CAA Women's Soccer Report - Oct. 15
Hannah O'Donnell • Northeastern
So., Midfielder, Dallas, Texas/Highland Park
O'Donnell scored three goals, including two game-winners, to help lead Northeastern to CAA victories over Towson (2-1) and George Mason (2-0) last week. The sophomore midfielder broke a 1-1 tie with a goal in the 62nd minute versus Towson and then recorded the first multi-goal game of her career in the triumph over Mason. O'Donnell entered the week having scored just one goal all season.
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Leah Galton • Hofstra
Fr., Forward, Harrowgate, England/St. John Fishers Catholic
Galton scored Hofstra's final goal in a 3-1 victory over Towson on Sunday that kept the Pride tied for first place in the CAA standings. The freshman forward scored off a breakaway for her team-high eighth goal of the season.
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DELAWARE MOVES INTO TOP DRAWER RANKINGS: Delaware moved into this week's Top Drawer Soccer Top 64 national rankings at #45. The Blue Hens went 2-0 last week, including a 1-0 victory over William & Mary.
THREE CAA TEAMS RANKED REGIONALLY: Three CAA teams are among the top 10 in the NSCAA/Mid-Atlantic Regional Rankings released on October 15. William & Mary slipped from #1 to #4 this week, while Drexel is at #5 and Hofstra is ranked #6.
TIGHT BATTLE ATOP CAA STANDINGS: With less than two weeks remaining in the CAA regular-season race, the league's top seven teams are separated by just six points. Hofstra and Delaware are tied for first place with 18 points, although the Pride has played one less match. Drexel sits just two points back in third and William & Mary and Northeastern are right behind with 15 points.
DELAWARE MOVES INTO TIE FOR FIRST: Delaware moved into a tie for first in the CAA standings after posting a pair of 1-0 victories over William & Mary (1-0) and Old Dominion (1-0) last week. Junior Chelsea Duffy scored the game-winner in the 51st minute versus the Tribe, while senior Tania Domingos tallied the game-winner in the 59th minute against the Lady Monarchs. It was the first goal of the season for both players. Goalkeeper Jess Figueroa made eight saves and recorded her first shutout in the W&M win, while Jess Levy stopped two ODU shots for her fifth shutout.
ECHEVERRY PUSHES HOFSTRA INTO FIRST: Hofstra took over a share of first place after conference wins over George Mason (1-0) and Towson (3-1) last week. Sophomore midfielder Lulu Echeverry assisted on Sam Scolarici's game-winner in the 48th minute versus Mason and then contributed the opening goal and an assist at Towson. Scolarici added her seventh goal of the year against Towson and freshman Leah Galton tallied her eighth goal. The Pride is 7-0 at home this season and has outscored its opponents 18-3 in those contests.
DREXEL'S HOME UNBEATEN STREAK REACHES 14: Drexel ran its home unbeaten streak to 14 (10-0-4), including 5-0-1 this season, following a 1-0 win over William & Mary on Sunday. Sophomore Megan Hammaker scored the game-winning goal in the 72nd minute as the Dragons defeated the Tribe for the first time ever. She is the 13th different Drexel player to score a goal this season. Eve Badana made five saves as Drexel posted its school-record 10th shutout.
HAT TRICK FOR JMU'S WILSON: James Madison junior forward Lauren Wilson scored all three goals in the Dukes' 3-0 victory at Georgia State on Sunday. It was the 23rd hat trick in JMU history and the second for Wilson, who also had one in 2010. She leads the Dukes with eight goals this season and is now 12th in career goals (24) and 17th in career points (57). Sophomore goalkeeper Marlee Stynchula made two saves at GSU and posted her third shutout in the last four games.
ROSE STRIKES TWICE IN UNCW VICTORY: Senior Stephanie Rose scored two goals in the final 14 minutes, including the game-winner in the 77th minute, to push UNCW past James Madison, 3-1, last Thursday. Rose leads the CAA with 26 points and is tied for the league lead in goals with nine. She now ranks third in career goals (29) and points (74) at UNCW. Senior Lindsay Henry scored the first Seahawks' goal and assisted on Rose's game-winner.
NORTHEASTERN STAYS HOT: Northeastern has won three in a row and four of its last five following victories over Towson (2-1) and George Mason (2-0) last week. Sophomore midfielder Hannah O'Donnell, who had only scored one goal all season, netted the game-winner in the 62nd minute versus Towson and recorded her first multi-goal game against Mason. Sophomore goalkeeper Paige Burnett made four saves and recorded her career-high fifth shutout against the Patriots. Devin Griffin scored her second goal against Towson.
TWO-GOAL WEEK FOR TOWSON'S BANES: Towson junior Emily Banes scored both Tigers' goals in losses to Northeastern (2-1) and Hofstra (3-1) last week. She tallied a game-tying goal in the 26th minute versus Hofstra and also tied the match at Northeastern with a goal in the 56th minute. Banes has three goals for the year, which is tied for the team lead. Goalkeeper Erin Quinn made 11 saves against the Pride and tops the CAA with 104 saves for the season.
CAREER-HIGH SAVES FOR ODU'S BUSH: Old Dominion senior goalkeeper Laura Bush recorded a career-high 11 saves as the Lady Monarchs defeated Drexel 2-1 last Thursday to snap a seven-game losing streak. Bush stopped 10 more shots in a 1-0 setback to Delaware and now has 68 saves in eight starts this season. Ashlee Coutu scored her fifth goal of the season against Drexel and Taylor Mertz had the game-winner in the 47th minute.
TOUGH WEEK FOR TRIBE: William & Mary, which entered last week with a perfect 5-0 CAA record, dropped back-to-back road matches at Delaware and Drexel. The Tribe out-shot the Blue Hens 18-10 and had a 17-14 shot advantage on the Dragons, but failed to score in consecutive outings for the first time all season. Goalkeeper Caroline Casey made 11 saves in the two contests, including six at Drexel.
MASON'S HOKANSON SOLID IN GOAL: George Mason junior goalkeeper Lyndse Hokanson made seven saves in a narrow 1-0 loss to first-place Hofstra last Friday. The Patriots also suffered a 2-0 setback at Northeastern on Sunday, despite matching the Huskies with 10 shots. Mason has failed to score in its past three contests, all of which have been on the road.
NAGY LEADS GSU IN SUNDAY SETBACK: Georgia State fell 3-0 to James Madison in its only action of the week on Sunday. On Senior Day, it was freshman Ashley Nagy who led the Panthers with four shots, two of which were on goal.