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Women’s Soccer Notebook – August 25

Aug 25, 2014, 3:33 PM EDT

CofC's Mary Kate Bowers

PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Ashley Herndon • James Madison
So., Forward, Ashburn, Va./Stone Bridge

Herndon was involved in three of James Madison’s four goals as the Dukes defeated Xavier (2-1) and Massachusetts (2-1) to win the JMU Invitational. The sophomore forward scored the game-winning goal in the 24th minute as the Dukes overcame an early deficit to top Xavier on Friday and then assisted on a pair of second-half goals as JMU beat UMass on Sunday. Herndon was named to the JMU Invitational all-tournament team.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Mary Kate Bowers • College of Charleston
Fr., Midfielder, Raleigh, N.C./Leesville Road

Bowers scored a goal in each game as College of Charleston topped Alabama State (4-0) and Charleston Southern (2-1/2ot) to start the year 2-0 for the first time since 2008. The freshman midfielder netted the game-winning goal in the 103rd minute as the Cougars rallied past city rival CSU to maintain possession of the Silver Cup. She also scored CofC’s second goal as it rolled past ASU in the opener. Eight of Bowers’ nine shots were on net.

Around The League:

GREAT OPENING WEEKEND FOR CAA WOMEN’S SOCCER: It was a great start to the season for CAA women’s soccer as the league’s 10 teams combined for a 12-5-1 record. Six of the conference’s 10 squads were undefeated and nine teams picked up at least one win.

COFC STARTS 2-0 FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 2008: College of Charleston is off to a 2-0 start for the first time since 2008 after opening the year with victories over Alabama State (4-0) and city rival Charleston Southern (2-1 in 2ot). Senior Sarah Cardamone, who took 14 shots in the two games, contributed two goals and an assist versus ASU and then assisted on the game-tying goal by Riley Narum in the 81st minute against CSU. Freshman Mary Kate Bowers tallied a goal in each match, including the game-winner in double overtime versus CSU. The goal allowed CofC to retain possession of the Silver Cup, which it has clung to since 1996.

JMU WINS TWICE IN OWN TOURNAMENT: James Madison opened the season with a pair of 2-1 victories over Xavier and UMass at its own JMU Invitational. Forward Ashley Herndon, the 2013 CAA Rookie of the Year, started her sophomore campaign by scoring the game-winning goal against Xavier and then assisted on both goals versus UMass. Katie Hyland also scored a goal against the Muskateers and Sam Lofton recorded a pair of assists. The Dukes got second-half goals from Rachel Ivey and Sydney Braun-McLeod in the win over UMass. Freshman Nicole Caston led a strong defensive effort as the Dukes surrendered just eight totals shots in the two matches. Herndon, Lofton, Hyland and Ivey received all-tournament team honors.

DELAWARE OPENS 2-0 FOR FIRST TIME IN FIVE YEARS: Delaware posted wins over Monmouth (3-2) and St. Francis (1-0) to open the season 2-0 for the first time since 2009. Sophomore Maddie Brosler’s first career goal was the game-winner at St. Francis just 2:23 into the contest. Goalkeeper Jess Figueroa made three saves against the Red Flash and posted her third career shutout. Emily Market’s goal with 2:26 remaining gave UD the victory over Monmouth. The Hens also got goals from Natalie Zelenky and Rachel Vaccaro. Senior Andi Arnold assisted on three of Delaware’s four goals over the weekend, including both game-winners.

IRVIN’S FIRST CAREER GOAL LIFTS W&M PAST MASON: Junior Leci Irvin scored her first career goal in the 96th minute to give William & Mary a 1-0 overtime triumph at George Mason in its season opener on Sunday. Irvin also helped anchor a Tribe defense that limited the Patriots to only eight shots. Junior goalkeeper Caroline Casey made a pair of saves to earn her first shutout. Three freshmen made their first starts for W&M, including midfielder Rachel Moore, who assisted on the game-winning goal. Freshmen Sami Grasso and Haley Kent were also in the starting lineup.

FRESHMEN LEAD DREXEL PAST CITY RIVAL VILLANOVA: Drexel knocked off city rival Villanova 2-1 in its season opener last Friday. Freshman Madison Dunn tallied her first collegiate goal just 15 seconds prior to halftime, and fellow freshman Wilhelmina Hauch-Fausboll added the eventual game-winner in the 50th minute. The Dragons are now 2-0-1 all-time versus the Wildcats.

TOWSON GETS OFF TO STRONG START: Towson went 1-0-1 at the JMU Invitational, defeating Xavier 2-0 and tying UMass 1-1. It’s the first time since 2007 that the Tigers went unbeaten during their opening weekend. Senior goalkeeper Erin Quinn made five saves in each match and gave up just one goal over 200 minutes of action. Freshman forward Gabby Scirica scored her first goal on her first collegiate shot just 1:05 into the contest with UMass. Towson got second-half goals from Taylor Knier and Nat Pinkney in the triumph over Xavier. Scirica, Maddie Bove and Nikki Nicholas were selected to the all-tournament team.

IMPRESSIVE DEBUT FOR NU’S LOPICCOLO: Northeastern freshman midfielder Hannah Lopiccolo made quite a debut, scoring the Huskies’ first two goals in a season-opening 3-0 win over UMass Lowell last Friday. Both goals were assisted by fellow freshman Kayla Cappuzzo. Sophomore Carina Deandreis also scored her first collegiate goal against UMass Lowell as NU recorded its first non-conference victory since Sept. 16, 2012. Goalkeeper Paige Burnett made a pair of saves and recorded her 15th career shutout. The Huskies fell 1-0 in double overtime to La Salle on Sunday despite out-shooting the Explorers 20-9.

ELON EXTENDS GOAL-SCORING STREAK: Elon split a pair of home matches to start the season, defeating Jacksonville State 2-0 before suffering a 3-1 setback to Appalachian State. The Phoenix have now scored a goal in 24 consecutive matches dating back to Nov. 2, 2012. Freshman Grace Bennett tallied the game-winning goal just 9:23 into her first collegiate game versus JSU and defender Mel Insley tacked on an insurance goal off a 40-yard free kick. Julie Hibberd scored Elon’s goal in the loss to ASU. Elon hosts Clemson on Friday before starting a five-game road trip.

HOFSTRA’S SCOLARICI CONTINUES SCORING SURGE: Hofstra senior forward Sam Scolarici, who topped the CAA with a school-record 18 goals last season, scored twice to lead the Pride to a 4-2 victory over Bucknell on Sunday. Scolarici is third on the Pride’s all-time goals list with 35 and needs one more to tie Suzanne Newell for second. Amber Stobbs and Jill Mulholland also scored goals versus Bucknell as Hofstra improved to 14-2-2 at home since 2012. Freshman defender Kristin Desmond helped anchor a Pride backline that limited UConn to just one goal in a 1-0 setback last Friday. Goalkeeper Friederike Mehring made six saves against the Huskies.

GUILLOU NETS FIRST GOAL FOR UNCW: UNCW junior Katrina Guillou, who led the Seahawks with 10 goals and six assists last season, gave the Seahawks a 1-0 lead in the 55th minute of their 2-1 setback at N.C. State last Friday. She also took a team-high four shots in a 2-0 home loss to Georgia Southern on Sunday. UNCW battled well against the ACC foe before NCSU scored the game-winner with 2:22 remaining. UNCW out-shot GSU 13-7, but the Eagles took advantage of an own goal and a penalty kick for their two tallies.