Women’s Soccer: The Top 5 This Week

WashingtonU wins Home Opener; Conlon logs 250th win

The No. 1 ranked and defending national champion WashingtonU women’s soccer team posted a 2-0 victory over Rose-Hulman Thursday evening in the 2017 home opener at Francis Field. With the win, Bear head coach Jim Conlon picked up career win number 250 as a women’s coach.

WashU head coach Jim Conlon earned his 250th win with a 2-0 win over Rose-Hulman (Photo: Danny Reise/WUSTL Photos)

After a scoreless first half, junior Caroline Dempsey found the back of the net at the 49:02 mark. Dempsey received a pass from junior Hannah Menard just outside the box, turned and fired a shot over the head of goalkeeper Carli Weinberg.

With the Bears continuing to attack, senior Rachel Mickelson added the insurance goal in the 73rd minute. Senior Gillian Myers lofted a pass 40 yards to the left wing to Mickelson, who settled, and then scored from 20 yards out with a shot over the outstretched arms of Weinberg.

Freshman goalkeeper Emma Greenfield (1-0) picked up the win in goal for the Bears. WashU outshot Rose-Hulman 39-0 and had a 11-0 advantage in corner kicks.

WHAT’s NEXT: WashU hosts No. 10-ranked Pomona-Pitzer Colleges (1-1) today (9/9) at 1:30 p.m. The game will be played at Gay Field on the campus of Clayton High School in Clayton, Missouri.


Messiah, Johns Hopkins battle to Scoreless Tie

No. 2 Messiah and No. 13 Johns Hopkins wrote another chapter in their storied rivalry on Thursday night with a back-and-forth battle that finished scoreless after 110 minutes. Both teams fought through bits of choppy play, and each team came dangerously close to a game-changing score but Messiah settled for the road stalemate.

The tie moved Messiah to 1-0-2 on the season while Johns Hopkins went to 2-0-1.

Matches between Messiah and Hopkins have historically been both dramatic and full of intrigue and this one was no different.

Messiah missed their chances to score, but so did Hopkins. They did so, too, on twice as many shots overall (11-5) and four times as many on fame (8-2). Sara Yunez came up big for Messiah with a career-high eight saves, surpassing her previous mark of six saves from last year’s NCAA Sectional Final win over Williams.

Emil Maheras led the Blue Jays with four shots, all of which were saved by Yunez. Maybe her best play of the night wasn’t a save: in the 88′ Hopkins’ Sophie Murphy sent a brilliant in-swinging corner to the crossbar that Yunez tipped away to keep the Blue Jays from sending it home.

WHAT’s NEXT: Hopkins travels to Raleigh, NC where the Jays will take on Emory in the Espirit DIII National Classic this afternoon (9/9). Game time is scheduled for 2:20 pm.


UChicago tops Concordia (WI) in Home Opener

UChicago made its 2017 home debut a memorable one on Wednesday with an offensive onslaught that ended as a 4-0 victory over Concordia (Wis.) University.

UChicago forward Jenna McKinney put the Maroons on the board early against Concordia (Maroon Athletics photo)

The No. 3-ranked Maroons ran their record to 3-0 on the season, while the Falcons fell to 0-2-1.

Junior Jenna McKinney opened the scoring when Senior midfielder Mia Calamari fed a ball to senior forward Caroline Olivero in space, and Olivero made a run down the right side of the box to the end line. She then centered the ball to the right post, where McKinney converted with a point-blank tap-in.

The Maroon’s offensive domination was most apparent in the shots category. The home team led shots 42-3, including a 20-1 advantage in shots on goal. The 42 attempts were the most by the Maroons since they tallied that same number against Lake Forest College in 2004.

The Maroons felt comfortable on the Stagg Field grass from the onset and held sway in possession all afternoon. When the Falcons threatened on several occasions, the back line was able to recover, close the distance and snuff out good looks before they could be executed.

WHAT’s NEXT: UChicago travels down I-55 to Bloomington, Illinois to take on Illinois Wesleyan today (9/9) at 11am.


Three Herons earn Liberty League Honors

William Smith first-year Sheila McQuillen was named the Liberty League Women’s Soccer Co-Rookie of the Week as announced by the conference office today. Juniors Megan Barwick and Veronica Romines also earned a spot on the weekly honor roll.

McQuillen shares a team-high with four points after opening weekend. In a 5-0 victory over No. 16 McDaniel, she notched a goal and two assists. McQuillen assisted on the Herons’ third goal, scored the fourth and set up the fifth.

Barwick scored two goals over the weekend. She notched William Smith’s second goal against the Green Terror and scored the game-winning goal in the 73rd minute of a 1-0 victory over Salisbury.

WHAT’s NEXT: The Herons host Messiah today (9/9) at 12pm at Cozzens Field.


Trinity (TX) Keeper tabbed SCAC Defensive Player of the Week

Tiger senior goalkeeper Kalli Douma has been selected as the first Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week for the 2017 season.

Douma and the fifth-ranked Tigers chalked up a 2-1-0 record last week, capped off by Monday’s 2-0 win in the home opener against Sul Ross State (TX) University. Christopher Newport (VA) University edged Trinity 1-0 in a double-overtime battle to kick off the season, but the Tigers bounced back to defeat Virginia Wesleyan University 2-1 the next day.

In the loss to Christopher Newport, Douma recorded a career-high eight saves. She posted three of her four saves in the second half against Virginia Wesleyan, preserving the Tiger victory. Douma and first-year Paige Wallace combined for the shutout win against Sul Ross.

WHAT’s NEXT: The Tigers continue their home stand by hosting Concordia (TX) University on Monday (9/9) at 6:00 p.m.

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