Oct. 28, 2010

THREE-PEAT: No. 4 Otterbein captured its third consecutive Ohio Athletic Conference regular season title with a defeat of Wilmington on Oct. 27 as the Cardinal remained one of four unbeaten teams in the nation.


Otterbein will be the No. 1 seed in the OAC Tournament next week, and will enjoy an opening round bye as the Cardinals seek their third straight tournament championship. The Cardinals lead the nation with 14 shutouts, and rank fourth in the nation with a 0.18 goals against average, behind the consistent play of senior goalkeeper Tara Carter.
The Cardinals (15-0-1) will look to finish their season unbeaten with a regular season match-up at Mount Union on Oct. 30.

SISTER ACT: Hardin-Simmons senior forward Amy Kyukendall became the programs all-time leading goal scorer of the non-scholarship era as the Cowgirls downed Schreiner, 8-0, on Oct. 23 to stretch their unbeaten streak to 130 games in American Southwest Conference play.


Kuykendall now has 71 career goals. In the same contest, Kuykendalls sister Katie tied the school record with five assists as HSU bettered its season record to 15-0 and clinched the right to host the ASC Championship. Hardin-Simmons ranks second in the nation with a 5.47 scoring average, while Amy Kuykendall ranks second in Division III with 1.533 goals per game and sophomore Katie Kuykendall is second in the national statistics with 1.07 assists per game.


The Cowgirls conclude the season by hosting East Texas Baptist and LeTourneau on Oct. 29 and 30.


THUNDER ROLLS: No. 9 Wheaton (Ill.) upended third-ranked Illinois Wesleyan in a mid-week match, giving the Thunder their first College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin title since 2007, and 14th championship in program history. Laura Karsten tallied two goals to spark the Thunder, helping to end the Titans eight-game shutout streak.
The Thunder handed the Titans their first loss of the season and will enter their final CCIW regular season match against Millikin with a 6-0-0 mark. Wheaton will be the top seed of the CCIW Tournament and host a semifinal match on Nov. 2.


LITTLE DEVILS: Dickinson College captured the No. 1 seed in the Centennial Conference Tournament after downing Gettysburg, 3-0, on Oct. 26.


The Red Devils have won a program-record 10 straight games and have posted a school-record 12 shutouts this season. Dickinson has outscored opponents 22-2 during the streak.


Dickinson, which jumped four spots to No. 13 in the latest NSCAA Division III Top 25, will travel to Washington (Md.) for its final regular season contest. The Red Devils received a first-round bye to the CC Tournament semifinals on Nov. 6 where they will face the winner of the No. 4 vs. No. 5 contest. Dickinson will be seeking its first-ever CC title. Johns Hopkins has won the last five championships.


QUICK KICKS:
Messiah improved its already stellar goals against average to a nation-leading clip of 0.12 following the Falcons 8-0 victory over Lebanon Valley College on Oct. 26. The Falcons improved to 16-0-0 and currently share the Division III lead in shutouts with 14 this season … William Smith recorded a pair of victories in Liberty League play last week, stretching the Herons conference unbeaten streak to 28 games (22-0-6). The No. 11 Herons are 5-0-2 in league play and will be the top seed in the tournament beginning Nov. 3 … With a 2-0 victory over Rowan on Oct. 26, and a little help from Kean University as it upended league-leading William Paterson on Wednesday, The College of New Jersey claimed the top seed in the New Jersey Athletic Conference Tournament. The Lions will host a tournament semifinal match on Nov. 3 against this weekends winner of the Rowan-Kean meeting.