Oct. 6, 2010

PERFECT CAPTAINS: Christopher Newport University remained on top of the NSCAA Division III Top 25 after running its record to 10-0-0 with a pair of victories against two Texas squads last week.

The No. 1 Captains came back to defeat Southwestern University, 2-1, while claiming a 1-0 win over then-No. 6 Trinity (Texas) to tie the programs longest winning streak at 10 games. Junior Winston Mattheisen netted both game-winning goals on the week, earning USA South Player of the Week honors.

Goalkeeper Justin Wolfe garnered the leagues Defensive Player of the Week award after limiting foes to just one goal in two games, lowering his season goals against average to 0.41.

The Captains put their winning streak on the line at No. 25 Mary Washington on Oct. 6. CNU is one of just four teams in the nation at any level that is perfect on the year (Butler-NCAA I, Midwestern St.-NCAA II, Dominican-NCAA III).

STUBBORN MULES:
Muhlenberg senior goalkeeper Jason Daniels combined for 22 saves in a pair of ties in two Centennial Conference road games last weekend, helping the Mules remain unbeaten on the season.

Daniels gave up just one score in a 1-1 draw at Dickinson, followed by his second shutout of the year to claimed CC Defensive Player of the Week honors. He leads the CC with a .881 save percentage, and ranks second in the league with a 0.52 goals against average.

The Mules climbed one spot to No. 21 in the latest NSCAA Division II Top 25, and will look to stretch their unbeaten streak to 10 games against DeSales on Oct. 6.

STAR STUDDED:
Dominican University notched its nation-leading 10th victory of the season with a convincing 6-0 victory over Edgewood in Northern Athletics Conference action on Oct. 2. The Stars join Christopher Newport as the one of two unbeaten and untied teams in Division III mens soccer.

The win versus Edgewood was the Stars eighth shutout of the season. Junior goalkeeper Maxwell Gutbrod has posted seven of those clean sheets, including the last, lowering his sixth-ranked goals against average to 0.22 on the year.

The No. 4 Stars put their perfect record to the test at Aurora University on Oct. 6 as the two remaining unbeaten teams in the NAC battle for first place.

AIR-TIGHT TITANS: UW-Oshkosh posted its eighth straight shutout with a 1-0 defeat of Wheaton (Ill.) College, earning its first win over the Thunder in seven matches.

Sophomore Tony Starnes tallied the game-winning goal in the match, while junior goalkeeper James Pike made two saves for his fifth shutout of the season. The Titans have not allowed a goal in their last 790 minutes of action, and will go for a school-record tying ninth consecutive shutout at St. Norbert College on Oct. 6.

STINGY DUCKS:
Fifth-ranked Stevens Tech is still the only team that has not given up a goal this season after registering a pair of shutouts in a 1-0-1 week.

The Ducks played to a 0-0 double-overtime draw at RIT on Oct. 2, and then were sparked by Nolan Sandbergs four goals in a victory over Nazareth College in Empire 8 action the next day. Stevens season-long scoreless streak now stands at 856:19, but the Ducks have actually not given up a goal in 12 straight games dating back to last year.

Goalkeeper Zach Carr has been in goal for all 12 shutouts and the 1,146:19 of scoreless soccer is third-longest in NCAA Division III history. Carr paces the nation with a 0.00 goals against average and 1.000 save percentage.