Mid-Atlantic Review, Week 6
By D3soccer.com Contributor
Conference play. The time for the cream to rise to the top. The time for challengers to step up to the plate. The time for spoilers to ruin playoff dreams. We’re in the thick of it - this wonderful, unpredictable time of conference play.
One of our unbeatens fell from the ranks this week and one upstart team hoping to make a statement made the wrong kind of one. Very soon the postseason starts, and teams are furiously trying to get those three points or maybe steal one point from the favorite. It’s almost playoff time...
Messiah (10-1-0 / 3-0-0) No. 2
The Falcons visited the Stevenson Mustangs (2-7-2 / 1-2-0) Tuesday evening for a MAC Commonwealth contest and came away with a 3-0 win. In typical Messiah-Stevenson fashion, the game was physical and played closely, but only for about 10 minutes until the Falcons began to dominate. After being held to no shots in the first ten minutes, they began an assault of 37 shots on the Mustangs (22 on frame) and held the Mustangs to without a single shot for the night. All-Americans Sunny Gelnovatch and Brooke Firestone scored for the Falcons. Maddie Kohl added a late insurance goal with a nifty move at the top of the penalty area that freed her up to send a left-footed rocket past the Mustang keeper.
On Saturday evening, the Albright Lions (8-2-1 / 2-1-0) came to Grantham looking to make a statement. Their eight wins had the MAC Commonwealth buzzing, and many were anxious to see how they would match up against the Falcons. The Lions have been a thorn in the side of the Falcons for the last two seasons, holding them to one goal in nearly 210 minutes of soccer. Their defensive strategy didn’t hold up this year, as the Falcons blasted them with 37 shots, 16 of those on goal. Freshman Jessie Fisher scored in the 38th minute (her 4th goal in seven days) and Barb Foster snuck in a shot off of a corner kick. The Falcons controlled possession for the entire match and were never threatened by the Lion offense in the 2-0 win. The Falcons have only yielded a total of one single, not-on-goal shot to conference opponents through three matches and have not allowed any opponent to reach double-digit shots yet this season, holding opponents to a mere 4.0 shots-per-game average.
The Falcons continue with MAC Commonwealth play this week with two road games, first visiting the Lebanon Valley Dutchmen (5-3-1 / 1-1-0) Wednesday afternoon before heading to Reading, PA, to take on the Alvernia Golden Wolves (2-8-2 / 1-2-0) Saturday afternoon.
Johns Hopkins (11-1-0 / 5-0-0) No. 6
On Wednesday afternoon, the Blue Jays won their 15th consecutive Centennial Conference regular season match at Dickinson (7-3-2 / 3-2-1) by a 1-0 score. Similar to last week against Penn State-Berks, the Jays benefitted from a first half penalty that Emily Maheras successfully converted for a 1-0 lead that the Hopkins defense made stand up. The Blue Jays outshot the home squad 12-6 (7-2 SOG) and led in corners 4-0.
For the second straight game and third time in four games, the Blue Jays converted a first half penalty kick for a 1-0 victory. The victim this time was Muhlenberg (4-5-1 / 2-3-0), who took down Rachel Jackson in the box in the 28th minute. Emily Maheras once again made no mistake from the spot and the defense held the lead. Hopkins outshot the Mules 20-11 (8-4 SOG) and led 17-3 in corners, but as in the other previous games with penalty kicks, could only manage that one, lone score.
This week, the Blue Jays continue with Centennial Conference play, hosting the McDaniel Green Terror (7-3-0 / 4-2-0) Wednesday afternoon before visiting No. 11 Swarthmore (10-1-1 / 4-0-1) Saturday evening in a match that may very well determine who will be hosting the conference championship.
Swarthmore (10-1-1 / 4-0-1) No. 11
At home on Tuesday night, the Garnet dominated the Washington College Shorewomen (6-4-0 / 2-4-0) in a Centennial Conference matchup. The Garnet outshot the Shorewomen 27-2 (12-0 SOG) and led in corners 8-0 in the 2-0 victory. In the 40th minute, junior Sydney Covitz made a quick move in the box to get the ball to her right foot and then ripped a shot through three defenders into the right side netting. Junior Eleonore Moser completed the scoring in the 64th minute, burying a header off a Brittany Weiderhold corner kick.
The Garnet visited Farmingdale State (9-3-1 / 3-0-0) Sunday afternoon and despite outshooting the Rams 22-5 (10-2 SOG) and leading in corners 4-1, suffered a 0-1 setback when Alyssa Parrotta scored in the 88th minute for the Rams. The non-conference result was the Garnet’s first loss of the 2018 season.
The Garnet do not have a weekday game this week, which will give them a chance to prepare for their big Centennial Conference matchup with No. 6 Johns Hopkins (11-1-0 / 5-0-0) at home on Saturday night, a match that will certainly have playoff seeding implications.
Misericordia (8-2-1 / 2-0-0) No. 22
Misericordia visited the Brockport State Golden Eagles (5-8-0 / 2-4-0) Tuesday afternoon and waltzed away with a 5-0 non-conference victory. Senior Kristen Ritter notched a goal and an assist, while five different Cougars scored goals. The Cougars outshot the Golden Eagles 29-3 (16-1 SOG) and led in corners 14-0 in the win.
Homecoming was a cause for celebration Saturday as the Cougars hosted the King’s Monarchs (4-6-0 / 1-1-0) and steamrolled to a 6-0 MAC Freedom win. Six different Cougars scored in the win and it was the third consecutive game where the Cougars scored five or more goals. The suddenly offensive-minded Cougars have outscored their opponents 16-1 in that span. Senior Alexa Alchevsky ignited the goal fest in the 3rd minute of the game for the Cougars.
Arcadia (8-2-2 / 3-0-0)
The Knights visited Widener (4-4-2 / 2-1-0) Tuesday night and picked up a 2-0 MAC Commonwealth win. Arcadia outshot the Pride 16-8 (10-4 SOG) and held a slight lead in corners, 2-1. Sophomore Erin Vander Plaat scored the game winner in the 12th minute and classmate Megan Mannato added the insurance goal in the 80th minute.
Saturday afternoon, the Knights rolled to a 5-0 MAC Commonwealth win over Alvernia (2-8-2 / 1-2-0) at Jean Lenox West Field in Glenside, PA. It was the Knights’ highest offensive production of the season. Five different Knights scored in the game and they outshot the Golden Wolves 21-3 (10-0 SOG). Sophomore Mackenzie Hoffman scored the game winner for the Knights in the 23rd minute.
Scranton (10-0-1 / 3-0-0)
The Royals hosted Penn State-Harrisburg (6-7-1 / 0-2-0) Wednesday night and came away with a 3-0 non-conference win. A pair of sophomores led the scoring with Juliana Corradi scoring the game winner in the first half and Erin Toburen adding two insurance goals within two minutes of each other in the second half. The Royals led in shots 23-1 (12-0 SOG) and led in corners 11-0.
On Saturday, the Royals faced Moravian (6-3-1 / 1-2-0) in an important Landmark Conference matchup and came away with a 2-0 victory. The Royals outshot the Greyhounds 12-5 (8-2 SOG) and led in corners 7-2. Sophomore Mazie Stiles scored the game winner in the 17th minute and freshman Hope Drewes tallied her first collegiate goal in the second half to round out the scoring. The Royals unbeaten start is reminiscent of their standout 2003 season when they went 23-0-1 before falling in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Royals continue Landmark Conference play this week with two contests, first hosting Drew (5-5-2 / 0-2-1) Wednesday night, then welcoming Elizabethtown (4-5-2 / 2-1-0) to Weiss Field Saturday afternoon.
Susquehanna (9-1-2 / 2-0-1)
The River Hawks hosted the Penn College Wildcats (7-3-0 / 5-1-0) Wednesday afternoon in Selinsgrove, PA, and came away with a 4-0 non-conference victory. Susquehanna outshot Penn 37-4 (22-3 SOG) and led in corners 13-1. The River Hawks scored all the goals in the second half with freshman Anna Werner scoring the game winner early in 53rd for the River Hawks.
On Saturday afternoon in Selinsgrove, PA, the River Hawks battled the Catholic Cardinals (6-3-3 / 1-1-1) to a double OT scoreless draw. Each team saw chances in the game, but neither was able to score. Susquehanna led in shots 19-12, but shots on goal were tied at five and Catholic held the lead in corners 3-2. Both teams committed 12 fouls in the physically-played game. The River Hawks did preserve their shutout streak, which now stands at eight games.
The River Hawks are in the midst of Landmark Conference play, traveling to Juniata (4-6-1 / 0-2-1) to face the Eagles Wednesday night, then heading south to face the Gophers of Goucher (4-4-3 / 0-1-2) Saturday afternoon.
Penn State-Berks (8-3-1 / 7-0-0)
The Lions visited Elizabethtown (4-5-2 / 2-1-0) Tuesday night to face the Blue Jays in a non-conference match and came away with a 2-0 win. The Lions outshot the Blue Jays 20-10 (9-4 SOG) and led in corners 6-3 but weren’t able to score until the 75th minute, when senior Julia Green scored the game-winner off her own rebound for her third goal of the season.
Penn State-Berks resumed North Eastern Athletic Conference play with a 5-0 romp at Morrisville State (6-6-0 / 5-2-0) Saturday afternoon. The Lions outshot the Mustangs 33-4 (21-1 SOG) and led in corners 12-1. Senior Caitlin Golden added a hat trick in the second half, putting her goal total at 24 for the season. Golden currently leads the nation in goals scored for Division III. The week was slightly anemic for the Lions, who only outscored their opponents 7-0 after posting a 25-1 goal differential last week. The Lions currently lead the nation in Division III scoring with 67 goals.
The Lions do not have a weekday game this week. They will host the Cazenovia Wildcats (10-3-0 / 6-1-0) in a NEAC matchup Saturday afternoon for Senior Day.
Dickinson (7-3-2 / 3-1-1)
Dickinson hosted Johns Hopkins (11-1-0 / 5-0-0) Wednesday afternoon, dropping a 0-1 Centennial Conference decision to the Blue Jays. The Red Devils were outshot by the Blue Jays 6-12 (2-7 SOG) and trailed 0-4 on corner kicks. Dickinson played evenly with the sixth-ranked Blue Jays but could not recover from a converted penalty kick in the 18th minute. The Red Devil defense kept the Blue Jays offense off balance for the entire game and senior keeper Mary Katherine Brosnan made six saves on the afternoon.
The Red Devils bounced back Saturday with an impressive 1-0 Centennial Conference win against the Washington College Shorewomen (6-4-0 / 2-4-0). Dickinson controlled play, outshooting Washington College 16-2 (9-1 SOG) and leading in corners 3-1. Junior Addy Zandi made a move at the top of the penalty area to create space and then blasted a shot past the keeper for the game-winner.
The Red Devils take a break from Centennial Conference play by hosting Widener (4-4-2 / 2-1-0) in a non-conference game Wednesday night before welcoming Bryn Mawr (1-8-2 / 0-5-0) to Carlisle, PA, for a conference matchup on Saturday.
Haverford Fords (6-3-1 / 3-1-1)
The Fords joined the Mid-Atlantic Region rankings this week and hosted Ursinus (5-5-2 / 2-4-0) Wednesday afternoon in a Centennial Conference contest. Haverford came away with a 2-0 victory, outshooting the Bears 13-2 (9-2 SOG) and leading in corners 6-1. Seniors Grace Mathis and Sydney West scored goals for the Fords.
The highlight of the game between the Fords and Gettysburg (6-3-2 / 3-1-1) on Saturday was defense. Neither team could break into the scoring column in the 0-0 scoreless draw between these two evenly-matched teams fighting for a Centennial Conference playoff spot. The statistics were slightly in favor of the Bullets, with shots at 12-8 (5-4 SOG) and corners at 5-4, but neither team could exert any kind of dominance for any extended duration.
So, we’re in the thick of it, alright - conference play. It’s only going to get better, as we head deep into October and the rivalries heat up and the nights cool down. We have some great conference action happening in the upcoming week, so come back in a week to see how the top teams in the Mid-Atlantic fared against their conference rivals and gear up for the playoffs!
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