South Atlantic Week in Review- Week 3
By D3soccer.com Contributor
The first USC rankings are out, so some new faces appear this week and a few drop out. We’re keeping an eye on several teams that are starting to raise some eyebrows with their records and time will tell if they’re contenders or pretenders. Conference games are right around the corner, so let’s enjoy these last few non-conference matchups.
Christopher Newport (5-0-1 / 0-0-0) D3Soccer.com No. 6 / SA Region #1
The Captains rebounded from their disappointing draw against Dickinson with the total destruction of Methodist (3-2-0 / 0-0-0) Saturday afternoon, shellacking the Monarchs 11-0. Four different Captain players scored multiple goals - Emily Talotta, Riley Cook, Sarah Rhiel, and Maddie Cochran all scored two goals, while Sydney Rife, Ryanne Davidson, and Carson Pokorny added singles. The domination wasn’t limited to the offense, as the defense did not allow the Monarchs to muster even a single shot. The Captains outshot the Monarchs 45-0 (22-0 SOG) and held a 10-0 lead in corners taken.
The Captains rest up during the week to take a trip out west for the weekend, facing Mary Hardin-Baylor (2-3-0 / 0-0-0) Friday night and then Trinity (Texas) (4-1-0 / 0-0-0) on Sunday afternoon.
TCNJ (4-1-0 / 0-0-0) D3Soccer.com No. 2 / SA Region #2
The Lions hosted No. 9 Johns Hopkins (5-1-1 / 0-0-0) Wednesday night and despite outshooting the Blue Jays 21-11 (6-5 SOG), taking eight corners to Hopkins’ five, and controlling play for long stretches of the game, fell by a score of 2-1 at home. The Lions scored first in the 26th minute on junior forward Randi Smith’s tap-in, but Hopkins stormed right back to score less than two minutes later. Senior keeper Nicole Dipasquale made three saves on the night and kept the score from being worse.
The Lions traveled to Hoboken Sunday to take on Stevens (2-3-1 / 0-0-0) and came away with a 3-1 comeback win. The first half was played evenly, with the Ducks getting off six shots to the Lions’ five. The Ducks took the lead in the 14th minute with some nifty passing and held on to lead 1-0 at the half. The Lions came out strong in the second half and used their depth to slowly wear down and then pull away from the Ducks. The Lions tied the...[read more]