South Atlantic Week in Review- Week 6
By D3soccer.com Contributor
What a week this Week 6 was! We saw one team battle their second Top 5 team in a week to the very end, only to fall short once again and a traditional powerhouse lose to a team that they hadn’t lost to in 21 years. There’s also an undefeated team out there that is clicking on both sides of the ball in dominant fashion, but many are wondering how they’ll match up with the traditional powers once the playoffs start. Let’s look how Week 6 went in the South Atlantic...
TCNJ (9-1-0 / 5-0-0) No. 9
The Lions traveled to York (Pa.) (5-7-0 / 1-1-0) Wednesday night for a non-conference matchup with the Spartans. The Lions outshot the Spartans 18-1 (9-0 SOG) and led in corners 9-0 but could only find the back of the net once. Freshman Nikki Butler scored on a rebound off the Spartan keeper in the 53rd minute, her fifth of the season.
The scoring struggles continued for the Lions on Saturday afternoon against Kean (3-5-4 / 1-2-2). Despite outshooting the Cougars 30-1 (12-1 SOG) and leading in corners 10-2, the Lions’ only goal came on a converted penalty kick from Arielle Curtis in the 58th minute. That was enough for the Lions defense, which was once again on point in the 1-0 NJAC win. The win was the 25th consecutive regular season win for TCNJ, as well as the 20th straight home regular season win.
Lynchburg (10-2-0 / 3-1-0) No.10
Wednesday night, the Hornets suffered their second defeat of the season and first Old Dominion Athletic Conference defeat at the hands of the Randolph-Macon Yellow Jackets (7-0-1 / 3-0-1). Despite holding a statistical advantage in shots 16-13 and corners 5-3, the Yellow Jackets put more shots on goal at 7-4 and scored one in each half. The Hornets could not answer and fell 0-2. Senior Delia LoSapio made five saves in goal for the Hornets. The loss snapped the Hornets’ 21-year winning streak in the series.
The Hornets rebounded from their mid-week loss by swatting the Emory & Henry Wasps (0-11-1 / 0-4-0) in an ODAC home matchup. The Hornets outshot the Wasps 53-1 (28-1 SOG) and led in corner kicks 5-0. Senior midfielder Kennedy Jakubek recorded 9 points (3 goals, 3 assists) in the 11-1 win. Eight different Hornets scored in the contest.
The Hornets have a busy week with three games, two of which are ODAC road games. On Wednesday afternoon, they travel for an immensely important ODAC matchup with Bridgewater (Va.) (11-1-0 / 4-0-0) that will have playoff seeding implications. On Saturday afternoon, the Hornets travel to Sweet Briar (1-10-0 / 0-4-0) to face the Vixens in another ODAC contest. On Sunday afternoon, the Hornets host the Salem Spirits (5-8-0 / 2-1-0) in a non-conference match.
Christopher Newport (8-1-0 / 2-0-0) No. 15
The Captains put on a shooting clinic Wednesday night at Methodist (5-5-0 / 1-2-0), bombarding the Monarchs with 43 shots in a 3-0 non-conference win. Carson Pokorny, Riley Cook, and Maxine Borris scored for the Captains. The Captains defense held the Monarch defense to only one shot on goal and two shots total.
Saturday afternoon at Frostburg State (3-8-0 / 1-1-0) the Captains’ leading scorers on the year came through in a big way by scoring both goals in the 2-1 CAC victory. Gabby Gillis and Riley Cook each scored, and Cook added an assist to leave the duo tied at the top of the team’s points chart with 20 each. Cook scored her fourth game-winner of the season, leaving her with 9 for her young career. The Captains outshot the Bobcats 30-9 (11-6 SOG) and led 13-0 in corners.
The Captains continue with a busy schedule, hosting three games this week, two of which are Capital Athletic Conference games. On Monday night, the Captains host Virginia Wesleyan (6-2-1 / 2-0-1) in a makeup of their September 12 weather postponement. On Wednesday evening, they welcome the Southern Virginia Knights (4-7-0 / 0-2-0) to Newport News for a CAC matchup. Saturday evening, the York (Pa.) Spartans (5-7-0 / 1-1-0) invade Captains Field for another CAC battle.
Centre (13-0-0 / 4-0-0) No. 16
The Colonels traveled to Rhodes (5-4-1 / 2-1-0) Friday afternoon for a SAA match. Centre scored five goals on fourteen shots (8 on goal) and came away with a 5-0 win. The Colonel defense continued its dominant ways, limiting the Lynx to three total shots (zero on goal) and one corner kick. Junior Alana Hughes scored her tenth goal of the season and Sophomore Madeline Espy added two in the 5-0 conference win.
On Sunday at Hendrix (9-4-0 / 3-1-0), it was much of the same for the Colonels, as they found the back of the net twice and the defense once again held their opponent scoreless in the 2-0 conference win. The Colonel defense has held opponents to a measly 0.27 goals-against average and has now recorded seven consecutive shutouts and nine total on the season. They have also only allowed a mere 4.5 shots per game. On Sunday, the Colonels outshot the Warriors 23-1 (10-1 SOG) and led in corners 13-0.
Like most teams this week, the Colonels continue with conference play, hosting two Southern Athletic Association matches. On Friday evening, Centre welcomes the Millsaps Majors (2-9-2 / 0-4-0) to Amend Field, followed by a home match on Sunday afternoon against the Birmingham-Southern Panthers (6-3-3 / 0-2-2).
Bridgewater (Va.) (11-1-0 / 4-0-0) NR Receiving Votes
Wednesday night, the Eagles continued on their current roll, recording their ninth win in a row with a 1-0 non-conference win over Roanoke (2-5-3 / 1-2-1). Freshman Hanna Randolph scored in the final minute of the first overtime, her sixth goal of the season. Bridgewater held a slight 12-9 edge in shots (8-4 SOG) and a 7-4 advantage in corner kicks.
On Saturday afternoon, the Eagles hosted the Guilford Quakers (4-6-0 / 2-2-0) in an ODAC matchup and came away with a 2-0 victory to remain undefeated in conference play. Freshman Ana Elson scored both goals, the first of her college career, to lead the Eagles. Bridgewater outshot Guilford 24-5 (10-3 SOG) and held a 7-1 advantage in corners in the win.
The Eagles host two ODAC matches this week, the first one a crucial mid-week contest with Lynchburg (10-2-0 / 3-1-0) Wednesday afternoon. This game will have ODAC playoff seeding implications and more importantly, legitimize the Eagles’ dominant season. If they beat this perennial powerhouse, they’ll know they have arrived. They will then host the Randolph Wildcats (5-4-0 / 0-4-0) Saturday afternoon in another ODAC matchup.
Rowan (9-1-1 / 4-0-1) NR Receiving Votes
Wednesday afternoon, the Profs rolled to a 6-0 non-conference win at Eastern (5-6-0 / 1-0-1), blasting the Eagles with 23 shots, 13 of which were on frame. Senior midfielder Sarah Rosenberg scored 48 seconds into the match and four other Profs joined her in the scoring column.
The Profs continued to roll at home Saturday night, as they pummeled New Jersey City (4-7-0 / 0-5-0) 9-0 in NJAC play. Rowan bombarded the Gothic Knights with 40 shots, 22 of which were on frame. Seven different Profs scored goals, with senior Cathryn McCarry and freshman Jessica Beck each scoring two. Gothic Knight freshman keeper Cidney Lee-Sam made 13 saves in goal and stopped a penalty kick in the first half that kept the final score in single digits.
Emory Eagles (7-4-0 / 0-2-0) NR Receiving Votes
The Eagles faced Berry (6-4-2 / 2-1-1) Tuesday night in a non-conference contest at their home Woodruff PE Center. The Eagles bounced back from last week’s heartbreaking 2-1 overtime loss to No. 1 Washington U. by dominating the Vikings, outshooting them 30-4 (10-0 SOG) and holding an 11-2 advantage in corner kicks. Sophomore Caroline Moore scored the game winner for the Eagles in the 30th minute. The Emory defense did the rest, recording their sixth shutout of the season.
The Eagles made a furious comeback Saturday afternoon against the No. 5 Chicago Maroons (10-1-1 / 2-0-0), scoring two in the closing ten minutes to pull within a goal. The Eagles couldn’t complete the comeback, however, falling 3-2 to the Maroons in UAA play. Emory was outshot 16-19 by Chicago but led in shots on frame 11-10. The Eagles also held a slight advantage in corners kicks at 3-2. Sophomores Samantha Hilsee and Caroline Moore scored goals for the Eagles in the loss.
The Eagles have three games this week, first hosting the Maryville (Tenn.) Scots (8-4-0 / 5-0-0) Tuesday evening in Atlanta, then hitting the road for two UAA Conference matchups. Friday night they will be in New York City to face the New York University Violets (6-4-1 / 2-0-0), before continuing up the coast to take on the Brandeis Judges (9-1-0 / 2-0-0) Sunday afternoon to face their third Top 15 team in a week.
Montclair State (7-2-3 / 3-1-1)
The Red Hawks suffered their second setback of the season Tuesday night at Stevens (9-2-0 / 5-0-0), dropping a 2-1 non-conference decision to the Ducks. Montclair State was outshot by Stevens 7-21 (4-12 SOG), but both teams took just three corner kicks. Junior Emily Beenders scored her 9th goal of the season to tie the game in the 23rd minute, but the Red Hawks couldn’t answer after the Ducks’ go-ahead goal in the 76th minute.
Against the Ramapo Roadrunners (2-9-0 / 1-4-0) on Saturday afternoon, the Red Hawks put up some big numbers on the stat sheet but could only manage a lone goal in the 1-0 NJAC win. The Red Hawks outshot the Roadrunners 23-5 (13-2 SOG) and led in corners 5-1. Christine Mayorga scored her first goal of the season in the 54th minute to lead the Hawks.
The Red Hawks host the Dolphins of Staten Island (7-5-0 / 4-0-0) in a non-conference matchup Monday night before heading to the New Jersey City Knights (4-7-0 / 0-5-0) Wednesday afternoon for a NJAC contest. Finally, on Saturday evening they welcome Stockton (9-2-3 / 3-1-1) to the MSU Soccer Park for another NJAC game.
Washington and Lee (6-2-2 / 3-1-1)
The Generals bounced back from their heartbreaking last-second loss to Bridgewater by beating up the Guilford Quakers (4-6-0 / 2-2-0) Wednesday night. The Generals outshot the Quakers 25-1 (13-0 SOG) and led in corners 9-0 in the 3-0 ODAC road win. Senior midfielder Megan Engeland continued her stellar 2018 campaign by scoring the game-winner in the 25th minute. That goal made 32 for Engeland’s career and 70 points, pushing her into 9th place on the program’s all-time points list.
Engeland continued her hot streak on Friday night as she notched her second career hat trick at Shenandoah (6-5-0 / 2-1-0) in the Generals’ 4-2 ODAC win. Washington and Lee gave up an early goal, but then scored four unanswered to take control of the game. The Generals and Hornets each recorded thirteen shots, with the Generals holding a slim 11-9 advantage in shots on goal. The Hornets held a 7-4 advantage in corner kicks.
Piedmont (9-3-1 / 4-0-0)
On Monday night, junior Devin Haupt scored her first career goal to lead the Lady Lions over the Oglethorpe Stormy Petrels (4-8-1 / 1-2-1) in a non-conference matchup. The Lady Lions outshot the Stormy Petrels 19-2 (4-1 SOG) and led in corners 7-0 in the 1-0 victory. The Piedmont defense recorded their 8th shutout of the season and has only given up 5 total goals.
Wednesday night, it was more of the same, albeit this time a little closer statistically, when the Lady Lions hosted Brevard (7-4-0 / 3-2-0) in a USA South battle. Piedmont outshot the Tornados 18-10 (12-3 SOG) and led in corners 6-0 in the 2-0 win. Seniors Sarah Weber and Samantha Ishee each scored a goal, and sophomore goalkeeper Miranda McNalley made three saves for the Lady Lions defense as they recorded their 9th shutout of the season.
Piedmont controlled play against Agnes Scott (3-7-1 / 0-4-0) on Saturday in their 4-0 USA South conference victory. Four different Lady Lions scored, as Piedmont outshot the Scotties 32-7 (11-1 SOG) and led in corners 7-0. Katelyn Smith, Anslyn Stamps, and Amanda Weinhart all scored their first goals of the season, while Veronica Cappas notched her fourth.
Piedmont continues with USA South play on the road this week, first Friday night at the Maryville (Tenn.) Scots (8-4-0 / 5-0-0), then heading to the Berea Mountaineers (7-5-0 / 1-3-0) for a Sunday afternoon matchup.
Still watching… Greensboro (11-0-0 / 3-0-0)
The Greensboro Pride continue their unbeaten/untied ways. This week, they battled Pfeiffer (6-2-0 / 2-1-0) to a 2-1 USA South Conference victory. The Pride outshot the Falcons 10-2 (6-1 SOG) but trailed in corners taken 0-1. Junior Mercedes Bauza scored both Pride goals, her 6th and 7th of the year.
Saturday against Methodist (5-5-0 / 1-2-0) in another USA South contest, the Pride downed the Monarchs 4-2. The Pride sprinted out to a 3-0 lead before allowing two Monarch goals. Sophomore Alexis Chase added an insurance goal in the 88th minute, her second of the game, to put the match away. Greensboro outshot Methodist 17-11 but were one less on frame at 7-8. Corners taken, and saves were both slanted in favor of the Pride at 6-2.
This week, the Pride travel to North Carolina Wesleyan (3-5-1 / 1-2-0) on Tuesday afternoon to face the Bishops in a USA South matchup before returning home to host the Salem Spirits (5-8-0 / 2-1-0) Saturday afternoon in another USA South contest. The Pride then host Agnes Scott (3-7-1 / 0-4-0) in a non-conference match on Sunday afternoon.
So, there it is - Week 6 over and done. We are more than halfway through the 2018 season already. Only a few more weeks of conference play before the season is over for some and the postseason begins for others. Join us next week to see how the conference playoffs are shaping up and if we have any surprises out there in the South Atlantic.
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