Top 10 Roundup
W. Washington falls to W. Oregon; Cal. (Pa.) wins 11th in a row
Western Oregon 1, No. 2 Western Washington 0
MONMOUTH, Ore. -- Mariah Konyn will always remember her first collegiate goal. Konyn, a Western Oregon freshman, found the back of the net in the first half to give the Wolves a 1-0 upset win against Western Washington on Saturday.
Western Oregon (8-2-4, 6-2-2 Great Northwest Athletic Conference) snapped the Vikings' 11-game conference win streak. WOU remained perfect at home this season, and is now unbeaten in its last seven games overall. The last loss was a 2-0 decision at Western Washington on Sept. 26. Saturday's victory was also the sixth out of 37 tries all-time versus WWU.
The Wolves extended their program-record with their 10th shutout of the season. In the net, Amanda Rose Johnson had her eighth clean slate game while making six saves in the win.
Just like the first meeting this season, Western Washington (12-1-0, 9-1-0 GNAC) had a large advantage in shots. The Vikings took 18 shots to WOU's two. But, it was the Wolves that made the most of their pair of opportunities.
After a loose ball could not be cleared successfully, Konyn struck a ball that rolled to her right foot into the upper left corner of the net in the 44th minute. Rachel Crawford had the shot on goal for Western Oregon late in the game, but her header off of a cross was saved by Alyssa Beauchamp.
Western Washington's Kristin Maris took five shots, placing three on goal. Ashton Griffen had three shots with one on goal. The Vikings had a 10-3 advantage in corner kicks. Both teams received a yellow card in the match.
Western Oregon and Western Washington now are tied at the top of the conference allowing only five goals this season. The Wolves' 10 shutouts are the most by any team in the GNAC.
No. 4 Saint Rose 3, Merrimack 0
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. -- Saint Rose stretched its season-long unbeaten streak to 14 matches behind a 3-0 Northeast-10 Conference victory at Merrimack on Saturday afternoon.
The Golden Knights (13-0-1/9-0-1 NE-10) continued their stellar defensive campaign by picking up their 13th clean sheet on the strength of an 18-4 advantage in shots and a 9-1 edge in corner kicks.
Sophomore midfielder Kristin Carr and freshman forward Sammy Blizzard each picked up their fifth markers of the year. Blizzard also set up senior midfielder Sydney Bond, who found the back of the net for her team-leading ninth strike.
Senior keeper Jessica Gerski was called upon to make one save for Saint Rose. Meanwhile, senior Nicole Curtis stopped six shots, including five in the opening frame, for the Warriors (7-4-2/5-3-2 NE-10).
Carr provided all the firepower the Golden Knights would need when she dribbled past two defenders and found the bottom left corner of the net with 16:39 elapsed for what stood up as the game winner.
Saint Rose continued to apply pressure during the next 45-plus minutes and finally broke through in the 63rd. Blizzard found Bond in the middle of the penalty area and Bond deposited her strike inside the right post. Blizzard later closed out the scoring with less than four minutes remaining when her shot sailed over the outstretched arms of Curtis.
No. 8 American International 5, Felician 0
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- American International junior Sonia Basma tallied a hat trick as the Yellow Jackets downed Felician 5-0 in a non-conference match on Saturday evening at Abdow Field.
With the win AIC improves to 11-1-1 and remains 8-1-1 in the Northeast-10, while with the loss the Golden Falcons fall to 3-7-4 overall.
Basma scored early and often, getting it going in the sixth minute with a laser from 20 yards out off an Alie Fitzsimmons cross.
Sophomore Alyssa Werbicki was the next Yellow Jacket to score and did so in odd fashion. AIC fired a few back-to-back shots off blocked or saved balls when Werbicki finally got a shot at one off the foot of senior forward Caroline Boyce who was credited with the assist.
Basma would strike again at the 31:33 minute mark, making a move in the box and firing a shot to the upper mid-left of the goal, making the AIC edge 3-0.
Out of the halftime break, Boyce got an easy goal off well-timed passes from Basma and Werbicki. Boyce's ninth of the year was a clear shot right in front of the net.
Just 4:25 after Boyce, senior Mariah Shade found Basma across the middle for her third of the night and 13th of the season. Basma started the day down a goal to two New Haven girls, but was up two when the night had ended in the Northeast-10.
The Yellow Jackets handily outshot the Golden Falcons 34-1. Werbicki led the way with six, Basma followed with five, sophomore defender Romina Bell launched four well placed long balls as she had her best shot at getting a goal all season, playing slightly further up. Boyce and freshman Jessica Margarette each had three shots apiece.
In net for Felician, freshman Bjonda Ademi made eight saves, while on the other side of the pitch, sophomore Samantha Webber saw little action in the shutout win, AIC's ninth of the season.
No. 9 California (Pa.) 2, Kutztown 0
KUTZTOWN, Pa. -- The No. 9 Vulcans posted their ninth shutout victory of the season with a 2-0 win against Kutztown on Saturday afternoon in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) action.
The win extends the California (Pa.) winning streak to 11 games and improves the team to 11-1 in conference play, 11-2-1 overall. Meanwhile, the loss drops the Golden Bears to 8-5 overall, 8-5 in the PSAC.
The Vulcans took a 1-0 lead in the 32nd minute of the game when sophomore Janelle McCann scored an unassisted goal. California tacked on another goal less than three minutes later when senior Stephanie Thompson redirected a free kick from junior Erin Hogan into the back of the net to give the Vulcans a 2-0 lead.
Kutztown's best opportunity to score came late in the game in the 88th minute on a penalty kick, but freshman Meghan Jayes preserved the shutout with a save.
Jayes and senior Ashley Magruda combined for the shutout. Each made one save in the win.
Neither team generated many shots on goal, as the Golden Bears out-shot California 5-4. The Vulcans held an 11-3 advantage in corner kicks.
No. 10 TCNJ 1, Kean 1, 2OT
UNION, NJ -- TCNJ held a decisive edge against Kean in all of the key offensive categories, but had to use a late goal to come away with a 1-1 draw against the Cougars on Saturday.
The Lions outshot their hosts 33-6 and took 10 of the game's 11 corner kicks, but couldn't solve Kean's defense for that second and deciding goal.
TCNJ, ranked 10th in the latest NSCAA coaches' poll, is now 12-1-1 overall and 5-1-1 in the New Jersey Athletic Conference, while Kean is 8-4-2 and 4-2-1 in the conference.
The Lions pulled even with 7:56 remaining as junior Jordan Downs took a corner kick that senior Katie Lindacher knocked in for her fifth goal of the season.
In goal for the Lions, Kendra Griffith finished with a pair of saves. Kean's KC Nunez finished with 13 saves.