September 22, 2014

Women's Watch - Weekend #4

By Staff Writer

This weekend marked the official start of fall and the opening of conference play for many teams. This week's Watch offers a look at some of the surprises, close calls, and rivalries that defined the weekend in Division III women's soccer.

Friday, September 19

The No. 1-ranked Washington U. women's soccer team (7-0-0) rallied from its first deficit of the season to post a 2-1 victory at Webster (2-3-3) Friday night. Washington U. remains one of twenty undefeated teams in this country.

Senior forward Angela Bosco found the back of the net four times Friday night as No. 5 Lynchburg (6-0-0) defeated Emory and Henry (1-6-0) 10-0 in an Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) matchup. Dessi Dupuy, who was honored before the game as the leading scorer in ODAC history, added a goal in the team’s victory. The Hornets followed up their Friday win with a 4-0 victory over Christopher Newport (4-2-2) on Sunday. Dupuy led the way for the Hornets (7-0-0) scoring a pair of goals, one in each half.

Saturday, September 20

GAME OF THE WEEK - In what is shaping up to be a healthy in-state rivalry, No. 2 Messiah (7-0-0) hosted No. 11 Misericordia (5-1-0) on Saturday. Meeting for the fourth straight year in addition to their 2012 national semifinal encounter, the Cougars, who have been closing the gap on the Falcons, were looking to do one better than last year’s scoreless tie. They nearly took the lead on a couple occasions in the first half only to see Messiah adjust at the break and take the upper hand. Nevertheless, the scoreless deadlock between the two would extend an additional 103 minutes before being broken. Kayla Deckert headed in a corner kick served by Marisa Weaver to lift the Falcons over the Cougars.

Coming off their shock 3-0 home defeat to Aurora, the third-ranked Wheaton (Ill.) Thunder (7-1-0) hosted Loras (4-5-0) Saturday and came out on top 2-0. Sarah Frey found Anna Burnidge for her first goal of the season to give Wheaton the 1-0 lead at the 69:10 mark. Ally Witt scored the Thunder’s second goal on an empty Duhawk net with only two seconds left in the contest.

A tenacious Grove City (1-5-1) team held the No. 4 Carnegie Mellon Tartans (7-0-0) at bay for full time and well into a second overtime before conceding the match. The visiting Tartans scored with 4:31 remaining in the second overtime. Tori Iatarola broke the scoreless tie after receiving a pass from Savina Reed.

Junior forward Olivia Huber recorded a hat trick on Saturday to lead eighth-ranked Thomas More (8-0-0) to a 7-0 shutout win over Bluffton (1-5-0) in a non-conference match. The Saints outshot Bluffton 26 to 1 in becoming the season's first 8-game winners.

NESCAC conference play has started in earnest this week as shown in a Top 25 battle between the Jeffs and the Ephs on Saturday. No. 23 Amherst (4-1-0) surprised No. 10 Williams (4-1-0) with a goal already in the third minute when Hannah Guzzie finished Melanie Stier’s pass. Williams recovered from their slow start only to be hit on the counter just when the Jeffs’ goal seemed more likely to be breached. The 2-0 score would stand. After the game, Ephs head coach Michelyne Pinard commented on her team's first loss of the season: "It took us about 10-15 minutes to get a rhythm, and unfortunately they punished us for that. Once we got a rhythm and we figured out how to keep the ball, we started to get in behind and create some chances. It felt like we had a ton of really good, quality opportunities, but that's the game. At the end of the day, it doesn't matter how many chances you have or how many shots, you have to finish. They did, and we didn't."

Rowan (5-2-0) won 2-0 at No. 17 Kean (6-2-0) on Saturday evening, extending their regular season dominance of their NJAC rival to eight years. The Profs ended the Cougars' six-game win streak.

Sunday, September 21

Karina Rodriguez scored two goals as Emory (4-0-2) beat Capital (5-3-0) 3 to 1 on Sunday. Rodriguez tallied her first goal in the 12th minute while her teammate Jennifer Grant put in her second of the season in the 40th minute to take a 2-0 lead into the half.

The Keuka Storm (5-3-0) destroyed St. Elizabeth (0-8-0) 15 to 0 on Sunday. The Storm outshot St. Elizabeth 47 to 3.

The Greensboro Pride (3-4-0) defeated Methodist (1-5-0) 4-3 in double overtime on Sunday afternoon. Greensboro scored three second half goals to come from behind to tie the game at 3-3, before getting the game winner in double overtime. Both teams played a scoreless first overtime, before Elizabeth Torres played a 35-yard free kick into the box that the keeper mishandled, allowing Lauren Greeson to bury the game winner in the 105th minute.

Other Sunday winners included No. 5 Lynchburg (7-0-0), No. 6 Trinity (Texas) (6-0-1), No. 10 Williams (5-1-0), No. 15 William Smith (5-2-0), No. 19 Hardin-Simmons (6-1-0), and No. 23 Amherst (5-1-0).

Mascot of the Week

Lakeland Muskie
Lakeland's menacing Muskie

This week’s Mascot honor belongs to the Lakeland Muskies. While muskellunges, or "muskies", are known to fishermen as an obstinate fish, this mascot is particularly menacing with a giant fish hook poised for use. "Muskies" was adopted as the college's mascot in the 1930's, when Lakeland was known as Mission House College. It was done at the suggestion of former athletic director and Coach Elmer Ott, who owned a resort in northern Wisconsin in a region known for its good fishing, especially muskellunge.

It should be noted that one other Division III school has the same mascot: Muskingum Fighting Muskies.

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