Mid-Atlantic Review, Week 7
By D3soccer.com Contributor
Week seven was a real humdinger. Some of the top teams in the region met in important conference games, and in some cases, there were no winners. Two Top-25 matchups yielded two draws. The Centennial Conference race is heating up and will be interesting to watch over the next few weeks, with six teams in the hunt to be the regular season champion. Let’s look back at what the top-ranked teams in the Mid-Atlantic did this past week and what they have going next week:
Messiah (11-1-1 / 2-0-1) D3Soccer.com No. 1 / MA Region No. 1
No. 1 Messiah hosted No. 15 Arcadia (11-1-2 / 2-0-1) Wednesday night and did everything they could to score on the Knights, except put one in the net. The Falcons launched 40 shots with 18 of those being on goal, but the Knights’ defense held. The Falcons were up a player for the last 40 minutes of regulation and 20 minutes of overtime due to an Arcadia red card but couldn’t breakthrough with a goal. These two teams have now played four games in a row that went into double overtime. For the match, the Falcons outshot the Knights 40-6 (18-4 SOG) and took seven corners to the Knights’ one. Falcon keeper Lydia Ewing stopped an Arcadia penalty kick just three minutes into the game and finished with four saves.
The Falcons had a lot less trouble dispatching Widener (10-4 / 1-2-0) Saturday night, ripping the Pride 4-0 in a MAC Commonwealth contest. Senior Brooke Firestone scored twice in the final five minutes of the first half, and freshman Brianna Seip and senior Elle Lengacher added some insurance with goals in the second half. The Falcons put up 27 shots with 18 of those being on goal, while the Pride shot four times with two on target. Pride keeper Ashton Houbary made a career-high 14 saves in the loss.
The Falcons have two MAC Commonwealth games this week, first making the long trip to Lycoming (7-5-1 / 0-2-0) Tuesday afternoon before hosting Lebanon Valley (3-8-0 / 0-3-0) Saturday afternoon for part of Homecoming celebrations.
Johns Hopkins (8-1-4 / 2-0-3) D3Soccer.com No. 7 / MA Region No. 2
When No. 7 Johns Hopkins hosted No. 18 Dickinson (8-1-4 / 4-0-2) Tuesday night, two teams met with identical 7-1-3 records with that lone setback a 1-0 loss to No....[read more]