October 13, 2014

Women's Watch - Weekend #7

By D3soccer.com Contributor

This weekend brought new excitement and surprises as the nation’s top teams faced off. As we get deeper into the fall and approach conference playoffs the games become more important. Here is this week’s Women’s Watch.

Friday, October 10

No. 3 Lynchburg (13-0-0) defeated Roanoke (7-6-0) 2-nil on Friday night. Lynchburg's first goal came at 19:20 as Angela Bosco sent a through pass to Jade Woll, who fired her shot off the inside left post, which caromed into the right portion of the net. The 1-0 lead would hold into the second half until the 66th minute when Bosco scored her own goal on a break toward the net to double the Hornets advantage.

Defense is a priority for No. 15 Hardin-Simmons (8-1-0) as the Cowgirls recorded their sixth shutout in a row and defeated Mary Hardin-Baylor (6-4-0) 2-0 for the second time this season. The Cowgirls were statistically dominant as they held a 15 to 4 advantage in shots and a 7-2 advantage in shots on frame. HSU also had a 10-0 advantage on corner kicks.

In their first game since gaining their No. 25 ranking, Texas-Tyler (7-1-1) crushed East Texas Baptist (4-4-1) 4 to 0 Friday night. Earlier in the week the Patriot website proudly contained the following headline, History! #uttylerwsocc Ranked No. 25 in D3Soccer.com Poll. The accompanying article went on to state that, “UT Tyler ranks 15th in the nation in scoring offense, averaging 3.63 goals per game on the year, for a total of 29. The Patriots also rank No. 15 in the nation in goals against average, giving up just three so far this season, while registering six shutouts on the year.” The Patriots outshot the Tigers by a margin of 31 to 5 and were lifted by goals by four different players.

St. Joseph's (Maine) (7-6-1/4-2-1) blanked Norwich (2-8-1/0-6-1) 3-0, in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) women's soccer match. The Monks held a 23 to 10 shot advantage and put ten on goal. The win lifts the Monks to second place in the conference behind Lasell.

Meredith Avenging Angels (9-3-1/7-0-0) claimed sole ownership of first place in the USA South conference standings with a 1-0 win over the visiting Maryville (Tenn.) Scots (8-5-0/6-1-0). Both teams entered the contest with a perfect 6-0 league record. Statistically the teams were almost even throughout the match. Meredith held a thin 16 to 14 advantage in shots and an 11 to 9 advantage in shots on goal. Jamison Kidd scored the only goal for the Angels.

Saturday, October 11

Despite a 23 to 2 shot advantage, No. 1 Messiah (13-0-0/3-0-0) had its hands full with neighbor, and conference rival, Lebanon Valley (9-2-1/1-1-0) on Saturday. It wasn’t until the sixty-seventh minute that Kyele Bridel broke the deadlock and scored the only goal of the match. Coach Scott Frey compared the contest to a battle of attrition. He noted, “[The Dutchmen] came out strong to start, but I think they started to get tired as the game went on," Frey said. "Our players did what they needed to do to limit [LVC's] chances, and our back row was good.

No. 12 TCNJ (9-2-0/4-1-0) made quick work of New Jersey City (3-6-2/0-5-0) on Saturday running off a 6-0 drubbing of their cross-state rival. Six different Lions contributed to the win. They move keeps them just a half-game back of conference co-leaders Montclair State and Rowan while the Gothic Knights have yet to notch a conference win.

No. 10 Montclair State (11-1-1/4-0-1) met their match in NJAC rival Rowan (9-2-1/4-0-1). The Profs scored first off an Emily Kelly goal. Martina Landeka evened the score in the sixty-sixth minute. Despite extra time, neither side could find the game-winner and the 1-1 tie left the two teams tied at the top of the NJAC standings.

GAME OF THE WEEK #1 - In an all-UAA Top 5 clash, No. 4 Washington U. (10-0-2/1-0-1) slipped by No. 2 Carnegie Mellon (9-1-0/1-1-0) on Saturday. Junior Sam Ezratty broke a scoreless tie with a goal in the 62nd minute to lead Washington to a 1-0 victory against previously undefeated Carnegie Mellon. "Carnegie Mellon is an extremely talented and organized team," said Washington head coach Jim Conlon. "I am ecstatic about our effort and resolve today. There was many times the game could have turned but our poise kept us as one." The statistics illustrate the evenness of the game: Carnegie held a 6 to 5 edge in shots, but the Bears led with 3 shots on goal to 1. Tartan Freshman Tori Iatrola rang a shot off the post late in the game, but it bounced harmlessly away.

Two goals in the first half gave the 14th-ranked Chicago (10-2-0/1-1-0) a 2-1 win at No. 5 Emory (7-1-3/0-1-1) in another UAA match between ranked teams. The loss, their first of the year, leaves the Eagles without a conference win in two tries. The Maroons join a four-way tie for 3rd in the UAA with New York University the surprise early leader.

When you click on the No. 8 Johns Hopkins (11-2-0/5-0-0) women’s soccer page you are greeted by an advertisement for a Jaguar sports coupe. The Blue Jays were indeed humming on all cylinders on Saturday as they roared passed Ursinus (5-5-2/3-1-2) 4-0. Ursinus is seeking their first winning season overall and in-conference since 2010.

Likewise, No. 7 Wheaton (Ill.) (11-1-1/2-0-0) cruised by Milliken (3-9-1/0-2-0) 5 to 0. Wheaton out-shot Millikin 47-2 in the match, including a 24-1 advantage in shots on goal. Wheaton was awarded 24 corner kicks while Millikin attempted one.

Union (8-3-2/2-2-2) battled No. 9 William Smith (9-2-0/4-0-0) to two overtimes on Saturday before succumbing to the Herons 2 to 1 in their Liberty League tilt. Krista Longo bent a shot inside the right corner of the net four minutes into the second overtime to give the Herons the win.

No. 22 Brandeis (11-2-0/1-1-0) was upset by the always tenacious Rochester (5-4-3/1-1-0) on Saturday. The Yellow Jackets earned their first UAA win to stay right in the thick of things courtesy of second half goals by Laura Cowie-Haskell and Carolina Manent.

Hamilton (8-4-0/3-4-0) experienced the highs and lows of conference play this weekend. On Saturday, they knocked off No. 23 Bowdoin (8-2-0/5-1-0) who had been perfect in NESCAC play. Katja Dunlap '18 scored the game’s only goal, taking over the team lead with her sixth of the year. Just under 20 minutes into play she caught up to a long pass down the left sideline, dribbled around a defender and sent a high shot from 25 yards out inside the far post. The goal was her third game-winner of the season. On Sunday, they lost to Middlebury (3-4-0/7-5-0) by a 3-2 count. It was a crucial result for the 2013 national semifinalists who would have fallen to ninth place if they had they lost. The Continentals, who scored twice in the final 12 minutes to pull to within a goal, still have work to do to ensure a return to the NESCAC playoffs after missing out last season.

Sunday, October 12

GAME OF THE WEEK #2 - The UAA wasn’t the only conference to feature a Top 25 match-up. In the NESCAC the eleventh-ranked Williams Ephs (10-1-0/5-1-0) edged No. 21 Bowdoin (8-3-0/5-2-0) in double overtime on Saturday. At 86:43 Jamie Hofstetter pulled Bowdoin even with the Ephs, throwing the game into overtime. After a scoreless first overtime, the second was a back-and-forth affair until Kristi Kirshe scored the game winner with less than three minutes left to go. Ephs coach Michelyne Pinard commented, "I was curious to see how we were going to react. We haven't been in that type of situation where a team has scored that late, and it would've been easy for us to fold and let them take over. But I was really pleased that we were so resilient."

No. 15 Hardin-Simmons (9-1-0/3-0-0) beat Concordia (Texas) (5-3-3/2-2-1) in ASC action Sunday. Karissa Olson scored a pair of goals for the Cowgirls, putting HSU ahead in the 30th minute and added a second tally in the 42nd minute. Freshman Kami Jones scored her first career goal in the 64th minute when she fired in the rebound of her own initial shot.

No. 19 Ithaca (10-2-0/5-1-0) defeated a tenacious Nazareth squad (9-3-1/3-1-0) dropping the Golden Flyers in overtime by a score of 2-1. Ithaca held a 15-8 edge in shots on goal and continues in the driver’s seat for their third straight Empire 8 regular season title.

COMEBACK SPECIAL - Illinois College (8-4-1/2-2-1) needed late-game heroics to get the MWC win over Ripon (8-4-0/4-2-0) Sunday. Their athletics website relates the story of the Lady Blues amazing comeback. “Things were bleak late in regulation on Sunday for the Illinois College women's soccer team. Entering the final minute of play, the Lady Blues trailed Ripon, 1-0, as they had since the 38th minute. IC had put shots on goal, but nothing that had particularly challenged the Red Hawk defense up until then. Out of seemingly nothing, Ashley Sholmire crossed a ball into the box that Sarah Skaggs just was able to head over the outstretched hands of Ripon keeper Sidney Blodgett, forcing the game into overtime. There, Illinois College was at its best and was rewarded with another Skaggs goal, giving the team the Midwest Conference victory.” Lady Blues coach Linda Hamilton commented on the win, “After the way we worked and worked and didn't get rewarded on Wednesday night against Monmouth, it was great to come back out here and see that the team still believed. It wasn't an easy win here today, but our team played its best in the final minutes of regulation and overtime and Sarah made a couple of outstanding plays to make the difference."

Mascot of the Week

Whittier Poets
Whittier College Poets' logo

Unique and unusual, the Whittier Poets and their mascot Johnny Poet, earn our nod this week. Whittier College is named in honor of Quaker poet and abolitionist John Greenleaf Whittier, who wrote of his pleasure at the honor but died in 1892 without ever having seen the college. First known as the Quakers, Whittier athletes have been Poets since 1911. The school mascot, Johnny Poet, is a nod to the college's namesake.

Women's Watch


The Women's Watch takes you around the nation on a whirlwind tour of the notable and newsworthy in the world of Division III women’s soccer.  Both top-ranked teams and upstarts will be on the agenda, so buckle up and come along for the ride.

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