Carleton edges St. Olaf, Whitewater women remain unbeaten
By Jim Naprstek, D3sports.com
|Carleton keeper James Neher
makes one of his three saves during a MIAC semifinal against St.
Photo by Caleb Williams, d3photography.com
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In Thursday action, No. 19 Texas-Dallas advanced to the semifinals of the American Southwest Conference with their 2-0 defeat of the University of Ozarks. Two first half goals by the Comets would be all they would need. Juniors Omar Jaroun (35’) and Casey Cooper (44’) both capitalized on rebounds to give the Comets their lead. Texas-Dallas will face Hardin-Simmons on Saturday with the opportunity to play for the conference tournament championship.
The MIAC featured an upset of top-seeded Gustavus Adolphus by St. John's, and a 1-0 win by Carleton over second-seed St. Olaf.
In the MIAA, the top-seeded Calvin Knights defeated Kalamazoo 3-0 to advance to the tournament championship. Junior Travis Vegter turned in a five point night, scoring twice (42’, 52’) and adding an assist on the game-winning goal by fellow junior Sean Broekhuizen (26’).
In the nightcap, the Flying Dutchmen of Hope earned a rematch against Calvin with their victory over Olivet. Freshman Josh Hagene put Hope on the board in the 33’, taking a pass in the center of the pitch from 12 yards out and beating sophomore goalkeeper Ryan Grashik. The Dutchmen would double their lead in the 86’ on a goal from junior Cameron Dice, his fifth of the season. Hope, who split the regular season with Calvin, will look to replicate the success they had on Oct. 15, a night that they were 3-1 winners over the Knights.
Susquehanna was a 3-0 winner over Merchant Marine, propelling them into the Landmark Conference Tournament Championship. The Crusaders jumped on the board in the 20’ on a Joe DeLuca goal. He would be joined on the scoresheet in the 79’ by senior Patrick Fry and in the 86’ by senior Andrew Murphy.
|Freshman Marisa Weaver had
two goals in Messiah's semifinal win.
On the women's side, No. 8 Messiah College cruised in their conference semifinal match, defeating Lebanon Valley 4-0. Marisa Weaver netted twice for Messiah, joining eight of her teammates who by way of either goal or assist tallied points on the night. The Falcons advance to the Commonwealth Championship where they will host third-seeded Stevenson who were 2-nil winners over Elizabethtown.
In the WIAC, No. 17 UW-Whitewater kept their undefeated campaign in tact with a 3-nil victory over UW-Eau Claire. The Warhawks rode the wave of goals from three separate scorers to advance to their fourth consecutive conference tournament championship match. Freshman Carina Krausert opened the scoring just 12 minutes in, heading in her seventh goal of the season. Freshmen Carly Pottle (54’) and Sierra High (62’) put the game out of the grasps of the BluGolds with their second half goals. Whitewater will host UW-Oshkosh, who defeated UW-Stout in overtime 3-2.
Similar to the men’s side, the No. 17 Calvin women advanced to the MIAA Championship with a 3-nil decisive victory over Adrian. Sophomore Paige Capel notched her 13th (53’) and 14th (63’) goals in the win for the Knights. Junior Ashton Hearn stopped all five shots that the Bulldogs managed to put on frame. They also will host Hope, who as the third-seed defeated Alma, the second-seed, 1-0.
Mary Hardin-Baylor was a 1-nil winner over Concordia Texas on Thursday, thanks largely in part to a last second head on flick by Kathryn Parker. With time winding down, the Crusaders pushed forward with one last effort, scoring with one second remaining on the clock. They advance to the semifinals of the American Southwest Conference Tournament, where they will face the second-seeded Texas-Dallas.