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Women’s Soccer Notebook – Oct. 20

Oct 20, 2014, 1:41 PM EDT

Northeastern's Kayla Cappuzzo

PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Katie Ponce • Towson
Sr., Forward, Westfield, N.J./Westfield

Ponce scored two goals as Towson went 1-0-1 in a pair of CAA road games last week. The senior forward recorded the game-winning goal in the 69th minute as the Tigers beat Delaware 1-0 for their first conference victory last Friday. She followed that up by netting the game-tying goal in the 82nd minute at Drexel as the Tigers battled to a 2-2 double-overtime draw. Ponce leads Towson with five goals this season.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Kayla Cappuzzo • Northeastern
Fr., Forward, Merrick, N.Y./Sanford H. Calhoun

Cappuzzo scored a goal in each game to help lead Northeastern into sole possession of first place after conference road victories at UNCW (1-0) and College of Charleston (3-0) last week. The freshman forward tallied the game-winning goal in the 31st minute at UNCW and found the net in the 71st minute at CofC to give the Huskies a 2-0 advantage. Capuzzo has three goals for the season.

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FOUR CAA TEAMS IN REGIONAL RANKINGS: Four CAA teams were listed among the top 10 in the NSCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional rankings released on Oct. 14. Northeastern was ranked #2 in the poll, followed by William & Mary at #5, Drexel at #8 and Hofstra at #9. A new poll will be released on Tuesday.

FIELD NEARLY SET FOR CAA WOMEN’S SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP: Five teams have already clinched spots in the CAA Women’s Soccer Championship as the regular season comes to a close this weekend. Northeastern, William & Mary, James Madison, Drexel and Hofstra are all locked into the six-team field. Northeastern can clinch the right to host the semifinals and finals of the championship with a win in either of its final two games since it holds the tie-breaker advantage over second-place James Madison and William & Mary based on head-to-head victories.

NORTHEASTERN CLOSES IN ON CAA TITLE: Northeastern moved within one win of its first CAA regular-season title since 2009 after road victories over UNCW (1-0) and College of Charleston (3-0) last week. The Huskies, who lead the nation with 13 shutouts and a 0.24 team GAA, have only allowed one goal in CAA play this season. Goalkeeper Paige Burnett made two saves in each contest and now has 12 shutouts for the season and 26 for her career. Freshman forward Kayla Cappuzzo scored the game-winning goal in the 31st minute at UNCW and also had a goal at CofC. The Huskies have had 12 different players score a goal this season after junior Shayna Blackwood and sophomore Krista Meaglia both registered their first against the Cougars on Sunday. Sophomore defender Skylar LeBlanc got her first collegiate point with an assist at CofC.

UNBEATEN ROAD TRIP FOR HOFSTRA: Hofstra went 1-0-1 on its Southern road swing, rolling past College of Charleston 5-0 last Friday before tying UNCW 2-2. Junior Leah Galton tallied a goal and an assist at CofC and then took a team-high 10 shots and scored a goal at UNCW. Galton has nine goals and 21 points for the season. Senior Sam Scolarici recorded her league-leading 14th goal of the year at CofC and Amber Stobbs contributed the game-winning goal and an assist. The Pride also got goals from Jeannine Molleda, Emily Hulbert and Emily Agudelo over the weekend. Hofstra took a season-high 30 shots at UNCW and had 19 against CofC.

TOWSON HAS IMPRESSIVE WEEKEND: Towson had a successful four-point CAA road trip, beating Delaware 1-0 on Friday and tying Drexel 2-2 on Sunday. The Tigers’ victory was their first at Delaware since 2000. Senior Katie Ponce scored the game-winning goal against the Hens in the 69th minute. Freshman Gabby Scirica registered her team-best third assist on the play. Ponce also tallied the game-tying goal at Drexel in the 82nd minute and has a team-best five goals for the year. Senior Sofia Read’s goal in the 26th minute gave Towson a 1-0 lead over the Dragons. Goalkeeper Erin Quinn made a season-best 11 saves at Drexel and stopped six shots to earn the shutout at Delaware.

W&M RALLIES PAST ELON: William & Mary overcame an early 1-0 deficit and defeated Elon 3-1 on Sunday. Senior Emory Camper scored her team-leading ninth goal of the season in the 29th minute to tie the match and freshman Rachel Moore’s third goal of the year in the 39th minute proved to be the game-winner. Junior Leci Irvin also scored a goal and Barbara Platenberg picked up a pair of assists.

DELAWARE KNOCKS OFF JMU: Delaware moved closer to a berth in the CAA Tournament after knocking off James Madison 1-0 on Sunday. It was the Blue Hens’ first victory over the Dukes since 2006 and snapped their three-game losing streak. Rachel Vaccaro celebrated Senior Day by scoring the game-winning goal off an Elise Krause assist in the 56th minute. It was Vaccaro’s third goal of the season and second in her last three games. Senior goalkeeper Jess Figueroa also came up big with five saves as she recorded her third shutout of the season.

DREXEL CLINCHES TOURNAMENT BERTH: Despite an 0-1-1 in CAA play, Drexel was able to clinch a berth in the CAA Tournament for just the second time in school history. The Dragons tied Towson 2-2 on Sunday as Megan Hammaker scored her fourth goal of the season to give Drexel a 2-1 lead in the 69th minute. She also assisted on a game-tying goal by Melissa Chapman early in the second half. Chapman, who leads the Dragons with five goals this season, scored Drexel’s only goal in a 2-1 double-overtime loss to James Madison last Friday.

UNCW EARNS TIE IN HOME FINALE: UNCW battled to a 2-2 double-overtime draw with Hofstra in its home finale on Sunday. The Seahawks grabbed a 1-0 lead when junior Maddie McCormick scored her third goal of the season in the 33rd minute off an assist from Madison Melnick. The Pride moved ahead midway through the second half, but UNCW drew even when junior Katrina Guillou scored her team-leading eighth goal of the year in the 65th minute. Greyson Ray assisted on the goal. The Seahawks were out-shot 30-15, but goalkeeper Carolyn Huddy came up with 11 saves to help UNCW pick up a point.

JMU GOES 1-1 ON THE ROAD: James Madison rallied for a thrilling 2-1 double-overtime victory at Drexel last Friday, but then had its three-game winning streak snapped in a 1-0 loss at Delaware. The Dukes trailed Drexel 1-0 with less than 20 minutes to play, but got a game-tying goal from Allie Bunner in the 72nd minute. Junior Rachel Ivey tallied the game-winner in the 108th minute as she scored her fourth goal of the year off an assist from Katie Hyland. The triumph snapped Drexel’s eight-match unbeaten streak. The Dukes have reached the 10-win mark for the ninth time in the past 11 seasons. JMU will honor its 25th Anniversary Team on Friday night when it faces William & Mary, which is the only team that the Dukes have faced in all 25 years of competition.

ELON FALLS AT W&M: Elon dropped a 3-1 decision at William & Mary on Sunday in its only match of the week. The Phoenix jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on the Tribe when Grace Bennett took advantage of a failed clear and scored her third goal of the season. Elon was out-shot 16-4 in the match, but goalkeeper Kate Murphy was able to make seven saves.

TOUGH WEEKEND FOR COFC : College of Charleston suffered a pair of setbacks last week, losing 5-0 to Hofstra and 3-0 to Northeastern. The Cougars were out-shot 19-7 by the Pride and 14-2 by the Huskies. Goalkeeper Lauren Killian made nine saves in the two contests. Freshman Mary Kate Bowers put two of three shots against Hofstra on goal.