October 14, 2019

Atlantic Spotlight, Wk 7

By D3soccer.com Contributor

Conference play continued, and some of the nation’s top teams found themselves with tough matches across the Atlantic region. While some top-ten sides stayed unbeaten, a few teams further down the d3soccer.com leaderboard faltered. Here are the top games we’re spotlighting in Week #7:

At the halfway point of CAC play No. 23 Christopher Newport undefeated

The Capital Athletic Conference features a smaller six team table where teams play each other twice each season. The CAC features home and home fixtures each year as opposed to some of the larger conferences, where nine or more only play each other once per year. Five games into the 2019 CAC schedule, Christopher Newport Captains (8-1-3) (5-0-0) are perfect and two games clear of the rest of the field.

This past Wednesday, on a chilly, rainy fall evening, the Captains controlled the league’s top offense and beat the St. Mary’s (Md.) Seahawks (9-3-1) (3-2-0) 3-1. They held the Seahawks shot-less in the first half, went up 1-0 in the 36th on a nice combination play finished by soph Cory Hogge, and pulled away after allowing an equalizer to secure the late win.

The eventual game winner came in the 66th minute on another combination play. Sophomore Will Collins put a ball to the end line, which classmate Lincoln Kickbush collected and lobbed back in front. Collins ran onto the head-high ball and put it home.

York (Pa.) stymies No. 17 Mary Washington

In a game played mostly in the midfield, where each team could only muster eight shots, a late header off a free kick propelled the York (Pa.) Spartans (7-4-2) (3-2-0) to an upset of the Mary Washington Eagles (8-3-2) (3-2-0).

The Spartans, though, first had to dodge an early bullet. A handball in the box in the 14th gave the Eagles an early chance, but Spartan freshman netminder Josh Kappes saved the penalty to keep the game scoreless.

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Atlantic Spotlight


The weekly Atlantic Spotlight will survey the top Division III men's conferences and teams in the combined NCAA Mid-Atlantic and South Atlantic Regions consisting of fifteen states.  The primary ones are Pennsylvania (45), Virginia (18), New Jersey (14), Maryland (10, North Carolina (9), Georgia (8), and New York (7). The remaining states are home to three or fewer schools with conference ties elsewhere: Alabama, Arkansas, D.C., Delaware, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Tennessee.


With so much territory to cover in a single column, we will focus primarily on the tradionally stronger conferences such as the CAC, Centennial, Landmark, Commonwealth, and the NJAC.  Expect to see contests involving teams in our Top 25 typically against perceived stronger opponents along with teams on the rise.


We will look at some of the key match-ups, results, and standout performances, identifying who is trending up and who is trending down each week.

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