Friday NCAAs: No. 9 Dominican, No. 8 Wheaton (Ill.) win
Friday marked the second day of of round one matches in the NCAA tournament, with four pods in action in the Midwest. The MIAA started the day with three teams in the bracket; Calvin played in the Loras pod, Hope in the Dominican pod, and the Alma women in the Wheaton (Ill.) pod. The IIAC had two teams in action, as did the CCIW, the SLIAC, and the NAC.
|Wheaton junior Keri Shannon had two goals in the Thunder win Wheaton Athletics photo by Michael Hudson Photography|
The host teams in each pod ended the day as expected with the No. 5 Loras men defeating UMAC rep Minnesota St.-Morris 2-0, the No. 8 Wheaton (Ill.) women cruising by AMCC champ Penn State-Behrend 5-0, the No. 9 Dominican men taking down SLIAC winner Greenville 4-0, and the No. 12 Wartburg women blanking SLIAC champ Principia 2-0.
In the Loras pod, the early match had Calvin facing off against CCIW winner Carthage. After a scorelss battle through the first half and most of the second, Knight junior Nick Holtrop scored the gamewinner, heading in a cross from sophomore Zach Willis in the 77th minute. While Carthage outshot the Knights 18-12 and had several scoring opportunities early, Calvin junior Michael Dolan and the crossbar kept Calvin clean. Even with a 6-2 corner kick advantage, the Red Men were unable to get anything past Dolan. With the victory, Calvin advances to the second round Saturday night to face host Loras.
Minn.-Morris gave it their best effort, but had no answer for the powerful transition game of the Duhawks. While Loras was stopped by a tight defense on numerous occassions, the two conversions was all it took to move on in the tournament. In the 10th minute, freshman Tom Fluegel made it 1-0 with a well-placed shot from 20 yards, and early in the second half, senior Chris Comstock netted a second goal for the win.
The Stars of Dominican University started slow on their home pitch, but gathered momentum halfway through the first stanza as freshman Logan Marvin scored in the 24th minute. Dominican continued to pound the Panther goal but the score remained 1-0 at the half due to stellar play by Greenville senior Nathan Haas, with eight saves.
|Loras senior Chris Comstock scores in the Duhawk victory Loras Athletics photo by Brian Somerville|
Freshman Ryan Ybarra added a goal, as did junior Andy Lynch and senior Lio Tovar in moving the Stars to the second round for the fifth straight year. They'll face Hope, whom the Stars defeated earlier in the season 2-0.
Hope earned the second round by way of a 2-1 win over Thomas More. Sophomore Nicholas Heyboer got Hope on the board first as he redirected a cross from freshman Tarwo Konbloa in the 24th minute. But Thomas More answered with a goal when freshman Kyle Troutman tied the match 12 minutes later.
The hardfought match remained tied until the 86th minute when senior David Whitaker won the contest for Hope. The Dutchmen will face Dominican on Saturday at 1:00 pm.
In women's action, No. 12 Wartburg squared off against SLIAC champ Principia and came away a 2-0 winner on their home turf. Sophomore Anna Aquino notched a goal in the 28th minute for the 1-0 Knight lead. Just minutes into the second half, junior Kelli Anderson made it 2-0 off an assist by Rachel Torry, her second assist of the match. Wartburg finished with a 13-5 shot advantage and faces Pool B participant Wisconsin-Whitewater on Saturday.
|Senior Chelsea Frye in action for Wartburg in their win over Principia Wartburg Athletics photo by Ksusha Protchenko|
In Whitewater's first ever NCAA appearance, freshman Riley Kirchoff scored in the 31st minute for what proved to be the gamewinner. Freshman Caitlyn Fritsch added a second goal late in the match for the win.
Host Wheaton cruised past AMCC champion Penn State-Behrend 5-0 for their 37th NCAA post-season win. The Thunder had a 16-1 shots on goal advantage and also held an 11-0 advantage in corner kicks. Senior Jaime Orewiler, junior Val Lelle, freshman Sarah Guidara had a goal each, while junior Keri Shannon had two goals in the win. Wheaton will face OAC champ Capital University in a match on Saturday at 5:00 pm.
Capital was a 1-0 winner over Alma College and it was a tightly played match with Alma ending with an 8-3 advantage in shots on goal. Senior Natalie Fiorelli made the most of her opportunity and won the match for the Crusaders in the 19th minute with senior Kaylee Phillips on the assist. Alma senior Carly Reising created a number of scoring opportunites but could not get a shot by sophomore Maggie Donnellan, who ended the match with eight saves.
|Dominican junior Leo Elizalde and Greenville senior Cobi Allen in Saturday's first round match Dominican Athletics photo|
|Wheaton freshman Sarah Guidara had a goal in Friday's win over Penn State-Behrend Wheaton Athletics photo by Michael Hudson Photography|