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Women’s Soccer Notebook – Oct. 13

Oct 13, 2014, 5:40 PM EDT

Drexel's Madison Dunn

PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Jennie Sroba • James Madison
So., Defender, Manakin-Sabot, Va./Collegiate

Sroba scored three goals, including both game-winners, as James Madison posted conference victories over College of Charleston (3-0) and UNCW (2-0). The sophomore defender scored her first two goals of the season off crosses from Katie Hyland in the win against CofC and then converted a header in the fourth minute to give the Dukes a quick 1-0 advantage over UNCW. Sroba also helped anchor JMU’s defense that recorded consecutive shutouts.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Madison Dunn • Drexel
Fr., Midfielder/Forward, Freehold, N.J./Freehold Township

Dunn scored a game-tying goal and assisted on the game-winning goal in Drexel’s 3-2 overtime victory at William & Mary on Sunday. The freshman headed in a pass from Jacki Sieder in the 59th minute that tied the match at 1-1 and then assisted on the game-winning goal by Melissa Chapman in overtime. Dunn has two goals and two assists for the season.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Emily Hulbert • Hofstra
Fr., Midfielder, Victoria, Australia

Hulbert’s first collegiate goal was the game-winner as Hofstra knocked off unbeaten Northeastern, 1-0, on Saturday. The freshman midfielder redirected a corner kick into the goal in the 65th minute as the Pride became the first CAA team to score against the Huskies this season.

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TWO CAA TEAMS AMONG TOP 5 IN REGIONAL RANKINGS: Two CAA teams were listed among the top five in the NSCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional rankings released on Oct. 7. Northeastern was ranked #2 in the poll, followed by William & Mary at #3. A new poll will be released on Tuesday.

TIGHT RACE ATOP CAA STANDINGS: The race for the CAA regular-season title is extremely competitive with four teams separated by just one point with two weeks remaining. Drexel is the lone unbeaten team in league play (4-0-1) and sits atop the standings with 13 points. Northeastern and James Madison are close behind with 4-1 marks and 12 points, and William & Mary also has 12 points with a 4-2 record. JMU travels to Drexel in a key matchup on Friday night.

DREXEL MOVES INTO FIRST PLACE: Drexel moved into first place in the CAA after posting road victories at Elon (1-0) and William & Mary (3-2 ot). The Dragons extended their unbeaten streak to eight games (6-0-2) dating back to Sept. 14. Senior Melissa Chapman scored the game-winner at W&M as the Dragons won for the first time ever in Williamsburg. Freshman Madison Dunn contributed a goal and an assist in the victory over the Tribe and Lauren Stollar scored her team-leading fourth goal in the 87th minute to put Drexel ahead 2-1. Junior goalkeeper Kelsie Fye made one save as Drexel recorded its program-record sixth consecutive shutout at Elon. Megan Hammaker scored from 20 yards out in the 68th minute for the game’s only goal.

SROBA SHINES FOR JMU: James Madison stayed in the hunt for the CAA title after victories over College of Charleston (3-0) and UNCW (2-0). It’s the first time this season that the Dukes have posted consecutive shutouts. Sophomore defender Jennie Sroba, who hadn’t scored in her collegiate career entering the weekend, tallied three goals including both game-winners. Sroba scored JMU’s first two goals versus CofC, both coming off crosses from Katie Hyland. Sroba also scored on a header in the fourth minute against UNCW. Hyland moved into a tie for 19th on JMU’s all-time points list with 47. Goalkeeper Ellen Forrest made five saves against UNCW and four versus CofC in the shutouts. Ashley Herndon scored her fourth goal of the year in the CofC win and Elissa Halik had an insurance goal against UNCW.

HOFSTRA KNOCKS OFF NORTHEASTERN: Hofstra handed Northeastern its first CAA loss of the season with a 1-0 triumph on Saturday afternoon. Freshman midfielder Emily Hulbert’s first career goal in the 65th minute was the game-winner for the Pride as she scored off a corner kick. Chloe Dale and Jeannine Molleda earned assists on the play. Sophomore goalkeeper Friederike Mehring needed to make just one save to record her second consecutive shutout.

CAMPER SCORES THREE TIMES FOR TRIBE: Senior forward Emory Camper scored three goals as William & Mary split its two CAA matches last weekend. Camper contributed both Tribe goals against Drexel, including a game-tying tally with .4 seconds left in regulation, but W&M fell 3-2 in overtime. She also added a goal in a 3-1 triumph over Delaware and is tied for the team lead in points with 19. Senior Anna Madden netted a pair of goals less than 10 minutes into the match with the Blue Hens. Freshman Rachel Adams assisted on two goals in the UD victory.

ELON EARNS FIRST CAA VICTORY: Elon picked up its first CAA victory on Sunday, beating Delaware 2-0 at home. Senior goalkeeper Kate Murphy tied a career-high with 11 saves against the Blue Hens and recorded the 14th shutout of her career, which ties her for fifth in school history. Senior Raychel Diver scored the game-winning goal for the Phoenix in the 17th minute. Freshman Sydney Schilling assisted on Diver’s goal and then added one of her own on a penalty kick in the 33rd minute.

COFC’S KILLIAN SETS CAREER HIGH FOR SAVES: College of Charleston got a pair of sensational performances from sophomore goalkeeper Lauren Killian last weekend as the Cougars fell 3-0 at James Madison before earning a 0-0 tie at Towson. Killian stopped a career-high 12 shots at JMU and then broke the mark with 15 saves at Towson to record her second shutout. Killian leads the conference with 79 saves and ranks second in save percentage (.814).

UNCW SPLITS ON THE ROAD: UNCW edged Towson 2-1 for its first CAA road victory before dropping a 2-0 decision at James Madison. Sophomore Madison Melnick’s first goal of the season with just 4:23 remaining was the game-winner at Towson. Junior forward Katrina Guillou gave the Seahawks a 1-0 lead with her team-best seventh goal midway through the first half. Maddie McCormick assisted on both goals against the Tigers. Sophomore goalkeeper Liisa Rahkola made four saves at Towson.

TOWSON PICKS UP A POINT: Towson picked up its first point in CAA play after battling to a 0-0 draw with College of Charleston on Sunday. The Tigers out-shot the Cougars 28-5 and had a 10-5 edge in corners, but couldn’t find the net. Senior Erin Quinn stopped four shots to record her fifth shutout against CofC and also had eight saves in a 2-1 setback to UNCW. Senior Katlyn Axenfeld scored her first goal of the season early in the second half against the Seahawks, which tied the match at 1-1.

NORTHEASTERN’S WINNING STREAK ENDS: Northeastern had its five-game winning streak come to an end as it fell 1-0 at Hofstra on Saturday. It was the first goal allowed by the Huskies in CAA play and ended their shutout streak at 514 minutes. Northeastern out-shot the Pride 12-6, but only put one of its attempts on net. Senior goalkeeper Paige Burnett, who continues to rank among national leaders in GAA (0.26) and save percentage (.875), made a pair of saves in the contest.

BLUE HENS SUFFER FIRST CAA LOSSES: Delaware dropped its first two CAA matches of the season as it lost on the road to William & Mary (3-1) and Elon (2-0). The Blue Hens gave up two goals to the Tribe in the first nine minutes, but cut the deficit in half as Rachel Vaccaro scored her second goal of the season in the 48th minute. Natalie Zelenky assisted on the play.