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CAA Women’s Soccer Notebook – August 26

Aug 26, 2013, 2:20 PM EDT

JMU's Meghan Cox

Here are some news and notes from the opening weekend of CAA women’s soccer.

CHARLESTON WINS CAA DEBUT: College of Charleston came out on top in its CAA debut last Friday, edging local rival Charleston Southern 2-1 in double overtime. Senior Victoria Fichman scored the game-winner in the 102nd minute off a rebound. The Cougars also got a first-half goal from freshman Danielle Mellem, who took seven shots in two games last week and put five on net. CofC out-shot its opponents 42-23 and had an 11-5 advantage in corners while splitting games with CSU and North Florida (0-1) last week.

JMU SPLITS GAMES IN OWN TOURNAMENT: James Madison rolled past Richmond 4-1 but fell 2-1 to La Salle in its own tournament last weekend. Freshman Meghan Cox scored the Dukes’ opening goal in both matches, both of which came from long range. Ashley Herndon netted the game-winning goal against UR in the 39th minute and Kelly Kerrigan and Haley Miller tacked on insurance goals in the second half. Goalkeeper Ellen Forrest made six saves in the loss to La Salle, but surrendered a pair of goals midway through the second half.

TOWSON GOES 1-1 TO START SEASON: Towson rebounded from a season-opening 2-1 loss to Loyola by topping Iona 3-0 on Sunday. Senior forward Emily Banes scored twice in less than three minutes to give the Tigers a 2-0 advantage over Iona and then assisted on a goal by Katie Ponce. Banes’ five points were the most by a Towson player since 2011. Junior goalkeeper Erin Quinn made one save and posted her first career shutout. Katlyn Axenfeld scored Towson’s goal against Loyola in the 78th minute.

W&M DROPS HEARTBREAKER AT #18 GEORGETOWN: William & Mary jumped out to a 1-0 lead over #18 Georgetown in its season opener last Friday, but dropped a 2-1 decision in double overtime. Emory Camper scored the Tribe’s goal at GU in the 41st minute. The Tribe battled to a 1-1 tie against George Mason on Sunday. Samantha Cordum knocked in a rebound to tie the contest in the 65th minute. Freshman back Clara Logsdon was one of three W&M players to never leave the field last weekend and helped anchor the Tribe defense. Goalkeeper Caroline Casey made seven saves against Mason.

HOFSTRA SUFFERS ONE-GOAL SETBACKS: Defending CAA champion Hofstra suffered tough one-goal losses to Syracuse (3-2) and 4th-ranked Penn State (2-1) last weekend. Junior Sam Scolarici scored two goals in an eight-minute span of the second half to give the Pride a 2-1 lead over the Orange. Sophomore Leah Galton, the CAA preseason Player of the Year, assisted on Scolarici’s second goal against SU and then scored one of her own from 12 yards out to bring Hofstra within a goal of PSU early in the second half. Senior Emily Morphitis and freshman Friederike Mehring split time in goal last week.

MCENROE SCORES IN DELAWARE OPENER: Freshman defender Michelle McEnroe scored the game-tying goal in the 70th minute of Delaware’s 2-1 setback at St. John’s last Friday. McEnroe connected from 25 yards out off assists from Chelsea Duffy and Madison Brosler. She earned a start in Sunday’s 1-0 loss to Monmouth and took three shots. The Blue Hens had six newcomers who saw their first collegiate action last weekend.

BURNETT PLAYS WELL ON NU’S WEST COAST TRIP: Northeastern lost 4-0 at 5th-ranked UCLA and 1-0 at Loyola Marymount in a season-opening trip to California. The Huskies gave up three goals in the first 16 minutes against the Bruins but limited them to one the rest of the way, and then held LMU scoreless for the first 81 minutes. Junior goalkeeper Paige Burnett made six saves in each match for NU.

UNCW FALLS TWICE ON THE ROAD: UNCW suffered road losses at South Carolina (2-0) and Charlotte (1-0) to start the season. Six freshmen saw playing time during the opening weekend. One of them was Liisa Rahkola, who became the first rookie goalkeeper to start a season for UNCW since 2009 and stopped four shots versus the Gamecocks. Morgan Leyble took three shots and put two on net against USC, while Nicole Costa fired a team-high three shots at Charlotte.

DREXEL DROPS 1-0 DECISION AT RUTGERS: Drexel dropped a 1-0 decision at Rutgers in its season opener last Friday. All-CAA goalkeeper Eve Badana made a pair of saves for the Dragons but allowed the match’s only goal in the 51st minute. Sam Greenfield and Megan Hammaker put shots on goal for Drexel in the match.