Women's Watch - Weekend #2
By D3soccer.com Staff Writer
D3soccer.com takes you around the nation on a whirlwind tour of the notable and newsworthy in the world of Division III women’s soccer this past weekend. While some teams have been in action for a week, others kicked off their season and even though it is early in the season, some important matchups took place. Our itinerary includes turnarounds and epic battles as we visit top teams and upstarts along the way. It was a weekend of upsets and surprises, so fasten your seat belts and let’s get started.
Friday, September 5
Emory and Trinity (Texas) faced off for an early season battle of heavyweights and came out with a 1-1 draw. The match was a statistical dead heat. Trinity had seven shots with three on goal, while Emory had eight shots with three on the net. Trinity had a chance to end the contest in the 100th minute, but was unable to beat Emory keeper Liz Arnold. Trinity drops to 1-0-1, while Emory is now 1-0-2.
Allegheny went from 0-2 to 2-2 with big wins over two top OAC teams this week. Tuesday the Gators visited John Carroll and netted the winning goal with only 1:33 left in the second overtime. On Friday the Gators hosted Baldwin Wallace and took the game 4-0. Allegheny scored three of its goals in the second half. What makes the winning streak even more impressive is that it was accomplished while head coach Michael Webber was serving a suspension for a team red card received at the Rachel Miller Tournament in Rochester the previous week. Also notable has been the standout play of sophomore midfielder Jessie Thiessen who scored the winning goal against JCU and has been a factor in all of the games played so far.
In Western New York, Fredonia State put a six-nil thumping on Medaille. Fredonia may prove to be a dark horse. Sisters Kristie and Katie Klein scored four of the Blue Devils six goals. Kristie scored three times in the first half. The Blue Devils are off to a slow start, but they may be a team to watch as the season progresses.
Augsburg upset NSCAA-ranked Loras 2-1 on Friday. Augsburg is off to a fast start having destroyed Wisconsin-Superior 8-0 earlier in the week. The Augsburg website quotes Coach Mike Navarre, “Anytime you beat one of the best programs in the country on the road, it's a good win. But I am more excited about the soccer we are playing. We moved the ball around well and stayed true to our game, despite getting down a goal in the second half. Overall, it was a great performance."
Saturday, September 6
GAME OF THE WEEK - The most intriguing game of the weekend was in Pennsylvania. National Champion William Smith took on perennial powerhouse Messiah Saturday, and the game did not disappoint. It was a defensive battle from the beginning with the game knotted at nil at the end of regulation. Messiah finally broke the deadlock in the 108th minute. The Game of the Week brings us the quote of the week courtesy of Messiah Athletics: "Sometimes you keep hanging in long enough and you get a break," Messiah head coach Scott Frey said. "I'll give our group an A+ for fighting like crazy. We battled the entire afternoon." The win moves Messiah to 3-0 and drops the champs to 2-2.
Williams started their 2014 campaign against a traditional non-conference rival, Colby, on Saturday. The Ephs dominated, taking 26 shots to Colby’s 6 and putting 14 of those on frame. Emily Brook had a strong game in net for the Mules turning away 12 chances, including a few one-on-one breaks.
Washington Univ. looks to have another deep NCAA run in store this year. They’ve started strong; however, a gritty Rhodes team gave the Bears a scare today. Regulation ended in a scoreless tie. Washington broke the deadlock in the 96th minute to take the win. The game also marked the 200th career win for Coach Jim Colon.
In a match-up of two NSCAA-ranked squads, Wheaton (Ill.) rolled over Concordia-Moorhead. The teams were scoreless at the interval, but the Thunder exploded in the second half. Striker Ally Witt converted on two of her shots on frame to lead her team to a 4-0 shutout of the home squad. (By the way, you’ve got to love Concordia’s mascot: that is the meanest ear of corn you’ll ever see!)
Allegheny continued its dominance over the Ohio Athletic Conference (see above) on Saturday by edging 2013 semifinalist Capital 2-1. Jessie Thiessen (who else?) scored with less than a minute remaining in regulation to lift her squad to 3-2-0. After losing their first two games, the Gators are on a three game winning streak.
Sunday, September 7
Not to be outdone, Chapman upsets Hardin-Simmons in a west region match-up. Chapman Athletics provides us the report: “Chapman (4-1) came from behind to beat the Cowgirls, rallying from a 1-0 deficit to tie the match midway through the first half and then received the game-winning goal from senior F Olivia Do in the 52nd minute. Sophomore GK Kristin Kleinow handled the rest, preserving the lead with four of her eight saves coming in the second half.”