Auburn’s Katy Frierson – Another Match Winning Performance
Auburn 3 (Townsend 74?, Rightmer 88?, Frierson 108?) – 2 (Jaurena PK 29?, Cayman 84?) Florida State [aet]
Auburn’s Katy Frierson stole the show once again as her Auburn Tigers rallied from deficits on two occasions before scoring a golden goal less than three minutes from the end of extra time, giving the home side one of the biggest wins in their history. The winner would come after FSU keeper Kelsey Wys had unconvincingly punched a corner but only to Mary Coffed who managed to poke it out to Frierson at the edge of the area before being hauled down. Auburn’s junior superstar would make no mistake with a low, rifled shot that evaded a diving Wys. It was a dramatic end to a game which had been full of drama up to that point. Jessica Rightmer grabbed Auburn’s second equalizer on the night with just a little under three minutes to play. Auburn had just seen one shot blocked, another shot stopped by a sliding Kelsey Wys, and the ball failed to be cleared by the Seminole defense. Mary Coffed dropped off the ball, letting Jessica Rightmer have a go from the top of the area. Wys, on the six-yard line, managed to get a hand to it but could only tip it into the back of the net. Janice Cayman had seemingly given FSU the win a little more than four minutes from time with a close range header off the service of Tori Huster, only to be denied by Rightmer minutes later. Ines Jaurena had given Florida State the lead from the spot right before the half-hour mark after Christine Schweer had clearly taken down Janice Cayman in the area. It would take until the seventy-fourth minute for Auburn to respond, with Lydia Townsend grabbing the Tigers’ first equalizer of the evening. Townsend was on the receiving end of a slotted pass from Frierson and just managed to hold off a defender to chip Wys, setting up a grandstand finish. Auburn’s Amy Howard made five crucial saves in the second half to help her team into extra time where Frierson did the rest. It broke an eight match losing streak for the Tigers against FSU.
Connecticut 2 (Shufelt 53?, 104?) – 1 (Hilbrands 73?) Illinois
UConn ended their frustrating winless start to the 2010 season with a slightly fortuitous extra time win over Illinois, 2-1, in a match moved up six hours to try and avoid inclement weather ruining UConn’s notoriously fickle field. The Huskies got a clutch performance from Jessica Shufelt, the junior netting both UConn goals to help lead her team to victory. The winning goal would come in the fourth minute of the second extra session when Shufelt got onto the end of a through ball from Elise Fugowski and slid her shot under Illinois keeper Alexandra Kapicka for the golden goal. Shufelt had also opened the scoring in the fifty-third minute off an assist from Melissa Busque with a twenty-yard strike that dropped over the goal line off the underside of the bar. It was cruel on the visitors who had had the better of the first half and had nearly gone ahead when Vanessa DiBernardo’s free kick smashed the crossbar. Down by one, Illinois ratcheted up the pressure, forcing Kacey Richards to clear off the line from a header in the seventieth minute. Jordan Hilbrands would get a deserved equalizer for the Illini in the seventy-third minute heading home from a corner. The Illini peppered the UConn goal with shots and held a 8-2 advantage in corner kicks, but Connecticut keeper Jessica Dulski did just enough to keep the visitors out, including a diving save on a Illinois header with a quarter of an hour to play, to ensure the end of Illinois’ 100% record. It was UConn’s fourth straight match to head into extra time to begin the season.
Kentucky 2 (Goblirsch 50?, Landis 61?) – 1 (Billups 17?) Virginia Tech (in Winston Salem, North Carolina)
The Kentucky Wildcats took their chances in the first quarter of an hour of the second half to maintain their 100% start to the new season and continue Virginia Tech’s tailspin, winning 2-1 in Winston-Salem in the ACC-SEC Challenge. Caitlin Landis would notch the winner thirty minutes from time after Alyssa Telang took advantage of a Tech turnover at midfield, feeding Landis with a through ball for the decisive goal. Jenna Goblirsch had equalized after just five minutes in the second half after a Natalie Horner free kick had been nodded on by Taylor Parker to the waiting Goblirsch. Kelsey Billups had gotten Tech out to a lead in the seventeenth minute with a finish to the upper-left corner of the goal from the top of the area off assists from Kelly Conheeney and Katie Cramp. Marika Gray had almost given Tech an earlier lead but saw a header bounce off the post. The Wildcats found themselves on the negative end of the stats sheet in most categories except for the one that mattered most in the end. Virginia Tech held Kentucky’s in-form Kelsey Hunyadi to one off-target shot but couldn’t contain all the SEC side’s threats and ended up with another frustrating defeat as a result.
Texas Tech 2 (Lytle 5?, Ward 23?) – 0 Ole Miss (in South Bend, Indiana)
Texas Tech got two early goals in the first half to lead them past Ole Miss in South Bend, 2-0, in a relatively limp affair. Taylor Lytle scored the match winner in the fifth minute after Casey McCall’s pass set the Red Raider star through on a breakaway. Dawn Ward would double the Tech advantage in the twenty-third minute after Ole Miss keeper Alley Ronaldi made a hash out of a cross, letting Ward put the ball in the back of the net from twelve yards. Ronaldi’s torrid half of action in goal led to the junior being lifted at the half for freshman Sarah Story. But it was a toothless offense that ensured the Rebels wouldn’t be denting the Red Raiders’ 100% record on this afternoon. The clean sheet is the Red Raiders’ fifth straight to open 2010. Ole Miss only managed a pair of shots on goal through the ninety minutes en route to defeat.
Dayton 0 – 1 (Dickerson 49?) Ohio State
Ohio State played the role of rude guests in Dayton, as the Buckeyes edged past the home side, 1-0, in a match played in twenty-three MPH winds. Defender Cassie Dickerson would nab her second career match winner, putting home a rebound after a free kick from Courtney Jenkins in the forty-ninth minute. The Buckeyes seemingly had the run of play in the first half, outshooting the home side 13-5, but many of those shots were off-target efforts. One such effort that was just fractions off was Lauren Steuer’s effort off the woodwork in the twenty-fourth minute. The stats leveled out considerably in the second half, but Dickerson’s early goal in the half would ultimately leave the 1,452 in attendance unhappy as they made their way home. The Dayton loss was the first regular season defeat at Bajuan Field in nearly two years.
Marquette 0 – 1 (Held 99?) San Diego [aet]
San Diego’s Courtney Parsons produced what will surely be one of the best performances in goal all season, making twelve saves, as the Torero’s submarined another big team, taking out Marquette in extra time, 1-0. San Diego freshman Brittany Held scored the golden goal off a cross from Jackie Zinke, sneaking the ball off the far post and across the line. Parsons was forced into nine saves in the first half as San Diego’s goal was under constant assault through the first forty-five minutes. The Golden Eagles hit the bar through a Kerry McBride header on one occasion and had another chance from Lisa Philbin hit both posts before rolling to the keeper. Rachael Sloan had yet another chance cleared off the line by Natalie Garcia. Julia Victor, Lauren Thut, and Rosie Malone-Povolny all put three shots on goal but none could find the back of the net for the Golden Eagles, who suffered a second straight agonizing defeat in extra time after being the better team in the run of play. San Diego were outshot 27-7, and 13-4 on shots on goal.
Charlotte 0 – 1 (Volpe 69?) Arizona State
Karin Volpe scored her third goal of the season as Arizona State maintained their 100% record with a hard fought victory over Charlotte at TransAmerica Field on Friday evening. Arizona State’s Karin Volpe would decide matters with a wonder strike in the sixty-ninth minute of play. The Sun Devil goal getter skinned two defenders before unleashing a rocket from twenty-five yards into the upper-left corner, beating Charlotte keeper Alex Kubrick. ASU had gone close on two other occasions in the early part of the second half, having two sure goals knocked off the line by 49er defenders. Charlotte forward Whitney Weinraub had nearly scored a sensational goal of her own in the twenty-third minute, forcing ASU keeper Alyssa Gilmore into a great save after speeding past three defenders and letting fly from distance. Volpe and Devin Marshall both had three shots on goal for the victorious visitors, while Weinraub tallied a pair of shots on target for the home side.
Rutgers 2 (Filigno 14?, Schacher 59?) – 0 Princeton
Rutgers did enough to beat Princeton by two clear goals in a tight encounter in Piscataway on Friday night. Jonelle Filigno grabbed the match winner with under a quarter of an hour having been played, off a pass from Julie Lancos. Karla Schacher put it out of reach just before the hour mark, latching onto a ball from Tricia DiPaolo and beating Princeton keeper Alyssa Pont. The Tigers would come closest early in the second half when a Jen Hoy shot was saved and Sara Chehrehsa was unlucky to send the rebound over the goal after scraping the crossbar. Rutgers only managed to put three shots on goal, but made two of them count en route to a victory. For the Scarlet Knights, Emmy Simpkins made four saves to preserve the clean sheet.
Yale 1 (Brown 62?) – 0 Penn State
Penn State suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Yale in front of 402 in miserable conditions in New Haven, 1-0. The Nittany Lions, so confident at the beginning of the season, are now reeling after consecutive defeats to mid-major schools. Becky Brown wrote herself into Yale lore in the sixty-second minute, getting onto the end of a long pass from Enma Mullo and beating Penn State keeper Krissy Tribbett in a 1v1 situation. The Bulldogs could have had the lead much earlier after Anna McCahon had caught Tribbett off her line but saw her shot from distance headed off the line. Danielle Toney hit the post in the fifteenth minute on a one-on-one chance, a costly miss in the grand scheme of things. The Nittany Lions’ offense sputtered all night long, putting a measly four shots on target, with Hayley Brock and Christine Nairn being held without a shot on frame all night. Yale for their part only put one shot on goal…the match winner from Brown, a goal that had the Bulldogs and the devoted fans in newly renovated Reese Stadium singing in the rain come full-time.
Notre Dame 1 (Augustin 4?) – 0 Santa Clara
Irish eyes smiled as Notre Dame edged past Santa Clara on Friday night in South Bend in front of 2,229. Rose Augustin struck early in the fourth minute as Melissa Henderson left a ball at the top of the area for her strike partner, letting Augustin crush the ball past Broncos keeper Bianca Henninger. In a matchup of two potential College Cup teams, both sides had their moments, putting seven shots on goal apiece. Santa Clara would have a great chance to equalize in the fortieth minute but saw Julie Johnston’s rising shot clip the bar before going over. Irish keeper Nikki Weiss would save the lead for the home side in the fifty-third minute, managing to tip Kendra Perry’s high shot over the bar. The Irish defense would hold the attacking trio of Lindsey Johnson, Maxine Goynes, and Anessa Patton without a shot all night as Notre Dame did its best to stymie the Broncs attack. Weiss made seven saves as the Irish recorded their third straight clean sheet to open 2010.
Portland 2 (Capelle 47?, Brooke 51?) – 0 Wisconsin (in Seattle, Washington)
Portland’s efficient start to the 2010 season continued on Friday afternoon as they consigned toothless Wisconsin to their third straight defeat, despite the return of Laurie Nosbusch for the Big Ten team. Micaela Capelle brought home the game winner shortly after the break when the freshman was on hand to tap in a Michelle Olivier header off a corner from Danielle Foxhoven. Taylor Brooke would end the match as a spectacle soon after, driving a header into the back of the net off a cross from Elli Reed. The Pilots were hardly overwhelming, only putting four shots on goal and even losing the corner kick battle, 4-3, but you can hardly argue with the results: another clean sheet and comfortable win for the College Cup hopefuls. As for Wisconsin, they came away from the match with four yellow cards and little else, dropping to 0-3-0 on the young season.
Wake Forest 3 (Keppler 37?, Stengel 76?, Nuzzolese 90?) – 1 (Blades 74?) LSU
Rachel Nuzzolese showed why she’s a real contender for Freshman of the Year with a marvelous one goal, two assist performance in Wake Forest’s 3-1 win over LSU in Winston Salem on Friday night. Nuzzolese would feed Katie Stengel for the match winner with a little less than a quarter of an hour remaining, the freshman chipping LSU keeper Mo Isom. Nuzzolese would add the cherry on top for the Demon Deacons to extend her goal scoring streak to four matches. Caralee Keppler had opened the scoring in the first half with a blast off a Nuzzolese corner kick that had bounced into the area to give the home side a lead going into the half. Kellie Murphy had almost given LSU the lead before but been denied by Wake keeper Aubrey Bledsoe in fine fashion before Carlie Banks had her effort blocked. Kaley Blades would put the result in doubt in the seventy-fourth minute after a free kick from Taryne Boudreau was not properly cleared, letting Blades poke it over the line. But that was as good as it would get for the usually high powered LSU offense once again finding kept at bay, this time by a stout Wake Forest team. Indeed, the Tigers drew more bookings (4) than shots on goal on the night (3).
BYU 3 (Marshall 53?, 86?, Ringwood 76?) – 1 (Vega 75?) Washington State
Jennie Marshall’s relentless early season form continued as the forward bagged another two goals to help BYU down Washington State, 3-1. Jessica Ringwood grabbed the match winner in the seventy-sixth minute from the left wing with a lobbed free kick that Washington State keeper Ariana Byrd misjudged, consigning her to watch the ball sail over her head and into the back of the net. Marshall had opened the scoring in the fifty-third minute with a peach of a goal, volleying Lauren Anderson’s cross to the far post while on the run to give BYU a 1-0 lead. Brandi Vega equalized with a quarter of an hour remaining after getting to the endline and holding off the defense just long enough to slip a shot around BYU keeper McKinzie Olson at the near post. Marshall would add the cherry on top with her sixth of the season, weaving around a defender before ripping a shot past Byrd into the top of the goal. After a fitful opening period in which Byrd had kept them in the match with a series of saves, Wazzu made the match more even in the second half, but the home side’s cutting edge in front of goal was ultimately telling.
Northwestern 1 (Langston 84?) – 2 (Kastor 66?, Cunningham 83?) Kansas
An eighty-fourth minute goal from Emily Langston gave Northwestern hope, but their late rally fell short as they suffered a disappointing loss to a motivated Kansas squad, 2-1. Kaitlyn Cunningham netted the eventual match winner in the eighty-third minute, turning on a cross from Kortney Clifton and dispatching it into the back of the net in the eighty-third minute. Caroline Kastor had given Kansas a 1-0 lead after getting onto the end of a long ball from Caitlin Noble and rounding Northwestern keeper Carolyn Edwards. Langston would halve the Kansas lead turning in Jill Dunn’s cross at the near post. The scoring outburst in the second half was a relief to the neutral fans after a turgid first half which had seen a combined four shots by both teams as they fought overpowering winds.
Oklahoma State 2 (Parish 37?, Lopez 54?) – 1 (Ignacio 48?) Memphis
Oklahoma State only managed two shots on goal against visiting Memphis, but put both of them in the back of the net as the Cowgirls upset the Tigers. Krista Lopez would net the decider six minutes from the hour mark with a short range finish off a cross from Colleen Dougherty. Julia Ignacio would ensure the Tigers began the second half in style, latching onto an Ashley Berra cross and finishing from short range to level the scores just a few minutes after the second half had begun. Catherine Parish had opened the scoring for the home side in the closing minutes of the first half after reeling in a cross from Katie Richardson and beating Kuhar-Pitters to the far post. Lopez had nearly added an insurance goal just short of the hour mark after hitting the post. Oklahoma State keeper Adrianna Franch was clutch in goal for the home side and had kept the OSU lead intact with a diving save against Laura Laufenberg with a quarter of an hour to play.
USC 0 – 0 UNC Greensboro (in Fullerton, California)
In what can only be described as a long, hard Californian slog, USC and UNC Greensboro fought to a bore draw over one hundred ten minutes. Both teams managed a whopping five shots on goal combined through the two extra frames, neither side able to breach the opposing goal. Notably, USC’s Ashlii Sandoval was not on the pitch for the Trojans as they were left frustrated in the California sun. Unsurprisingly, the goalkeepers were the biggest stars on the afternoon. Greensboro’s Kelsey Kearney was on hand to stop Megan Ohai at short range in the eighteenth minute while USC’s Shelby Church saved Lauren Hein’s header a quarter of an hour before the end of regulation.
-Albany used a quick start to grab a 3-0 lead thanks to Shayla Bergeron’s two goals and held off a furious Temple rally to take a priceless 3-2 win.
-Eryn Daniel came off the bench to score two goals as Northern Colorado hammered Fairleigh Dickinson, 4-0.
-Siena’s exciting start to the season continued in earnest as they won a wild match against Providence, 4-3. The Saints found themselves down 2-0 with thirteen minutes remaining before scoring four goals, two each from Brittany Pfaff and Tabitha Tice, in the span of six minutes to take a 4-2 lead. Jill Camburn would get the second of the game for herself to cut the lead to 4-3, but the Saints would hold on for the win.
-Chelsea Deptula’s two goals for Hawaii got the Warriors out to a fast start against San Francisco, but it would be Mari Punzai’s eighty-fifth minute goal that would end up as the winner after USF had clawed their way back to level terms.
-Brittany Persaud starred with a goal and two assists as Wright State topped Eastern Kentucky, 3-0.
-Chivon Crump had a pair of assists for Nevada as the Wolfpack eased past Montana, 3-1.
-Jen Pfeiffer walked away with the match ball as she netted a hat trick for St. Joseph’s as they clobbered Drexel, 4-1. Mo Hawkins assisted on Pfeiffer’s first two goals as the Hawks’ had no problems in the win.
-Jordan Marada netted a brace as St. Mary’s used three goals in the final thirty minutes to down Weber State, 3-0.
-In a mind-numbingly bad game (Two shots on goal. Two!), Michigan were not as bad as Oakland, getting a seventy-fourth minute goal from Meaghan Hennessy to retain a little bit of dignity in victory, 1-0.
-Virginia continued their free-scoring ways against overmatched opposition with a 8-0 hammering of Richmond. The Cavs put seventeen shots on frame and got a pair of goals each from Sinead Farrelly and Meghan Lenczyk. Lenczyk now has seven on the season.
-Middle Tennessee State got two goals from Vanessa Mueggler, including the match winner just forty-five seconds in, as the Blue Raiders defeated hapless Alabama A&M, 4-0.
-After opening the season with four straight shutout defeats, Butler worked out some aggression against Miami (OH) with a 5-2 win over the Redhawks. Katie Griswold took the match ball home, scoring a hat trick, while Rachael Melendez scored the other two for the winners. Jackie Hafele took down two assists for the victorious Bulldogs.
-Michigan State forward Laura Heyboer scored and added two assists as the Spartans brushed aside Eastern Michigan, 4-0.
-Kim An scored two goals and had an assist for Army as they shut out Quinnipiac, 3-0.
-Anna Cunningham twice gave St. Bonaventure a lead, but Buffalo equalized twice and grabbed the winner through Megan Abman to lead the Bulls to a 3-2 victory.
-Sarah Chapman and Brooke Thigpen both had two assists off the bench as Florida whitewashed Jacksonville, 6-0.
-Lexi Kopf had two late goals for UC Irvine as they ran it up against Gonzaga, 6-2. Jordan Bruce added a pair of assists for the Anteaters.
-Hofstra got two goals from Salma Tarik in the last twenty-minutes to help spur a come from behind win over Rhode Island, 3-1.
-Christine Exeter scored twice for Louisville as the Cardinals came back from a 1-0 deficit to Toledo to win decisively, 4-1.
-Georgia got an eighty-eighth minute equalizer from Alexa Newfield after the Bulldogs had been down 2-0 to tiny Mercer at the half. Alex Hooker would bring Georgia all the way back in the one hundred and sixth minute of the match as Georgia survived after extra time, 3-2.
-Rachael Carroll had assists on both of Old Dominion’s goals, but there was no stopping Chrissy Gratz of East Carolina who struck a dramatic winner in the eighty-ninth winner for the Pirates in ECU’s 3-2 win.
-Mallory Outerbridge had a fantastic individual performance for Western Kentucky, scoring twice and assisting on WKU’s other two goals as the Hilltoppers crushed Evansville, 4-0.
-William & Mary drilled Loyola (MD), 5-0, with Mallory Schaffer having a night to remember with two goals and two assists on the night. Cortlyn Bristol also scored a brace for the home side, while Audrey Barry contributed two assists.
-Alex Morgan grabbed her third and fourth goals of the year as Cal scored three in eleven minutes to defeat Rice, 4-1.
-Leigh Cullen cut down Canisius with a hat trick, including a thirty yard bomb into the upper-right corner as the Zips won 3-0.
-Courtney Wetzel had a pair of free kicks turned in by teammates as Oregon State prevailed over Pacific in a testy affair in Eugene, Oregon, the Pac-10 side winning 2-0.
-Coastal Carolina came back from a 2-0 deficit in the last sixteen minutes of the match, netting a stunning winner in the eighty-ninth minute on a Morgan Thomas penalty, as they beat UNC Wilmington, 3-2.
-Arizona got an equalizer two minutes from time as they avoided total embarrassment by Northern Arizona, who settled for a 1-1 draw.
-Lotto Smith had two assists and Hanna Gilmore scored her fifth of the season as Baylor beat Texas-San Antonio, 4-0.
-In perhaps the most unbelievable finish of the night, hell, of the season, Northwestern State goalkeeper Jessica Danku scored on a forty-five yard free kick with time about to run out in extra time, leading the Lady Demons to a 2-1 win over Louisiana-Lafayette.
-Ten man Stephen F. Austin held out until extra time, but Brittany Kindzierski’s second goal of the match broke hearts as UTEP prevailed in extra time, 2-1. Kelli Barnes had been sent off in the fifty-third minute for SFA for a hard foul.
-Samantha Sackos had assists on both of Houston’s equalizers as the Cougars fought back from behind twice to draw TCU, 2-2.
-Merritt Mathias walked away with the match ball for Texas A&M, scoring a hat trick as the Aggies easily beat Davidson, 5-1.
-Allison Belsterling had a pair of goals and Laura McCalla added her fifth of the year for UAB as they held off Western Carolina, 3-2. Carolyn Polcari had two assists for the winners.
-Kelsey Killion assisted on both of Tulsa’s goals, including the extra time winner as the Golden Hurricane beat Murray State after one extra session, 2-1.
-Julie Gallaudet had two assists and Brittany Jagger made eleven saves to keep a clean sheet as Loyola Marymount heaped more misery on winless Utah, winning 2-0.
-Kate Deines scored a hat trick, aided by two spot kicks to help lead Washington to a decisive 4-0 win over Syracuse.