CAA Women's Soccer Quarterfinals Preview
The 2013 CAA Women’s Soccer Championship gets underway this weekend with a pair of quarterfinal matches. On Saturday, fourth-seeded Hofstra hosts #5 UNCW at 1 p.m., while on Sunday, third-seeded Northeastern entertains #6 Delaware at 4 p.m.
The Hofstra/UNCW contest is a rematch of last year’s exciting CAA championship game which the Pride won 2-1 in double overtime. Hofstra also was a 2-1 winner over UNCW during this year’s regular-season matchup after scoring a pair of goals in a three-minute span midway through the first half.
Hofstra’s (9-5-3, 3-2-3 in CAA) top performers offensively are junior Sam Scolarici, who led the CAA with 16 goals, and sophomore Leah Galton, who topped the league with 11 assists and also scored eight goals. Jeannine Molleda had a strong year with five goals and five assists. In goal, the Pride will turn to freshman Friederike Mehring, who made her first two career starts last weekend against the CAA’s top two teams - JMU and William & Mary - and helped the Pride earn ties in both games.
UNCW (9-9, 4-4 in CAA) earned its spot in the CAA Tournament by defeating Delaware 3-1 on the final day of the regular season. Sophomore Katrina Guillou tallied two goals and an assist in the victory over the Blue Hens and leads the Seahawks with 10 goals and six assists for the season. Sophomore Maddie McCormick has contributed six goals and four assists in 2013 and Stephanie Bronson has scored five times. Freshman goalkeeper Carolyn Huddy was outstanding in the month of October, posting an 0.85 goals against average and a .875 save percentage in six matches.
Northeastern (5-8-4, 5-2-3 in CAA) rebounded from a tough start to the season by finishing third in the CAA standings and garnering a spot in the conference tournament for the third year in a row. The Huskies’ top player is senior midfielder Hanna Terry, who is tied for the team lead in scoring with three goals and five assists. Sophomore Morgan Hilby also has tallied three goals and five assists and Shayna Blackwood has scored three times. Northeastern junior goalkeeper Paige Burnett has plenty of CAA Tournament experience and has recorded a 1.45 GAA with 84 saves and four shutouts this season.
Delaware (9-7-2, 3-3-2 in CAA) is making its third CAA Tournament trip in the past four years. The Blue Hens defeated Northeastern 2-0 at home on October 13, which was the Huskies’ first CAA loss. Senior Shannon Kearney tops UD with 13 points on five goals and three assists, while four players have three goals this season – Chelsea Duffy, Natalie Zelenky, Emily Market and Andrea Arnold. Senior Jessica Levy has had a good season in goal for the Blue Hens with a 0.98 GAA, 59 saves and five shutouts.
The winners of this weekend’s games will advance to the semifinals on Friday, November 8 in Harrisonburg, Va. Second-seeded William & Mary will meet the Northeastern/Delaware winner at 3 p.m., followed by #1 James Madison against the Hofstra/UNCW winner at 6 p.m. The CAA championship game is set for 1 p.m. on Sunday, November 10.