November 4, 2014

Women's Watch - Weekend #10

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Lynchburg’s scores keep going up, Washington U. fell down, and Colby and Alma fought to the end - but it wasn’t enough. Tournament season has begun for some conferences, and all teams are fighting for position and respect in their respective leagues. Yes, it was another great week of women’s soccer.

Friday, October 31

No. 3 Trinity (Texas) (18-0-1) rolled over Southwestern (5-12-2) in a Halloween nightmare for the Pirates. Colleen Markey had two goals and four more players contributed as the Tigers rolled 6-0 in an SCAC matchup. Southwestern was held to without a shot in the match while the SU keepers were kept busy, recording 13 saves on the evening.

GAME OF THE WEEK #1 - Case Western (8-5-3/1-3-1) visited fourth-ranked Carnegie Mellon (13-1-0/4-1-0) Friday night in a battle of between two well-respected UAA squads. The Tartans dominated statistically, but the Case Western Defense held firm. With eight seconds left on the clock, freshman Katie Strycharz connected to a Savina Reid header across the frame of the goal past Spartan keeper Abbey Smith for her ninth goal of the season and the game winner. While the Spartans have played non-conference foes tenaciously, they’ve struggled in conference. They will close out their season with two away games at Rochester and Emory.

Speaking of Emory (9-1-6/0-1-4) and Rochester (5-7-4/1-3-1), the No.16 Eagles played the Yellow Jackets to a scoreless draw on Friday night. The Emory draw, coupled with a Carnegie Mellon win, officially eliminated the Eagles from the running for the UAA Championship. Emory is currently tied for sixth in the conference with both Rochester and Case Western Reserve.

UPSET SPECIAL - In yet another UAA match-up, Brandeis (12-3-1/2-2-1) upset fifth-ranked Washington U. (12-2-2/2-2-1 ) on Friday night. Although Brandeis was outshot 24 to 7 their stubborn resistance prevented the Bears from finding the back of the net.. In the 30th minute, freshman Samantha Schwartz received a give-and-go pass from senior Sapir Edalati and beat Washington goalie sophomore Lizzy Crist to score the only goal of the game. The Judges, who have been flirting with the national rankings this season, now move even with the Bears in UAA action at 2-2-1.

No. 20 Texas-Tyler (12-1-2/7-1-2) extended its unbeaten streak to 13 straight games with a 3-2 win over non-conference opponent Austin College on Halloween afternoon. The Patriots played a see-saw battle with Austin all afternoon. The game was tied early, but the Patriots took the lead in the 41st minute on a goal by Lindsey Halbrook. The margin would grow to 3-1 early in the second half when Caroline Williams found the goal. Austin College would get a chance late as the 'Roos drew a penalty kick, with Anna Claire Cooke knocking it home for her first career goal in the 89th minute of action but the 'Roos were unable to equalize in the waning moments.

UNDERDOG ALERT - Howard Payne (9-7-1/4-4-1) made a statement this weekend with two important wins that pushed them into the ASC tournament for only the third time in the program’s history. Their first game of the weekend was a thriller that went into overtime. Lynsie Anderson scored her second goal in two games this time a golden goal winner over conference opponent East Texas Baptist. (6-6-2/2-4-2) The Yellow Jackets capped back-to-back home wins this Saturday afternoon with a 3-0 victory over visiting Louisiana College (2-15-0/1-8-0).

No. 15 Misericordia (15-2-1/6-0-1) battled to a 2-2 draw with DeSales (9-5-4/6-0-1) in Freedom Conference play on Friday. Despite a big advantage in shots, the Cougars could not best DeSales and settled for the draw. The result lifted DeSales over Misercordia in conference seeding. Both teams finish the regular season with a 6-0-1 record in Freedom Conference play but the Bulldogs earn the tiebreaker and will be the #1 seed in the Freedom Conference tournament. The Cougars will be the #2 seed.

Other Friday winners include No. 12 Chicago, No. 18 Hardin-Simmons, and No. 20 Texas-Tyler.

Saturday, November 1

UPSET SPECIAL - Gettysburg (13-3-1/9-0-1) shocked then sixth-ranked Johns Hopkins (15-3-0/9-1-0) 2-1 on Saturday. Senior Brigid Behan scored the game-winning goal in the 62nd minute. The game was loaded with significance for the Centennial Conference. The win made the Bullets top seed in the conference, meaning the semifinals and final on Saturday and Sunday will be held back at Clark Field. The tournament begins with a mid-week with fourth-seeded Muhlenberg hosting fifth-seeded Swarthmore in a first-round match. The Muhlenberg-Swarthmore winner will play Gettysburg in the semifinals while Johns Hopkins, the second seed, will take on third-seeded Ursinus College in the other semifinal. Gettysburg will be making its fifth-straight Centennial Conference playoff appearance and hosting the tournament for the first time since 2004.

In the first round of NESCAC tourney play, the Middlebury Panthers eliminated Amherst. Amherst controlled the run of play for much of the first half as the Jeffs outshot Middlebury 7-3 in the first 45 minutes but could not find the break-through goal. In the 39th minute of action, the Panthers were awarded their only corner kick of the contest and delivered with Katherine Hobbs' first collegiate goal. Claire Nishioka lifted the corner to Hobbs, who slotted the ball into the net to give Middlebury a 1-0 lead. The Panthers travel to Williams next Saturday in the semi-final tilt.

No. 14 Lake Forest completed a perfect season at 18-0-0, 10-0-0 in conference play, with a 7-2 rout of Knox (3-14-0, 0-10-0) on Saturday. Michelle Greenway and Sam Hillis broke records for their club in the process. Greeneway scored four of the Foresters' goals, giving her 27 on the season, two more than the previous program record she set last year. It was her first career four-goal game and she also had an assist, giving her nine points on the day and a team record 63 on the season. Hillis assisted on four of the team's goals on Saturday, tying the team record. She also matched the highest single-season assist total of 17 originally set by Melissa Stevenson in 2003. They will claim first seed in the Midwest Conference playoffs that are scheduled for next weekend.

A goal from first-year Meg Wozniak four minutes into the first overtime sent Denison (13-5-0/6-2) to a 2-1 victory over DePauw University (5-8-2, 3-3-2) from Greencastle, Ind. The victory closes out the Big Red's regular season with a 6-2 mark in North Coast Athletic Conference play. That will guarantee them the #3 seed in next week's NCAC Tournament that will begin on Wednesday.

Wellesley and Springfield played to a 1-1 draw in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) match on a rainy and cold afternoon. With the tie, Wellesley's fifth of the season and third in NEWMAC play, the Blue close out the regular season at 8-7-5 overall and 2-5-3 in conference play. Springfield finishes the regular season at 10-3-4 overall and 6-1-3 in the NEWMAC.

Lynchburg continues to make a statement as they blew past Eastern Mennonite 11-0 in Saturday's ODAC quarterfinal game. LC out-shot the Royals 41-0 and held a 10-0 edge in corner kicks. As the top-seed, Lynchburg (20-0-0) will host #4 Virginia Wesleyan, a 2-0 winner over Roanoke. The winner of the midweek semifinal will book there place in the conference final on Saturday.

No. 7 William Smith closed out the 2014 regular season with a 3-1 victory over RIT in a Liberty League game. The Herons held a 3-0 lead until late in the second half, when the Tigers scored their lone goal. William Smith improves to 13-2-1 and finished with a perfect 8-0-0 mark in Liberty League play. The Tigers wrapped up the regular season with an 8-4-5 overall record and a 3-3-2 mark in the conference.

Ninth-ranked Williams (15-1-0/9-1-0) edged a tenacious Colby (7-8-1/3-6-1) team 1-0 in NESCAC action. Lilly Wellenbach scored on a penalty kick in the 67th minute. Ephs coach Michelyne Pinard commented on the match, “It came as no surprise that [Colby] came well-organized and disciplined, and they did a great job getting numbers behind the ball and keeping the ball when they won it. They forced us into a pace in the first half that we knew we didn't want to play. That's what we had to change in the second half, and we started creating more chances. They're a great team, and it just proves how good the NESCAC is."

No. 9 Thomas More struggled but managed to beat Grove City 2-0 in Presidents' Athletic Conference play. Despite a 12 to 2 shot advantage, the Saints faced a strong Grove City defense. Thomas More will be the top seed in PAC tournament, hosting a semi-final match on Wednesday at The Bank of Kentucky Field. With the loss, the Wolverines fall to 9-9-1 overall and 8-1-0 in the PAC and will be the #2 seed.

Senior midfielder Holley Beasley notched two goals to lead No. 22 Washington and Lee women's soccer team to 3-0 victory over Randolph-Macon at Watt Field on Saturday in the ODAC Tournament quarterfinals.

Despite a strong record, Adrian (9-8-3/7-7-2) needed a win and help to get into the MIAA Tournament and did what they could in a 2-1 overtime win at St. Mary's (Ind.) (6-11-2/4-9-2). However, Alma picked up a 3-1 win against Trine in another conference matchup. As a result, the Bulldogs dropped to fifth place and out of the conference playoffs. "The seniors capped off their careers with a vintage Adrian performance today," said head coach Ali Alamdari. "They could have settled for a tie, but proved what the game meant to them by immediately coming out firing in overtime.”

GAME OF THE WEEK #2 - The Eastern Nazarene (9-9-1) women's soccer team moved onto the semifinals of the Commonwealth Coast Conference for the second time in three years after prevailing in a shootout 5-4 over Western New England (7-8-5) in the quarterfinal Saturday afternoon. The third-seed Lions move to 9-9-1 overall with the result and advance to the semifinal round where they will host Wentworth on November 4 after the seventh-seeded Leopards upset #2 seed Endicott 4-2.

Sunday, November 2

New York University (11-5-1/3-2-1) delivered a second blow to No. 13 Washington U. (12-3-2/2-3-1) on Sunday in UAA action. Cami Crawford broke a team record by scoring four goals for the Violets to lead them to an exciting 4-3 victory. The win pushed NYU up to third position in the UAA.

No. 16 Emory faced off against the Case Western Spartans and came away with a 3-0 win on Sunday. Emory sophomore Cristina Ramirez finished the game with a pair of goals, and senior Emily Feldman added a goal and an assist of her own. Meanwhile, the Eagles defense held its conference opponent to just five shots, with only two on goal, en route to the team's fourth-straight shutout and 10th overall this season.

Albertus Magnus (11-6-1) battled to a tough 3-2 double-overtime victory over St. Joseph (Conn.) (10-8-1) on Sunday. Sophomore Danielle Polvan netted the game-winning goal in the 102nd minute. The Falcons, who are the #4 seed in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) tournament edged the #5 seed Blue Jays at home in the Falcons' sixth-straight postseason appearance.

In other GNAC action, the #6-seed Johnson and Wales edged #3-seed Simmons, 3-2, in a shootout to advance to the GNAC semifinals this afternoon in snowy, 36-degree weather on Winsor Field in Boston. The Sharks finish their season with a 9-7-3 record. The Wildcats are now 10-9-2.

Willamette and Whitman played to a 0-0 draw in two overtimes on Sunday in a Northwest Conference soccer game at Sparks Field.

Mascot of the Week

Austin Kangaroo
Austin College Kangaroos logo

This week we honor two Division III programs proudly known as the Kangaroos. The Austin Kangaroos—affectionately known as “The ‘Roos”—and SUNY-Canton Kangaroos are one of college sports more unique mascots. In fact, only three collegiate programs use the name, the third being the University of Missouri at Kansas City. Another, Division 1 Akron Zips, have a kangaroo as their a mascot.

SUNY-Canton's Roody Roo
SUNY-Canton's mascot, Roody Roo

The Austin football team became known as the "Kangaroos" sometime during the 1914 to 1915 seasons. According to campus legend, the mascot name was derived from a kangaroo court of organized students that would paddle violators of college rules. Currently students refer to their sports teams as the 'fighting roos.'

Across the country the Canton Kangaroos are of a much more recent vintage. In 2007, SUNY-Canton adopted the nickname with the accompanying logo and mascot. The marsupial can only move forward, symbolizing the College’s progress and mission. The athletic teams are often called “Roos” and the athletic building is nicknamed “Roos house.” Their mascot is name is Roody Roo.

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