Mid-Atlantic Review, Week 4
By D3soccer.com Contributor
Week 4 saw non-conference play winding down and some great Top 25 matchups. One Mid-Atlantic team faced two nationally-ranked top five teams within four days and did more than admirably. Conference play is starting now and there will be less games of national importance, but so many more games of conference significance and playoff implications. Let’s see how our top teams in the Mid-Atlantic fared this week and what they’ll face next week.
Messiah (7-1-0) No. 4
At Elizabethtown Wednesday night, the Falcons scored on their first two shots - the first, a header by freshman Kayla Herr (her first collegiate goal) followed by Brooke Firestone recording her 8th of the year. The Blue Jays surrendered another before the half, but also struck for one of their own, leaving a 3-1 halftime lead for the Falcons. Messiah controlled the majority of play in the second half, adding another goal for the 4-1 final score. The Falcons outshot the Jays 24-5 (13-4 SOG) and led 8-1 in corner kicks.
Early in the game Saturday night against Misericordia, the Falcons found themselves in unfamiliar territory - being outshot and out-played by a fast, physical Cougar team. At the 20-minute mark of the first half, however, the Cougars ran out of gas and the Falcons turned the tide, regaining control of the game and from that point on out-shooting the Cougars 18-2 (19-8 total, 9-4 SOG). The Falcons’ bench was too deep for the upset-minded Cougars and continually attacked for the rest of the first half and the entire second half. Once sophomore Maddie Kohl scored in the 80th minute, the vaunted Messiah defense never let the Cougars get another good look at the goal and ensured the 1-0 victory.
Johns Hopkins (7-1-0) No. 9
Hopkins was looking at a 2-1 halftime deficit Wednesday night when the York (Pa.) Spartans scored twice within five minutes in the first half. The Blue Jays came out and scored four unanswered goals in the second half and cruised to a 5-2 come-from-behind victory. Maggie Coulson scored her 6th and 7th goals of the season in the win. The Blue Jays outshot the Spartans 27-4 (10-3 SOG) and led 5-0 in corners taken.
On Saturday, the undefeated Washington College Shorewomen came into Homewood Field for a Centennial Conference matchup. Thanks to fifth year senior Michelle Santangelo’s hat trick, the Blue Jays handed the Shorewomen their first loss with a 4-1 victory. Santangelo scored one goal in the first half and two in the second to put the game away. The Blue Jays outshot the Shorewomen 15-4 (8-3 SOG) and led in corners taken 12-2.
Swarthmore (7-0-1) No. 13
The Garnet outshot Ursinus Wednesday night 17-2 (8-0 SOG) and led in corners 5-0 in their dominant 2-0 Centennial Conference win over the Bears. Senior Marin McCoy scored her seventh goal of the year and 50th of her collegiate career in the first half and junior Brittany Weiderhold netted her third of the year late in the first half to complete the scoring.
The Garnet struck early Saturday against McDaniel, scoring in the first minute on the Green Terror in the Centennial Conference contest. Sophomore Lizzie King added two second half goals to seal the 3-0 shutout win for Swarthmore. The Garnet outshot the Green Terror 24-6 (11-5 SOG) and led in corners 8-0. Senior keeper Amy Shmoys recorded five saves in goal for the Garnet.
The Garnet hit the road this week, first visiting Arcadia for a non-conference match Wednesday night before heading to Franklin and Marshall Saturday afternoon to face the Diplomats in a Centennial Conference contest.
Arcadia (5-1-2) No. 22
The Knights faced Christopher Newport Monday night in Glenside and surrendered two first half goals to the Captains in a 0-3 loss. The Knights battled evenly with the Captains for much of the game but were unable to answer with any goals of their own. Corners were even at six and SOG were just in the Captains’ favor, 4-5.
On Saturday, it was a “tale of two halves”, as Arcadia cruised through the first half against the Wilkes Colonels at home. The Knights outshot the Colonels 16-1 and held the advantage in corners 8-1 while building a 2-0 lead. Junior Veronica Garcia scored a goal in the 5th minute and Sophomore Victoria Casey added another less than four minutes later as it appeared as if the Knights would waltz to an easy win. But, credit the Colonels, as they didn’t just give up. They battled back, turning the tables and outshooting the Knights 9-5 in the second half and tying the game in the 87th minute. Arcadia had the better of play in the overtime periods, but neither team could score in the 2-2 draw. Arcadia ended the contest leading in shots 27-12 (17-6 SOG), but corners were even at 9.
Misericordia (5-2-1) NR, Receiving votes
The Cougars stunned No. 5 William Smith on Wednesday night in Dallas, PA, with a 2-1 victory. The Herons outshot the Cougars 13-10, but the Cougars came from behind after a Heron goal in the 28th minute. Senior back Kristen Ritter scored on a free kick from 40 yards out, then fellow senior Ashley Edgell put in the game-winner after the Cougars were awarded a PK in the 81st minute. The Cougar defense then did the rest, fending off several late attacks by the Herons.
The Cougars hoped to be “Giant Killers” twice in one week, facing their second Top 5 team in four days when they traveled to No. 4 Messiah Saturday night. And, for the first 25 minutes of the match, they made just about everyone believers. They controlled play, attacking the Falcons with a high press and getting off six shots and 2 corners to the Falcons’ one shot and 0 corners. But, unlike Wednesday night against William Smith, the Cougars failed to take advantage of their limited chances, and those chances ran out about 25 minutes into the first half. The Falcons took back control of the game and never let the Cougars get another good look at the goal. The Cougars almost forced a nil-nil draw but let in a Falcon goal at the 80th minute mark.
Scranton (6-0-1) NR
On Tuesday, the Royals gained a 2-1 victory over NYU on a PK with 12 seconds left in regulation play. A Violet player handled the ball in the box in the final seconds, setting up senior Erica Licari to play the hero by burying the ball into the left side of the net from the spot. The game until that point had been a back-and-forth affair, although Scranton led in shots 18-11 and 5-2 on corners taken. Senior keeper Colleen Berry made eight saves for the Royals in the victory.
On Saturday in D.C., the Royals battled the Catholic Cardinals in a Landmark Conference contest. The game was a physical match that saw only seven combined shots in the first half and nine in the second. Scranton sophomore Corinne McDonald scored in the 64th minute and the defense made it stand as the Royals remained unbeaten on the season. The Royals ended the game with a shot advantage of 11-5 (10-1 SOG) and led in corners 6-2.
Dickinson (5-1-2) NR
Dickinson only played one match this week, hosting the Muhlenberg Mules Saturday afternoon at Miller Memorial Field in a Centennial Conference showdown. The Red Devils outshot the Mules 15-5 (6-4 SOG) and led in corners, 8-1, but couldn’t net one until Junior Addy Zandi put a well-placed free kick just under the crossbar in the 84th minute for the 1-0 win.
Penn State-Berks (4-2-1) NR
On Friday night, the Lions decimated St. Elizabeth in a North Eastern Athletic Conference contest. The Lions outshot the Eagles 44-0 (28-0 SOG), led 10-0 on corner kicks taken, and 8 different Lions scored in the 12-0 pummeling.
The beatings continued Saturday afternoon in Reading, PA, as the Lions resumed their offensive onslaught by throttling Gallaudet 10-0. Seven different Lions scored goals, outshooting the Bison 41-2 (28-2 SOG) and led in corners 11-0 in the NEAC contest. The Lions finished the weekend outscoring their opponents 22-0 and outshooting them 85-2.
This week, the Lions won’t find it quite so easy, traveling to Johns Hopkins Wednesday night to face the Blue Jays in an important non-conference matchup. They then return home to host SUNY Poly on Saturday afternoon as they get back to NEAC play.
The River Hawks beat Wilkes 1-0 on senior Emily Sullivan’s penalty kick in the 65th minute Tuesday night. Wilkes applied pressure on the River Hawks all night and outshot them, 9-11 (3-7 SOG) and led in corners 0-3, but the River Hawk defense was up to the task. It was the River Hawks’ fifth shutout in their first seven games.
On Saturday afternoon, the River Hawks recorded their sixth shutout of the year in a Landmark Conference 2-0 win over Elizabethtown. They outshot the Blue Jays 10-5 (4-2 SOG), but corners were tied at four for each team. The game was scoreless until freshman Anna Werner netted one in the 52nd minute. Senior Emily Sullivan added an insurance goal in the 84th minute.
Watching… No one this week!
We’re letting this slide this week, as every team that we were watching last week as undefeated teams - Cazenovia, Albright, and FDU-Florham - all saw their first loss and there’s no need to start any D3soccer.com “jinx” rumors. We’ll keep an eye for new “Contenders”. Let us know - should we be watching someone?
So, there it is. Week four in the books. We’re nearly half way through the 2018 season already. Conference play is now in full swing and teams will be jockeying for playoff spots in the coming weeks, fighting for those elusive three points and a chance to clinch a spot in the conference championships. The playoffs are just around the corner - come back and check in on these top teams in the region and see how they’ll match up come October and November.
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