Women’s Soccer action . . . .

Some of the recent action in D3 Women’s Soccer

With a 3-0 shutout of Cedar Crest on Saturday afternoon, Gwynedd Mercy posted their 4th-straight shutout (Gwynedd Mercy Athletics photo)

Gwynedd Mercy tops Cedar Crest for 4th Straight Cleansheet

GWYNEDD VALLEY, PA. — The Griffins picked up their fifth-straight win and fourth shutout in a row with a 3-0 win over visiting Cedar Crest Saturday afternoon.

Gwynedd had first-half goals from Erin Reitmeyer and Victoria Braeunle and a second-half tally from Sarah Nedwick to pick up their sixth conference win on the season.

Goalie Kailey Hopkins recorded her seventh clean sheet of the year as the junior recorded one save.

Hopkins and the Griffin defense limited the Falcons (6-8, 2-6 CSAC) to just two shots, the first of which didn’t come until under seven minutes to play.

Reitmeyer put in her fifth on the season in the 23rd minute as she tracked down a bouncing ball into the box that got past Falcon goalie Morgan Maddock and into the open net for the 1-0 lead. Braeunle made it 2-0 minutes later with her ninth on the year as she finished a pass from Samantha Brown. GM outshot, Cedar Crest, 10-0, in the first half and had nine corner kicks.

In the 60th minute, Nedwick was able to get a handle on a corner kick after a short pass from Morgan McAndrews to account for the scoring.

Maddock made three saves in the first half. Teammate Cara Montanye recorded one in the second.

The Griffins (8-4-1, 6-1-1 CSAC) return to action on Tuesday night when Marywood visits for a big CSAC clash starting at 7 p.m.

SOURCE: Gwynedd Mercy Athletics Press Release

Rutgers-Camden tops Kean, Wachira sets New School Mark

CAMDEN, N.J. (Oct. 14, 2017) – With one shot late in the second half, the Rutgers University-Camden women’s soccer team saw a school record fall and stopped a long streak of frustration against a New Jersey Athletic Conference rival.

Freshman forward Meghan Wachira (Plainsboro, NJ/West Windsor-Plainsboro North) notched her sixth game-winning goal of the season to set a new program standard and the Scarlet Raptors defeated Kean University, 1-0, here Saturday for their first win over the Cougars since 2006.

The victory snapped the Raptors’ two-game losing streak and lifted them to 2-5 in the NJAC and 6-8 overall. All six game-winning goals have been tallied by Wachira, who broke the single-season program mark of five set by Heather Greenwald in 2003. It was Wachira’s 11th goal overall, the most for a Scarlet Raptor since Samantha Sharp notched 11 in 2009.

Kean falls to 10-5 overall and 4-3 in the NJAC, snapping a three-game winning streak. The Cougars, who are now 14-3-3 in their all-time series against Rutgers-Camden, had been 9-0-1 against the Scarlet Raptors in their last 10 outings. Rutgers-Camden hadn’t posted a win in the series since a 2-1 victory on Sept. 23, 2006 at Kean. The Raptors hadn’t defeated the Cougars in Camden since Oct. 15, 2005, also a 1-0 win.

The decisive goal came after senior midfielder Kaitlyn Ennis (Columbus, NJ/Northern Burlington) threaded a perfect pass through the middle of the Cougars’ defense, springing Wachira for a one-on-one with sophomore goalie Casey McDonnell (Manahawkin, NJ/Southern Regional). Wachira was able to work the ball past McDonnell at the top of the box and slide in her record-setting goal at 74:42.

It was the fifth assist of the season for the hard-working Ennis, one of many players who had an outstanding game in the Raptors’ win.

Although her shot was one of only two Raptor shots on goal for the game, the Scarlet Raptors turned in a fine all-around effort as they posted only their second shutout ever in the history of the 20-game series. Kean finished with a 13-8 advantage in shots and a 6-4 edge in corner kicks. McDonnell made only one save in the Cougars’ net, while Raptor senior keeper Katie Gurba (Westhampton, NJ/Holy Cross) notched eight saves and was aided by one backsave. It was her first shutout of the season and extended her program career shutout mark to 13.

While registering their first NJAC shutout since a 2-0 win over Rutgers-Newark on Sept. 17, 2016, the Scarlet Raptors received outstanding play from backs Maggie Sande (Medford, NJ/Shawnee), Brielle Stoner (Mount Laurel, NJ/Lenape), Kacie Walton (Columbus, NJ/Northern Burlington) and Maddie Blanda (Haddon Heights, NJ/Haddon Heights). The Raptors’ defense handed Kean only its third shutout loss of the season.

Rutgers-Camden is idle until next Saturday when the Scarlet Raptors host William Paterson University in a 1 p.m. NJAC game. It will be the Raptors’ last home game of the season and Rutgers-Camden will celebrate Senior Day, honoring six graduating players: Sarah Boucot (Sicklerville, NJ/Paul VI), Kaitlyn Ennis (Columbus, NJ/Northern Burlington), Rachel Fanrak (Pennsauken, NJ/Paul VI), Katie Gurba (Westampton, NJ/Holy Cross), Cassidy McSorley (Haddon Township, NJ/Haddon Township) and Maggie Sande (Medford, NJ/Shawnee).

SOURCE: Rutgers-Camden Athletics Press Release

Scranton moves to 5-0, locks in playoff bid

HUNTINGDON, Pa. – The University of Scranton women’s soccer team continued to play stellar defense, posting its ninth shutout of the season by defeating Juniata, 2-0, on Saturday afternoon. The victory clinches a spot in the Landmark Conference playoffs for the Royals.

Scranton (9-2-2, 5-0-0 Landmark) scored twice in the second half to stretch its unbeaten streak to eight straight, seven of which have been shutouts. The Royals received an own goal in the 67th minute and a goal from senior forward Kelly Pompey (Scranton, Pa./Scranton Prep) in the 72nd.

The own goal came on a scramble in front of the net when the Juniata goalkeeper had possession, but lost control and the ball fell into the goal. Scranton doubled its lead five minutes later when Pompey scored her fourth goal of the season on an assist by junior midfielder Annelise DePaulo (Roseto, Pa./Moravian Academy), her second of the year.

The Royals held a 17-6 edge in shots, including 11-5 in the second half. Junior forward Erica Licari (Saint James, N.Y./Smithtown East) and senior defender Hannah DeMars (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) both had four shots to lead the team. Scranton also had a 7-3 advantage in corner kicks.

Junior goalkeeper Colleen Berry (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood) finished with five saves, four in the second half, to earn her ninth win and eighth shutout of the season. She has now allowed just one goal in her last 866:55 in goal.

The women’s soccer team will be back in action on Wednesday, Oct. 18, when the Royals host Haverford at 7 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field.

SOURCE: Scranton Athletics Press Release


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