Sept. 8, 2010

TERRIFIC TRITON: UC San Diego soared 14 spots to No. 6 in the latest NSCAA Division II Top 25 after opening the 2010 season with a pair of shutout victories last week.  

The Tritons downed Dominican, 6-0, and followed it up with a 2-0 victory over Notre Dame de Namur two days later.  Annette Ilg, a senior forward from Avon Lake, Ohio, contributed three goals in the two contests, including the game-winner versus NDNU.  It was Ilg's first competitive soccer match since high school after playing basketball for the Tritons for the last four years, and she was named California Collegiate Athletic Association Player of the Week for her contributions.

The Tritons begin CCAA play this weekend with a pair of matches against nationally-ranked foes.  UCSD hosts No. 23 Cal State L.A. on Sept. 10, followed by a contest against No. 9 Cal State Dominguez Hills.

BATTLE-TESTED:  Second-ranked West Florida survived a pair of tough battles in the ArgoFanShop.com Invitational to open the season last weekend, topping Nova Southeastern and Barry in close matches.

The Argonauts came back to defeat Nova Southeastern, 2-1, on Sept. 3 thanks to an overtime score by sophomore Jodi-Ann Robinson.  UWF then topped Barry, 3-2, using a last-minute goal from sophomore defender Tori Fish to lift the Argos to victory.  Robinson netted two goals on the weekend, while reigning Daktronics National Player of the Year Shakira Duncan tallied five points to open the season.

West Florida, the top-ranked team in the NSCAA South Region, will host No. 21 Rollins and Florida Southern, the region's third and fourth-ranked squads, respectively this weekend.

COMING UP ROSES:  No. 3 Saint Rose started the season in dominant defensive fashion, notching a pair of 7-0 shutouts over the weekend.

Senior back Kelly Guerin led a defensive unit that allowed just six shots and four corner kicks, and added an assist against Mercy, to earn Northeast-10 Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors.  Freshman forward Carmelina Puopolo garnered the league's Rookie of the Week award as she combined for eight points on three goals and two assists in her first weekend of collegiate action.  

The Golden Knights jump right into NE-10 action as they travel to UMass Lowell on Sept. 10, followed by a home match against Southern New Hampshire on Sept. 12.

KEY CONTRIBUTOR:
Belmont Abbey College's Rebecca Mateo was named the Conference Carolinas Player of the Week after leading her team to a 3-0 record to start the season, having a hand in all three Abbey goals scored.

In the season opener at Catawba, the junior forward scored the golden goal in the 108th minute, and then two days later she netted the only goal of the match in the 86th minute at North Georgia. Mateo concluded the weekend with an assist on the lone goal against Brevard on Sunday.

The stellar start propelled the Abbey to break into the NSCAA Division II Top 25 at No. 24.  

HOME SWEET HOME:
Northern Kentucky stretched its home unbeaten streak to 22 games as the Norse posted a 1-0-1 mark to open the season.  Senior forward Danielle Hogue tallied three points for the Norse, notching a goal and an assist in a 3-0 victory against Southern Indiana on Sept. 5.  

Hogue also recorded two shots in a scoreless tie against Findlay in the season-opener on Friday.  The native of Okeana, Ohio, was selected Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Week for her efforts.  

No. 15 NKU begins GLVC play this weekend with a road trip to Bellarmine before hosting Kentucky Wesleyan on Sunday.