Melissa Henderson and Notre Dame Were Too Much for Louisville on Sunday
Louisville 0 – 5 (Knaack 10?, Henderson 24?, 72?, Iantorno 88?, Jantsch 90?) Notre Dame [Attendance: 772]
Dubbed by some as contenders to possibly end Notre Dame’s unreal Big East undefeated streak, Louisville ended up as just another victim, going down to a lethal barrage of offense from the Irish. Taylor Knaack would begin the scoring in the tenth minute by volleying home Jessica Schuveiller’s cross. Melissa Henderson would grab the first of her two on the afternoon midway through the half, after some bad luck sent Molly Campbell’s cross off a Louisville defender and right to the predatory Henderson who was never going to miss from six yards. Nikki Weiss, solid again in the Irish goal, would make two saves before the end of the half to keep the Irish advantage at two going into the break. The visitors would turn on the style in the final twenty minutes, consigning the Cardinals to a large defeat. Henderson grabbed her second in the seventy-second minute after latching onto a through ball from Elizabeth Tucker and finishing far post. Erica Iantorno grabbed ND’s fourth two minutes from time with a shot high into the far corner of the goal after some great hustle by Adriana Leon to win the ball initially. Ellen Jantsch would end the scoring near the end of the match after scrambling the ball into the net after seeing her initial shot knocked away by Louisville keeper Taylor Vancil before Leon pounced on the rebound and had her shot ricochet off Vancil and back to the waiting Jantsch. Notre Dame scored their biggest victory against a ranked team in an away match with the win that extended their Big East undefeated streak.
Cincinnati 1 (Loggins 58?) – 2 (Strickland 78?, Hemming 98?) DePaul [aet] [Attendance: 312]
DePaul scored a deserved win in extra time to boost their faint hopes of an NCAA Tournament bid while possibly dealing Cincinnati’s a mortal blow. With the score even at 1-1 and the first half of extra time running out, Callie Hemming would power home the golden goal. Ashleigh Goddard had gotten onto the end of a Cincy goal kick and created a mad dash for the ball with a pass that Hemming won, letting her dribble through the defense and put the ball in the back of the net, giving the visitors the win. After a scoreless first half, the Bearcats gave the home side something to cheer about as Kendall Loggins turned on a pass from Brooke Eberly and deposited it to the far post for the first goal of the match. DePaul would grab the equalizer with twelve minutes left as Tara Strickland bent a left-footed shot past Cincy keeper Ashley Daniels, setting up extra time and Hemming’s heroics. The Blue Demons outshot their opponents 21-12 en route to the victory.
Georgetown 2 (D’Ambrisi 74?, Brenn 77?) – 0 Seton Hall [Attendance: 183]
A quick burst in under four minutes in the second half let Georgetown convert their dominance into a 2-0 win and three valuable points in the Big East. Kelly D’Ambrisi netted the match winner with a little over a quarter of an hour left to play after controlling a cross from Camille Trujillo before finishing coolly to the far post. Caitlin Brenn would wrap up the points after Ingrid Wells drew out Seton Hall keeper Jennifer Pettigrew before crossing back across the face of goal to leave the freshman with an easy finish. The Hoyas outshot their opponents 20-6, and Georgetown keeper Jackie DesJardin was only forced into one save through ninety minutes to help her side shutout their conference rivals.
Maryland 1 (Grove 76?) – 1 (Simpkins 62?) Duke [Attendance: 715]
A pair of goalkeeping errors ensured Maryland and Duke ended up with a point each in an exciting ACC contest in College Park. Maryland’s Jasmyne Spencer went close in the eleventh minute but cracked the post and nearly bounced off Duke keeper Tara Campbell and into the back of net. Olivia Wagner’s corner was nearly headed in by Molly Dreska at the end of the half but skimmed high. After the break, it was the visitors who would strike first through Callie Simpkins. Molly Lester’s cross would rebound off Terp keeper Yewande Balogun’s hands, letting Callie Simpkins punch it in from short range. Where Balogun had come up short earlier, full-back Megan Gibbons would come up huge with a quarter of an hour left to play. After Balogun was caught in no man’s land on a free kick, Gibbons managed to clear a pair of Duke shots off the line to keep Maryland in the match. The Terps promptly went down the pitch and found an equalizer after Campbell came out to sweep away a loose ball but was caught in possession by Ashley Grove who made no mistake from twenty yards into an empty net. Out of gas and stunned, Duke just about held on in the extra frames. Jasmyne Spencer saw her shot saved midway through the first extra time as Campbell was able to pounce on the rebound as well. Campbell saved from Spencer again in the one hundred second minute to keep Duke alive but was nearly caught out by Lydia Hastings from forty-five yards. The shot would fortuitously bounced off the bar and clear though leaving the match tied. Finally, Colleen Deegan’s header off a corner sailed over the bar in the final few minutes to deny the home side. It was a frantic end to a breathless game where both sides picked up a well deserved point at the end of the day.
North Carolina 2 (Klingenberg 45?, Ohai 68?) – 1 (Gray 15?) Virginia Tech [Attendance: 1740]
North Carolina got back on the winning track with a come from behind, 2-1 win over Virginia Tech despite a somewhat muted performance in Chapel Hill on Sunday afternoon. Elizabeth Burchenal had nearly given UNC an early lead after a turnover by the Hokies in their own end let her shoot, the freshman hitting the post from the edge of the area. At the quarter hour mark, Tech’s Marika Gray stunned the Chapel Hill crowd with a thunderbolt from thirty yards into the upper-right corner of the goal after a pass from Katie Cramp. Dogged tenacity would pay off for the Heels in the final minute of the half when Meghan Klingenberg kept on fighting after a Katie Klimczak throw into box was pinballed around fruitlessly. UNC’s super senior would end up blasting the ball into the back of the net, netting a demoralizing equalizer right before the half. The Heels began to turn the screws in the second half, Courtney Jones nearly crushing a shot from range that forced VT keeper Dayle Colpitts into a diving save. Colpitts couldn’t keep the Heels off the board in the sixty-eighth minute though, when Amber Brooks won a ball in the middle of the park before finding Brittani Bartok who hit Kealia Ohai with a slide rule pass. Ohai rounded the keeper before firing into the empty net for the match winner. The heat from the match tapered off as Virginia Tech was unable to find an equalizer of their own, letting UNC score their first points of the new ACC campaign. The Heels’ can be satisfied with the win after their side has looked more like a M*A*S*H unit as of late, with Rachel Wood, Meg Morris, and Alyssa Rich all absent from this contest.
Villanova 1 (Ryan 37?) – 0 Rutgers [Attendance: 301]
There may be better performances this season, but there might not be a better display of heart than Villanova’s on a rainy Philadephia on Sunday. In an era of mass substitutions and bloated rosters, Nova only used twelve players to defeat Rutgers in a key showdown in the Big East. Making the win all the more extraordinary was that after the Wildcats subbed in Amy Greco for Erin Ryan in the fourteenth minute, they failed to make another substitution for the ENTIRE MATCH. Essentially, Nova had ten players play ninety minutes. And they won. Scarlet Knights keeper Sam Perretty would keep the score level with a double save on Megan Verdeur and Channing Press in the first handful of minutes. Nova’s Katie Ryan would grab the deciding goal in the thirty-seventh minute after being played through by Heidi Sabatura at the top of the area. Ryan dribbled around Rutgers keeper Perretty before walking the ball into the net. Rutgers would hit the bar through Karla Schacher’s header but could not find the tying goal. The win represented the eighty-first straight time that Villanova has not lost after coming out of the half with a lead.
Kentucky 1 (Hunyadi 26?) – 5 (McGowan 40?, Grimsley 53?, Holland 56?, Jacobs 58?, Au 61?) South Carolina [Attendance: 494]
The clock may have hit midnight on Kentucky’s revival season forty minutes into their SEC clash with South Carolina on Sunday afternoon. It had all been going so well for the Wildcats for most of the first half. The Wildcats had made a dream start with Kelsey Hunyadi’s fifth goal of the year in the twenty-sixth minute. Natalie Horner played a ball to Kelly Browning who lobbed a cache of wrongfooted Gamecock defenders in delivering the ball to Hunyadi. Carolina keeper Mollie Patton dove but was unable to stop Hunyadi’s shot from hitting the back of the net. But just as it began to look like Kentucky would head to the locker rooms with a lead in hand, unheralded Sam McGowan would net the equalizer. Christine Watts served up a cross to McGowan who needed little impetus to blast past UK keeper Sydney Hiance and send the teams into the break level. The avalanche of four goals in eight minutes began in the fifty-third minute through Kayla Grimsley. Watts would deliver her second assist, crossing to Grimsley who smashed a shot high and into a corner to give the Gamecocks the lead. Lolly Holland would latch onto Brooke Jacobs’ cross, seeing her first shot parried by Hiance before diving onto the rebound to add her side’s third. Hiance would fall victim to another rebound off a save as Jacobs’ breakaway shot was stopped at first but immediately put in the back of the net by the persistent Jacobs. Danielle Au would score Carolina’s fifth, a goal that chased the beleaguered Hiance from the match, after Brooke Jacobs forced a turnover and delivered a pass to the freshman who made no mistake. Kentucky would be denied a consolation by Patton who made a diving save on Natalie Starr’s header in the seventy-first minute. SC’s five goals were the most in SEC play for the Gamecocks since 1998.
Minnesota 1 (Bethke 71?) – 0 Illinois [Attendance: 954]
Minnesota now look to be in pole position to win the Big Ten after a tight win over title rivals Illinois in Minneapolis. The Gophers turned in a fantastic defensive effort in keeping the visitors without a shot on goal for the entire ninety minutes. Senior talisman Katie Bethke would show why she’s so important for Minnesota with the seventy-first minute winner. MacKenzie Misel whipped in a cross letting Bethke power a header past Alexandra Kapicka in the Illini goal. The Gophers had so nearly taken the lead in the first half when both Bethke and Molly Rouse had shots cleared off the line by Illinois defenders. The Minnesota defense would ensure that Bethke’s offense was all that the Gophers would need as they took three massive points from the Illini.
Nebraska 1 (Marlborough 14?, Stevens SENT OFF 41?) – 2 (Mautz 11?, Young 71?) Texas A&M [Attendance: 597]
Morgan Marlborough hit double digits in goals in 2010 for Nebraska, but bizarre circumstances left them without a natural goalkeeper and eventually doomed them to defeat despite a brave stand-in performance in between the pipes by senior forward Jaclyn White. It didn’t take long for the Aggies to dent the scoreboard as Alyssa Mautz took advantage of a clanger by Huskers keeper Emma Stevens in the fourteenth minute. Beth West delivered the ball to Mautz who rocketed a shot from thirty yards that Stevens could only punch into the back of the net. The lead would be a short lived one as a foul gave Morgan Marlborough an opportunity on a free kick from twenty yards. The Big XII’s goalscoring leader duly dispatched the ball over the wall and into the back of the net past A&M keeper Kelly Dyer. Bri Young would almost answer with a free kick of her own from twenty-five yards, but Stevens would redeem herself by pushing the attempt onto the bar. The Aggies would tickle the woodwork once more after a Rachel Shipley cross met Mautz who chipped the ball over Stevens but not under the bar. A moment of madness would ensure that Stevens would miss the rest of this game and next week’s contest against Baylor to boot. The Nebraska keeper tried to charge down a loose ball some thirty-five yards from goal but instead clattered Mautz, earning her a straight red card. With Tara Macdonald sidelined through injury, Nebraska was forced to turn to 6’0? senior forward White to play goal for the better part of a half. The Aggies almost took the lead straightaway after the dismissal but Amber Gnatzig’s header was waved off for offside. Young would grab the match winner as White’s inexperience showed on a long free kick that the makeshift keeper pushed onto the bar but saw the ball fall back off her head and into the back of the net. Nebraska had a chance to equalize through Molly Thomas. but Kelly Dyer was up to the task to make the save. The Aggies’ win put an end to Nebraska’s home unbeaten streak at eighteen matches.
Oklahoma State 2 (Lopez 6?, 84?) – 0 Texas Tech [Attendance: 434]
Oklahoma State look to be favorites for the Big XII title after another victory, this time over NCAA Tournament contenders Texas Tech. The Cowgirls put in a dominant performance, out shooting their opposition 23-6 while getting a brace from new scoring star Krista Lopez to seal the home win. Lopez would score early and late for OSU, grabbing the match winner in the sixth minute before nabbing an insurance goal with six minutes to play. Kyndal Treadwell whipped in a diagonal cross into the area that Lopez brought down before firing past Tech keeper Colleen Pitts to give the hosts the advantage. Lopez’s second goal also came from a teammate’s cross, this time Taylor Mathews providing the service that would be dispatched in the back of the net after a swift counter attack. Adrianna Franch was by comparison relatively untroubled but made her best save in the second half as she stopped a long drive from Tiffini Smith. Tech were hampered by injury to star Taylor Lytle, who played very limited minutes once more as she recovers from an injury suffered against North Texas earlier in the season.
Colorado 0 – 0 Texas [Attendance: 1324]
Big XII title outsiders Colorado and Texas fought to a scoreless stalemate on Sunday afternoon in Boulder. Colorado keeper Annie Brunner continued her strong play by saving the day in the first half of extra time with a pair of saves on Texas star Leah Fortune. Unsurprisingly, the goalkeeper was also the star of the show for the Longhorns with Alexa Gaul making five saves to help preserve the clean sheet for the visitors. The Buffs were probably the slightly better side, but fatigue proved the winner in the end, as a third consecutive extra time match was too much for Colorado to overcome as they shared the points with Texas.
UCLA 1 (Bearde 33?) – 0 Santa Clara [Attendance: 494]
UCLA put an end to their Sunday blues in fine fashion against Santa Clara in a California derby at Drake Stadium, although to be fair, they were hardly tested by a disappointing Broncos side. Senior forward Iman Bearde picked a fine time for her first UCLA goal, running onto a beautiful through ball by Jenna Richmond to get a 1v1 with SCU keeper Bianca Henninger. Bearde rounded the charging Henninger, leaving an easy tap in to give the Bruins a lead they would not relinquish. The Bruins almost doubled their lead after Zakiya Bywaters hammered a shot from outside the area into the back of the net, but the goal was flagged off for a foul. The Broncos fitful offense failed to force UCLA keeper Chante Sandiford into a single save. Both sides were missing key players, the Bruins without Sydney Leroux (international duty), and the Broncos missing Jenny LaPointe (injury).
-Brook Chang scored twice for Cornell in a 2-0 win over Manhattan.
-Kasey Makowski had assists on both of Canisius’ goals as they topped Colgate in extra time, 2-1.
-Florida Atlantic scored five goals in the first twenty-four minutes of play en route to a 6-0 mauling of Arkansas-Little Rock. Allison Griffin shined brightest for the Owls with two goals and two assists. Alexandra Major also had a pair of goals while Anhnhi Tran chipped in with two assists.
-Kerry Scalora scored twice for Penn, but the Quakers couldn’t hold a 2-1 lead, as Navy came back to record a 3-2 win.
-Beth Lloyd hit double digits with her ninth and tenth goals for Central Connecticut State, but her side was still on the end of a 4-2 defeat by Quinnipiac.
-St. Francis (PA) beat down Robert Morris, getting a hatful of assists from Barbara Maros de Carvalho in a 4-1 win. Tesa McKibben scored two goals for the Red Flash in the victory.
-Nicole Donnelly scored a pair of goals for Eastern Kentucky including the extra time winner as they topped Tennessee-Martin, 2-1.
-Eastern Michigan put together a 4-1 win over Akron, getting two goals and an assists from Stephanie Clarke. Chelsea Detrick also had a pair of assists for the Eagles.
-Delaware scored two goals in the final thirteen minutes to come back against Georgia State, with Amy Pickard scoring a winner with thirty-three seconds left to play, giving the Blue Hens the win, 3-2.
-Teresa Rynier bagged a brace as James Madison came from behind to pound Northeastern, 3-1.
-Miami (OH) beat Buffalo, 4-3, in a seven goal thriller with Katy Dolesh scoring twice for the Redhawks. The winners also got two assists from Kayla Zakrzewski.
-Erin Brennan had two goals for La Salle in their 4-1 win over St. Joseph’s. Courtney Niemiec had a pair of assists for the victors as well.
-Angelika Johansson came off the bench to score a pair of goals for UConn in their 3-0 win over Syracuse who saw Cecilia Borgstrom sent off in the fifty-fifth minute.
-Grace Hawkins assisted on both Hofstra goals as the red hot CAA favorites beat VCU, 2-0.
-Katie Stengel was involved in all four Wake Forest goals as they beat hopeless Clemson, 4-0. Stengel scored the last two goals after assisting on the first two.
-Victoria Frederick had both assists on Alabama’s two goals in their 2-0 win over Mississippi State.
-In a bizarre Southern Conference match, The Citadel and Appalachian State both were awarded and converted penalties to send the match into extra time at 1-1. With a little over two minutes left in the second half of extra time, Marianna Garcia put a goal away for The Citadel to lead the Bulldogs to a 2-1 win.
-Meagan Iffrig scored a hat trick for SIU Edwardsville as they downed Central Arkansas, 3-0. Kristen Dailey also tallied two assists for the winners.
-Central Michigan got a pair of goals off the bench from Laura Twidle as they topped ten-man Ohio, 3-1.
-Donna-Kay Henry scored a brace for Chattanooga in their 3-2 win over Elon.
-Laura Moklestad spurred Drake’s comeback with the fifty-second minute equalizer before scoring the winner in extra time as her side beat Evansville, 2-1.
-Dee Markis had two assists for Furman in their 3-1 victory over Georgia Southern.
-George Mason got two goals and an assist from Omolyn Davis as they battered William & Mary, 4-1.
-Nicholls State’s Kaity Mattson took her tally up to eleven goals with a hat trick against Grambling while also adding an assist in a 6-2 win.
-Jennifer Dominguez assisted on both goals for Iowa State as they defeated Kansas, 2-0.
-In a match that finished with ten players a side after two red cards, Middle Tennessee State survived, getting an equalizer from Vanessa Mueggler before Mueggler would score a winner in extra time, helping the Blue Raiders beat North Texas, 2-1.
-Ariel Cook assisted on both of Northern Colorado’s first two goals as they took a 2-0 lead before Boise State scored twice to equalize. Kimmie Feidler would ensure that NC would laugh last though, scoring a stunning winner from forty yards with five seconds left to give the Bears a 3-2 win.
-Jenna Richardson had assists on two late goals for Oregon State as they eased past ten-man UC Riverside, 3-0.
-East Carolina got two goals and an assist from Bailey Wilcox in their 4-1 win over Southern Mississippi. Amanda Malkiewicz also added a goal and two assists.
-In one of the most improbable scorelines of the season, 2,265 who had shown up in Fort Worth for TCU’s match with Texas State could only watch in horror as their side outshot the underdogs 25-10, but shockingly fell to a 3-0 defeat.
-Laura Sadler struck twice for Stephen F. Austin, scoring the equalizer and extra time winner as they downed Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 2-1.
-Lakiesha Herman grabbed two assists for Jackson State as they hammered Centenary, 4-0.
-Terri Miller netted twice for East Tennessee State, but the Bucs gave up an equalizer with four minutes left and would go down in extra time to Belmont, 3-2. Lauren Paynter had both assists for Belmont on their two normal time goals.
-Eastern Washington scored ninety-two seconds in, but USC scored five (FIVE) unanswered goals to thump the Eagles, 5-1. Courtney Garcia had a pair of the Trojans’ offensive output.
-Ava Ames scored twice from off the bench including the extra time winner to lead Seattle to a 3-2 win over Sacramento State.
-Linsey Snavely had two assists for South Alabama as they destroyed Louisiana-Monroe, 4-0.
-Alexis Rafael bagged a brace for UC Irvine as they kept on winning, beating Nevada, 4-2.
-Kelsey Kraft scored Oklahoma’s first two goals as the Sooners downed Baylor, 3-2.