West Florida ends regular season with 4-1 win against West Alabama
LIVINGSTON, Ala. -- West Florida freshman Sara Helgadottir recorded a hat trick and No. 3 UWF extended its winning streak to nine and its unbeaten streak to 28 in a 4-1 win at West Alabama to conclude the regular season on Friday night.
Argonaut seniors Chelsea Palmer and Sashana Campbell continued to impress, but Helgadottir led the way with the first two goals of the game and three total.
UWF (12-0-3, 9-0-1 GSC) got on the board early when Palmer assisted her Gulf South Conference-leading 10th goal of the season when she set up Helgadottir’s second career goal at the 4:42 mark.
Less than seven minutes later, Campbell sent a cross from the penalty box to Helgadottir who scored what would end up being the game winner with 11:36 on the clock.
Later in the first half, UWA (10-7, 5-5) was awarded a penalty kick, and senior keeper Sarah Story allowed her conference-low seventh goal of the season, two of which have come via penalty kick, 22:37 into the game.
UWF was awarded a penalty kick less than nine minutes later, and Helgadottir finished the hat trick with 31:03 on the clock to put UWF up 3-1.
Neither team scored again until late in the second half when Campbell sent a cross to Palmer who headed it in at the 70:09 mark.
Palmer has six goals and nine assists (21 points) in the last seven games and Campbell has seven assists and four goals (15 points) in the same span.
UWF concludes the regular season with 0.45 goals against average and averaging 2.53 goals per game after outscoring opponents 38-7 in 15 games.The Argos will be the top seed in the GSC Tournament, hosted by UWF at Ashton Brosnaham Park, and will receive a first-round bye.
No. 1 Grand Valley State 1, Lake Erie 0
ALLENDALE, Mich. -- Another rainy night could not prevent Grand Valley State from extending its winning streak to 16 matches. The No. 1 Lakers topped Lake Erie 1-0 on senior night to close out the regular season with a victory.
GVSU took 18 shots in the first half, eight of which were on target. Despite the numerous scoring chances, the Storm managed to hold the Lakers scoreless for the opening stanza.
Not much changed in the second half. Lake Erie continued to pack the box defensively and allow GVSU to keep possession for almost the entire closing frame. The Lakers managed to put 10 more shots on goal in the final 45 minutes of action, but a breakaway opportunity led to their only goal.
In the 76th minute, sophomore forward Katie Bounds slipped behind the Lake Erie backline, only to be held in the box by Chrissy Poulos.The play resulted in a penalty kick, which was taken by senior defender Kayla Kimble. She blasted the shot into the top right corner of the net for the only goal all night.
Defense played a key role in the Lakers' victory as well. GVSU's backline held Lake Erie to just one shot on goal to post its 16th shutout of the year.
Addtionally, the win extended the Lakers' home unbeaten streak to 60 matches, which is the second-longest run in NCAA Division II history. GVSU closes out the regular season with a 16-0-1 overall record and were a perfect 12-0-0 in GLIAC matches.
With the regular season in the books, GVSU now has to wait and see who it will face as the top seed in the GLIAC Tournament. The Lakers' opponent for the quarterfinals will be determined once league play concludes on Sunday.
No. 4 Minnesota State-Mankato 3, Upper Iowa 0
MANKATO, Minn. -- Fourth-rated Minnesota State-Mankato clinched its second consecutive regular season Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Championship as it defeated Upper Iowa 3-0 on Friday afternoon at The Pitch.
With the win, the Mavericks now own a 34-match NSIC and home unbeaten streak which ranks them tied for 10th and 13th, respectively, in NCAA Division II history. MSU's conference unbeaten streak is the all-time NSIC record.
The first half saw a lot of rough play with both teams coming out attacking each other. Neither team would be able to capitalize on their opportunities as both teams went into the half with no goals on the board.
MSU would come out strong in the second half scoring 10 minutes into the session. Junior Emily Moris took a corner kick and junior Sydney Temple headed out over the outstretched hand of UIU's goalkeeper Kaitlyn Emanuel giving MSU the 1-0 lead.
Moris would add a goal in the 76th minute as her initial shot was blocked but would regain control and kick it into the left side from 25 yards to give MSU the 2-0 cushion.
In the 80th minute sophomore Korey Kronforst tallied her NSIC league-leading 17th goal of the season off of a crossing pass from fellow sophomore Emily Erickson.
The Mavericks had 17 total shots in the match compared to the Peacocks 10. MSU also led in shots on goal besting UIU 8-4. Senior goalkeeper Molly McGough compiled four saves on the day.
No. 6 Cal State Stanislaus 2, Humboldt State 0
TURLOCK, Calif. -- The Warriors' quest for perfection is just one match away after Friday night's commanding 2-0 win against Humboldt State.
The Warriors, ranked No. 6 in this week's NSCAA coaches' poll, blanked the visiting Lumberjacks 2-0 on a chilly evening at Warrior Stadium to improve to 15-0-2 overall and 13-0-2 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association.
With a win on Sunday the Warriors could become the first CCAA team to finish the regular season undefeated since Sonoma State did it in 1998.
Cal State Stanislaus is also going after another perfect number: to be 11-0 at home at Warrior Stadium during the 2013 regular season. It had already gone unbeaten on the road for the second consecutive season when it finished 5-0-2 a week ago Friday at Cal State East Bay.
On this Friday night, the Warriors didn't need the soon-to-be four-time All-American Demery to score a goal for the victory. Two long blasts by Relles and Nebesnick accounted for the scoring this time.
First, it was Relles's 20-yard free kick that nearly graced Demery for the 1-0 lead at 8:05. Demery went after the line-shot free kick into the center of the box but missed. However, Relles' blast was with enough force and accuracy that it hit the back of the net for the goal.
Then, in the 53rd minute, a 25-yard blast off the strong leg of Nebesnick gave CSUS the 2-0 lead. Demery did factor in the scoring this time with an assist touching the ball back to Nebesnick when she was doubled. With the assist, Demery has now scored at least a point in nine consecutive contests (and 13 of the team's 16 matches this season).
In the end, the Warriors picked up another win against Humboldt State — extending their mark against HSU to nine consecutive victories.
The Stanislaus defense again controlled possession and held HSU without a shot — of any kind — until the final two seconds of the match. The attempt by Colette Behen was easily picked up by Chelsea Lewandowski for a save, to preserve the team's ninth shutout. The Warriors have held opponents to two shots on goal or less in 11 matches
Humboldt State dropped its fifth in a row and is now 0-10-3 in its last 13 matches to dip to 3-11-3, 1-11-3 CCAA.