Top 10 Roundup
Curtis makes 11 saves in Merrimack's victory; St. Rose wins
No. 1 Grand Valley State 6, Ferris State 0
ALLENDALE, Mich. -- On a wet and slippery pitch, Grand Valley State played its best first half of the 2013 season to top rival Ferris State 6-0 on Saturday night. The No. 1 Lakers scored five goals in the opening frame and held the Bulldogs scoreless for their 11th consecutive shutout, which is a program record. The streak is also tied for the fifth longest in NCAA Division II history.
Senior defender Autumn Jacobs broke things open at the 18:54 mark on a shot from the top of the box. Jacobs had just enough elevation on the attempt to send it over the head of keeper Savanna Wojtanowski for her first goal of the year.
In the 28th minute, senior midfielder Shelby Humphries headed a ball just wide of Wojtanowski, but freshman Marti Corby finished it off with a header of her own to put GVSU in front, 2-0.
Less than eight minutes later, freshman forward Kendra Stauffer tallied a pair of goals 57 seconds apart. The first came on a two-on-one with Michelle Foote. The two traded passes to beat Wojtanowski without any Bulldog defenders in the area. Stauffer's second goal came on a shot from the right half of the box, which scooted by the keeper and into the bottom left corner of the net.
Sophomore midfielder Katie Klunder tapped in a long cross from Humphries in the 41st minute to extend GVSU's lead to 5-0.
Things slowed down in the second half, though Alyssa Wesley added another tally for good measure at the 87:05 mark. Wesley headed in a corner kick from Katy Woolley for her first goal as a Laker.
No. 2 Western Washington 2, Seattle Pacific 1
SEATTLE -- Nationally-ranked Western Washington took a big step toward a second consecutive Great Northwest Athletic Conference regular-season title on Saturday, defeating Seattle Pacific 2-1 in a GNAC contest at Interbay Stadium.
The Vikings, ranked No.2 in the latest NSCAA coaches' poll, improved to 11-0-0 overall and hold a two-game lead in the GNAC at 8-0-0. Seattle Pacific fell to 8-4-0 overall and 5-3-0 in the GNAC.
The Vikings opened the scoring just 2:01 into the game. Stephanie Hamilton found space 25 yards out and threaded a through ball to Catherine Miles, who slotted home from 14 yards out.
The Falcons equalized in the 32nd minute. Ali Martin intercepted a Viking pass, took two touches and then hit a soft shot that sneaked in from 14 yards. But WWU moved in front to stay five minutes later. Caitlyn Jobanek fired in an early cross from the right side that went off the head of an SPU defender at the back post and rocketed in from 10 yards.
The Vikings earned the triumph despite having a 10-6 deficit in shot attempts, the first time this season WWU has been outshot. Goalkeeper Alyssa Beauchamp had seven saves for the Vikings.
"It wasn't our best performance," WWU coach Travis Connell said. "We had a good start, but there were some uncharacteristic lulls in our play tonight. We were also a bit short on the bench because of injuries. We had to overcome those things, so it's still an impressive win. It shows we can win when we don't perform 100 percent."
The Falcons applied significant pressure in the second half, earning five corner kicks in the first 13 minutes of the period, but were unable to find an equalizer.
The Vikings have defeated SPU twice this season, claiming a 2-1 victory at Bellingham on Oct. 3.
The 11 consecutive victories mark the longest season-opening unbeaten streak for WWU since an 11-0-1 start in 2008. The Vikings have outscored their opposition 31-3, with SPU getting two of the goals and the third being an own goal.
No. 3 Saint Rose 2, Saint Anselm 0
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Saint Rose celebrated its senior day by extending its season-long shutout streak to 11 matches behind a 2-0 Northeast-10 Conference victory versus Saint Anselm on Saturday afternoon at Sullivan Field at the Plumeri Sports Complex. The Golden Knights (10-1-1/7-0-1 NE-10) scored early and late in the first half to account for the game's two strikes.
Saint Rose then proceeded to dictate the pace throughout the afternoon by securing a 23-3 shot advantage.
Taylor came up with the game-winner with a mere 9:22 elapsed when she collected a feed from Smith, dribbled left, and fired her shot low to the short side. Bond then tallied her team-leading seventh strike by finishing inside the far right post off a pass from sophomore midfielder Kristin Carr with 37:54 gone by.
For Saint Anselm (5-5-1/4-4-0 NE-10), freshman Cassie Quattropani and junior Gabriella Primera each played a half between the posts and made eight saves collectively to keep the Hawks within relative striking distance. At the other end, Gerski and freshman Ashley Homer were called upon to stir aside one shot on goal as the backline of Upton, Thompson and sophomore Nicole Shively diffused the few threats Saint Anselm was able to create.
No. 4 Minnesota State-Makato 7, Wayne State 0
WAYNE, Neb. -- Fourth-rated Minnesota State scored three first-half goals and four more in the second half as sophomore Korey Kronforst registered her first career hat trick to help rout Wayne State 7-0 in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference competition Saturday afternoon at the Wayne Soccer Complex.
With the win, MSU now has seven consecutive victories and moves to 10-1-0 overall and 8-0-0 in NSIC play, while Wayne State drops to 1-9-1 on the year and 1-6-1 in league action. The Mavericks extend their NSIC unbeaten streak to 28 matches which is the 14th longest streak in NCAA Division II history.
Sophomore Korey Kronforst stretches her point-scoring streak to seven matches in which she has totaled 11 goals and an assist. Kronforst is also riding a five-game goal-scoring streak and has found the back of the net 10 times during that span. Additionally, junior Rebecca Pederson collected a new single-match record four assists for MSU in the win.
Senior Tori Meinhardt opened the scoring for MSU in the 19th minutes when she beat freshman goalkeeper Kylie Comba on the left side after a pass from sophomore Emily Erickson. Less than two minutes later, Kronforst also took a pass from Erickson and buried it into the upper right corner to give the Mavericks a two-goal cushion. Again less than two minutes later, freshman Maddy Smith connected from the middle of the box to put MSU up 3-0 as Pederson was credited with an assist on the play.
The Purple and Gold picked up right where it left off in the second half as Kronforst scored in the 56th and 65th minutes -- both off assists from Pederson -- to complete her first career hat trick. In the 71st minute, freshman Kiana Nickel netted her third goal of the year with Pederson picking up her fourth helper of the afternoon to set the program's single-match record; before senior goalkeeper Brittany Cygan took the field for the Mavericks and scored in the 81st minute off an assist from freshman Karissa Prpich, her first career point, to solidify the 7-0 final.
Kronforst's trio of goals in the contest ties for third-best all-time at MSU in a single-match.
Junior Molly McGough recorded two saves in a winning effort, while sophomore Lauren Hoeppner picked up one in relief for MSU who outshot the Wildcats 29-7 on the day. The Mavericks also owned a 6-2 edge in corner kicks and 18-3 margin in shots on goal. Comba added a match-high 11 saves for WSC.
Merrimack 2, No. 6 American International 1
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Merrimack delivered No. 6 American International its first loss of the season, defeating the Yellow Jackets 2-1 on Saturday night under the light at Ronald J. Abdow Field.
Just 10 minutes into the first half, sophomore Jenna Savi tallied her fourth goal of the season after receiving a pass in the middle of the box from junior Sarah Coakley to put Merrimack ahead 1-0.
With the momentum on Merrimack's side, senior Sami Brady made a move on the right side of the field and found the left side of the goal for her eighth goal of the season. Junior Katie Bresciani received the assist on Brady's goal. With this goal, Merrimack extended its lead to 2-0 in the 15th minute of play.
American International was able to cut the lead to one after a goal from Roxy Lee-Stewart in the 31st minute of play. Lee-Stewart received a pass in the box from Sonia Bama, to find the left side of the cage.
From that point on, it was a defensive battle between the two teams. American International managed to outshoot the Warriors 18-5 in the second half, but was unable to put one pass the Warrior goalkeeper.
Merrimack's goalkeeper, senior Nicole Curtis continued her strong play this season with a game-high 11 save effort and improved her record to 6-3-2.