CAA Men's Soccer Report - Oct. 1
Don Anding • Northeastern
Sr., Forward, Amity Harbor, N.Y./Chaminade
Anding scored four goals in Northeastern's 1-0-1 week. The senior forward recorded the first hat trick by a Huskies' player since 2001 with three goals in a 5-2 triumph over Holy Cross. He then scored the game-tying goal in the 58th minute of a 1-1 draw at VCU. Anding leads Northeastern with six goals and 14 points this season.
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Nathaniel Goodwin • UNCW
Fr., Forward, Huntersville, N.C./Hough
Goodwin contributed a goal and an assist in UNCW's two dramatic victories last week. The freshman forward assisted on Jamie Dell's game-winner in the 84th minute of a 2-1 triumph over Duke and then scored his second goal of the year in the 83rd minute as the Seahawks edged Hofstra 3-2 for their first conference win of the year.
Around The League:
ODU, MASON IN NATIONAL POLLS: Old Dominion is ranked #9 nationally by College Soccer News and #16 by Top Drawer Soccer this week after improving to 7-1 with a 3-2 win over George Mason last Friday. Mason is ranked #39 in the Top Drawer poll and received votes in the CSN poll. Last week, ODU was ranked #12 by Soccer America and #14 in the NSCAA/Continental Tire poll, while Mason received votes in the NSCAA poll. Both the NSCAA and Soccer America will release new polls on Tuesday.
FIVE CAA TEAMS RANKED REGIONALLY: Five CAA teams are among the top 10 in this week's NSCAA/Continental Tire South Atlantic Region rankings. Old Dominion leads the group of CAA squads at #2, George Mason is ranked #5, Drexel is #7, Northeastern is #8 and James Madison is ranked #10.
NATIONAL HONOR FOR DREXEL'S PATAIA: Drexel's Michele Pataia was selected to Soccer America's National Team of the Week on Sept. 25 following his two-goal performance in the Dragons' 4-1 victory over 4th-ranked Old Dominion on Sept. 22.
ODU EDGES MASON IN NATIONALLY TELEVISED GAME: Old Dominion held off George Mason 3-2 last Friday in a game nationally televised on FOX Soccer TV. The Monarchs jumped out to a 2-0 advantage on goals by Alex DeJohn and Yannick Smith and then got the eventual game-winner in the 67th minute as Jordan LeBlanc scored on a penalty kick. Freshman Ryan Condotta assisted on Smith's goal and recorded his first collegiate point. Five ODU players have seven or more points.
EXCITING WEEK FOR UNCW: UNCW used late-game heroics to post victories over Duke (2-1) and Hofstra (3-2) last week. Senior Michael Recchia scored his first career goal with three seconds left to give the Seahawks the win over the Pride. Freshman Nathaniel Goodwin tallied a goal in the 83rd minute versus Hofstra and assisted on the game-winning goal by Jamie Dell in the 84th minute against Duke. Mateo Cardona converted a penalty kick in the 81st minute to tie the contest with Duke, while Jacob VanCompernolle had UNCW's opening goal in the Hofstra win. Freshman goalkeeper Sam Williams earned the wins in his first two career starts.
ANDING SCORES FOUR GOALS FOR NU: Northeastern senior Don Anding scored four goals as the Huskies defeated Holy Cross (5-2) and tied VCU (1-1) last week. Anding became the first NU player since 2001 to record a hat trick with three goals versus HC and then had the game-tying goal in the 58th minute at VCU. Anding has a team-best six goals and 14 points this season and is now 8th in career points (43) at NU. Donovan Fayd'Herbe de Maudave and Terence Carter also scored goals in the HC win and Andre Ciliotta had a pair of assists. The five goals were the most for NU since 2002 and extended its home winning streak to 10 games dating back to Nov. 6, 2010.
SUCCESSFUL COMEBACK FOR DREXEL'S PAGE: Drexel has won three in a row and six of its last seven following a 2-1 triumph over Penn and a 3-0 victory at William & Mary last week. It was the Dragons' first win over Penn since 1990 and its first triumph over the Tribe since 2007. Junior Nathan Page, who missed nearly all of last season with an injury, scored a goal in each game and is tied for the team lead with three in six games. Goalkeeper Tim Washam made 13 saves last week and lowered his GAA to 0.95 with three shutouts. Ken Tribbett tallied the game-winning goal versus Penn and Guido Pena and John Grosh had the opening two goals at W&M.
JMU MOVES TO 2-0 IN CAA PLAY: James Madison moved to 2-0 in CAA play following a 4-0 victory over Towson last Saturday. Senior Paul Wyatt scored the final two goals for the Dukes. He has a team-high five goals this season and is now 16th in career goals (24) at JMU. Freshman Josh Grant tallied the game-winning goal against Towson and assisted on a goal by Steven Mashinski. The Dukes fell 1-0 to #5 Georgetown last Tuesday, ending their 15-game home unbeaten streak (13-0-2). It was the first home setback since Nov. 6, 2010.
DELAWARE WINS CAA OPENER: Defending CAA champion Delaware opened conference play with a 3-2 win over Georgia State last Saturday. Junior defender Mark Garrity scored twice in the first 19 minutes of the match at GSU and Roberto Gimenez provided the game-winning goal on a free kick with 4:33 left in regulation.
MASON'S MULGREW SCORES TWICE: Sophomore Timi Mulgrew scored both George Mason goals in the Patriots' 3-2 setback at ODU last Friday. The midfielder leads Mason and ranks second in the CAA in goals (7), assists (4) and points (18). Both Mason losses this season have been by just one goal and the Patriots have outscored their opponents 23-10.
HOFSTRA IMPROVES TO 3-1 AT HOME: Hofstra defeated Jacksonville 3-1 last Tuesday to improve to 3-1 at home and up their non-conference record to 6-1-1. Sophomore Maid Memic scored the game-winning goal versus JU and also had an assist in the Pride's 3-2 CAA loss at UNCW. He has four goals and leads the team with 12 points. Freshman Joseph Holland has a point in three straight games after tallying a goal against JU and assisting on Shaun Foster's game-tying goal in the 87th minute at UNCW. Chris Griebsch scored his fourth goal of the season against the Seahawks.
GSU FRESHMAN LEADS CAA IN ASSISTS: Georgia State freshman William Mellors-Blair recorded his league-leading fifth assist as he set up a goal by Caleb Kernan in a 3-2 loss to Delaware last Saturday. The Panthers also got a game-tying goal by senior Alex Vivanco in the 73rd minute. It was Vivanco's team-best fourth goal of the season. GSU senior goalkeeper Vincent Foermer is second in career shutouts (12) and GAA (1.48) at GSU and fifth in saves (225).
TOUGH WEEK FOR TRIBE: William & Mary lost 1-0 at nationally ranked High Point and 3-0 at home to CAA foe Drexel last week. The Tribe out-shot Drexel 18-12 but was unable to get on the board. Chris Perez put two of his team-best five shots on goal while Roshan Patel took four shots against the Dragons. Chris Albiston fired three shots in the High Point setback.
TOWSON FALLS AT JMU: Towson allowed three second-half goals and was beaten 4-0 at James Madison last Saturday. Matteo Vertucci took three of the Tigers' eight shots and Olakunle Banjo had a pair of shots, including the only one that was on net.