October 20, 2014

Women's Watch - Weekend #8

By D3soccer.com contributor

Case Western is on the rise, while Washington U. struggles. Middlebury gets feisty in a matchup with Williams. Texas-Dallas and Lynchburg post wins. The competition gets heated as ranked teams faced off with conference opponents this weekend.

Friday, October 17

UPSET OF THE WEEK - That sound you hear may be the roar of residents of University Circle, Ohio as No. 2 Washington U. (10-1-2/1-1-1) succumbed to Case Western Reserve (8-3-2/1-2-0) Friday in an upset. Case managed the win in an epic battle that went to double overtime. Jessica Sabers scored in the 101st minute of play to get the win in a chippy contest that recorded 33 fouls. Washington outshot Case by a 14 to 7 margin in the match. Women’s Watch recommends readers take a look at the Spartan webpage which shows the euphoria after the game winning goal.

Carson Quiros scored a goal in the 85th minute to lead No. 5 Carnegie Mellon (10-1-0/2-1-0) over a tenacious Brandeis team (11-3-0/1-2-0) in a UAA matchup on Friday.

Meanwhile New York University (9-3-1/2-0-1) tied No. 9 Emory (7-1-4/0-1-2) to briefly claim a share of the UAA conference lead. Melissa Menta scored in the 85th minute for the Violets to force the game into overtime. After two extra periods the deadlock remained. "I think we feel really good about our performance," said NYU Head Coach Michele Canning. "We had a very specific gameplan for both offense and defense, and I think the girls worked hard to concentrate and execute it."

The 24th-ranked Texas-Dallas Comets (9-2-1/3-0-1) battled by East Texas Baptist (4-6-1/0-4-1) on Friday. Alissa Burch and Tori Beckett put the ball into the net for the Comets who out-shot the Tigers, 17-11, but were matched shot-by-shot, 8-8, in the second half of play as both keepers were forced to make several saves. The win helps Texas-Dallas keep pace with Texas-Tyler atop the ASC standings.

Saturday, October 18

No. 3 Lynchburg (16-0-0/10-0-0) topped No. 25 Washington and Lee (10-1-1/8-1-0) on Saturday in an ODAC and Top 25 showdown. Jade Woll and Morgan Singer scored for the Hornets. Lynchburg outshot the Generals 20 to 7 and allowed just one shot on goal in the contest.

Playing their second game in as many days, Carnegie Mellon (11-1-0/3-1-0) topped a surprising New York University (9-4-1/2-1-1) team on an Alli McGugan goal in the 67th minute. The Tartans outshot the Violets 15 to 4 in the contest. The win, combined with other weekend results, left Carnegie Mellon alone atop the UAA standings.

GAME OF THE WEEK - No. 6 Wheaton (Ill.) (12-1-2/3-0-1) was unable to overcome No. 23 Illinois Wesleyan (10-3-1/2-1-1) in a match of ranked CCIW teams. The Thunder outshot the Titans 20-14 and had nine corner kicks to six for Illinois Wesleyan, but IWU posted nine shots on goal that were saved by keeper Kelsey Graham compared to eight shots on goal for Wheaton that were handled by sophomore goalkeeper Dana Jourdan.

Top-ranked Messiah (14-0-1/4-0-1) rebounded from their shock mid-week tie to cruise by Albright (7-6-1/3-2-0) on Saturday. The Falcons were dominant, finishing with a 24-0 edge in shots and 12-1 advantage in corners. It was the third time this season they did not allow a shot to their opponent and gives the Falcons a half-game advantage over their midweek stumbling-block, Stevenson, in the Commonwealth Conference standings.

The weather may be getting colder, but things are heating up in New Jersey. Twelfth-ranked Montclair State (13-1-1/6-0-1) got goals from four different players as the Red Hawks stretched their unbeaten streak to 14 games with a 4-1 victory over Rutgers-Camden (5-9-1/2-5-0) in NJAC play Saturday afternoon.

In other NJAC action, No. 13 TCNJ (11-2-0/6-1-0) posted its posted its fourth straight shutout as the Lions picked up a 2-0 road win at Ramapo (4-8-2/2-5-0) on Saturday.

Sunday, October 19

In the 103rd minute of No. 19 UW-Whitewater's (14-2-0/7-0-0) home match against conference foe UW-Stout (3-8-3/2-3-1), Jordan Jackson headed a shot into the net for the game-winning goal to seal a 1-0 victory for the Warhawks. The win clinches at least a share of the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title for the fifth consecutive season. Coach Ryan Quamme commented on the Warhawks victory, "I'm proud of the team for keeping our composure and finding the result. UW-Stout played a great match defensively and we showed tremendous resilience to find the result and clinch a share of the WIAC Championship."

A physical game that went right down to the final moments resulted in a narrow victory for 10th-ranked Williams (12-1-0/7-1-0) over NESCAC rival Middlebury (8-6-0/4-5-0). With the conference title probably their only way back to the NCAA tournament where they advanced to the semifinals a year ago, the Panthers were looking for a confidence- and momentum-building win and came out attacking aggressively. But it was the Eph’s Kristi Kirshe who scored the game’s only goal early in the second half as the tide turned in favor of Williams. Ephs coach Michelyne Pinard commented, “That was just unbelievable soccer for 90 minutes, both halves. This was just what it's all about, playing on Cole Field on Senior Day against a great team. We didn't know that we'd get on the board, let alone score first, but we worked so hard out there, creating chances in the second half especially. Middlebury's ball movement in the middle-third is as good as it gets, and that made us pretty uncomfortable at times. Settling down a little bit in the second half and seeing a little bit more of the ball made all the difference in the world for us."

Case Western Reserve (8-3-3/1-2-1) is hitting its stride as it knotted up No. 11 Chicago (11-2-1/2-1-1) on Sunday. It was the third consecutive overtime match for the Spartans who have made the UAA title race much more interesting with their pair of surprising results over the weekend

Brandeis (11-3-1/1-2-1) got a goal late in regulation from rookie Samantha Schwartz, earning the Judges a 1-1 draw with No. 9 Emory (7-1-5/0-1-3). The ranked Eagles are surprisingly still in search of their first UAA win after four conference matches.

Mascot of the Week

WPI's Goat's Head Trophy
WPI's Goat’s Head Trophy
(Gompei the Goat)

Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s teams are known as the Engineers. That name isn’t very unusual given that WPI is a technical and scientific college, but their mascot, Gompei the Goat has a long and interesting history. The goat was a gift of the class of 1893, but the animal soon became too difficult to maintain. So what logical thing did they do? They beheaded and mounted the thing!

Beginning with the class of 1928, it was decided that the Goat's Head would become an object of class rivalry to inspire school spirit. The original Goat's Head was actually stolen by the class of 1894 and hidden in Nova Scotia. It was not seen again until 1913, when the crane in the Electrical Engineering Laboratory carried it to the class of 1893 at an alumni dinner. The head was in very poor shape, so it's caricature was cast in bronze and mounted on a disproportionately small body. The Goat has been stolen many times over the years, but now its travels are limited by strict rules of engagement among classes at the university. Every year, rival groups compete for the honor of winning Gompei the Goat!

Women's Watch


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