ASU’s Karin Volpe Hit Nebraska For Three Goals As The Sun Devils Stormed to a 5-0 Win
Texas 4 (Keith 60?, Higgins 61?, Cummins 71?, Lisberger 79?) – 0 William & Mary
Less than forty-eight hours after being swept aside by a second half assault by Virginia, Texas responded in kind with a second half deluge of goals to doom William & Mary to a heavy defeat. Lucy Keith was left with the simplest of headed finishes from a Kylie Doniak corner to open the scoring at the hour mark. Hannah Higgins blasted a shot into the upper-right corner of the goal a minute later to double Texas’ advantage. Kristin Cummins would seal the victory for Texas after Stacey-Ann Smith squared a pass to her at close range. Amanda Lisberger completed the rout after defensive miscues left the junior 1v1 with Tribe keeper Grace Bernard, whereupon she finished coolly after rounding the keeper. The Horns’ Alexa Gaul was only forced into two saves to keep a clean sheet.
Duke 1 (Haller 31?) – 0 Yale
Despite enjoying a 30-7 shot advantage and 12-4 in shots on goal, Duke were only able to defeat Ivy League side Yale by a solitary goal. Maddy Haller was on hand to head home Mollie Pathman’s corner kick at the half-hour mark to give Duke a lead they surely thought they’d be able to add to in the remaining hour. Yale came close to equalizing less than ten minutes into the second half when Becky Brown plowed forward into a 1v1 against keeper Tara Campbell who bravely came off her line and smothered the ball to thwart Yale’s star attraction. Ayana Sumiyasu made eleven saves for the visiting Bulldogs, hoping her side could find the single goal needed to equalize, but Duke’s fearsome rearguard ensured it wasn’t to be on this afternoon.
Cal 6 (Mercik 17?, Morgan 23?, 46?, Own Goal 48?, Clark 80?, DeBack 86?) – 0 Long Beach State
If Alex Morgan’s not at the head of the shortlist for the Hermann Trophy, she’s making a damn good case for herself after a two goal, one assist performance for Cal as they blew away Long Beach State in one of the most impressive results of the season. Rachel Mercik volleyed into the corner from Morgan’s cross in the seventeenth minute to start the carnage for the Bears. Morgan would get on the board herself a handful of minutes later off of Mercik’s assist. The Beach would spurn a golden opportunity to get back into it right before the half when Shawna Gordon couldn’t put the ball into an empty net after the Cal keeper had gone walkabout. Morgan would ensure there would be no letdown after the half after skinning a defender and hitting the target. Lindsay Bullock of LBSU would be the unfortunate victim of an own goal a few minutes later, putting the ball past her own keeper after a Megan Jesolva corner. Rachel Clark would continue the visitors’ nightmare afternoon with ten minutes to play after heading in a corner kick. Mekenna DeBack would complete the scoring four minutes from time turning in a Kaitlyn Fitzpatrick cross to add Cal’s sixth of the day. Amazingly, Cal put thirteen shots on goal and scored from six of them, for a near fifty percent ratio. Emily Kruger and Lauren Hein were hardly tested in goal for Cal as they split time for the clean sheet.
Virginia 3 (Farrelly 56?, 73?, Miller 58?) – 0 Boston University
Virginia handed out a third successive beating to a visiting team to Klockner, impressively sweeping aside Boston University thanks to a Sinead Farrelly double. BU were almost ahead in shocking fashion after Tiya Gallegos hit the post right after the quarter hour mark, the Terriers getting unlucky again when Gallegos’ follow up was cleared off the line. The Cavs went into the half even with the visiting Terriers despite a 11-4 shots advantage but would leave no doubt in the second half with three goals in eighteen minutes. Farrelly netted the match winner in the fifty-sixth minute after tapping in a rebound from a shot keeper Kelly King had initially saved. Caroline Miller all but sealed the win after finishing to the far post after a run into the box from Meghan Lenczyk’s pass. Farrelly would grab her second at Virginia’s third fifteen minutes later after an attempted clear was headed back into danger by Kate Norbo. Farrelly was on hand to sweep in after a well-timed run. Virginia have only conceded once in 2010 and haven’t given up a goal since August 27 to Penn State.
Wisconsin 1 (Nosbusch 17?) – 0 Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Wisconsin got a goal from Laurie Nosbusch in the first twenty minutes and a withering defensive performance that held Milwaukee star forward Sarah Hagen without a shot to claim a priceless victory in a must-win situation for the struggling Badgers. Nosbusch rose highest to head home Meghan Flannery’s corner kick to give the Badgers a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. The Panthers were disappointing, only netting two shots on goal, leaving Badger keeper Michele Dalton relatively untested. UWM came closest when Nicole Hirsch hit the bar in the first half, but not much more was coming from the visitors. On the other side, Leslie Deebach was forced into save saves as Wisconsin delivered one of its best offensive showings of the season. Hagen was hobbled by an ankle injury all afternoon, and without their talisman firing on all cylinders, the Panthers were always best in this physical state derby.
Florida State 3 (Pressley PK 29?, Kallman 35, Hupp 58?) – 1 (Newsome 70?) Central Florida
Florida State claimed revenge for last season’s upset defeat in Orlando with a decisive victory on Sunday afternoon in Tallahassee while also regaining some momentum after a tough few weeks. It was a gutcheck performance from the home side who were without Tori Huster, leaving the offensive ranks very thin. Kassey Kallman netted a goal quite worthy of being the match winner, going on a slaloming run around defenders before finishing at short range. Just a handful of minutes earlier, Toni Pressley had successfully put away a penalty to open the scoring. Breezy Hupp would stretch FSU’s advantage further after being played in by Rachel Lim. Kim Newsome would pull one back for the visitors with twenty minutes left to play, but the Seminoles’ buckled down the rest of the way, hanging on to an important win.
Georgia 1 (Pollock 81?) – 1 (Patton 63?) Santa Clara (in Palo Alto, California)
Santa Clara launched an all out assault on the Georgia goal, with twenty-nine shots over one hundred ten minutes, but a late equalizer from Jamie Pollock ensured the Bulldogs would return to the East Coast with a share of the spoils. After a somewhat even half which featured Santa Clara’s Lauren Matheson hitting the post, the Broncos would begin to turn the screws and get their reward through Anessa Patton in the sixty-third minute. Jenny LaPonte served in a cross from the left side, letting Patton crash it into the goal and give SCU a 1-0 lead. With ten minutes left and Georgia staring at defeat, Pollock was able to get a head onto a high ball from Kelli Corless, leveling the score at one and sending Georgia to their second straight extra time match. Unlike on Friday night, another goal wasn’t forthcoming, and Georgia were rewarded for their hard running and a great performance by Ashley Baker in goal (ten saves) with a well earned draw. Despite missing out on a win, Santa Clara were boosted by the return of Amanda Poach, a WPS draftee, who decided to return to the Broncos after being granted a sixth year after medical hardship.
Washington 0 – 1 (DiPaolo 71?) Rutgers (in Portland, Oregon)
Washington and Rutgers played out a dire match that featured a paltry four shots combined on goal, settled on a simple goal by the Scarlet Knights. With twenty minutes to play, Tricia DiPaolo headed home for Rutgers off a corner kick, giving the Big East side a victory after a heartbreaker against Portland on Friday night. Rutgers had nearly taken the lead just after the hour mark after Stefanee Pace had hit the bar but were left to wait a few minutes more. Emmy Simpkins only had one save to make for the clean sheet as the Scarlet Knights emerged triumphant by the slimmest of margins.
Arizona State 5 (Volpe 9?, 65?, 69?, Elston 27?, Mollay 41?) – 0 Nebraska
Karin Volpe walked away with the match ball after scoring a hat trick and Arizona State produced a stunning display to dismantle Nebraska and stay undefeated in 2010. Volpe started the fireworks in the ninth minute after putting an Alexandra Elston pass away low and into the corner of the goal. Elston would get onto the scoresheet herself after collecting a rebound off of Devin Marshall’s header and putting it home. Miah Mollay would give ASU a 3-0 lead into the half after knocking in Alyssa Freeman’s rebound. The goals would continue to flow after the break as Volpe scored her second off a blocked shot from Mollay. Volpe would complete her hat trick with a near post finish in the sixty-ninth minute, leaving the visitors well and truly beaten. The Sun Devils outshot their opponents, 22-14, and had a 11-4 advantage in shots on goal. The ASU defense, leaky at times this season, managed to hold prolific Nebraska duo Morgan Marlborough and Molly Thomas to one shot on goal each. Alyssa Gilmore and Vittoria Arnold combined for the clean sheet in the ASU goal.
Portland 4 (Foxhoven PK 45?, Cruz 53?, Capelle 55?, Winters 66?) – (Hayes 40?, Nairn PK 48?) 2 Penn State
Penn State’s season from hell continued in earnest in Portland as the Nittany Lions blew two leads and possibly lost defender Lexi Marton for an extended period of time after what appeared to be a serious injury in the second half. In form Micaela Capelle scored her sixth of the season for the Pilots in the fifty-fifth minute for what eventually became the match winner for Portland. After a defensive breakdown, Capelle outraced defenders into the area whereupon she beat PSU keeper Krissy Tribbett from ten yards. It was Portland’s first lead in the match, after Penn State’s Maya Hayes had silenced the crowd in the fortieth minute, after latching onto Taylor Schram’s through ball and sliding the ball under Pilot keeper Hailee DeYoung, making her first start of the season. Just when it appeared that the home side were destined to go into the locker rooms behind, Sophie Schmidt was felled in the box, and Danielle Foxhoven was on hand to convert the penalty. Christine Nairn would get a little penalty revenge of her own right out of the break after Maya Hayes went down in the area, drawing the referee’s whistle. Michelle Cruz would restore parity a second time after Sophie Schmidt’s shot was saved by Tribbett, the rebound finding its way to Cruz’s head and then into the upper-left corner of the goal. Schmidt’s assist was a magic milestone, putting her as the tenth Pilot to notch one hundred points and the seventh to accrue thirty goals and thirty assists in her Portland career. Penn State’s Danielle Toney nearly equalized for PSU after the hour mark but would unluckily smash into the woodwork. Keelin Winters would provide the final dagger in the sixty-sixth minute, heading home Cruz’s corner kick and extending the lead to two goals. To add injury to insult, Marton went down hard towards the end of the match and had to be carted off with an air cast on her damaged appendage. The Pilots ended the day still perfect, while Penn State coach Erica Walsh was left to rue her team’s crumbling fortunes on the long plane ride home.
UC Irvine 1 (Goodson 58?) – 0 San Diego
Courtney “Coco” Goodson’s penchant for scoring clutch goals continued on Sunday night as her goal after a goalmouth scramble off a corner guided UC Irvine past San Diego in a tight state derby which may have significant NCAA selection ramifications down the road. Neither side came out all that convincingly in the first half, with Irvine managing a single shot on goal which was one more than San Diego managed. The Anteaters’ Danielle de Seriere made a trio of saves for Irvine to keep the clean sheet as they got one over on their state rivals. With a 10-4 shot advantage, it was hard to argue that the hosts weren’t good value for their win.
-Jennifer Tobar had a pair of assists for Robert Morris as they defeated Buffalo, 3-1.
-Wake Forest were surprisingly upset by Villanova in Blacksburg, 3-2, after extra time. The Wildcats jumped out to 1-0 and 2-1 leads but were pegged back both times, including Katie Stengel’s sixth goal of the year to make it a 1-1 game. Alisha Woodson seemed to have broken Nova hearts late with an eighty-ninth minute equalizer, but Megan Verdeur was to be the heroine for the Big East side as she was able to beat Aubrey Bledsoe in the second extra time frame to give the Wildcats a huge win.
-High Point got two goals from Katie Taber as they embarrassed ACC opposition Clemson, 4-3.
-Kelsey Perlman had a pair of goals for North Texas as they eased past Lamar, 3-0.
-Jen Hoy scored a hat trick off the bench for Princeton and Caitlin Blosser had a goal and two assists for the Tigers as they beat James Madison in a nine goal thriller, 6-3.
-Rachel Shipley had two assists for Texas A&M as they needed extra time to take down Purdue, 2-1.
-Venicia Reid scored twice for South Florida as they came from behind to beat Harvard, 2-1.
-Tatjana Shirley netted a brace for Lipscomb as they downed The Citadel, 3-0.
-Kelly Hostetler racked up a pair of assists for Columbia as they defeated Stony Brook, 3-0.
-UMass got two goals off the bench from Deanna Colarossi and two assists from Therese Smith as they pummeled Fairfield, 4-0.
-Maryland kept their 100% record intact with the help of two goals from Sade Ayinde off the bench. Ashley Grove also scored her sixth of the season for the Terps.
-Ashleigh Barone had a goal and two assists as Siena kept rolling, beating New Hampshire, 3-0.
-Greta Samuelsdottir scored two goals in two minutes as Northeastern easily defeated Lafayette, 3-0.
-Kelsey Wilson netted a brace for Maine as they overcame Rhode Island, 3-2.
-Brooke Ehinger had assists on both South Carolina State goals as the Bulldogs beat Alabama State, 2-0.
-Kate Russell assisted on both of Colorado’s goals as they beat Washington State in extra time, 2-1.
-Alma Gardarsdottir netted twice for Kennesaw State as they beat in-state rivals Georgia Southern, 2-1.
-Oni Bernard assisted on Charlotte’s equalizer and extra time winner as the 49ers came from behind to top UNC Wilmington, 2-1.
-Brooke Rogers scored a pair of goals for Alabama as they eased past Middle Tennessee State, 3-0.
-Brittany Morgan scored two goals off the bench for Iowa State as they defeated Illinois State, 2-0.
-Chelsea Cruthirds had two goals and Jordan Wagner had a pair of assists for Southern Miss as they clobbered Jackson State, 6-0.
-Ariel Cook scored her fifth and sixth goals of the year for Northern Colorado as they beat Utah Valley State, 4-1.
-Liz O’Reilly had two assists for Wyoming as they defeated Eastern Washington, 3-0.
-Melissa Busque scored twice for UConn as they pulverized in-state rival Central Connecticut State, 5-0.
-Courtney Sundstrom collected a brace as Saint Peter’s topped Delaware State, 2-1.
-Julie King scored twice for Auburn as they beat Cal State Fullerton, 2-0.
-Shelby Stand had both goals for Holy Cross as they topped Quinnipiac, 2-1.
-Sami Sackos and Lauri Byrne each had two goals as Houston mauled Texas Southern, 7-0.
-Jessica Brooks scored twice for Xavier as they topped hosts Western Carolina, 2-1.
-Arizona star-in-the-making Renae Cuellar tallied her fifth and sixth goals and assisted on another as the Wildcats beat Tennessee, 3-1.
-Brielle Heitman scored twice off the bench for Syracuse as they easily beat Binghamton, 4-0.
-Navy had two assists from Kate Herren as they thumped Manhattan, 5-0.
-Yanci Johnson had a goal and two assists for Northwestern State as they whitewashed Prairie View A&M, 6-0.
-Sacred Heart got two goals and an assist from Lucy Gildein as the Pioneers beat Rider, 4-2.
-UCLA outshot UC Santa Barbara 30-10, but the two sides were level at the end of one hundred ten minutes at 1-1. The Gauchos weren’t afraid of the rough stuff, having four players booked on the afternoon.
-Whitney Sisler scored two goals for Cal Poly, but her side fell in extra time to Utah State, 3-2.
-Kim Kimmel scored two off the bench and Kylie Louw had a pair of assists for Stephen F. Austin as they defeated Houston Baptist, 3-1.
-Glynn Fitzer had two goals and an assist for Lehigh as the Mountain Hawks powered past Saint Joseph’s, 4-1.
-Christina Veasley scored twice and had an assist on another goal for Arkansas-Little Rock as they beat Stetson, 4-2.
-Kiele Argente assisted on UC Davis’ equalizer and winner in extra time as they came back from 2-0 down to stun Fresno State, 3-2.
-Terri Miller scored the equalizer and winning goal in extra time for East Tennessee State as they fought back to beat Winthrop, 2-1.
-Drexel’s Kim Chiarelli scored once and also had two assists for the Dragons as they stomped Wagner, 4-1.
-College of Charleston crushed Presbyterian, 6-1, getting two goals off the bench from Sloane Levin, while Annie Pease had two assists for the Cougars.
-Jacksonville State got two goals from Chelsea Pelletier from the bench, and Alyshia Madison chipped in with two assists as Jacksonville State obliterated Southern, 7-0.
-Ashley Jones scored two goals for Idaho State as they topped Southern Utah in a seven goal thriller, 4-3.
-Haley Boysen had a pair of assists for USC as the Trojans finally scored more than one goal, beating Northern Arizona, 3-1.
-Teresa Noyola had a goal and two assists and Christen Press had a pair of assists as Stanford powered past Pacific, 4-0.