Mid-Atlantic Review, Week 8
By D3soccer.com Contributor
Only two weeks left in the regular season. “Senior Day” celebrations are happening all over the nation, with wistful daughters and parents meeting on flowered fields. On the pitch, Week 8 saw quick goals (:12 and :13 seconds), upsets, and several conference playoff pictures clearing up. Messiah and Stevens took control of their respective Middle Atlantic Conference races, while the Centennial and Landmark are still wide open and will come down to the last few weeks of the regular season to determine playoff seedings.
Let’s take a look back… and a look forward...
Messiah (13-1-1 / 4-0-1) D3Soccer.com No. 2 / MA Region No. 1
Messiah made the long trek to Lycoming (7-7-1 / 0-4-0) Tuesday night and made quick work of the Warriors, scoring five first-half and three second-half goals for the 8-0 MAC Commonwealth win. Six different players scored for the Falcons, with Brooke Firestone and Rachael Tirjan each scoring twice, and Maddie Kohl, Brianna Seip, Kayla Herr, and Rebecca Ritchie adding single goals. The Falcons outshot the Warriors 39-4 (16-0 SOG) and took 15 corners to two for Lycoming.
Six different Falcons scored in their 6-1 homecoming victory against Lebanon Valley (4-9-0 / 1-4-0) Saturday afternoon, a win that puts them at the top of the MAC Commonwealth standings and in the driver’s seat to host the upcoming conference playoffs. Kayla Herr, Maddie Kohl, Sunny Gelnovatch, Shelby Burger, Brooke Firestone, and Brianna Seip scored for the Falcons. The Falcons outshot the Dutchmen 36-10 (17-5 SOG) and took 12 corner kicks to two for LVC. To LVC’s credit, they scored the first goal by any conference opponent against Messiah in regular-season play in more than three years.
The Falcons hit the road this week, first traveling to Hood (11-3-2 / 3-0-1) Wednesday night before heading over to Reading, PA, to take on Albright (8-6-0 / 2-2-0) Saturday night. The Lions just beat No. 14 Arcadia 2-1 and would love to follow up that victory with another upset against a ranked team.
Johns Hopkins (10-1-4 / 4-0-3) D3Soccer.com No. 8 / MA Region No. 2
Johns Hopkins and McDaniel (11-4-0 / 5-3-0) delayed their Centennial Conference matchup for 24 hours, and instead of playing in torrential rain, played in gale-force winds. The Blue Jays and Green Terror battled back and forth in a physical game, with Hopkins outshooting McDaniel 15-4 (5-1 SOG) and holding a 6-2 advantage in corners. Riley O’Toole finally put one past the McDaniel keeper in the 64th minute and the Hopkins defense and headwind helped corral the Green Terror offense and preserve the 1-0 win.
The Blue Jays hosted Swarthmore (9-4-0 / 3-3-0) Saturday night in a game the Jays have had circled on their calendars since last year’s 5-1 drubbing they took from the Garnet in the Centennial Conference Championship game. While not a conference championship, they did exact some revenge with a 3-2 win. Rachel Jackson scored two goals and Emily Maheras the other to move Hopkins back towards the top of the conference standings. The Blue Jays held a 23-16 shot advantage (10-7 SOG), and each team attempted four corners in the tightly played contest.
The Blue Jays have an easy week, with no games scheduled until they head to Ursinus (3-8-2 / 0-7-0) Saturday afternoon for a Centennial Conference matchup.
Arcadia (12-2-2 / 3-1-1) D3Soccer.com 14 / MA Region No. 3
Arcadia traveled to Alvernia (3-11-0 / 0-4-0) Tuesday night and six different Knights scored a goal in the 6-0 MAC Commonwealth win. Erin Vander Plaat, Emily Readinger, Karlie Flowers, Kayla Murphy, Michaella Merklin, and Riley Ratcliffe scored for the Knights. Arcadia outshot the Golden Wolves 28-4 (15-1 SOG) and held an 8-1 edge in corner kicks.
The Knights dropped a conference matchup with Albright (8-6-0 / 2-2-0) Saturday afternoon in a strange game where they put up 28 shots with only seven of those on goal, while the Lions put all four of their shots on goal and two of those IN the goal. The Lions began the game by moving down the field on the opening kickoff and scoring in just :13 seconds. They then spent the rest of the game holding off the Knights until just :40 seconds left in regulation, when Arcadia’s Erin Vander Plaat scored on a header off of Kayla Murphy’s corner kick. The Lions then quickly moved the ball down the field on the subsequent kickoff, earning their own corner kick in the waning seconds. On the resulting corner, the ball bounced around in the box and the Knights failed to clear it. Albright put the ball in the net with just three seconds left on the clock. The conference loss means that the Knights will, in all likelihood, have to travel for at least part of the MAC Commonwealth playoffs.
The Knights will host Widener (10-4-1 / 1-2-1) Wednesday night before traveling to Hood (11-3-2 / 3-0-1) Saturday afternoon.
Dickinson (10-1-4 / 5-0-2) D3Soccer.com 16 / MA Region No. 4
Dickinson hosted Penn State-Harrisburg (7-8-1 / 5-2-1) on a rainy Tuesday night in Carlisle in a non-conference match, beating the Nittany Lions 4-1. First-year Meg Tate scored a hat-trick and senior Caitlin Gugliotta added a late insurance goal for the Red Devils. Dickinson put up 27 shots with 18 of those on goal, while Penn State-Harrisburg could only manage 4 shots with 3 of those being on goal. The Red Devils also held an 8-0 advantage in corner kicks.
Dickinson traveled to Bryn Mawr (5-7-0 / 0-6-0) Saturday afternoon and Meg Tate continued her hot streak, scoring just :12 seconds into the match. The ultra-fast score sets a new program record, a Centennial Conference record, and is the fifth-fastest score in NCAA history. Tate added a second goal (the eventual game-winner), with Jessica Kiefer and Ellie Harris tacking on insurance goals in the 4-1 conference win. The Red Devils held a 17-5 shot advantage (10-4 SOG) and a 7-1 advantage in corner kicks.
The Red Devils will host Haverford (11-1-2 / 5-0-2) Saturday afternoon in a matchup of the two teams sitting atop the Centennial Conference standings. This matchup could very well decide where the CC playoffs will take place.
Stevens (9-3-1 / 4-0-0) D3Soccer.com No. 20 / SA Region No.
Stevens hosted FDU-Florham (10-5-1 / 0-4-0) Tuesday night in a MAC Freedom contest and despite playing the majority of the game in their attacking third, seemed headed to double overtime. The Ducks had put up 30 shots to five for the Devils (14-2 SOG), but just couldn’t put one past the FDU’s keeper. With just seconds left in the first overtime, Ally Wanzor sent in a ball towards the 18 yard box. The pass deflected off a defender, causing a convergence of players in the box. The ball squirted out to a waiting Erica O’Kelly, who side-stepped the FDU keeper and put the ball in the back of the net for the 1-0 victory.
When the Ducks visited King’s (6-8-1 / 1-3-0) Saturday evening, they found themselves in their second straight game where they were dominating possession and shots, but unable to put one in the net. This time though, they weren’t looking at a possible draw, but at a loss, as the Monarchs had managed to sneak in a goal in the 22nd minute. The Ducks continued to pressure and Julia Panko came to the rescue once again, putting in the tying goal at the 80-minute mark. Stevens continued to press, but the game seemed destined for overtime until Emily Damrell headed in a cross from Fiona Matthews in the 89th minute to give the Ducks the 2-1 conference win. The Ducks outshot the Monarchs 30-7 (12-5 SOG) and took six corners to Kings’ two.
Haverford (11-1-2 / 5-0-2) D3Soccer.com RV / MA Region No. 6
Haverford hosted Washington College (4-7-3 / 1-5-2) a day late due to weather, and instead of playing in heavy rains, played in high winds. The teams battled each other and the wind for 120 minutes, with the Fords putting up 13 shots to the Shorewomen’s six (4-1 SOG) and taking five corner kicks to Washington’s two. The Fords missed a golden (goal) opportunity in the first overtime when they were awarded a penalty kick, but the attempt was sent wide of the frame, resulting in a 0-0 double overtime Centennial Conference stalemate.
The Fords hosted McDaniel (11-4-0 / 5-3-0) Saturday afternoon and took control of their own destiny in the CC by picking up a 2-0 win. The Fords now sit at the top of the standings and with games against rival Swarthmore and co-leader Dickinson in the next two weeks, will have no one to blame but themselves should the playoffs be located somewhere other than Ford territory. The Fords two second-half goals, the first by Kendra Griesman in the 60th minute and the second by Leanne Ludwick in the 84th. Haverford was outshot by McDaniel 10-14, but put six shots on goal, while the Green Terror could only manage five.
The Fords have the week off before traveling to Dickinson (10-1-4 / 5-0-2) for what is quickly becoming one of their most important regular season games, matching up against their fellow co-leaders in the Centennial Conference. All CC eyes will be watching the scoreboard this upcoming Saturday to follow what is happening in Carlisle, PA.
Swarthmore (9-4-0 / 3-3-0) D3Soccer.com No. 22 / MA Region No. 7
Swarthmore hosted Farmingdale State (8-5-2 / 5-0-0) Monday night in a non-conference matchup. The Garnet had struggled all evening to get quality scoring chances against the tough Ram defense and had appeared ready to finally break through in the 80th minute when they were awarded a penalty kick. However, the resulting attempt sailed high over the crossbar and the game seemed headed to overtime. In the waning seconds of regulation and with the Garnet pressing forward, Seneca Kinn-Gurzo made a long throw-in towards the box which bounced once, allowing Lizzie King to head it over the advancing Ram keeper. The Garnet defense easily fended off the Rams for the remaining 46 seconds to capture the 1-0 victory. The Garnet outshot the Rams 20-6, but shots on goal were even at four and corners even at five apiece.
The Garnet returned to Homewood Field, the site of last season’s Centennial Conference Championship game, where they pasted Johns Hopkins (10-1-4 / 4-0-3) by the final of 5-1. This season’s match was not a repeat performance. The Garnet battled back and forth with the Blue Jays, but Hopkins took the lead in the 25th minute. Louise Rosier tied the game and the Garnet nearly took the lead, but the Jays’ keeper made a great save to keep the contest tied. Hopkins then went the length of the field and took the lead heading into the half. After the break, Hopkins added to that lead, making it 3-1 in the 50th minute. Swarthmore drew back within one on Sophia Stills goal in the 57th minute, but couldn’t complete the comeback and fell by the final of 3-2. The Garnet were outshot 16-23 (7-10 SOG) and each team took four corner kicks.
The Garnet’s Centennial Conference match with Bryn Mawr (5-7-0 / 0-6-0) scheduled for this past Wednesday was postponed due to weather and will be made up on October 22nd at 7:00 PM. The Garnet will then have another high-profile Centennial Conference matchup when they host Gettysburg (9-2-1 / 4-2-1) Saturday night.
Gettysburg (9-2-1 / 4-2-1) D3Soccer.com RV / MA Region No. 8
Gettysburg traveled to Franklin and Marshall (8-5-1 / 4-4-0) Wednesday afternoon and fell to the Diplomats in overtime by the score of 0-1. The Bullets struggled to produce offensively on the extremely rainy afternoon, only managing to get off two shots with one of those being on goal. In contrast, the Diplomats had nine shots with five of those being on goal. The Bullets held a slim lead in corner kicks taken at 4-3. 29 fouls were called in the extremely physical, soggy match.
The Bullets continued to struggle offensively at Muhlenberg (7-4-2 / 2-3-2) Saturday night. Despite putting up 29 shots to only eight for the Mules (14-5 SOG) and dominating possession, Gettysburg could only manage a 1-1 conference draw. The Bullets found themselves down a goal when Muhlenberg scored early in the first half, and couldn’t get an equalizer until the 67th minute when Isabel Klatt put one in. Despite continued pressure throughout the remainder of regulation and overtime, the Bullets couldn’t net a game-winner and had to settle for a 1-1 draw. The Bullets, perfect a week ago, have now gone 0-2-1 over their last three games and find themselves in fifth place in the Centennial Conference and in danger of falling out of the regional rankings.
The Bullets will host Catholic (8-5-2 / 4-1-0) at home Wednesday night in a non-conference matchup before they have a chance to make up some ground in the conference and position themselves for a playoff run when they travel to Swarthmore (9-4-0 / 3-3-0) Saturday night.
McDaniel (11-4-0 / 5-3-0) D3Soccer.com RV / MA Region No. 9
McDaniel hosted No. 8 Johns Hopkins (10-1-4 / 4-0-3) Thursday night, one day after the game was originally scheduled. The Green Terror battled Hopkins and the wind, which had a significant impact on play, disrupting passes and shots. McDaniel couldn’t take advantage of the wind at their backs in the first half, while the Blue Jays were able to in the second, pressing forward and finally scoring in the 64th minute of play. The Green Terror couldn’t overcome the Hopkins defense or the headwind, and fell 0-1 in the Centennial Conference matchup. McDaniel was outshot 4-15 (1-5 SOG) by the Blue Jays, and took two corner kicks to six for Hopkins.
The Green Terror dropped their second straight match when they traveled to Haverford (11-1-2 / 5-0-2) Saturday afternoon, losing 2-0 and falling to fourth place in the conference standings. The Green Terror managed to put up more shots than the Fords at 14-10, but less on target at five on goal compared to six for the Fords. The Green Terror also held a slight 4-3 edge in corner kicks, but for the second straight game could not score a goal.
Scranton (6-4-3 / 3-1-0) D3Soccer.com NR / MA Region No. 10
Scranton dropped an important conference matchup at Elizabethtown (8-3-1 / 3-1-0) Saturday afternoon, losing 3-2 to the Blue Jays. After falling behind 1-0 early in the second half, the Royals scored two quick goals within a minute to take the lead. Teresa Hegarty and Stephanie Lowrey scored :54 seconds apart, but the Royals were unable to protect the lead, surrendering two late goals to the Jays. The Royals put up 16 shots to only nine for Etown (9-5 SOG) and took 10 corners to six for the Blue Jays.
Scranton’s game at Drew (6-7-0 / 2-2-0) scheduled for last Wednesday night was rescheduled for Tuesday, October 22nd at 7:00 PM. The Royals will continue Landmark Conference play when they host standings leader Susquehanna (11-3-1 / 4-1-0) Saturday afternoon.
Watching… and how they did this past week.
Week 8 is gone. This season has passed by at lightning speed - am I right, seniors and senior parents? The end of the regular season is right around the corner, within the next week or two. Seasons will be ending for the majority of teams. Careers over. Best to make the most of these last few games and savor the crisp air, stinky cleats, and sore muscles. For many, this will be the last time that they get to enjoy the excitement that happens at the end of the season. Bring on the playoffs - if you’re lucky.
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