Oct 30, 2012, 11:46 AM EDT
William and Mary’s Dani Rutter was this week’s Player of the Week. Take a look at the league notes below as the 2012 Women’s Soccer #CAAChamps semifinals quickly approach this Friday in Williamsburg. For the full weekly report logon to CAASports.com.
UNCW AT #48 IN TOP DRAWER RANKINGS: UNCW is listed in the Top Drawer Soccer Top 64 national rankings at #48 for the second week in a row. The Seahawks defeated Georgia State 3-0 and tied Delaware 1-1 last week.
THREE CAA TEAMS RANKED REGIONALLY: Three CAA teams are among the top 10 in the NSCAA/Mid-Atlantic Regional Rankings released on October 29. William & Mary moved up to #3 this week, while Drexel is at #5 and UNCW is ranked #9.
UNCW, HOFSTRA ADVANCE TO CAA SEMIFINALS ON PK’S: The quarterfinals of the CAA Women’s Soccer Championship provide plenty of drama as both games were decided on penalty kicks after double-overtime ties. Third-seeded UNCW topped #6 Delaware 4-3 on PK’s after a 1-1 draw, while #5 Hofstra got past #4 Northeastern 3-1 on PK’s following a 2-2 tie. The Seahawks took a 1-0 lead on UD in the seventh minute on freshman Maddie McCormick’s seventh goal of the year, but the Blue Hens got the equalizer from senior Ali Miller in the 81st minute. UNCW senior goalkeeper Caitlin Hunter made nine saves and stopped a pair of PK attempts. Sophomore Sam Scolarici scored both Hofstra goals, including a game-tying penalty kick with 6:03 left in regulation. For Northeastern, senior Greta Samuelsdottir scored her ninth goal of the season and Sandra Magnusdottir put the Huskies on top 2-1 with a goal in the 81st minute. Hofstra goalie Emily Morphitis denied three of NU’s four PK attempts.
CAA CHAMPION TO BE CROWNED THIS WEEKEND: The CAA Women’s Soccer Championship continues this weekend at Martin Family Stadium at Albert/Daly Field on the campus of William & Mary. In Friday’s semifinals, #2 Drexel faces #3 UNCW at 5 p.m., followed by #1 William & Mary against #5 Hofstra at 7:30 p.m. The two winners will meet for the CAA title and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
SIX CHAMPIONS OVER PAST SIX YEARS: Six different teams have captured the CAA Women’s Soccer Championship over the past six years, showing the quality of depth in the conference. Old Dominion took home the title in 2006, Hofstra won in 2007, Northeastern won in 2008, UNCW won in 2009, James Madison won in 2010 and William & Mary claimed the championship in 2011.
W&M CLAIMS REGULAR-SEASON TITLE: William & Mary won the CAA regular-season title for the second year in a row after posting a 3-0 victory over Old Dominion last Wednesday. Emory Camper’s goal in the 34th minute put the Tribe ahead to stay and junior Dani Rutter put the contest away with a pair of second-half goals. W&M got an excellent play defensively from freshman Leci Irvin in recording the shutout.
DREXEL DOWNS DELAWARE TO EARN #2 SEED: Junior Sam Greenfield scored off a corner kick with 2:16 to play in regulation to give Drexel a 1-0 victory over rival Delaware last Wednesday. It was the fifth goal of the season, and the fourth game-winner, for Greenfield and earned the Dragons a bye to the semifinals in their first-ever CAA Tournament appearance. Courtney Wylie and Alyssa Findlay picked up assists on the winning score. Sophomore goalkeeper Eve Badana made three saves and recorded her league-high 10th shutout. Drexel, which has a school-record 13 wins, is unbeaten (11-0-4) in its past 15 matches at Vidas Field.
NU’S SAMUELSDOTTIR MOVES UP POINTS CHART: Northeastern senior Greta Samuelsdottir scored two goals in the Huskies’ 1-0-1 week. She set a new career-high with nine goals this season and moved into third place on NU’s career goals chart with 27. Samuelsdottir is also third in career points with 63. Hanna Terry made a penalty kick in the 78th minute to give the Huskies a 3-2 victory over Hofstra in the teams’ regular-season finale.
SEASON-HIGH GOALS FOR MASON: George Mason set a season-high for goals in its season finale, defeating Towson 4-3 last Wednesday. Liz Hodges’ seventh goal of the season gave the Patriots a 1-0 advantage before three Mason players – Casey Vornadore, Sydney Mitchell and Jazmin Cardoso – scored for the first time all year. Cardoso converted a penalty kick with 7:59 left in regulation for the game winner.
UNCW PLAYERS CLIMB CAREER LISTS: Senior Stephanie Rose scored a goal in UNCW’s 3-0 victory over Georgia State last Wednesday to move into second place on the school’s career points list with 85. She leads the CAA with 13 goals and 37 points this season. Senior goalkeeper Caitlin Hunter recorded her seventh shutout of the year versus the Panthers, tying a UNCW single-season mark. Sophomore Stephanie Bronson scored the game-winning goal against GSU.
TOWSON’S SKIDMORE SHINES IN FINALE: Towson forward Cheyenne Skidmore scored two goals in her final game as a Tiger in a 4-3 setback to George Mason. The lone senior on the Towson roster, Skidmore had the team’s first goal and then tied the contest at 3-3. Sophomore Katie Ponce also scored a goal against the Patriots and junior Emily Banes registered two assists.
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