South Atlantic Week in Review- Week 7
By D3soccer.com Contributor
Quite a week we had in the South Atlantic this week. Several matchups occurred this week with regionally-ranked teams that affected regional and national rankings. There are still three teams in the region that have not experienced a loss, but the top team fell from the ranks of the unbeaten. The Old Dominion Athletic Conference race is heating up and will be interesting to watch over the next few weeks, with nine teams still in the hunt to be the regular season champion. Also, a huge matchup in the NJAC coming up this week. Let’s look back at what the top-ranked teams in the South Atlantic did this past week and what they have going for week eight:
Christopher Newport (11-1-2 / 4-1-0) D3Soccer.com No. 3 / SA Region #1
Christopher Newport had no problems at St. Mary’s (Md.) (3-10-0 / 1-4-0) in their first Capital Athletic Conference match on the road, handling the Seahawks by a 3-1 score. Riley Cook, Abby Harrigan, and Madison Cochran scored for the Captains, who outshot the Seahawks 32-4 (11-2 SOG) and held a five to one advantage in corner kicks.
When the Captains traveled to Salisbury (9-2-2 / 5-0-0) Saturday afternoon, their vaunted defense limited the Sea Gulls to just eight shots, with six of those being on goal. The problem with that statistic was that the Gulls put five of those eight shots in the goal. The Captains found themselves down 4-0 in the 48th minute, and despite goals by Riley Cook and Ryanne Davidson in a desperation comeback attempt, the Captains fell by the final score of 5-2. The Captains finished the game outshooting Salisbury 13-8 (8-6 SOG) and holding a 10-2 advantage in corner kicks. The loss snapped the Captains’ 22 game winning-streak against CAC opponents and their streak of unbeaten conference games at 37 (36-0-1), a streak dating back to the start of the 2015 season.
The Captains host two Capital Athletic Conference matches this week, first welcoming St. Mary’s (Md.) (3-10-0 / 1-4-0) to Captains’ Field Wednesday night and Mary Washington (5-8-0 / 2-3-0) Saturday afternoon.
TCNJ (11-1-0 / 5-0-0) D3Soccer.com No. 4 / SA Region #2
The dominated all aspects of the game when they traveled to Kean (5-7-1 / 1-3-1) Saturday afternoon, winning the NJAC contest by a 4-0 final score. The Lions got goals by Julianna Bertolino, Taylor Nolan, Lindsay O’Keefe, and Ally DeRiggi. TCNJ held an astonishing 29-0 advantage in shots (12-0 SOG) and 9-0 edge in corner kicks.
There’s a good chance that the Lions will be the region’s new No. 1 ranked team this week, and they’ll start their reign by hosting two NJAC matches this week. First, they’ll welcome Stockton (12-1-1 / 4-0-1) Wednesday night in a game that will let everyone know if the Ospreys are for real. On Saturday, they’ll host the Gothic Knights of New Jersey City (7-6-1 / 0-4-1).
Centre (15-0-0 / 4-0-0) D3Soccer.com No. 9 / SA Region #3
Centre dominated Hendrix (5-5-5 / 1-2-1) Friday night at home, winning the Southern Athletic Association contest by a 7-0 final score. The Colonels got two goals from Kristin Dean and Hannah Bandura, plus singles from Meghan Paynter, Alana Hughes, and Julia Doran. The Colonels outshot the Warriors 31-3 (16-2 SOG) and held a seven to zero advantage in corner kicks.
The Colonels found themselves in an unusual position against Rhodes (8-5-0 / 2-2-0) Sunday afternoon, knotted at one early in the second half against a conference opponent. They then ripped off four unanswered goals to win the SAA contest 5-1. Taylor Gebhart scored two goals (including the game-winner) and Jessie Turner, Elizabeth Nelson and Alana Hughes added the cushion. Centre outshot the Lynx 21-3 (15-3 SOG) and led 6-2 in corner kicks taken.
The Colonels are road warriors this weekend in the Southern Athletic Association, first heading to Birmingham-Southern (8-3-2 / 3-0-1) Friday afternoon, then to Millsaps (3-9-0 / 0-4-0) Sunday afternoon.
Washington and Lee (11-0-1 / 4-0-0) D3Soccer.com 16 / SA Region #4
Washington and Lee traveled to Ferrum (7-4-1 / 3-2-0) Wednesday night for an Old Dominion Athletic Conference contest between two of the teams sitting near the top of the ODAC standings. The Generals dominated play and came away with a 3-1 win, their ninth straight on the season. Emily Leding, Sophia Roche’, and Laney Smith all scored for the Generals, who opened a 3-0 lead before surrendering a late goal to the Panthers. The Generals held advantages of 17-5 in shots, 12-3 in shots on goal, and 8-4 in corner kicks.
The Generals took no prisoners Saturday afternoon when they visited Sweet Briar (0-10-1 / 0-4-0), decimating the Vixens 10-0 in the ODAC contest. Seven Generals scored, with Natalie Choo and Allie Smith Miller scoring two each, and Sophia Roche’, Madison Sumatra, Meredith Culhane, Ava Boussy, and Hannah Dodds scoring single goals. The Generals put up 48 shots, with 23 of those on goal, while holding Sweet Briar to no shots for the match. The 11-0-1 start is the best in team history for Washington and Lee.
Randolph-Macon (12-0-0 / 4-0-0) D3Soccer.com 20 / SA Region #5
In a closely-contested ODAC match in Virginia Beach, Randolph-Macon remained perfect on the season by squeaking past Virginia Wesleyan (7-3-2 / 3-2-0) by a score of 1-0 Wednesday night. Junior forward Meghan Skevington scored in the 74th minute and the Yellow Jacket defense, along with keepers Christina Newman’s and Edye Carr’s six saves, kept the Marlins off the board to preserve the victory. The statistics for the game were nearly even, with the Yellow Jackets holding a slight 15-13 lead in shots, but shots on goal were even at six apiece. Fouls were also rather close, with Randolph-Macon whistled for 12 while Virginia Wesleyan committed 11. The Marlins held a six to one advantage in corner kicks taken.
The Yellow Jackets emerged unscathed through their challenging week when they visited Roanoke (9-3-1 / 3-1-1) Saturday afternoon, handing the Maroons a 1-0 ODAC loss. Junior Casey Kent converted a penalty kick in the 55th minute of the match, and the defense made it hold. Randolph-Macon was outshot 16-17 in the match but held a slight 6-5 shots-on-goal advantage. Each team took three corner kicks, Yellow Jacket senior keeper Christina Newman recorded five saves in the victory, the Yellow Jackets’ twelfth of the season and one shy of tying the best start in program history.
Emory (7-4-0 / 0-2-0) D3Soccer.com 21 / SA Region #6
Emory dominated the stat sheet when they visited Berry (6-5-2 / 1-2-1) Tuesday night, but not the scoreboard, as they were only able to get one past the Viking keeper in the 1-0 non-conference victory. Senior Caroline Kolski finally solved the Berry keeper in the 59th minute and the defense kept the Vikings from mounting any serious attack. The Eagles outshot the Vikings 30-4 (9-2 SOG) and took 12 corner kicks to five for the opposition.
The Eagles lost to Washington U. (11-1-1 / 2-0-0) Saturday afternoon in a tightly played, physical match that saw more fouls called (21) than shots taken (15). The Eagle once again lost 0-1 to the Bears, despite outshooting them 10-5 and putting more shots on goal at 3-2. The Eagles controlled possession for long stretches of the game and seemed to be in control of the match when a Bear snuck in behind the Emory defense and put one past keeper Haley Pratt in the 79th minute. The Eagles have lost three of their last five matches and find themselves without a conference win heading into the thick of UAA play.
The Eagles head north this weekend to resume University Athletic Association play, first Friday evening at Case Western Reserve (10-2-0 / 0-2-0), then at Carnegie Mellon (8-2-1 / 2-0-0) Sunday morning.
Roanoke (9-3-1 / 3-1-0) D3Soccer.com RV / SA Region #7
Roanoke went to Guilford (5-6-1 / 1-3-0) Wednesday night and earned a hard-fought 1-0 victory to remain tied atop the ODAC standings (for the time being). Senior Hailey Davis scored in the 48th minute on a pass from sophomore Erin Flamm and the defense took care of the rest. The Maroons outshot the Quakers 14-7 (6-3 SOG) and led in 4-1 in corner kicks.
The Maroons battled undefeated Randolph-Macon (12-0-0 / 4-0-0) Saturday afternoon at home, and the ODAC matchup was all even except for a penalty awarded to the Yellow Jackets in the 56th minute. The resulting conversion gave Randolph-Macon a 1-0 lead, and Roanoke couldn’t solve the Yellow Jacket defense to equalize. The Maroons held a slight edge in shots at 17-16 (including an 11-7 edge in the first half) but trailed slightly with shots on goal at 5-6. Both teams attempted three corner kicks.
Lynchburg (7-3-1 / 3-1-0) D3Soccer.com No. NR / SA Region #8
Lynchburg hosted Randolph (5-4-2 / 1-3-0) Wednesday afternoon and dealt a 5-1 ODAC beating to the Wildcats. Emily Sanchez and Amanda Wigboldy each scored twice for the Hornets, with Natalya Rodriguez opening scoring midway through the first half. The Hornets put up 29 shots to four for the Wildcats (20-4 SOG) and took the only 16 corner kicks of the game.
The Hornets had no issues at Eastern Mennonite (8-3-0 / 2-2-0) Saturday afternoon scoring four second-half goals en route to a 5-0 ODAC win. Megan Dee scored two goals, while Amanda Wigboldy, MJ Lyons, and Dana Seavey scored lone goals for Lynchburg. The Hornets outshot the Royals 25-5 (14-1 SOG) and took the only nine corners in the game.
The Hornets have a busy upcoming week with three ODAC matches. First, they travel to Ferrum (7-4-1 / 3-2-0) Tuesday night before turning around and hosting Sweet Briar (0-10-1 / 0-4-0) less than 24 hours later. Finally, they’ll host Roanoke (9-3-1 / 3-1-0) Saturday evening.
Virginia Wesleyan (7-3-2 / 3-2-0) D3Soccer.com NR / SA Region #9
Virginia Wesleyan hosted undefeated Randolph-Macon (12-0-0 / 4-0-0) Wednesday night in an important ODAC matchup and battled the 20th-ranked Yellow Jackets evenly for most of the game. Shots were tilted slightly in favor of the Yellow Jackets at 15-13, but the Marlins put just as many shots on goal (six) as the Jackets. The Marlins also took six corners to RMC’s one. Freshman Amruta Karkare made five saves in the loss.
The Marlins rebounded nicely from their conference loss by pummeling Emory and Henry (2-9-1 / 0-5-0) by a final score of 7-0 Saturday afternoon. Marli Hayward and Gabrielle Lindo each scored twice for the Marlins, while Mia Meinhardt, Anna Pedicone, and Reina Araujo each scored once. The Marlins put up 46 shots to the Wasps’ two (25-0 SOG) and took seven corner kicks while their opponents took none.
The Marlins have a single game this week, an important ODAC matchup with conference leader Washington and Lee (11-0-1 / 4-0-0) at home Saturday afternoon.
Stockton (12-1-1 / 4-0-1) D3Soccer.com NR / SA Region #10
Stockton hosted King’s (6-6-1 / 1-1-0) Wednesday evening in a non-conference matchup and came away with a 4-0 victory. Brenna Clowney scored in the fifth minute to open the scoring, and Salena LeDonne scored twice in the second half to put the game out of reach. Sydney Williams put in a late goal to finish up the scoring. The Ospreys outshot the Monarchs 21-8 (10-3 SOG) and took eight corners to one for the Monarchs.
The Ospreys continued their winning ways against William Paterson (5-6-2 / 1-3-1) Saturday afternoon with a 2-1 NJAC victory. Madison Dorney scored in the 14th minute for Stockton, but the lead only lasted 14 seconds, as the Pioneers answered right back. The score remained knotted at one until Bri Pagnani scored in the 64th minute. The defense held the lead, limiting the Pioneers to four shots (all on goal), but only one after Pagnani’s score. For the match, the Ospreys outshot the Pioneers 10-4 (8-4 SOG) and held a slight edge in corners at 3-2.
The Ospreys hit the road for two important NJAC matchups this week, first at the No. 4 ranked Lions of TCNJ (11-1-0 / 5-0-0) Wednesday night and then the Red Hawks of Montclair State (9-4-2 / 4-0-1) Saturday afternoon.
Watching… and how they fared this week.
Wow, what a week that week seven turned out to be. Some great matchups that showed just how evenly matched the talent in this region has become. No team is guaranteed a win, they have to earn it. These next few weeks are “make or break”, “do or die”, “all or nothing”, or however else you want to say it. The playoffs are right around the corner. It’s the middle of October, if you can believe it!
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