South Atlantic Week in Review- Week 10
By D3soccer.com Contributor
The wait is over. It’s time for the National Tournament. An upset or two this week, but no real shockers in this region. Let’s take a look back at the top teams in the South Atlantic and how they fared in their conference playoffs and where (if at all) they’re headed for the NCAA Tournament.
Christopher Newport (17-1-0 / 7-0-0) D3Soccer.com No. 11 / SA Region #1
Christopher Newport took care of Salisbury (7-10-1 / 3-4-0) Wednesday night in their Capital Athletic Conference semifinal matchup. The Captains got goals from sophomore Riley Cook and freshman Kristina Toms in the 3-0 win. With her scores, Cook broke a pair of team offensive records: most goals (20) and most points (46) in a season. Senior Gabby Gillis recorded an assist and is closing in on 40 points for the year (38). For the match, the Captains outshot the Sea Gulls 28-7 (15-2 SOG) and led in corners 14-4. The Captains earned the right to host Mary Washington in the CAC Championship game on Saturday night.
The Captains won their third straight CAC title Saturday night, beating Mary Washington (12-4-1 / 6-1-0) by a score of 3-1 and earning the automatic qualifier to the NCAA Tournament. Kristina Toms, Carson Pokorny, Abby Zimmerman, and (of course!) Riley Cook scored goals for the Captains. Cook has registered a point in her last 12 games and now has 48 on the season, both team records. CNU outshot the Eagles 26-13 (12-8 SOG) and led in corners 10-7. The majority of the Captains’ shots were registered in the second half, when they pummeled the Eagles with 19 of them. The Captain defense played exemplary and stopped two close chances near the end of the match to preserve the victory.
Christopher Newport will host a pod for this week’s first and second round of the NCAA Tournament, welcoming Staten Island (12-6-0 / 6-0-0), Scranton (15-1-3 / 7-0-0), and Arcadia (12-5-3 / 6-1-1) to...[read more]