Top 10 Roundup
Columbus State scores three goals in final eight minutes to win
No. 3 Saint Rose 3, Mercy 1
DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. --Saint Rose used a balanced attack and its usual tight defense to upend host Mercy in a non-conference tilt on Monday afternoon. Five different players figured in the scoring column for the Golden Knights (11-0-1) whose usual stingy defensive limited the Mavericks (9-2-0) to one shot on target.
However, that one shot did lead to a goal and thus Saint Rose had its season-long and school-record shutout streak snapped at 11 consecutive games and 1,028 minutes. The NCAA Division II record is held by the 1995 Franklin Pierce squad that posted 15 consecutive clean sheets. Regardless, the Golden Knights were the second-to-last school, men or women at any NCAA level, to allow a goal this autumn.
At the other end, junior midfielder Emily Benjamin, freshman midfielder Emily Meeks and sophomore midfielder Kristin Carr all scored for Saint Rose, while junior back Jourdan Thompson and senior midfielder Laura Taylor each recorded an assist.
Benjamin put the Golden Knights up 1-0 at the 16:22 mark when she drove home a shot from 20 yards out for her first goal in a Golden Knights uniform. However, Mercy responded less than two minutes later when senior forward Crystal Mena redirected a pass from senior midfielder Stephanie Manta to square it at 1-1, which is where it stood at intermission.
Saint Rose then proceeded to engineer a 9-3 shot advantage throughout the second half. Meeks tallied the game winner when she converted a pass from Thompson with 58:37 gone by and Carr added an insurance marker 17 minutes later when she found the back of the net after collecting a pass from Taylor.
No. 10 Columbus State 3, Flagler 0
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Columbus State played on a rain-soaked field at Flagler in a contest that remained scoreless until the 82nd minute of action. A trio of late goals propelled the No. 10 Lady Cougars to a 3-0 shutout of the Saints on Monday. CSU improves to 9-3, 6-0 in the PBC while Flagler falls to 4-7-2, 1-4-2 in the conference.
After just more than 82 minutes of scoreless play, freshman forward Nicole Corcione made a run down the right side and crossed the ball into the box to sophomore midfielder Andi Larese, whose shot went into the net off the left post to break the silence. It was Larese's first season goal and third in her career.
Just 39 seconds later, junior defender Shea Wilby made a touch pass to Corcione, who added a goal of her own to put the Lady Cougars up 2-0. For good measure in the 86th minute, Corcione and Larese swapped favors when the latter made a pass into the middle of the box to assist Corcione in her eighth goal of the year.
Columbus State outshot Flagler 23-3 in the match, 14 of which were on goal. The Saints had just two shots in the first half and one on goal in the second half by Chloe Durham which was grabbed by CSU sophomore goalkeeper Meosha Hatcher. Hatcher put up her fourth shutout of the year and posts a 8-1-0 record.
CSU sophomore forward Chelsea Person had six shots, four on goal, and junior forward Kelsey Pelletier made four shots, three on goal. Flagler's goalie Casey Merson made 11 saves on the day and is now 2-6-1.