begin. We’re also heading into the thick of conference play. The Old Dominion Athletic Conference schedule is going to be exciting for the next few weeks, as many of its members are regionally ranked or right on the cusp of being ranked. The big game of the week is debatable, depending on your allegiances. Emory vs. Wash U. is always epic. Randolph-Macon vs. Virginia Wesleyan has serious conference and regional implications. Or, is it Randolph-Macon vs. Roanoke that is the bigger game? Could CNU get tripped up at Salisbury?
Let’s take a look at how the South Atlantic Region’s top-ranked teams fared this week and what’s ahead for next week:
Christopher Newport (10-0-2 / 3-0-0) D3Soccer.com No. 3 / SA Region #1
Four Captains recorded a brace Wednesday night when Christopher Newport hosted Southern Virginia (3-8-1 / 1-2-0) in a 10-0 Capital Athletic Conference rout. Abby Harrigan, Madison Cochran, Jessica Zimmermann, and (of course) Riley Cook all put two in the net, and Molly Beegle and Montana Coward scored single goals. The Captains put up 49 shots (24 on frame) and took 15 corner kicks in the game. The Captains recorded 27(!) points in the game. The win was Coach Dan Weiler’s 250th career win, a career that spans 11 seasons at Concordia College and seven at CNU. Congratulations to Coach Weiler on his 250th win from all of us here at D3Soccer.com!
Saturday evening in Newport News, Mary Washington (4-7-0 / 1-2-0) did something that most teams have not been able to do - frustrate Captains’ All-American Riley Cook, holding the star forward without a goal or assist all night. It didn’t matter. The Captains have plenty of other options and proved that while they appreciate Cook and her considerable skills, they are not a one-trick pony. Stellar defense by the Captains and relentless offensive pressure drove CNU to a 3-0 Capital Athletic Conference victory. Madison Cochran scored twice, and Molly Beegle added another to lead the Captains, and the defense shut down the Eagle attack. The Captains outshot the Eagles 34-6 (15-3 SOG) and took 16 corners to none for Mary Washington.
The Captains hit the road this week, staying in conference for games at St. Mary’s (Md.) (2-9-0 / 0-3-0) Wednesday night and at Salisbury (7-2-2 / 3-0-0) Saturday afternoon.
TCNJ (10-1-0 / 4-0-0) D3Soccer.com No. 4 / SA Region #2
TCNJ traveled to Rutgers-Camden (3-7-0 / 2-2-0) Wednesday night and came away with a 5-1 NJAC victory. Five different Lions hit the net in the victory, with Nikki Butler, Lindsay O’Keefe, and Ava Garay scoring in the first half, while Lauren McLaughlin and Jessica O’Brien added second-half goals. The Lions outshot the Scarlet Raptors 15-3 (10-2 SOG) and took four corner kicks to Rutgers-Camden’s two. More fouls were whistled in the game (23) than shots taken (17).
The Lions traveled to William Paterson (5-4-2 / 1-2-1) Saturday evening and earned a hard-fought 1-0 NJAC victory. Junior Kelly Carolan scored for the Lions in the 21st minute and the smothering TCNJ defense, currently ranked 14th in the nation in goals-against average and climbing, limited any real chances by the Pioneers. The Lions held a 22-2 advantage in shots (10-1 SOG) and held a 5-2 edge in corners.
The Lions continue on the road this week for a single game, a Saturday afternoon NJAC outing at Kean (3-6-1 / 1-2-1).
Centre (13-0-0 / 2-0-0) D3Soccer.com No. 9 / SA Region #3
Centre started slowly at Berry (5-3-2 / 0-1-1) Saturday afternoon, not getting a shot on goal until the 37th minute of the match. Junior Abby Hegarty put that shot into the back of the net, and that would prove to be the game-winner in the 1-0 Southern Athletic Association win. Despite the tight scoreline, the Colonels dominated the stat sheet, outshooting the Vikings 21-4 (9-1 SOG) and held a slight 4-2 edge in corners taken. The Colonels are currently ranked nationally in several categories - 2nd in total goals and total points, 5th in shots on goal per game, 8th in scoring offense, 10th in points per game, 14th in shots per game, and 15th in assists per game. It isn’t just the offense that is nationally ranked, as the defense comes in at 18th nationally in goals-against average.
The Colonels continue Southern Athletic Association play by hosting two weekend games, first welcoming Hendrix (5-3-5 / 1-0-1) Friday night before bringing Rhodes (7-4-0 / 1-1-0) into town for a marquee conference matchup Sunday afternoon.
Washington and Lee (9-0-1 / 2-0-0) D3Soccer.com 20 / SA Region #4
Washington and Lee won their eighth straight against Emory and Henry (2-8-1 / 0-4-0) Saturday afternoon, cruising to a 7-1 Old Dominion Athletic Conference win. Six Generals scored goals, with Lindsay White scoring two and Erin Hoeh, Annie Martin, Chloe Rapier, Madeline Becker, and Kelsey Anderson scoring single goals. The Generals put up 43 shots, 21 of which were on goal, while the defense held the Wasps to 5 shots (2 SOG). The Generals took 12 corners to the Wasps’ two.
The Generals head out on the road for a couple of Old Dominion Athletic Conference matches, first at Ferrum (7-2-1 / 3-0-0) Wednesday night, then at Sweet Briar (0-8-0 / 0-2-0) late Saturday afternoon.
Emory (6-3-0 / 0-1-0) D3Soccer.com 18 / SA Region #5
Emory opened University Athletic Association play at Chicago (7-1-1 / 1-0-0) Saturday afternoon and fell short in a comeback bid, falling 1-2 to the Maroons. Shivani Beall scored the Eagles’ lone goal in the 80th minute, but they couldn’t match the two goals scored by Chicago in the first half. The Eagles outshot the Maroons 17-14 (12-6 SOG) and led in corner kicks taken at 4-1.
The Eagles have a non-conference matchup at Berry (5-3-2 / 0-1-1) Tuesday night before hosting one of their biggest games of the season when they welcome University Athletic Association member and perennial rival Washington U. (10-1-1 / 1-0-0) Saturday morning. Last season, the Eagles took the Bears to overtime before falling 2-1 when the Bears were ranked No. 1 in the nation. This year, the matchup will feature the No. 18 Eagles versus the No. 6 Bears.
Randolph-Macon (10-0-0 / 2-0-0) D3Soccer.com 22 / SA Region #6
Randolph-Macon hosted Guilford (5-4-1 / 1-1-0) Saturday afternoon and came away with a 2-0 ODAC victory. Senior Gabby Nelson scored goals in the eighth and eleventh minutes and was denied a possible hat-trick opportunity when a Quaker defender drew a red card for physically stopping her and denying a goal-scoring opportunity. The Quakers were forced to finish the game with ten players. Despite that handicap, there was no more scoring in the match. The Yellow Jackets outshot the Quakers 22-5 (6-1 SOG) and took 11 corner kicks, the only ones of the game.
The Yellow Jackets’ strive for perfection continues on the road against two regionally ranked ODAC foes this week, first at @Virginia Wesleyan (6-2-2 / 2-1-0) Wednesday night and then at Roanoke (8-2-1 / 2-0-0) Saturday afternoon.
Montclair State (7-4-2 / 3-0-1) D3Soccer.com NR / SA Region #7
Montclair State battled back from one down at home to DeSales (9-2-0 / 1-0-0) Tuesday night, but couldn’t hold the Bulldogs off in the end, and fell 1-2 in double overtime. Emily Beenders tied the game in the 70th minute, and the Red Hawks were the only team to put up shots in the first overtime. The match seemed headed to a draw when DeSales’ Sam Riccardi put in a header with just four seconds remaining in the second overtime. Sophomore keeper Lindsay Freewalt made eight saves for MSU, who were outshot 9-21 (5-10 SOG) and trailed in corners taken at 2-5.
The Red Hawks went to Rutgers-Newark (6-5-1 / 0-2-1) Friday night and celebrated a 3-0 NJAC win. Freshman Tori Rolls scored a hat trick, netting one first half and two second-half goals. Looking solely at the statistics, you wouldn’t think that the scoreline was that lopsided, as the Red Hawks only held a slight 14-10 shot lead (7-5 SOG) and 5-2 lead in corner kicks.
The Red Hawks traveled to Cabrini (8-2-1 / 0-0-0) Sunday afternoon and got involved in a defensive slugfest, where 23 fouls were called and only 11 shots taken. The Cavaliers scored two second-half goals and the Red Hawks could not muster any offense to mount a comeback, falling 0-2. MSU outshot Cabrini 6-5, but could only manage two shots on goal while the Cavaliers had three on goal. The Red Hawks took six corners to three for the Cavaliers. The Red Hawks had some impressive victories in Week 5 and played their way into the regional rankings. They may have had a very short stay in the rankings after two losses this week.
After having a busy past week, the Red Hawks host a single match against NJAC rival Ramapo (4-5-1 / 0-2-1) Saturday afternoon.
Roanoke (8-2-1 / 2-0-0) D3Soccer.com NR / SA Region #8
Roanoke went to Shenandoah (7-4-0 / 2-1-0) Friday night and secured a 1-0 overtime win to remain unbeaten in the ODAC. Junior Ellie Schad scored the golden goal in the second minute of the first overtime period off of a free kick, preserving their unbeaten status. The match was typical ODAC, where 20 fouls were called with only 17 shots taken. The Maroons were outshot 8-9 (4-7 SOG) by the Hornets but held a slight 4-2 advantage in corner kicks.
Lynchburg (5-3-1 / 1-1-0) D3Soccer.com No. RV / SA Region #9
Lynchburg hosted Bridgewater (3-5-2 / 0-2-0) Saturday afternoon and after a scoreless first half, poured it on in the second half rolling to a 4-0 ODAC victory. Play was fairly even in the first half, but the Hornets came out of the break on a mission, launching 20 shots to the Eagles’ three. Amanda Wigboldy, Sarah Barnes, Georgie Duggan, and Taylor Stevens scored for the Hornets. Total shots finished at 27-7 (13-4 SOG) in favor of the Hornets, as did corner kicks at 7-4. It’s extremely early-on in conference play, but Lynchburg finds itself in the strange position of looking up at seven teams above them in the ODAC standings. Over the next few weeks, the Hornets will look to re-establish that they are the team to beat in the ODAC and squash these supposed contenders to their throne.
Virginia Wesleyan (6-2-2 / 2-1-0) D3Soccer.com NR / SA Region #10
Virginia Wesleyan traveled to Eastern Mennonite (8-2-0 / 2-1-0) Wednesday afternoon and came away with their first ODAC win of the season by a slim 1-0 margin. Mia Meinhardt tapped in a Teah Lorenzi cross in the 66th minute to take the lead and the defense made it stand, holding the Royals to a single shot after their goal. For the match, the Marlins outshot the Royals 28-6 (14-3 SOG) and led in corners six to zero. Eastern Mennonite keeper Leah Wenger stopped 13 shots for the Royals.
The Marlins dominated Hollins (4-5-0 / 0-2-0) at home Saturday morning, winning by a score of 6-1. Six different Marlins scored in the ODAC win - Mary Alexis Jackson, Reina Araujo, Teah Lorenzi, Marli Hayward, Anna Pedicone, and Sarah Heinbaugh, all put in a goal. The Marlins put up 26 shots while Hollins was held to one (16-1 SOG) and took five corners to zero for the opposition.
Watching… and how they fared this week.
Goodbye Week 6, hello Week 7. Lots of conference rivalries and some real surprises on where some teams sit in the standings right now. Will the tables right themselves as the season progresses? Or is there a new order of things? A changing of the guard? Check back next week as these conference battles heat up and teams jockey for playoff positioning. D3Soccer.com will cover all the South Atlantic drama as it unfolds.
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