Women's Soccer Report - Sept. 24
Melissa Chapman • Drexel
So., Defender, Lansdale Pa./Lansdale Catholic
Chapman scored a pair of goals as Drexel went 1-0-1 last week to extend its unbeaten streak to nine. The sophomore defender recorded the game-tying goal on a header in the 74th minute of the Dragons' 1-1 draw with George Mason and scored the eventual game-winning goal on a header in Drexel's 4-0 win over Georgia State. Chapman also excelled defensively as the Dragons limited opponents to one goal in 200 minutes last week.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Ali Miller • Delaware
Sr., Forward, Sinking Spring, Pa./Wilson
Miller scored two goals, both of which were game-winners, to lead Delaware to a 2-0 start in CAA play. The senior forward scored off a feed from Melissa Pennington in the 65th minute to give the Hens a 1-0 triumph over Towson and found the net in the 96th minute as UD got past George Mason 2-1 in overtime.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Jill Mulholland • Hofstra
Fr., Midfielder, Levittown, N.Y./MacArthur
Mulholland contributed two goals and an assist in Hofstra's two CAA wins last week. The freshman midfielder scored the game-winning goal in the 87th minute of the Pride's 1-0 triumph at UNCW and had a goal and an assist as Hofstra defeated Georgia State 5-0. Mulholland is tied for the team lead in points with 12 on five goals and two assists.
Around The League:
W&M MOVES UP IN TOP DRAWER RANKINGS: William & Mary moved up to #37 in this week's Top Drawer Soccer Top 64 rankings. The Tribe split two matches last week and has won seven of its last eight after an 0-2 start.
FOUR CAA TEAMS RANKED REGIONALLY: Four CAA teams are among the top 10 in the NSCAA/Mid-Atlantic Regional Rankings released on Sept. 24. William & Mary continues to hold the top spot in the region, while UNCW is at #5, Drexel is ranked #6 and Hofstra is ranked #7.
NATIONAL HONOR FOR HOFSTRA'S MULHOLLAND: Hofstra freshman Jill Mulholland was chosen to the Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week after contributing two goals and one assist in Hofstra's 2-0 week. The freshman scored the game-winning goal in a 1-0 win over UNCW and had a goal and an assist in a 5-0 triumph over Georgia State.
SCHAFFER AMONG FINALISTS FOR SENIOR CLASS AWARD: William & Mary senior Mallory Schaffer is one of 30 finalists for the women's soccer Senior CLASS Award, which honors student-athletes who excel on and off the field. The winner of the prestigious award must have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition.
MILLER LEADS UD TO 2-0 START: Delaware is off to a 2-0 start in CAA play after posting one-goal victories over Towson (1-0) and George Mason (2-1 in ot) last week. Senior forward Ali Miller scored both game-winning goals, converting a pass from Melissa Pennington in the 65th minute versus Towson and recording an unassisted tally in the 96th minute against Mason. Shannon Kearney scored her first goal of the year in the Mason victory. Junior goalkeeper Jessica Levy made 12 saves in the two matches and lowered her GAA to 0.85 for the season.
HOFSTRA OPENS 2-0 IN CAA: Hofstra recorded shutout victories over UNCW (1-0) and Georgia State (5-0) last week to open CAA play at 2-0. Freshman Jill Mulholland broke a scoreless tie with the game-winning goal in the 87th minute versus UNCW and then contributed a goal and an assist in the GSU victory. She is tied for the team lead in points with 12. Leah Galton scored two goals versus GSU and now has five for the season. Hofstra also got goals from Lulu Echeverry and Ingrid Moyer. Goalkeeper Emily Morphitis made six saves and didn't allow a goal in 175 minutes of action last week to lower her GAA to 1.25 for the season.
DREXEL EXTENDS UNBEATEN STREAK: Drexel extended its unbeaten streak to nine following a 1-1 tie with George Mason and a 4-0 victory over Towson to start CAA play last week. The Dragons, who are off to the best start in school history (7-1-2), haven't lost a home match since Oct. 30, 2010. Sophomore Melissa Chapman headed in a corner kick from Christine Stevenson in the 74th minute to tie the Mason game at 1-1 and headed in a corner kick from Courtney Wylie for the eventual game-winner against Towson. Drexel also got goals from Caitlin Gottier, Alex Vazquez and Jess Sarkisian against the Tigers. Goalkeeper Eve Badana posted her fifth shutout versus TU.
W&M CONTINUES SUCCESS IN CAA OPENERS: Preseason favorite William & Mary opened CAA play with a 2-0 victory over James Madison last Sunday. The Tribe is now 12-0-1 in CAA home openers since 2000. Sophomore Emory Camper netted the game-winning goal in the 72nd minute off a Dani Rutter assist. Freshman Nicole Baxter added an insurance goal against the Dukes and also scored W&M's lone goal in a 2-1 loss to VCU last Thursday. She has three goals on the year.
THREE-GOAL WEEK FOR NU'S SAMUELSDOTTIR: Northeastern senior forward Greta Samuelsdottir scored all three of the Huskies' goals last week as they split their first two CAA contests. Samuelsdottir's goal in the 31st minute was the game-winner in a 1-0 triumph over Georgia State as she headed in a corner kick from Hannah O'Donnell. She also had a pair of first-half goals in a 4-2 setback to UNCW. Samuelsdottir has a team-high five goals this season and 23 for her career, which ranks fourth all-time at NU.
JMU SPLITS AGAINST IN-STATE FOES: James Madison rolled past Old Dominion 5-0 but fell 2-0 at William & Mary as it started CAA play on the road. It was the first time since 2006 that the Dukes have scored five times in a road contest. Kelly Germain scored twice against the Monarchs and junior Lauren Wilson tallied her 19th career goal, which is tied for 13th on the school's all-time list. Katie Hyland added a goal and an assist and freshman Elissa Halik scored her first collegiate goal. JMU's defense held W&M without a shot in the first half for the first time all year.
ROSE LEADS UNCW RALLY AT NU: UNCW senior forward Stephanie Rose scored two second-half goals as the Seahawks rallied for a 4-2 victory at Northeastern last Sunday. Rose leads the CAA in points (18) and assists (6) and ranks third in goals (6). UNCW fell behind twice at NU before getting game-tying goals from Morgan Leyble and Meg Kiser. The Seahawks have posted two four-goal games in a season for the first time since 2009.
MASON WORKS OVERTIME: George Mason went to overtime in its opening two CAA matches, battling to a 1-1 draw with Drexel but losing 2-1 at Delaware. Liz Hodges gave the Patriots a 1-0 lead at Drexel just 3:05 into the match when she knocked home the rebound from Casey Vornadore's attempt. Mason fell behind at Delaware, but pulled even when senior Tiana Kallenberger scored her team-leading seventh goal of the season.
FRESHMEN EARN STARTS AT ODU: Old Dominion started five freshmen in a 2-1 loss to VCU last Sunday. Brooke Boland, who had an assist in the contest, and Kelly Farrell each made their first career starts. Senior Ashlee Coutu scored on a header in the 42nd minute versus the Rams that gave ODU a 1-0 lead and ended a 144-minute scoreless streak.
QUINN MAKES 10 SAVES FOR TOWSON: Towson dropped CAA games at Delaware (1-0) and Drexel (4-0) last week despite a strong effort from sophomore goalkeeper Erin Quinn. Quinn stopped a career-best 10 shots versus the Dragons and made eight saves against the Blue Hens. She leads the CAA with 6.1 saves per game (61 in 10 matches).
TOUGH START FOR GSU: Georgia State got off to a tough start in CAA play as the Panthers suffered shutout setbacks to Northeastern (1-0) and Hofstra (5-0) on the road. Alyssia Feronti took three of GSU's seven shots at NU, while Lyndsey Gaffney and Nikki Fedele each took two shots at Hofstra.