Women's Watch - Weekend #6
By D3soccer.com Staff Writer
The week started quietly enough, with Trinity (Texas), Wheaton (Ill.) and William Smith all rolling to easy wins, but the weekend provided some edge-of-your seat battles and an upset as conference rivalries begin to dominate the schedule. As the weather gets cooler, the games get hotter. The Game of the Week between Emory and Washington was a perfect example.
Friday, October 3
No. 5 Trinity (Texas) (11-0-1) made a statement on Friday night as they pummeled Centenary (La.) (1-11-0) 8 to nil. Eight different Tigers buried goals in the back of the net. Trinity took 44 shots and put 22 on goal. Centenary was unable to muster a single shot against the high powered Tiger defense that held opponents shotless in three of their last four games.
Kristin Rauh scored two goals in seventh-ranked Wheaton (Ill.)’s 5-0 drubbing of Elmhurst (7-4-0) in their CCIW opener. Wheaton (9-1-1) owned a 23-12 advantage in shots and won five corner kicks to Elmhurst’s lone corner.
The ninth-ranked William Smith Herons (7-2-0) likewise went on a scoring spree on Friday. Madeline Buckley’s goal just 84 seconds into the contest set the Herons on the way to a 6-0 win over Bard (4-6-0).
Saturday, October 4
In a UAA opener and battle of ranked teams, No. 3 Carnegie Mellon (9-0-0) edged No. 12 Chicago (9-2-0) by the score of 2 to 1. Coach Yon Struble summed up the result, “This was a great win for our program today. Chicago is one of the best teams we've played this year. It is never easy traveling to Chicago and getting a win here. I was proud of the way we handled the pressure they threw at us."
Likewise, No. 9 William Smith (8-2-0) crushed Vassar (5-3-2) 5-nil. After a scoreless opening stanza, Madeline Buckley’s hat-trick spear-headed the Herons’ second-half outburst. They now sit at 3-0 in the Patriot Conference. Buckley’s four-goal, one-assist weekend doubled her totals for the season; she leads the team with 18 points.
Following their upset loss to Ohio Northern last week, No. 17 Thomas More (10-1-0) outscored their next two opponents by an 18-0 margin. They opened up PAC play Saturday by defeating Bethany (3-7-0) 13 to 0. Julia Flagge-Echols scored a school single-game record-tying five goals and added two assists to set the new Thomas More single-game points record with 12 points.
Last year’s NCAA semi-finalist Capital (8-3-0) is returning to form as it enters conference play. It defeated Mount Union (7-3-0) 3-0 in their Ohio Athletic Conference opener . The ever-quotable Coach Chris Kouns stated, "I could not be more proud of our effort or pleased with our focus. As we entered into OAC play we've been having some terrific training sessions and it really showed this afternoon. I loved our possession and our ability to break down the Mount Union team a number of different ways. I also really loved the way we defended as a unit and paid attention to the details. If we continue to bring this effort and focus on a daily basis we will have a real opportunity to do something special."
Sunday, October 5
GAME OF THE WEEK - It was an epic Top 10 clash when No. 6 Emory (6-0-3) visited No. 2 Washington U. (9-0-2) to open their UAA campaigns. The game was extremely physical with a combined 29 fouls on the day and a number of players leaving the game with injuries. Bears’ coach Jim Conlon commented, "I loved our fight. I loved our battle. We had a couple girls not finish the game due to being banged up and our kids just stepped up all over the field." Both teams scored early. Thirteen minutes in, Katie Chandler scored her sixth goal of the season to give Washington a short-lived 1-0 advantage. Just 35 seconds after the re-start, a goal from Emily Feldman put Emory on level terms again. The sides would match each other shot for shot—17 each (9 each on frame)—over 90 minutes with the score remaining 1-1. In overtime the advantage would be with the hosts (4-0 shots, 3-0 corner kicks), but Washington’s shots did not find the target as Emory held on for the tie.
UPSET OF THE WEEK - Whitworth (3-7-1) upset No. 23 Puget Sound (6-3-0) in a NWC match-up. The Pirates scored on a goal from Tiara Pajimola only 2:09 into the game. The Loggers outshot Whitworth (17-4, SOG 7-2) and had more corner kicks (8-4), but the opening goal would finish as the game’s lone goal.
Mascot of the Week
|Ohio Wesleyan Battling Bishop|
The Ohio Wesleyan Battling Bishop wins our attention this week with his sense of style and swagger. The OWU mascot has a long history as according to the school’s athletics website, “The nickname "The Battling Bishops" dates to 1925; before then Ohio Wesleyan’s teams were simply known as "The Red and Black," or sometimes as "The Methodists." The colors and church affiliation were common, making identification by sports writers difficult, so in1925 a nicknaming-contest was held and the winner presented to the sports writers was "The Battling Bishops." The winning entry came from Harold Thomas, a senior at the university. Perhaps inspired by the name, the football team went 7-1-1 that fall. Its only loss came against Ohio State by a 10-3 score, but that didn’t prevent them from winning the Ohio Athletic Conference championship.
It should be noted that another Division III school, North Carolina Wesleyan, has the same mascot.