Top 10 Roundup
Saint Rose, West Chester, Tampa, Metro State all post shutouts
No. 3 UC-San Diego 2, No. 21 Seattle Pacific 1
LA JOLLA, Calif. -- Third-ranked UC San Diego got two great goals in the second half and rallied to beat No. 21 Seattle Pacific 2-1 in the 2013 season opener between perennial NCAA Division II West Region women’s soccer powers Thursday night at Triton Soccer Stadium.
After a largely-dismal first half for UCSD that saw the visiting Falcons hold an 11-2 shot advantage and produce a 1-0 lead, the tables turned completely.
Sophomore Kelcie Brodsky made eight saves in the Triton goal, while counterpart Natalie Harold was credited with just a single stop. The final shots tally was 20-7 in Seattle Pacific’s favor.
No. 4 Saint Rose 7, Nyack 0
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Saint Rose scored three times in the opening 21 minutes and never looked back en route to a 7-0 non-conference victory against visiting Nyack.
Senior midfielder Sydney Bond scored three goals and senior forward Carmelina Puopolo scored twice to become the lone player in Golden Knights annals to record 50 career strikes. She also had a pair of assists in the 2013 season-opener for both squads.
Sophomore midfielder Gianna Smith and freshman forward Sammy Blizzard accounted for the final two strikes while junior forward Meeghan Arno set up Smith's goal that made it 4-0 Golden Knights (1-0) in the 32nd minute.
Bond touched home a Puopolo corner from the right flag with only 6:27 elapsed for what proved to the game-winner for the Golden Knights. Puopolo then converted a penalty kick less than two minutes later for her 50th strike.
Saint Rose subsequently added three more goals within a 15 minute span to take a 5-0 lead at intermission. Puopolo made it 6-0 in the 54th minute and then Blizzard closed out the scoring with her first collegiate marker in the 80th minute.
No. 7 West Chester 3, Mansfield 0
WEST CHESTER, Pa. -- Junior Carly Yost scored two goals and assisted on another to lead No. 7 West Chester to a 3-0 victory against visiting Mansfield on Thursday in the season opener for both schools.
West Chester (1-0, 1-0 PSAC) scored twice in the first, with Yost netting both, to give the Golden Rams a 2-0 advantage at halftime. Marie D'Angelo added an insurance tally in the second half to close out the scoring against Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference foe Mansfield (0-1, 0-1).
"It was our first game, and everybody was a little nervous," head coach Betty Ann Kempf Townsley said. "I think it took us awhile to get that out of our system. I was very pleased with the second half. I thought we played many more combinations and took a lot more shots."
Freshman goalkeeper Alex Srolis (1-0) made three saves in picking up a shutout in goal for West Chester in her first college game. Krieger (0-1) made 11 saves for the Mountaineers in a losing effort.
No. 8 Tampa 2, Warner 0
TAMPA, Fla. -- The Spartans (1-0) defeated the Royals (0-1) on Thursday by a score of 2-0 at the Naimoli Family Complex.
The victory marks the 199th win in program history.
The 50 minute lightning delay did not faze the Spartans who came out of the first half in the lead with a 1-0 score. Gabby Russo scored the goal off a cross from Jenny Karl in the 20th minute of play to give the Spartans the lead. Strong offense registered 20 shots in the first half while the Royals remained at zero.
The Spartans widened the margin with a late goal in the second half. Cina Salemi set up the corner kick in the 76th minute with Emily Jones to complete the play. Both Cici Gonzalez and Alyson Gregorowicz logged six shots throughout the game bringing the team to a total of 38.
The Spartan defense kept goalie Kori Butterfield from seeing any action in tonight’s game.
No. 9 Colorado Mines 3, No. 14 Dallas Baptist 1
CANYON, Texas -- No. 9 Colorado Mines started fast and denied any comeback chances in defeating No. 14 Dallas Baptist 3-1 Thursday.
The win extended the women's school-record unbeaten streak to 15 games dating back to a 1-0 defeat at Metro State in 2012. The Orediggers have yet to trail in a game since the first half against UC-Colorado Springs on Oct. 26, a span of nearly 710 minutes.
Senior Anna Evans wasted little time showcasing her scoring prowess, netting the season's first score at the 8:09 mark with a strike to the upper-90 from the top of the box off an Oredigger throw-in.
The 2012 RMAC Player of the Year, Evans owns three career goals against the Patriots, twice scoring in the second round of the NCAA tournament last season, including the game-winner in the 44th minute.
Mines took a 2-0 lead shortly thereafter in the 16th minute, benefitting from a misplayed corner attempt and resulting Patriots' own goal.
With its offense silenced in the first frame, Dallas Baptist rallied within 2-1 as sophomore Ashley Cox found Lindsey Eccles less than 12 minutes into the second half.
The Patriots (0-1) continued to work for the equalizer, outshooting Mines 5-1 against the ensuing 31:22. Bree Archuleta sealed the game's fate with 50 seconds remaining, scoring her first on an assist from junior Kendra Bulawa.
No. 10 Metro State 2, West Texas A&M 0
CANYON, Texas -- Abby Rolph scored on a penalty kick and Carly Nelson found the net later as No. 10 Metro State scored twice in the second half to open the 2013 season with a win at West Texas A&M on Thursday.
The two teams played to a scoreless first half with the Roadrunners outshooting the Lady Buffs 8-4.
Sophomore Shursteen Sharpe was fouled in the box at 62:20, leading to Rolph's penalty kick goal for the 1-0 lead.
Nelson scored 18 minutes later.
Metro State outshot West Texas A&M 17-6 in the game, peppering 11 shots on goal.
Freshman Nicole Jablonski earned the shutout in her first collegiate appearance, making two saves.