CAA Women's Soccer Report - Oct. 1
Cortlyn Bristol • William & Mary
Sr., Forward, Chantilly, Va./Chantilly
Bristol contributed two game-winning goals and an assist to lead William & Mary to a pair of CAA road victories last week. In a 1-0 win at George Mason, Bristol broke a scoreless tie with a goal from 18 yards out in the 60th minute. At Towson, the senior forward had a goal and an assist in the opening 18 minutes as the Tribe rolled past the Tigers, 5-0. For the season, Bristol has four goals and six assists.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Jill Mulholland • Hofstra
Fr., Midfielder, Levittown, N.Y./MacArthur
Mulholland earned her second straight Rookie of the Week honor after scoring the game-winning goal in Hofstra's 3-1 triumph at James Madison last Sunday. With the score tied at 1-1 in the 19th minute, the freshman found the net from six yards out for her sixth goal of the season. Mulholland has scored a goal in four straight games and already has three game-winning goals this season.
Around The League:
W&M MOVES UP IN TOP DRAWER RANKINGS: William & Mary moved up to #35 in this week's Top Drawer Soccer Top 64 rankings. The Tribe went 2-0 last week and has won nine of its last 10 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 October 1. William & Mary continues to hold the top spot in the region, while Hofstra is at #5, UNCW is ranked #6 and Drexel is ranked #8.
NATIONAL HONOR FOR DREXEL'S CHAPMAN: Drexel sophomore Melissa Chapman was chosen to the Soccer America National Team of the Week on Sept. 26 after tallying a game-tying goal in the Dragons' 1-1 draw with George Mason and the game-winning goal in a 4-0 triumph over Georgia State.
THREE TEAMS REMAIN UNBEATEN IN CAA PLAY: Three teams are still undefeated after two weeks of conference play in the CAA. Delaware sits atop the standings at 4-0 after a pair of road wins last week, while Hofstra and William & Mary are right behind at 3-0. Delaware visits Hofstra in a key match on Thursday night.
ROAD WARRIORS: Road teams combined for a 7-3 record in CAA action last week. Delaware and William & Mary each went 2-0 in away matches, while Hofstra and Northeastern were 1-0 and Drexel was 1-1.
LENCZYK COMES UP BIG FOR DELAWARE: Delaware remained atop the CAA standings at 4-0 after posting road victories at Georgia State (2-1 in 2ot) and UNCW (1-0). Senior midfielder Anna Lenczyk scored the game-winning goal at the 71-minute mark versus UNCW to break a scoreless tie and also assisted on the game-winner in double overtime at GSU. Senior forward Ali Miller scored both Blue Hens' goals at GSU and leads the team with four goals this season. Junior goalkeeper Jess Levy recorded her fourth shutout at UNCW and lowered her GAA to 0.74.
HOFSTRA IMPROVES TO 3-0 IN CAA: Hofstra moved to 3-0 in CAA play following a 3-1 triumph at James Madison last Sunday. The Pride has outscored league foes 9-1 thus far. Amber Stobbs gave Hofstra a 1-0 advantage just 13 seconds into the match. Freshman Jill Mulholland tallied the game-winner in the 19th minute, which was her sixth goal of the season and marked her sixth consecutive contest with at least one point. Lulu Echeverry contributed her fifth goal of the season late in the first half.
TRIBE TAKES TWO ON THE ROAD: William & Mary remained unbeaten in CAA action after topping George Mason (1-0) and Towson (5-1) on the road. Senior Cortlyn Bristol scored the game-winner at Mason in the 60th minute and had the Tribe's first goal at Towson. Also scoring goals for W&M at Towson were Mallory Schaffer, Samantha Cordum, Audrey Barry and Jackie Blake-Hedges. Cordum's goal was the first of her career, while Schaffer tallied her eighth goal of the season, which is tied for the CAA lead.
ANOTHER GAME-WINNER FOR GREENFIELD: Drexel junior midfielder Sam Greenfield has scored three goals this season and all of them have been game-winners. The latest came in the 60th minute of the Dragons' 2-0 triumph at Georgia State last Sunday. Freshman Gabby Dixon tacked on an insurance goal and leads Drexel with eight points this season. Goalkeeper Eve Badana recorded her sixth shutout of the year at GSU, which tied a Drexel season mark. Drexel (8-2-2) has already set a school record for victories in a season.
KALLENBERGER SCORES 8TH FOR MASON: George Mason senior forward Tiana Kallenberger is tied for the CAA lead in goals (8) and points (19) after finding the net from 35 yards out in the Patriots' 2-1 victory over Old Dominion last Sunday. Mason also got a goal in the contest from Liz Hodges, who scored for the fifth time this season off a Dani O'Brien assist.
UNCW'S HUNTER MOVES UP SHUTOUT CHART: UNCW snapped Drexel's nine-match unbeaten streak with a 2-0 victory last Friday night. Senior goalkeeper Caitlin Hunter made six saves to record her fourth shutout of the season and the 11th of her career, which is tied for 3rd all-time at UNCW. Stephanie Bronson scored the game-winning goal for the Seahawks in the 51st minute and Maddie McCormick tacked on an insurance goal with 5:28 to play.
GRIFFIN MAKES SUCCESSFUL RETURN FOR NU: Northeastern defeated James Madison 2-0 last Friday for its first victory ever in Harrisonburg. Hannah O'Donnell's first goal of the season just 3:56 into the match was the game-winner. Sophomore Devin Griffin, who hadn't played since aggravating a knee injury on August 26, came off the bench to add an insurance goal late in the first half off a Hanna Terry assist. Griffin scored 14 goals and was the CAA Player and Rookie of the Year in 2009, but has missed most of the past two seasons. Her goal was the first since August 27, 2010.
TOWSON EARNS FIRST WIN: Towson defeated Old Dominion 3-1 in its home opener last Friday for its first victory of the season. The Tigers got goals from Sofia Read, Emily Banes and Alex Evitts and a pair of assists from Katie Holtzapple. Goalkeeper Erin Quinn made 20 saves last week, including a career-best 12 in a loss to William & Mary. She leads the CAA with 81 stops this season.
TOUGH LOSS FOR GSU: Georgia State gave first-place Delaware a battle before dropping a 2-1 decision in double overtime last Friday. The Panthers took a 1-0 advantage in the 55th minute on a goal by Carly Lafferty, but the Blue Hens rallied to tie the match 10 minutes later and then win it in the second extra session. Goalkeeper Rebecca Toler made five saves against UD.
DUKES DROP TWO AT HOME: James Madison suffered home conference losses to Northeastern (2-0) and Hofstra (3-1) last week. The Dukes' nine setbacks this season are the most since 2006. Junior Becky Sparks scored on a free kick from 40 yards out versus Hofstra, which tied the contest at 1-1 in the fifth minute. It was her first goal of the year.
ODU FALLS SHORT ON THE ROAD: Old Dominion suffered road setbacks at Towson (3-1) and George Mason (2-1) last weekend. Amber Cook scored a goal in the final minute against the Tigers, while Ashlee Coutu also had a goal in the 90th minute at Mason that cut the deficit in half.