The Northwestern Brain Trust Definitely Got It Right in Sunday’s 1-0 Win Over UCLA
Upsets. So many upsets. This is why we love college soccer, folks. A taste of the madness:
–UCLA slipped to a shock 1-0 defeat to Northwestern in Madison on Sunday afternoon. Kate Allen scored one of the biggest goals in Wildcat history in the fifty-fourth minute to help lead the upset. UCLA held a massive edge in corner kicks but statistically, everything else was close to even. The Bruins’ Sydney Leroux was held without a shot on goal, while Jillian Ellis’ team got only three shots on goal, all from Zakiya Bywaters. UCLA hadn’t lost to an unranked team since November of 2006.
–Monmouth stunned Rutgers in Piscataway, 1-0, despite only having two shots on goal. Dana Costello’s sixth minute goal held up as Lia Ferro made nine saves for the victors. It was Monmouth’s first ever victory over a nationally ranked side.
-Liz Ruiz made thirteen saves for Boise State, as they blitzed Colorado College for three unanswered goals and held on to win, 3-1.
–Penn State were unable to convert twenty-four shots into more than one goal and paid the price, dropping a surprising decision to William & Mary, 2-1. Danielle Toney’s opener looked to get the home side off to a great start, but the lead didn’t last eight minutes as Audrey Barry tied it up for the visitors. Kaitlin O’Connor would give the Tribe the upset win with a blockbuster free kick from forty yards that beat PSU’s Krissy Tribbett. Penn State had had a great chance to grab the lead again through Christine Nairn after sixty-three minutes when her shot hit the bar, but the Nittany Lions would ultimately rue their lackadaisical finishing. The teams ended up even on shots on goal, despite Penn State more than doubling their opponents in overall shots.
-As it turns out, UCLA weren’t the only team to be upset in Madison on Sunday as the home Wisconsin Badgers were upended by unfashionable Cincinnati, 1-0. Without Paige Adams and Laurie Nosbusch, the Wisconsin attack fell flat, only managing three shots on goal compared to the Bearcats’ seven. One of those seven was Kelli Pawelko’s free kick that found the back of the net and gave Cincy a great win on the road.
-On a day of stunning scorelines, Boston University‘s 3-0 win over Washington may be one that resonates loudest. Jessica Luscinski, Emma Clark, and Jessica Morrow all found the target for the Terriers as they shocked their Pac-10 opponents. Kelly King and Alice Binns combined for the clean sheet for the victors.
Marquette 0 – 1 (Williams 98?) New Mexico [aet]
New Mexico proved their legitimacy to the nation with a smash and grab victory over hosts Marquette, in no small part due to a heroic performance in goal by Kelli Cornell. The Lobos keeper was lights out in net, making twelve saves as Marquette bombarded the goal all afternoon long. New Mexico made one of their three shots on goal count, with talisman Jennifer Williams taking a long ball from Rachel Montoya on the run and beating Marquette keeper Natalie Kulla to the ball. Williams popped the ball over Kulla and guided it into the empty net to give New Mexico the priceless victory in Milwaukee. Rosie Malone-Povolny, Lindsey Page, and Cara Jacobson all forced Cornell into three saves each but were out of luck in breaching the New Mexico goal.
Long Beach State 2 (Link 34?, 60?) – 1 (Harvey 71?) Virginia Tech
Red hot Long Beach State striker Nadia Link continued her fine run of form with both goals for Long Beach State in a 2-1 win over Virginia Tech on Sunday afternoon. The Hokies held a sizable advantage in overall shots and corner kicks, but Emily Kingsborough made four saves to preserve the lead for the 49ers. The match winning goal off of Link’s foot came at the hour mark when she was on hand to finish a team move from Jenny Soza and Shawna Gordon to put the ball home from six yards. The Beach had taken the lead eleven minutes from halftime with some heady play after a quick free kick from Karina Camacho caught the Hokies out, letting Link open the scoring from the edge of the area. Jennifer Harvey would halve the lead for Virginia Tech after finishing a Marika Gray corner from short range, but there would be no equalizer over the final twenty minutes. The 49ers completed a fantastic weekend and will likely jump into many pollsters’ Top 25 rankings after two upset wins.
In Other, Slightly More Predictable Action:
Duke 1 (Weinberg 50?) – 2 (Noyola 52?, Press 75?) Stanford
Stanford gritted out a tough 2-1 come from behind victory on a very warm day in Chapel Hill on Sunday. The Cardinal were far from their usual dominating best after Friday’s energy sapping 2-2 draw with North Carolina. Christen Press came up big in the clutch for Stanford though, netting the match winner in the seventy-fifth minute on a swift counter attack through Teresa Noyola. Duke had taken the lead early in the second half when Laura Weinberg was able to finish after Stanford keeper Kira Maker had dove at a Marybeth Kreger shot which had been blocked by the defense, leaving her stranded when the ball ricocheted back to Weinberg. Noyola would equalize with her third of the season less than two minutes later off assists from Lindsay Taylor and Camille Levin. The Blue Devils almost found a goal to tie the match when Maker parried a Carey Goodman shot, leaving Avery Rape with a shot that was dramatically cleared off the line. Duke had also nearly taken the lead into the break at the half when Gretchen Miller forced Maker into a good save to keep the score deadlocked. Much like the Cardinal’s contest with the Tar Heels on Friday, Stanford’s opponents fought them to a near statistical standstill but found the strength to find a winner when it mattered most.
UConn 0 – 1 (Lenczyk PK 106?) Virginia [aet]
UConn’s winless 2010 continued in cruel fashion as the Huskies were downed from the spot in extra time on Sunday afternoon. UConn had nearly sealed the upset win earlier in extra time when their Swedish Franklin Pierce transfer (and W-League Terror) Angelika Johansson was denied from close range by Virginia keeper Chantel Jones. The miss would prove costly when Gloria Douglas was fouled in the box, letting Meghan Lenczyk cooly dispatch a penalty into the back of the net to seal victory for the Cavs. Virginia had a decided advantage in shots and corners, but many of the Cavs’ shots were off the mark, not troubling UConn keeper Jessica Dulski. The defeat was all the more frustrating for the Huskies, as they had successfully erased Lauren Alwine from the game, holding one half of Virginia’s main offensive duo shotless. The defeat was UConn’s third straight trip into the deep waters of extra time thus far in the 2010 season.
Wisconsin-Milwaukee 1 (Thompson 68?) – 2 (Rightmer 26?, Frierson 75?) Auburn
Auburn talisman Katy Frierson was money for the Tigers when the chips were down as her side grabbed a priceless 2-1 win against Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Sunday. The talented junior midfielder was able to lob Milwaukee keeper Leslie Deebach while beating two defenders after taking possession after a through ball by Ashley Marks. Auburn had opened the scoring in the first half when Jessica Rightmer was able to beat Deebach to a Marks cross to slot the ball home. Keara Thompson equalized after a goalmouth scramble which saw her poke the ball away from Tiger keeper Amy Howard and be on hand for Melanie Coderre’s pass seconds later to knock it into the net. The Panthers had the better of the shots, but only put three of their sixteen shots on frame. In particular, the pseudo-hosts’ Sarah Hagen was held to only one shot on goal as the Panthers’ offense came up empty. For the victors, Frierson grabbed her ninth career match winner for the Tigers, second in school history.
North Carolina 6 (Ohai 33?, Burchenal 40?, Bartok 65?, Rich 74?, Jones 75?, Minton 85?) – 1 (Bonnick 48?) Missouri
Missouri hung tight with North Carolina for the better part of fifty minutes, but eventually wilted under the unceasing pressure from the Tar Heels, leading to four Carolina goals in the last twenty-six minutes. Elizabeth Burchenal would tally the game winner in the fortieth minute when she spun on a ball that Kelly McFarlane had played into her feet before putting a shot past Missouri keeper Jessica Gwin. Courtney Jones had fed Kealia Ohai seven minutes earlier with a through ball that enabled the freshmen to tally her third goal of the season. Missouri would pull to within one a few minutes after the half when Alysha Bonnick pounced on the ball in the box and beat Tar Heels keeper Anna Sieloff from ten yards. It would prove to be a false dawn for the Tigers though, as Bartok all but ended the match in the sixty-fifth minute when she was on hand to knock in a rebound off a saved shot from Jones. Alyssa Rich added to the misery in the seventy-fourth minute with a finish aided by Courtney Jones, completing her hat trick of assists, and Kelly McFarlane. A minute later, Jones got the goal her effort richly deserved, beating Gwin through her legs with assists to Rich and McFarlane, the latter’s third of the day. Sophomore Barkley Minton polished things off roughly six minutes from time with a twenty-five yard screamer into the top-left corner, assisted by Kylie Watt and Burchenal. North Carolina ensured Gwin was busy throughout, forcing the netminder into twelve saves to keep the score from growing any more lopsided. Alyssa Rich, Brittani Bartok, and Elizabeth Burchenal all tallied three shots on goal, while Courtney Jones got off ten total shots, putting four on frame.
NC State 1 (Dugal 49?) – 2 (McGowan 50?, Bryant 95?) Charlotte [aet]
NC State showed proof of their progress in a hard fought match with local rivals Charlotte, but the victorious 49ers showed the Wolfpack still have a long way to go to become true contenders. The home side showed their potential when Paige Dugal scored her first of the year, a thirty-five yard free kick over the head of Charlotte keeper Alex Kubrick. However, the Wolfpack immediately showed their inexperience as Charlotte went back the other way in short order and leveled things up. The Wolfpack’s Kristina Argiroff almost put NC State ahead with a quarter of an hour left but saw her header saved superbly by Kubrick. A corner kick found its way to Whitney Weinraub who prodded the ball to Lacey McGowan who equalized. Charlotte would seal the win halfway through the first half of extra time when Whitney Bryant got to the ball in a scramble in the box off a Megan Minnix free kick, knocking home the golden goal. The stats on the afternoon were mostly even, barring NC State enjoying a decided edge in corner kicks. The Wolfpack got a great effort from Argiroff who paced the team with four shots on goal.
Ohio State 3 (Granberg 52?, 53?, Martin 73?) – 1 (Rodriguez 37?) West Virginia
A two goal salvo in a minute by Lauren Granberg led Ohio State to a 3-1 comeback win as West Virginia coach Nikki Izzo-Brown saw red in the second half. Granberg equalized from eight yards in the fifty-second minute off a volley thanks to a great assist from Tiffany Cameron. The attacker would tally her second in as many minutes from ten yards after Lauren Steuer had slipped her a through ball. Caitlyn Martin would add the insurance in the seventy-third minute, powering home a header from Courtney Jenkins’ corner kick service. Bri Rodriguez had opened the scoring for West Virginia in the thirty-seventh minute with a shot from just outside the area that beat the despairing dive of OSU keeper Rachel Middleman. Granberg was a force for the home side, with four shots on goal. West Virginia’s Blake Miller had three shots on goal, but all were saved by Middleman.
Georgia 5 (Miller 21?, Dennis 36?, 55?, Gibbons 81?, 89?) – 0 Kansas
Georgia handed out a beating to a woeful Kansas side who were perhaps lucky to only escape Athens with a 5-0 shellacking. Ashley Miller was left with the simplest of far post finishes by Alexa Newfield’s great pass in the area, beginning the offensive tidal wave in the twenty-first minute. Susannah Dennis charged down a dropping ball to launch a powerful volley into the back of the net a quarter of an hour later. Dennis would double her tally ten minutes out of the break driving home Newfield’s cross across the face of goal from six yards. Meghan Gibbons would pile on with the home side’s fourth after Kansas keeper Kat Liebetrau had spilled a cross from Alex Hooker into the freshman’s path. Gibbons would grab a second and the team’s fifth when the Jayhawks’ keeper was only able to deflect the ball straight backwards on a 1v1, allowing the Georgia freshman to walk the ball into the net. The Dawgs put an astonishing twenty shots on goal, compared to just three for the visitors.
Texas 1 (Doniak 18?, Campise SENT OFF 64?) – 1 (Harrison SENT OFF 41?, Sandoval 87?) USC
USC fought back with ten players to draw with Texas’ ten players in a fractious draw in Austin on Sunday afternoon which saw two dismissals and five yellows. Kylie Doniak gave the home side the lead in the eighteenth minute when she was able to force a header off Sophie Campise’s cross past USC keeper Shelby Church. Things went from bad to worse for the Trojans in the forty-first minute when Allie Harrison was given a straight red for denying a clear goalscoring opportunity in the area, giving Texas a penalty. Church was able to be the heroine in goal though, saving Erica Camapanelli’s penalty and keeping the score at 1-0. Ashli Sandoval would head a ball off the line late in the half as USC defended heroically to keep the deficit at one goal. Campise went from heroine to villian in the sixty-fourth minute when she was sent off for her second bookable offense. USC would turn up the heat with the numbers even again, Elizabeth Eddy rattling the crossbar before having a goal disallowed off a corner kick. The pressure told in the eighty-seventh minute when Megan Ohai redirected a Carly Butcher corner kick to the feet of Sandoval. Sandoval made no mistake, netting the visitors a dramatic equalizer. Texas track star Stacey-Ann Smith almost completed a storybook ending in the ninety-eighth minute when she powered around two USC defenders and forced Church into a save. The Horns weathered fifteen shots from the Trojans in the second half and extra time, but USC were unable to force Gaul into a save in the extra frames.
Iowa 1 (Cosnek 70?) – 0 Central Michigan
Iowa gave Central Michigan a taste of its own medicine, shutting out the Chippewas, 1-0 on Sunday afternoon. Alyssa Cosnek would grab the only goal of the match, after cooly finishing when Leah DeMoss had weaved through a pack of CMU defenders before dishing off. Central Michigan had seen an earlier attempt to take the lead off the foot of star Liesel Toth hit the bar and bounce clear. The Hawkeyes did just enough to breach the normally stout CMU defense, while Central Michigan’s offense sputtered to no avail. The loss ended Central Michigan’s regular season win streak which had stretched twenty matches before the visitors squared off with Iowa.
Texas A&M 1 (Mautz 63?) – 0 Washington State
Washington State were able to contain Texas A&M’s prolific offense with one exception, but that exception proved fatal for the Cougars who drew blanks on offense themselves. On form Alyssa Mautz knocked in her fifth goal of the season to give the Aggies the win in the sixty-third minute. Raven Tatum delivered a pass to Rachel Shipley down the left, leading to Shipley crossing to Mautz at the far post. Mautz’s aim was true, netting the decisive goal for the Aggies. Mary Grace Schmidt came closest to another goal for the hosts, hitting the post with a blast, while Merritt Mathias and Mautz again would also hit the woodwork. Washington State had come come closest when the Cougars picked off a pass and set up Brandi Vega at close range. Kristin Arnold made a point blank save though, to keep the Cougars off the board. The Aggies were still able to crack off twenty-six shots, but the radar was faulty on the afternoon, with only seven of those finding the target. Washington State handed Ariana Byrd her first start in goal in place of Meghan Berlingo.
Portland 1 (Winters 90?) – 0 Oklahoma State
Portland left it very, very late, but Keelin Winters stepped up to head home Sophie Schmidt’s free kick with forty-two seconds left to give Portland a deserved 1-0 victory at Merlo Field on Sunday afternoon. The Pilots had dominated with an 8-2 advantage in shots on goal, but Adrianna Franch had been up to the task until Winters’ winner. Winters had just come up short on an earlier attempt that had hit the inside of the post but bounced clear improbably. The Cowgirls had still been able to hold Portland’s Danielle Foxhoven without a shot on goal throughout though. Oklahoma State were shorthanded on offense as Kyndall Treadwell served a ban after being sent off against Oregon on Friday, while Annika Niemeier also did not feature. Portland keeper Erin Dees snuffed out Oklahoma State’s two best chances, diving on a free kick from Taylor Matthews and denying Katie Richardson on a 1v1 at the start of the second half.
San Diego 2 (Ochs 16?, Housley 64?) – 0 Michigan
San Diego’s hot start continued in earnest with a 2-0 win over Michigan on Sunday, and the Toreros largely have goalkeeper Courtney Parsons to thank, as the junior made nine saves to keep the clean sheet. Stephanie Ochs celebrated her birthday in fine fashion with the winning goal in the sixteenth minute when she controlled Kelley McCloskey’s pass in the area and got around a Michigan defender to put the ball in the back of the net. Taylor Housley would add a twenty-five yard strike in the sixty-third minute to put the match beyond the visitors. Michigan outshot their opponents 11-5, but the Toreros held a 8-2 advantage in corner kicks on the evening.
-Lafayette got two assists from Janelle Pierson as the Leopards overcame conceding a eighty-ninth minute penalty to score a winner with a minute and forty-four seconds left to play in extra time as they topped Wagner, 2-1.
-South Florida downed Southeast Missouri State, 4-0, with help from a pair of Chelsea Klotz goals as the Bulls remained perfect on the season. Valorie O’Brien picked up two assists on the afternoon.
-Megan Harry had two assists for Northern Illinois including one on the match winner as the Huskies came from behind twice to beat Northern Iowa, 3-2.
-Maryland’s offense kept rolling as the Terps moved to 4-0 with a 4-0 win over Kennesaw State on Sunday afternoon in Knoxville. Jasmyne Spencer and Caitlin McDowell chipped in with a pair of goals each, while Ashley Grove’s point scoring run continued unabated with assists on both of Spencer’s goals.
-Erin Adams scored a brace for Morehead State, including the match winner in the eleventh minute as the Eagles topped Akron, 3-1.
-Boston College eased past Central Connecticut State, 3-0, with Victoria DiMartino netting twice and Kristie Mewis pitching in with the third goal, an assist, and five shots on goal.
-Alicia Almond had a pair of assists for Bowling Green, but Xavier fought back from 2-1 down to win 3-2 over the Falcons.
-Indiana dropped the hammer on ten man Butler who had keeper Olivia Walter sent off in the fifty-ninth minute. Up 2-0 at the time, Indiana tacked on four more for a big 6-0 win. Devon Beach was the leader for the Hoosiers with a pair of goals. Butler still hasn’t scored in 2010.
-Charleston Southern scoring machine Marky Boyce recorded a hat trick as her team was victorious over Jacksonville in extra time, 3-2.
-Freshman Ruth Leiva walked away with the match ball for the Citadel, scoring a hat trick to help defeat Maine, 3-1.
-Seton Hall outshot Fairleigh Dickinson 32-0, including nineteen shots on goal en route to a dominant 3-0 victory. Amy Ruhe had a pair of goals for the visitors while Nicki Gross had a pair of assists.
-Florida Gulf Coast got two goals from Jess Swartzentruber and two assists from Jenci Villaverde as they dominated Delaware State, 6-0. The Eagles held their opponents without a shot on goal.
-Longwood beat ten man South Carolina State with a pair of goals from Lindsey Ottavio. SCSU had taken a 1-0 lead in the tenth minute but squandered their advantage soon after when goalkeeper Mariah Hebbe was sent off.
-Silvia Betancourt bracketed the afternoon’s scoring with two goals, scoring first and last as Liberty and Marshall tied, 3-3. Liberty had raced out to a 2-0 lead before being pegged back three times. Betancourt struck at the seventy-seven minute mark to restore parity a final time.
-Pitt freshman Dana DelleFemine netted twice for the Panthers and Katelyn Ruhe tossed in two assists on DelleFemine’s goals as the hosts eased past Oakland, 3-0.
-George Washington put nine shots on goal to Robert Morris’ one. See where I’m going with this one? RMU keeper Jessica Olin saved all nine attempts, while Ayana Davis beat GW netminder Lindsey Rowe twenty seconds into the second half to give Robert Morris an unlikely 1-0 win.
-Sacred Heart’s Samantha Kee scored her third and fourth goals of the season to lead the Pioneers to a 3-2 win over Binghamton.
-Brielle Heitman came off the bench to score a brace for Syracuse as the Orange came back from 1-0 down to beat Colgate, 2-1.
-Temple held on to beat Hartford, 4-3, in a wild match on Sunday afternoon. Niki Conn scored twice for the Owls while Kelly Diviny had two assists for the winning side. Hartford got a brace from Breeanna Robinson, while Alex Uscilla assisted on both of her goals.
-Kerry McWhirter had a goal and three assists for Southeastern Louisiana as they easily defeated Alabama State, 5-0.
-Emily Orbell notched a pair of assists as Creighton rolled over Loyola (Ill.), 5-0.
-Janice Cayman had two goals and an assist as Florida State crushed Stetson, 6-0, holding the Hatters without a shot all match.
-Niki Read’s two assists paced Illinois as they eased past Ball State, 3-0.
-Wisconsin-Green Bay defender Hekla Palmadottir assisted on both goals for the Phoenix as they downed North Dakota, 2-0.
-Texas A&M transfer Kim Castleberry announced her presence to the TCU faithful with two goals in the Horned Frogs’ 6-0 demolition of Sam Houston State.
-Kristen Lynn and Rachel MacLeod each had two goals as Toledo easily defeated Youngstown State, 4-1.
-Texas-San Antonio got two goals in the last fifteen minutes, including one from Anka Grotle with less than two minutes left to rally past Houston Baptist, 2-1.
-Tatiana Ariza assisted on both of Austin Peay’s goals as the Governors shut out Chattanooga, 2-0.
-Gonzaga’s Sarah Rhodes came through in the clutch for the Zags with her third and fourth of the season to lead her side to a come from behind victory against Montana, 3-2.
-New Mexico State destroyed Prairie View A&M with some big time goals off the bench in an 8-0 rout. Yolanda McMillon netted a hat trick off the bench, while Heather Goldberg added two of her own in a reserve role. Nina Yanes contributed a hat trick of assists, also off the bench. Not to be outdone, Baili Foutz scored a pair and Mary Kate Koziol had two assists as starters.
-Jordan Allen of Francis Marion had two assists, including on the match winner in extra time against Wofford. FMU had somehow contrived to blow a two goal lead in the last six minutes, but made good with a winner in the second extra session to end the match at 3-2.
-Molly Hall had a goal and two assists as San Francisco jumped all over UC Santa Barbara, 4-1.
-St. Mary’s survived two goals from North Florida’s Michele Larrinaga to win a wild match in extra time, 4-3. North Florida had fought back from 2-0 and 3-2 down, but Melinda Madden was able to give the home side the win in extra time.
-UNLV forward Ashleigh Shoughro capped off an amazing weekend with her fifth and six goals in two games as the Rebels shut out Louisiana-Monroe, 4-0. Katherine Orellana had two assists for the winners.
-Heidel Johannessen had two assists as Middle Tennessee State won a heart stopping extra time affair with Tennessee Tech, 2-1. The Blue Raiders equalized with just thirty-one seconds left before getting a winner in the second extra frame from Hope Suominen.
-Arizona’s Renae Cuellar netted twice, but it wasn’t enough as the Wildcats fell to Pepperdine, 4-2. The Waves got two assists from Gunny Jonsdottir in the winning effort.
-Texas Tech’s Jessica Fuston was a woman possessed as she nabbed both of the Red Raiders’ goals and tallied five shots on goal in a 2-0 shutout of Rice.
-It was Fight Night in Tulsa, as there were as many goals as players sent off in Tulsa’s 4-0 win over Oral Roberts. Claire Nicholson scored twice for the Golden Hurricane in the winning effort. Oral Roberts’ Lorena Soto and Whitney Booth and Tulsa’s Jordan O’Brien and Jasmine Mendiola were all given their marching orders in the eighty-fourth minute leaving the sides to finish with nine players each.