CAA WOMEN’S SOCCER Co-PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Kellianne Collins, Georgia State
Jr., GK, Conyers, Ga./Salem
Collins made 15 saves and allowed only one goal in 205 minutes of action last week as Georgia State was unbeaten in two CAA matches. The junior goalkeeper had eight saves in the Panthers’ 2-1 overtime win against James Madison, including a game-saving stop of a penalty kick with 16 seconds left in regulation. Collins also made seven saves and posted a shutout as the Panthers battled to a 0-0 draw with VCU.
CAA WOMEN’S SOCCER Co-PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Salma Tarik, Hofstra
Sr., F, Bellmore, N.Y./Rosamond (Calif.)
Tarik scored three goals, including both game-winners, and had one assist as Hofstra extended its winning streak to 12 with two victories last week. The senior contributed two goals and one assist in the Pride’s 4-1 triumph over Towson and then scored the first goal in Hofstra’s 5-0 victory over George Mason. Tarik leads the CAA with eight goals this season.
CAA WOMEN’S SOCCER ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Amber Stobbs, Hofstra
Fr., F, London, England/Warlingham
Stobbs came off the bench to contribute a goal and an assist in Hofstra’s two wins last week. The freshman gave Hofstra a 2-0 lead over George Mason with her second goal of the season and assisted on the Pride’s final goal in a 4-1 victory over Towson.
Hofstra Extends School-Record Win Streak To 12: Hofstra increased its winning streak to a school-record 12 games after topping Towson and George Mason last week. The Pride, which broke the previous record of 10 set in 2005, has not trailed since the first half of their match with Rhode Island on Sept. 3, a stretch of 1,050 minutes. Hofstra, which improved to 6-0 in CAA play, has a five-point lead in the conference standings over second-place Georgia State (4-1-1) at the halfway point of the schedule.
Close Games Continue In CAA Play: Close games continued in CAA women’s soccer action last week as eight of the 12 contests were decided by one goal or less. For the season, 23 of the 36 conference matches (63.8%) have had margins of one goal or less.
Hofstra Ranked #33 By Top Drawer Soccer: Hofstra was ranked #33 in the nation by TopDrawerSoccer.com for the second week in a row on Oct. 11. The Pride was ranked #27 in the NSCAA/HendrickCars.com national poll released on Oct. 5. A new NSCAA poll will be released on Tuesday. In the first NCAA RPI report released on Oct. 5, the Pride was ranked #16.
Four CAA Teams In Regional Rankings: Four CAA women’s soccer teams are among the top 10 in the NSCAA/HendrickCars.com Mid-Atlantic regional rankings released on Oct. 11. Hofstra owns the #1 spot in the regional poll for the fourth week in a row, followed by #7 Georgia State, #8 James Madison and #10 George Mason.
Hofstra’s Tarik Receives National Honor: Hofstra senior forward Salma Tarik was selected to the TopDrawerSoccer.com National Team of the Week on Oct. 11. Tarik contributed three goals, including two game-winners, and an assist in the Pride’s victories over Towson and George Mason.
Non-Conference Success: The CAA has performed well against non-conference competition with the league’s 12 teams combining for a 50-36-11 (.572) record. Ten CAA squads have winning percentages of .500 or better in non-league play.
Three CAA Players On Hermann Trophy Watch List: Three CAA women’s soccer players were among a group of 45 named to the Watch List for the Hermann Trophy, which is awarded to the nation’s top player at the end of the season. Chosen to the list were George Mason senior midfielder Omolyn Davis, Northeastern sophomore forward Devin Petta and James Madison senior midfielder Teresa Rynier.
DELAWARE (5-8-1, 1-4-1 in CAA) - The Blue Hens went to overtime in both of their CAA matches last week, falling 2-1 to Old Dominion but earning a 1-1 draw with William & Mary. Junior Stacie Dulkis forced the extra session against ODU when she scored her second goal of the season with only six seconds to go in regulation. Freshman goalkeeper Jessica Levy made 10 saves for UD against the Lady Monarchs. The Hens took a 1-0 lead on W&M in the 41st minute as senior Amy Pickard scored her second goal of the year off an assist from Ali Miller. Goalkeeper Breanna Stemler stopped eight shots versus the Tribe.
DREXEL (5-8-1, 1-4-1 in CAA) - The Dragons split their two CAA contests last week, losing 1-0 to William & Mary before rebounding for a 5-1 triumph over Old Dominion. It was Drexel’s first win ever over the Lady Monarchs and the five goals were the most the Dragons have scored in a CAA match. Juniors Jenna Lindsay and Ashley Klun each had a goal and an assist in the victory. Lindsay is now tied for second in career goals at Drexel with 18 and tied for third in career points. Also scoring goals for the Dragons were Sam Greenfield, Sydney Douglas and Courtney Wylie. Freshman Jess Lowinger picked up a pair of assists. Goalkeeper Nicole Sinclair made 11 saves over the two matches.
GEORGE MASON (8-5-1, 4-2 in CAA) - The Patriots earned a 3-1 road win at Northeastern, but fell 5-0 at first-place Hofstra last week. Mason fell behind NU 1-0 early in the match, but Mary Kate Lowry scored the equalizer off a Tiana Kallenberger rebound in the 20th minute. Kimmy Moss tallied the game-winner late in the first half and Zania Barnum tacked on an insurance goal in the final six minutes. It was the second goal of the year for all three players. Goalkeeper Alex Bodenschatz came up with nine saves at NU as Mason was out-shot 19-9 and also stopped six shots in the loss at Hofstra.
GEORGIA STATE (10-3-2, 4-1-1 in CAA) - The Panthers took over sole possession of second place in the CAA following a 2-1 overtime victory against James Madison and a 0-0 draw with VCU. With 13 points, Georgia State has already tied its highest point total in a season since joining the conference in 2005. Junior goalkeeper Kellianne Collins allowed just one goal in over 205 minutes of action and made 15 saves. Among eight saves versus JMU was a game-saving stop of a penalty kick with 16 seconds left in regulation. Freshman Jewel Evans gave GSU a 1-0 lead over JMU with her seventh goal of the year in the 39th minute. Sophomore Sarah Bennett tallied the game-winner in the 96th minute, converting a pass from Erin Hill for her seventh goal of the year.
HOFSTRA (12-1, 6-0 in CAA) - The Pride increased its lead atop the CAA standings to five points with convincing victories over Towson (4-1) and George Mason (5-0). Hofstra has now won a school-record 12 straight matches since opening the year with a loss to #6 Boston College and hasn’t trailed in a match since Sept. 3, a stretch of 1,050 minutes. Senior Salma Tarik contributed three goals and an assist last week, including both game-winning goals. She leads the CAA with eight goals for the season. Dana Bergstrom tied a school record with three assists versus Mason and she now has seven for the season. Tiffany Yovino has scored a goal in her past three matches. Hofstra out-shot its foes 36-10 last week and neither of its goalkeepers had to make a save. Freshman Amber Stobbs recorded a goal and an assist last week.
JAMES MADISON (8-6, 4-2 in CAA) - The Dukes bounced back from a 2-1 overtime loss at Georgia State to defeat UNC Wilmington, 2-1, on Sunday. Junior Ariana Ruela scored the game-winning goal at UNCW with just 19:48 remaining. Senior Teresa Rynier scored from 40 yards to give the Dukes a first-half lead on the Seahawks. It was her team-leading seventh goal of the season and the 18th of her career. Rynier’s 82 career points ranks fifth all-time at JMU. Eleven of the Dukes’ 14 matches this season have been decided by one goal and they are 6-5 in those contests. Senior Cate Tisinger scored her third goal of the year with 1:07 to go in regulation at Georgia State, tying the match.
UNC WILMINGTON (7-7, 4-2 in CAA) - The Seahawks got past VCU, 2-1, before dropping a 2-1 decision to James Madison. Sophomore Amanda Holmes recorded her second game-winning goal in the past three matches and fourth overall as she converted a feed from Kim Currie in the 78th minute. Sophomore Stephanie Rose scored her team-leading sixth goal of the season on a penalty kick in the 19th minute. Sophomore Lindsay Henry scored the game-tying goal against JMU early in the second half as she rattled in a 35-yard free kick off the crossbar. Goalkeeper Caitlin Hunter matched her career-high with 10 saves versus the Dukes. UNCW plays its final five matches on the road.
NORTHEASTERN (7-5-1, 2-3-1 in CAA) - The Huskies lost a pair of conference matches at home last week, falling 3-1 to George Mason and 2-1 to Towson. Senior Tinna Nielsen gave Northeastern a 1-0 lead against Mason with the first goal of her career. Erin McGaffigan picked up an assist on the play. The Huskies also got off to a fast start versus Towson as sophomore Greta Samuelsdottir needed just 1:53 to record her team-leading seventh goal of the season. Sandra Magnusdottir assisted on the goal. NU out-shot Mason 19-9 and Towson 15-13 in the two setbacks.
OLD DOMINION (3-8-1, 1-5 in CAA) - The Lady Monarchs snapped a six-game losing streak by beating Delaware 2-1 in overtime for their first CAA win of the season last Friday, but then lost 5-1 at Drexel. ODU out-shot the Hens 12-0 in the first half and grabbed a 1-0 lead on Ashlee Coutu’s first goal of the year in the 41st minute. After UD tied the match with six seconds left in regulation, the Lady Monarchs put it away in overtime as sophomore Meghan Cozens scored in the 94th minute. It was her second goal of the season and her first game-winner. Freshman Kate Kelly scored her first career goal in the loss at Drexel. The five goals allowed to the Dragons were the most by ODU since 2007.
TOWSON (6-6-3, 2-3-1 in CAA) - The Tigers split a pair of road matches last week, losing 4-1 at Hofstra before rallying for a 2-1 victory at Northeastern on Sunday. Towson fell behind NU 1-0 in the first two minutes, but quickly tied the match on a goal by senior defender Samantha Young. Freshman defender Shawnee Nicholas’ first career goal off a Melissa Gomes corner kick proved to be the game-winner in the 31st minute. Junior keeper Jocelyn Papciak matched a career-high with 10 saves at NU. She leads the CAA with 85 total saves and ranks second in save percentage (.825). The Hofstra match was the first for Towson this season to be decided by more than one goal. Gomes picked up her fourth goal of the year on a penalty kick. Towson is 5-0-1 on Sunday’s.
VCU (4-6-4, 0-4-2 in CAA) - The Rams earned one point in two tight road matches last week, losing 2-1 at UNC Wilmington before battling to a 0-0 draw with Georgia State. VCU’s defense has allowed just three goals in the past four games, but is 0-2-2 over that span. An injury to leading scorer Bre White (6g, 1a) has hindered an offense that has scored only one goal in the last 659:10. Freshman Taryn Cressy scored her first collegiate goal in the 59th minute at UNCW, tying the match at 1-1. Aisha Allen and Bex Kunz assisted on the goal. Goalkeeper Megan Lynch made two saves in the shutout at Georgia State. Her six shutouts are tied for the CAA lead.
WILLIAM & MARY (7-5-2, 3-2-1 in CAA) - The Tribe went unbeaten in a pair of CAA road matches last week, edging Drexel 1-0 before tying Delaware, 1-1. Sophomore midfielder Cortlyn Bristol scored the game-winning goal against the Dragons in the 66th minute off an assist from Mallory Schaffer. The goal was Bristol’s team-leading sixth of the season and she also tops the Tribe with 14 points. Goalkeeper Grace Barnard made four saves and posted her third shutout of the season. W&M trailed Delaware 1-0 at the half, but got the equalizer from Erin Liberatore in the 74th minute. Danielle Axenfeld picked up the assist on the goal.