PHILLY COLLEGE SPORTS WOMEN’S SOCCER REVIEW
Week of September 18 – 25, 2012 Games
DREXEL 7 – 1 – 2 Overall, 1 – 0 – 1 CAA
Results – Tied 1 – 1 vs. George Mason, Won 4 – 0 vs. Towson, both at Vidas Field
Drexel 1 George Mason 1 – Drexel opened conference play at home against the Patriots of George Mason in a physical game. The Dragons trailed 1 – 0 on a goal by the Patriot’s Liz Hodges in just three minutes. In the second half Defender Melissa Chapman scored off a corner kick to tie the game in the 74th minute. Midfielder Christine Stevenson lifted the corner kick to the near side that Chapman headed into the net. Chapman had 4 shots, 2 on goal. Midfielder Alyssa Findlay had 3 shots, 1 on goal. Goal keeper Eve Badana had 4 saves for the Dragons. The officials whistled 25 fouls in the contest.
Drexel 4 Towson 0 – Just two days later Drexel took to the pitch again to meet Towson. The Dragons bounced back to win 4 – 0 scoring all their goals in the second half. Chapman opened the scoring in the 54th minute heading in another corner kick which gave Drexel control of the game. Forward Caitlin Gottier scored the first of three Dragon goals in 8 minutes. Forward Alex Vazquez, who assisted on the Gottier goal, scored 37 seconds later. Midfielder Jess Sarkisian scored off a give and go from forward Juliana Speroni to close out the scoring for the game.
Chapman was named the CAA Player of the Week.
Next Game – at UNCW 9/28
LA SALLE 6 – 3
Results – Won at Lehigh 3 – 2 OT
LaSalle 3 Lehigh 2 OT – The Explorers overcame a two goal deficit to win 3 – 2 on an overtime goal by midfielder Renee Washington who headed in a cross from forward Leigh Gray five minutes into the extra period. Forward Gabriella Carbone got the first goal for LaSalle in the 19 minute. With two minutes to play still trailing by a goal forward Kelsey Haycook tapped in her seventh goal of the season to tie the game. La Salle had a 23 – 9 shot advantage over Lehigh.
Next Game – vs. St. Bonaventure 9/28 at McCarthy Stadium
PENN – 4 – 4 Overall, 1 – 0 Ivy League
Results – Won 1 – 0 vs. Harvard, Lost 1 – 0 vs. Boise State, both at Rhodes Field
Penn 1 Harvard 0 – With 20 seconds left in regulation Back Brianna Rano sent a corner kick high in the air in front of the net. Midfielder Kaitlyn Moore went up above everyone else and headed the ball into the goal with 3.9 seconds on the clock. It was the first collegiate goal for Moore.
Boise State 1 Penn 0 – The Broncos had only two shots in the second half. Unfortunately for Penn one found the goal giving Boise a 1 – 0 win. In the 54th minute Katy Oehring got the ball past Penn goal keeper Sarah Banks who was injured on the play. Penn had a great chance to score early in the second half when Rano sent the ball towards the goal that hit the crossbar landing at the foot of forward Kerry Scalora who pushed the ball towards the goal. It was cleared off the line by a Bronco defender.
Next Game – at Cornell 9/27
SAINT JOSEPH’S 5 –4 – 1
Result – Won at Lehigh 2 – 1 OT
Saint Joseph’s 2 Lehigh 1 OT – Defender Nicole King scored less than five minutes in overtime to give SJU a 2 – 1 road victory. The Hawks opened the scoring in the 19th minute when forward Shannon Farrell scored her first goal of the season heading a shot by King into the middle of the net. Lehigh tied the game in the 40th minute as Darby Weigand headed a corner kick home. There was no second half scoring. Goal keeper Christine Neal made four saves facing 11 shots.
Next Game – at Temple 9/29
TEMPLE 3 – 6 – 2
Results – Lost 1 – 0 at Siena, Won 1 – 0 at Marist
Siena 1 Temple 0 – A goal in the 10 minute by Brittany Pfaff proved to be enough as Temple dropped a 1 – 0 decision to Siena. Temple outshot Siena 11 – 10 and had opportunities putting three goals on net. Midfielder Jourdan Brill had three shots in a three minute span, but could not get the ball past Siena goal keeper Taylor Booth. Temple goal keeper Shauni Kerkhoff made four saves.
Temple 1 Marist 0 – Defender Paula Jurewicz scored her first collegiate goal burying a shot into the lower left corner giving the Owls a 1 – 0 win over the Red Foxes. Temple has played in eight straight games that have been decided by one goal or less. It was their ninth straight game that resulted in a shutout (3-5-1). It was Temple’s fourth shutout of the season.
Next Game – vs. Saint Joseph’s 9/29 at the Ambler Sports Complex
VILLANOVA 4 – 6 Overall, 2 – 2 Big East
Results – Won 2 – 0 vs. Providence, Lost 2 – 1 (2OT) vs. UConn, both at West Campus
Villanova 2 Providence 0 – Forward Heidi Sabatura had a goal and an assist leading the Wildcats to a 2 – 0- win over the Friars in their initial Big East game of the season. Villanova broke a 6 game winning streak for Providence, and earned their first win over the Friars since October 2004. In addition to scoring a goal, Sabatura assisted on the first career goal by Midfielder Emily Damstrom. The assist lifted Sabatura to second place in all-time assists at the school with 27.
Connecticut 2 Villanova 1 – Midfielder Hayley Wilson netted her first career goal with just 8 seconds left in regulation sending the game to extra time. Forward Caitlin Forte assisted on the tying goal. In the overtime Villanova put pressure on the UConn defense, and had a 6 – 4 advantage in shots in the overtime. But in the 105th minute Andrea Plucenik beat Villanova goal keeper Jami Kranich to the far post giving the Huskies the win. Villanova outshot Connecticut 16 – 14, and led 3 – 1 in Corner Kicks. Kranich recorded five saves.
Next Game – at Pittsburgh 9/28