South Atlantic Week in Review- Week 8
By D3soccer.com Contributor
Week 8 had some great matchups, especially in the ODAC. The teams involved in the upcoming ODAC playoffs are almost set, but who will play who - and where? These next few weeks will decide. Centre wrapped up the SAA regular season title for the fifth straight season, and Emory made a statement for their inclusion in the postseason. Huge matches coming up for the NJAC, ODAC, and CAC.
Let’s take a look back at the week that was… and the week that will be...
TCNJ (12-1-0 / 6-0-0) D3Soccer.com No. 3 / SA Region #1
TCNJ hosted New Jersey City (7-7-1 / 0-5-1) Saturday night and throttled their fellow New Jersians (Jersey-ites?) by a demeaning 13-0 final score. The Lions put up 44 shots with 28 of those being on goal and took nine corners to zero for the Gothic Knights. Far too many Lions scored to list here, so let’s just say that Julianna Bertolino and Gabriella Barquin each scored twice and most of the rest of the team scored once.
This week will prove more difficult for the Lions, as they have two big NJAC showdowns. First, they’ll host Stockton (12-2-1 / 4-1-1) Wednesday night, a game originally scheduled for last Wednesday that was postponed due to heavy rain. On Saturday, they’ll head to Montclair State (10-4-2 / 5-0-1) for another NJAC battle with the always tough Red Hawks.
Christopher Newport (13-1-2 / 6-1-0) D3Soccer.com No. 10 / SA Region #2
Christopher Newport made sure there were no surprises Wednesday night against St. Mary’s (Md.) (3-12-0 / 1-6-0), securing a 7-0 Capital Athletic Conference win. Four players scored for the Captains, with Riley Cook scoring four and Keiley McCarthy, Hailey Shaw, and Sarah Rhiel scoring singles. The Captains’ defense was equally dominant, holding the Seahawks to no shots and no corners in the contest. CNU put up 42 shots, with 22 of those being on goal, and took 13 corner kicks in the game.
The Captains traveled to Mary Washington (6-9-0 / 3-4-0) Saturday afternoon for their second conference matchup against the Eagles and came away with a 1-0 conference victory in a tightly played game. Ryanne Davidson scored in the 35th minute for the Captains, who narrowly outshot the Eagles 17-14, but put two less shots on goal at five to seven. CNU took three corners while Mary Washington attempted one.
The Captains stay on the road this week for two conference matchups, first traveling to Southern Virginia (3-12-1 / 1-6-0) Wednesday night, then heading to Pennsylvania to take on the Spartans of York (Pa.) (6-10-0 / 3-4-0) Saturday afternoon.
Centre (17-0-0 / 6-0-0) D3Soccer.com No. 7 / SA Region #3
Centre traveled to Birmingham-Southern (8-5-2 / 3-2-1) Friday afternoon in what was billed as a meeting of the two top teams in the Southern Athletic Association, but the match didn’t play out that way, as the Colonels powered past the Panthers in a lopsided 3-0 win. Alana Hughes scored twice for the Colonels, and Elizabeth Nelson provided the other goal. The Colonels held a 33-7 advantage in shots (18-3 SOG) and an 11-2 advantage in corner kicks. Centre has now gone five years without losing to a SAA conference opponent.
The Colonels had no trouble on Sunday against Millsaps (3-11-0 / 0-6-0), securing the regular season SAA title with a 7-0 win. Alana Hughes recorded a hat trick, and Kristin Dean, Taylor Gebhart, Elizabeth Nelson, and Rachael Boule added goals in the rout. Centre held a 39-3 shot advantage (19-0 SOG) and a 14-1 advantage in corner kicks. The regular season title is the Colonels’ fifth consecutive title.
Centre will celebrate their senior players when they host Sewanee (7-5-2 / 4-1-1) Saturday afternoon in their SAA regular season finale.
Washington and Lee (12-0-2 / 5-0-1) D3Soccer.com 15 / SA Region #4
Washington and Lee hosted Guilford (6-7-1 / 2-4-0) Tuesday afternoon and rolled to their 11th straight win, breaking their program record set in 1997. Sydney von Rosenberg, Kristen Castle, and Lindsay White each scored for the Generals in the 3-0 ODAC win. The Generals put up 29 shots to four for the Quakers (13-0 SOG) and took eight corners to two for Guilford.
The Generals went on the road to Virginia Wesleyan (7-3-3 / 3-2-1) for an important ODAC matchup and while they didn’t suffer their first loss of the season, they couldn’t pick up the win, settling for a scoreless draw with the Marlins. The play was even for much of the match, with the Generals trailing 10-17 in total shots, but able to put five shots on goal compared to the Marlins’ six. The Generals also held a slight six to five edge in corner kicks. Sophomore keeper Grace Coombs made six saves in goal for Washington and Lee.
Randolph-Macon (14-0-0 / 6-0-0) D3Soccer.com 17 / SA Region #5
Randolph-Macon found itself in unfamiliar territory at Randolph (5-6-2 / 1-5-0) Wednesday night. For the first time this season, the Yellow Jackets found themselves down a goal. Just 38 seconds into the game, the Wildcats scored on the Yellow Jackets. Gabby Nelson answered right back a minute later, her first of four goals, and Casey Kent added another to take a 2-1 lead. The Wildcats then answered, tying the game at two and being the first team to score more than a single goal against Randolph-Macon this season. The Yellow Jackets took control after that, with Nelson providing the rest of the scoring in the 5-2 ODAC win. R-MC dominated the stat sheet, outshooting Randolph 36-4 (24-3 SOG) and held a four to one edge in corner kicks.
The Yellow Jackets had no trouble when they hosted Emory and Henry (2-11-1 / 0-6-0) Saturday afternoon, easily winning the ODAC matchup 3-0. McKenna Maier scored two goals for Randolph-Macon and Haley Silva added another. Erin Lee provided two assists to help the Yellow Jackets get off to their best start in program history. The Yellow Jackets outshot the Wasps 31-1 (12-0 SOG) and held a nine to zero edge in corner kicks.
The Yellow Jackets will face one of their stiffest tests of the season when they host ODAC foe Lynchburg (9-4-1 / 4-2-0) Wednesday afternoon. The Jackets will stay at home and host Hollins (4-9-0 / 0-6-0) Saturday afternoon.
Salisbury (11-2-2 / 7-0-0) D3Soccer.com RV / SA Region #6
Coming off their big win against perennial CAC power Christopher Newport, the Sea Gulls made sure they didn’t suffer any letdown when they traveled to York (Pa.) (6-10-0 / 3-4-0). Salisbury vaulted into the regional rankings this week, all the way to No. 6 from nowhere. The Sea Gulls battled the Spartans in a rain-soaked, defensive battle that only saw 13 total shots to win 1-0. Kasey Lamb scored the only goal of the game in the 24th minute and the defense made it hold, limiting the Spartans to a single shot on goal with none on goal in the second half. For the match, the Sea Gulls outshot the Spartans 10-3 (5-1 SOG) and held a slight 5-4 edge in shots.
The Sea Gulls had no issues when they hosted St. Mary’s (Md.) (3-12-0 / 1-6-0) Saturday afternoon, scoring all their goals in the first half en route to a 4-0 conference win. Lydia Narum, Julianna Boller, Autumn Dougherty, and Brooke Rossiter scored goals for the Sea Gulls, who outshot the Seahawks 24-3 (11-2 SOG) and held an 8-1 edge in corner kicks.
The Sea Gulls need to remain focused this week and not look ahead to their big CAC showdown at Christopher Newport on October 30th. Salisbury will host two CAC contests this week, first Mary Washington (6-9-0 / 3-4-0) Wednesday night and then Southern Virginia (3-12-1 / 1-6-0) Saturday afternoon. Should they remain perfect in the Capital Athletic Conference standings, it will set up an epic, winner take all showdown in Newport News on the 30th.
Emory (9-4-0 / 2-2-0) D3Soccer.com 23 / SA Region #7
Emory traveled to Cleveland to face Case Western Reserve (11-3-0 / 1-3-0) Friday evening and came away with their first University Athletic Association win for the 2019 campaign. Senior Caroline Kolski scored for the Eagles and freshman Natalie Klar added some insurance before halftime, opening up a 2-0 halftime lead. Senior keeper Haley Pratt and the Eagle defense did the rest, holding the Spartans scoreless for the remainder of the game. The Eagles held a 19-11 shot advantage (9-5 SOG) and a slight 4-3 advantage in corner kicks.
The Eagles capped off their excellent weekend up north by taking care of UAA partner Carnegie Mellon (9-3-1 / 3-1-0) by a final of 1-0. Anytime you can complete a weekend with two UAA victories, it’s an excellent weekend. The Eagles strengthened their argument for postseason action with the victory, which they need to do during the regular season with no postseason UAA tournament. Freshman Peyton Robertson scored in the 58th minute and the Eagle defense held strong, holding off the Tartans for the remainder of the match. The Eagles were outshot 8-12 (6-9 SOG) and took four corners to CMU’s ten.
The Eagles rest up a little this week, taking a break from UAA play to host Huntingdon (4-8-2 / 3-2-1) Sunday afternoon before resuming the crucial final three games in UAA play, hosting Brandeis, New York University, and Rochester in November.
Lynchburg (9-4-1 / 4-2-0) D3Soccer.com No. RV / SA Region #8
Lynchburg appeared headed back to their old selves, traveling to Ferrum (7-5-2 / 3-2-1) Tuesday night and handing them a 3-0 ODAC loss. Sophomore Amanda Wigboldy scored twice, and senior Emily Sanchez scored the game-winner for the Hornets. The Hornets took 12 shots, while the Panthers put up four (8-1 SOG) and took the only nine corner kicks of the game.
The Hornets continued their dominance Wednesday afternoon at home against Sweet Briar (0-12-1 / 0-6-0), rolling to a 9-0 ODAC win. The Hornets put up an incredible 54 shots on the Vixens, with 28 of those being on goal. Amanda Wigboldy scored the game-winner and a hat trick to lead the Hornets, with Emily Santana, Alyssa Damato, Megan Dee, and Avery Wyscarver adding goals. The Hornet defense was equally dominant, holding the Vixens to no shots in the contest. Lynchburg took ten corner kicks in the game, while Sweet Briar attempted none.
Lynchburg stumbled when they hosted Roanoke (11-3-1 / 5-1-0) Saturday evening, dropping a 2-1 ODAC decision to the Maroons. Lynchburg had rattled off five straight wins to move up the ODAC standings but weren’t able to hold a lead when Amanda Wigboldy scored in the 56th minute. Roanoke scored in the 69th and 77th minutes to take a 2-1 lead and the Hornets could not respond. The Hornets held a slight edge in total shots at 13-12 and managed to put 8 on goal compared to 5 for the Maroons, but the Hornets couldn’t get an equalizer past Maroon keeper Chris Martin, who made 7 saves. Corner kicks were even at six.
It doesn’t get any easier for the Hornets this week, but they do get an excellent opportunity to influence their ODAC position when they travel to Randolph-Macon (14-0-0 / 6-0-0) Wednesday afternoon. They then head to Shenandoah (10-5-0 / 5-2-0) for a Sunday ODAC matinee.
Stockton (12-2-1 / 4-1-1) D3Soccer.com NR / SA Region #9
Stockton fell behind Montclair State (10-4-2 / 5-0-1) Saturday afternoon when the Red Hawks scored two first half goals and were unable to complete the comeback, falling by a 2-1 final. Salena LeDonne converted a penalty kick at the 62nd minute mark, but the Ospreys couldn’t find an equalizer. The evenly matched game had the Ospreys with a slight edge in total shots at 12-11, but trailed 5-6 in shots on goal. Both teams attempted four corner kicks.
Stockton’s big NJAC showdown at TCNJ (12-1-0 / 6-0-0) scheduled for last Wednesday night was postponed due to heavy rain. The game is rescheduled for this Wednesday, October 23rd at 6:30 PM, making a busy week for the Ospreys. They’ll stay on the road for the weekend, first facing New Jersey City (7-7-1 / 0-5-1) Saturday afternoon before heading to Maryland to face Washington College (4-7-3 / 1-5-2) in a cross-region matchup.
Roanoke (11-3-1 / 5-1-0) D3Soccer.com NR / SA Region #10
Roanoke dominated at Emory and Henry (2-11-1 / 0-6-0) Tuesday night, recording a 5-1 ODAC victory over the Wasps. Jamie Obremski and Ellie Schad scored two goals each for the Maroons, and Claire Thoma added a late insurance goal. The Maroons launched 42 shots, with 24 of those being on goal, while the Wasps could only manage 3 total shots with 2 of those being on goal. Corner kicks were also slanted in favor of the Maroons at 12-1.
The Maroons ruined homecoming at Lynchburg (9-4-1 / 4-2-0) Saturday evening with a 2-1 come-from-behind victory. Hailey Davis and Kathryn Van Orden scored goals late in the second half after the Hornets had taken the lead in the 56th minute. The Maroons didn’t lead any statistical category except saves, trailing 12-13 in total shots, 5-8 in shots on goal, tied at six for corner kicks, and even trailed in fouls at 5-10. But, they led in the one statistic that counts - goals at 2-1.
The Maroons have a chance to ruin the unbeaten streak of Washington and Lee (12-0-2 / 5-0-1) when they host them Wednesday night, then welcome Eastern Mennonite (9-3-1 / 2-2-1) to town Saturday afternoon.
Watching… and how they fared this week.
Week 8 is in the books. Conference playoffs are right around the corner and this is the last chance to jockey for seeding and get that chance to have a home playoff game. The first set of official regional rankings come out Wednesday and as explained in our article "Coming Wednesday: the rankings that matter” by Christan Shirk, if you aren’t in these rankings, don’t expect an invite to the big dance unless you win that AQ, cause it ain’t happening. This is your last chance...
Comments or feedback for the author? E-mail us.