Notebook: Top Cobbers
Oct. 8, 2009
By Amy Farnum
STARTING STRONG: Concordia Moorhead is off to the best start in program history after improving to 11-0-0 with a resounding 10-1 win over UW-Superior on Oct. 6. The No. 14 Cobbers entered the week as one of just six unbeaten or untied teams in Division III.
Junior forward Sam Johnson, the reigning Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Week, provided another spectacular performance with a career-high four goals in the contest. The native of Fargo, N.D., was coming off a week in which she contributed a pair of game-winning goals. Johnson paces the MIAC with 12 goals and is tied for the league lead with 26 points.
The Cobbers will attempt to remain flawless at Augsburg on Oct. 10.
KNIGHT SHIFT: No. 7 Wartburg extended its unbeaten streak to 26 games (24-0-2) with a 7-0 win over Iowa Conference opponent Buena Vista on Oct. 7, sparked by a hat trick from junior midfielder Annie Fangman.
Fangman netted her three goals in just over a five-minute stretch in the second half. It was the first hat trick by a Knight since last season. Fangman was also instrumental in the Knights’ previous game, tallying the game-winning goal to edge UW-La Crosse on Oct. 6.
Senior goalkeeper Christina Ernst and freshman keeper Monica Noti combined on the shutout in net, as Ernst lengthened her scoreless minutes streak to 930:13.
The Knights look to remain perfect in IIAC action at Central College on Oct. 10.
HERONS HOLDING STRONG: William Smith College inched up one spot to No. 4 in the latest NSCAA Division III Top 25 after posting a pair of 1-0 victories to stretch its winning streak to seven games last week.
Junior BreLynn Nasypany garnered Liberty League Offensive Performer of the Week after notching both game-winning goals in double-overtime victories over then-No. 7 Ithaca and Hamilton. Three of the Herons’ last five games have been decided in double-overtime. Four of Nasypany’s team-leading five goals have been game-winners.
Sophomore goalie Amanda Davis picked up her second straight Liberty League Defensive Performance of the Week award after combining for 14 saves in the two contests. She leads the league with seven shutouts.
The Herons will look to stay perfect in Liberty League play when they host St. Lawrence on Oct. 9.
QUICK KICKS: Middlebury set a school record for most wins to start a season as the Panthers pushed their mark to 7-0 following a 1-0 win over Wesleyan last weekend. The No. 15 Panthers travel to Amherst on Oct. 10 in a New England Small College Athletic Conference match-up. Middlebury is 5-0 in conference play, and share the top spot in the standings with 4-0 Williams College … The top seven goalkeepers listed in the Division III goals against average leaders were freshmen entering the week, led by Webster’s Shelby Wade, who had not given up a goal this season before surrendering five in a 5-3 loss to Principia on Oct. 6 … No. 2 Puget Sound is riding a 22-game Northwest Conference winning streak following a 2-0 victory over George Fox last weekend. The Loggers will look to extend the streak at Linfield on Oct. 10, while head coach Randy Hanson will be trying for his 200th career victory.