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CAA Women’s Soccer Notebook – Sept. 23

Sep 23, 2013, 4:52 PM EDT

Delaware's Shannon Kearney Delaware's Shannon Kearney

CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Emily Banes • Towson
Sr., Forward, Bethpage, N.Y./Bethpage

Banes scored two goals, including a game-winner, as Towson won back-to-back road games for the first time since 1999. The senior forward tallied the eventual game-winning goal in the 60th minute as the Tigers edged St. Francis (Pa.) 2-1 on Friday and contributed Towson’s second goal in a 3-0 triumph at LIU Brooklyn on Sunday. Banes leads the CAA and is fourth nationally in goals (10) and fifth in points (23).

CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Shannon Kearney • Delaware
Sr., Forward, New Hyde Park, N.Y./New Hyde Park

Kearney scored a pair of goals, including a game-winner, in Delaware’s 2-0 week. The senior forward contributed the game-winning goal in the 64th minute as the Blue Hens topped LIU Brooklyn 2-0 on Friday and gave Delaware a 1-0 lead in the 52nd minute of its 2-1 road victory at Temple on Sunday. Kearney leads UD with four goals and nine points this season.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Lissa Rahkola • UNCW
Fr., Goalkeeper, Oulu, Finland/Kastelli

Rahkola made five saves and didn’t allow a goal in 166:28 of action last week as UNCW posted victories over Coastal Carolina (1-0) and Francis Marion (3-1). The freshman stopped four shots to post her first career shutout against Coastal and turned away one shot in the first 77 minutes against Francis Marion.

Around The League:

THREE CAA TEAMS RANKED REGIONALLY: Three CAA teams were ranked among the top 10 in the NSCAA/Continental Tire Mid-Atlantic regional rankings for Sept. 17. James Madison was the top ranked CAA squad at #3, while William & Mary was right behind at #4 and Hofstra moved up to #7. A new poll will be released on Tuesday.

GREAT WEEK IN NON-CONFERENCE ACTION: The CAA posted an impressive 11-3-3 record in non-conference action last week. Seven of the league’s nine teams currently have winning percentages of .500 or better for the season.

CONFERENCE PLAY GETS UNDERWAY THIS WEEK: All nine teams will begin conference play this week, starting with Towson hosting Delaware on Thursday afternoon. On Friday, league newcomer College of Charleston makes its CAA debut against Northeastern and defending champion Hofstra hosts UNCW. Perennial powers William & Mary and James Madison clash on Saturday night. Drexel is the final squad to begin CAA play when it travels to Towson on Sunday.

FIVE-GAME WINNING STREAK FOR HOFSTRA: Hofstra earned a 2-0 victory at Saint Joseph’s in a driving rainstorm on Saturday to extend its winning streak to five. Sophomore Leah Galton assisted on Sam Scolarici’s team-leading ninth goal of the season late in the first half and then scored one of her own early in the second half. Galton leads the CAA with eight assists, six of which have come on Scolarici goals, and she’s third in the league wtih 18 points. The Pride has posted four shutouts this season and hasn’t allowed a goal away from home over the last 340:52 dating back to Aug. 25.

FOUR STRAIGHT VICTORIES FOR JMU: James Madison has captured four in a row, including three straight by shutout, following back-to-back 2-0 victories over UNCW and Longwood last week. The winning streak is the Dukes’ longest since 2010. Sophomore goalkeeper Ellen Forrest made five saves in the two matches to become the first JMU goalkeeper to post three consecutive shutouts since Kate Courter in 2011. Senior Lauren Wilson scored her 26th career goal against UNCG and is now tied for 10th on JMU’s all-time goals list. Sam Lofton had the other goal versus UNCG, while Sydney Braun-McLeod and Meghan Cox found the net in the win at Longwood.

DELAWARE INCREASES WIN STREAK TO FOUR: Delaware heads into CAA play on a four-game winning streak after defeating LIU Brooklyn (2-0) and Temple (2-1) last week. Senior Shannon Kearney scored the game-winning goal at LIU and found the net again at Temple to increase her season-high goals total to four. Freshman Mikala Kin had her first collegiate goal at LIU and Dianna Marinaro tallied the game-winner at Temple. Chelsea Duffy assisted on both goals at LIU.

FOUR CONSECUTIVE VICTORIES FOR UNCW: UNCW is on a four-game winning streak after closing its non-conference slate by topping Coastal Carolina (1-0) and Francis Marion (3-1). Sophomore Katrina Guillou contributed the game-winning goals in each game and also had an assist. She’s tied for the team lead in scoring with 11 points and has at least one point in four straight games. Maddie McCormick had two assists last week and also has a point in four consecutive contests. Freshman goalkeeper Lissa Rahkola didn’t allow a goal in 166:28 last week and posted her first shutout against Coastal. Stephanie Bronson and Lauren Nalevaiko also scored goals on Sunday.

TRIBE UNBEATEN IN LAST SEVEN MATCHES: William & Mary is unbeaten in its last seven matches after topping Radford 2-1 in overtime and earning ties with regionally ranked foes Penn (0-0) and Princeton (1-1) last week. Sophomore goalkeeper Caroline Casey allowed only two goals in 316:36 and recorded 14 saves. She stopped seven shots in the shutout of Penn. Senior Dani Rutter scored the golden goal in the 97th minute against Radford. Barbara Platenberg assisted on the game-winner and scored one of her own off a Rutter assist earlier in the contest. Nicole Baxter scored the W&M goal at Princeton on a free kick.

SUCCESSFUL ROAD TRIP FOR TOWSON: Towson won back-to-back road games for the first time since 1999 after defeating St. Francis (Pa.) 2-1 and LIU Brooklyn 3-0 last weekend. Senior forward Emily Banes scored a goal in each game, including the game-winner at St. Francis. She leads the CAA and is fourth nationally with 10 goals and ranks fifth in Division I with 23 points. Banes needs three more goals to become Towson’s all-time leader and she’s also second in career points (64) at Towson. Also scoring goals over the weekend for the Tigers were Sofia Read, Ariana Rinda and Rhianna Zalewski. Rinda’s goal was her first at the collegiate level.

DREXEL GOES 1-1 IN COLORADO: Drexel split a pair of games in a weekend swing to Colorado, edging Air Force 1-0 after a 3-0 setback to Colorado College. Freshman Colleen McDonald’s first career goal in the 65th minute was the game-winner at Air Force. Junior goalkeeper Eve Badana made 11 saves in the two matches, including five in the shutout of Air Force. The shutout was her third of the season and the 16th of her career, which is one shy of the Dragons’ all-time record of 17 held by Kaitlin Bond.

MORE OVERTIME GAMES FOR NORTHEASTERN: Northeastern battled to a 1-1 double-overtime draw with Maine and fell 2-1 in overtime to Massachusetts last week. The Huskies have played three straight overtime contests and have had five OT contests in nine games this season, which is tied for the most in a season since they joined the CAA. Shayna Blackwood scored her first goal of the season at UMass and Morgan Hilby recorded her first goal against Maine.

COFC FALLS TO CHARLOTTE: College of Charleston was beaten 6-0 by Charlotte in their only action last week. The Cougars were out-shot 20-8, with Michaela Herrmann and Nicole Koretsky each taking two shots. CofC opens CAA play this week against Northeastern and Hofstra.

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