A look at some of the teams making headlines this week in Division 3 Women’s Soccer.
Christopher-Newport off to Hot Start
After scoring the game-winning goal in overtime on Friday night’s 1-0 win over Emory, Christopher Newport sophomore Carson Pokorny carried that momentum into Sunday afternoon’s contest against Berry factoring into all three goals as CNU blitzed by the Vikings, 3-0. Pokorny assisted on the game’s first goal, and then scored two of her own for a 5-point performance, leading CNU to their sixth win of the season.
The Captains remain unbeaten through seven games, improving to 6-0-1 overall as they near the end of non-conference action. Berry suffered the loss, falling to 1-2-1 overall.
The Captains’ offense was in control of the match from the outset, putting together it’s most dominant effort of the season. In total, CNU outshot the Vikings by a final tally of 30-3, including a 19-1 advantage in shots on-goal. Christopher Newport also earned nine corner kicks to Berry’s one in the 90-minute contest.
Rookie Riley Cook would net the game’s eventual game-winning goal in the 20th minute of action with the first tally of the day. Pokorny delivered a picture-perfect cross into the box for Cook, who headed home the pass for her fifth goal of the season. It was Pokorny’s team-leading third assist of the year, and Cook’s first career gamewinner.
Just over a minute and a half later, the two traded places as Cook set up Pokorny for the score as CNU took a 2-0 advantage. Pokorny one-timed a shot past the keeper tight to the net off a cross from the freshman forward.
CNU carried the 2-0 edge into the halftime intermission, while boasting a 16-2 advantage in total shots. The Captains had already tested Berry’s goalkeeper, Jackie McGivney, with 10 shots on-goal, in the first 45 minutes.
The third and final tally would come through just six minutes into the second half when Pokorny bent in a corner kick off a defender for her fourth goal of the year. With the score, the sophomore moved into a tie with Cook for the team’s lead in scoring, with 11 points.
Defensively, the Captains pitched their second shutout of the season by holding Berry to just three total shots in the game. Senior goalkeeper Carly Maglio played the first 75 minutes with the lone save, while sophomore Maddy Belanger cleaned up the final 15 for the combined clean sheet.
The non-conference portion of the 2017 women’s soccer schedule will come to a close on Wednesday night, as the 13th-ranked Captains host Roanoke at Captains Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:00 pm.
Wisconsin-Stevens Point Posts Another Clean-Sheet
UW-Stevens Point (5-2-0) recorded its fifth shutout of the season in a 3-0 victory over Ripon (6-1-0) on Sunday. The Pointers handed the Red Hawks their first defeat of the year. UWSP ran its season-opening home shutout streak to 360 minutes and have not allowed a goal against in the last 270 minute of play.
Freshman Francesca Hamilton got the Pointers on the board early in the first half. She scored her team-high sixth of the year in the 13th minute on an assist from Maddy Hardyman.
The score remained 1-0 in favor of UWSP well into the second half. Hardyman added to the lead in the 72nd minute on a free kick from about 30 yards that she struck over Ripon’s wall. It was her fifth goal of the season.
In the 81st minute, sophomore Amanda Maestas beat the defender to the ball and stuck a tough-angle shot off the back post to increase the advantage to 3-0. Her fourth of the year was assisted by freshman Gracie Wendels.
The Pointers outshot the Red Hawks, 23-6, in the match. Senior goalkeeper Sarah Peplinski made four saves to earn her third complete-game shutout of the year.
UWSP remains at home with a tilt against Carroll University on Wednesday (Sept. 20) at 4:00 p.m. at the Pont Soccer Bowl.
WashU Late Goal upends UW-Whitewater
Washington U sophomore Jesse Rubin netted the game-winner for the second-straight day as the No. 1 ranked and defending national champion Bears posted a 1-0 victory at No. 8 UW-Whitewater Sunday in Whitewater, Wis.
WashU improved to 6-0 and ran its unbeaten streak to 20 games dating back to last season, while Whitewater suffered its first loss and fell to 4-1-2. The Bears are 9-0-1 against ranked teams the last two years.
“We played a very good team today who came out fast. We were on our heals for the first 20 minutes,” said 10th-year head coach Jim Conlon. “We finally settled the ball down in the second half and got some great opportunities.”
Rubin, who scored the game-winner against Illinois Wesleyan on Saturday, received a flick from classmate Jessica Kovach and buried a shot from 15 yards out in the 81st minute. The game-winner for Rubin was her third of the season, tops in the conference and third in NCAA Division III.
WashU had a 5-1 advantage in shots in the opening half, including a pair of opportunities by Kovach in a four-minute span. Kovach hit the crossbar at 13:04, and then her header at 17:09 went over the bar.
UW-Whitewater played the final 52 minutes of the match a man down after a red card by Marie Lesperance.
Freshman goalkeeper Emma Greenfield made one save and faced six shots in the shutout victory. WashU outshot UW-Whitewater 15-6, and each team had four corner kicks. The Bears also had an 11-1 advantage in shots on goal.
WashU hosts Fontbonne University (1-5) on Wednesday, Sept. 20, in the Wydown Showdown. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at Francis Field.
Eastern Connecticut State tops Castleton on Clark’s Game-winner
Junior midfielder Aly Clarke has never been a volume goal-scorer in college – only three goals through her first 31 career games – but she has proven to be a timely one in 2017.
For the second time in the first 17 days of this season, Clarke gave the Eastern Connecticut State University women’s soccer team a 2-1 overtime victory by scoring the golden goal, this time in a non-conference match against Castleton University Sunday afternoon at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.
A second-year transfer from the Division II level, Clarke’s first multi-goal match accounted for both goals for Eastern, which won its second match in two days following a five-game winless (0-3-2) streak. This year, Clarke has scored five of the team’s 11 goals, with the first of her career coming 10:21 into overtime in a season-opening victory over Roger Williams University Sept. 1 at the Springfield College Invitational.
Castleton (2-3-1) lost for the first time in its last three matches.
After Clarke’s goal nine minutes into the second half staked Eastern to a 1-0 lead — a 30-yard drive off a Castleton throw-in that Spartan senior keeper Kiley Baran touched but could not control — Castleton scored on its second and final shot of game, with freshman midfielder Rylee Nichols getting her second of the year.
Eastern failed on several prime opportunities late in regulation – All-America senior midfielder Maggie Bodington and Clarke sending free kicks just over the crossbar, and All-New England senior forward Emily Becher sending a shot just wide. In overtime, senior back Krista Petersen headed Bodington’s corner kick wide for would have been the game-winner, but Clarke finally beat Baran to end the match 7:31 into overtime, nailing another 30-yarder just beyond the outstretched hands of the keeper and under the crossbar.
In her collegiate debut, freshman Rachel Videira was credited with the win after taking over in net to start the second half. Sophomore Sarah Fahey made her first career start (second appearance) and left at halftime of a scoreless match. Neither was called upon for a save. Baran made six in losing her first decision after two wins.
Eastern finished with advantages of 21-2 in shots and 10-3 in corners.
Eastern hosts UMass-Dartmouth Saturday at 1 p.m. at Thomas Nevers Field in a Little East Conference game – the second of five straight at home.