Notebook: New Entrant And Mainstays
Oct. 13, 2010
RIDING THE WAVE: BYU-Hawaii vaulted to No. 9 in the latest NSCAA Division II Top 25, earning its first-ever appearance in the poll after starting the season with an 8-0-2 mark.
The Seasiders notched a pair of 1-0 shutouts over defending Pac-West champion Dixie State behind the stellar goalkeeping of freshman Megan McCain. The native of Northglenn, Colo., combined for 15 saves as she recorded her fifth and sixth shutouts of the season, propelling the Seasiders to take over sole possession of first place in the league standings with a 6-0-1 mark. McCain earned her second Pac-West Player of the Week award this season for her performance.
BYU-Hawaii also picked up a 3-1 win in a non-conference contest versus UH-Hilo. The Seasiders entered the week ranked in the Top 10 nationally in goals against average (0.318) and save percentage (.935).
BACK IN THE MIX: UC San Diego stretched its unbeaten streak to seven games with a pair of important victories over California Collegiate Athletic Association competition last week as the Tritons moved into second place in the leagues South Division standings. The recent success bolstered the Tritons into the NSCAA Division II Top 25 at No. 22 for the first time since Sept. 14.
Junior midfielder Anne Wethe contributed an assist on the Tritons first score in a 2-1 win over Cal State Dominguez and then tallied the game-winning goal in an upset of then-No. 15 and league-leading Cal State L.A. She was named CCAA Player of the Week for her efforts.
The Tritons have won four straight games and return to the pitch with a home game versus Chico State on Oct. 15.
STILL COMING UP ROSES: The College of Saint Rose remained in the top spot of the latest NSCAA Division II Top 25 with a trio of wins as the Golden Knights outscored foes 11-1 on the week.
The No. 1 Golden Knights pace the nation with a 4.08 scoring average, and rank 10th in Division II with a 0.385 goals against average. Saint Rose has shut out eight of its 13 opponents this season. The squad boasts a balanced scoring attack with four players ranked in the top 150 in points and goals per game.
Saint Rose will put its perfect 13-0-0 record on the line at Northeast-10 Conference foe New Haven on Oct. 13. The Golden Knights and No. 2 Central Missouri (10-0-0) are the only remaining unbeaten and untied teams in Division II womens soccer.
SHUTTING IT DOWN: Northern Kentucky climbed three spots to No. 20 in the national rankings after registering a pair of shutouts against Great Lakes Valley Conference foes last weekend.
Sophomore goalkeeper Rachael Wood recorded two saves in a 2-0 win at Rockhurst and then helped the Norse survive a 1-0 double-overtime contest at Quincy. The product of Cleves, Ohio, was selected GLVC Player of the Week for her outstanding play.
Wood is the nations leader in goals against average at 0.194 as she has given up just two goals in 193 minutes of play. She ranks seventh in Division II with a .929 save percentage.
Northern Kentucky (10-1-1) is 9-1 in the GLVC this season and sits in second place behind UW-Parkside. The Norse will take a five-game winning streak into the weekend as they host Missouri S&T and Drury in league action.