Oct. 28, 2009

By Amy Farnum

NO ARGO-MENTS: The University of West Florida remained flawless on the year with a pair of Gulf South Conference shutouts last weekend, clinching the top seed in the upcoming league tournament as the Argos finished conference play 7-0.  They have won 42 straight regular season league games dating back to 2003.

The Argos combined for 10 goals in wins over then-No. 23 North Alabama and West Georgia sparked by the nation’s leading point scorer (3.63 ppg) Shakira Duncan.  The native of Kingston, Jamaica, tallied a hat trick against UNA to tie the school single-season record with 24 records, and then posted her 58th point of the season versus West Georgia to match the UWF single-single point mark.

West Florida boasts the most potent scoring offense in the nation, netting 5.38 goals per game, which is a full goal per game more than the second-best team North Alabama (4.22 gpg).

The top-ranked Argos (16-0-0) will be seeking their first-ever perfect record season as they conclude the regular season with a non-conference match against Lambuth University on Oct. 31.

SHUTTING IT DOWN: Great Valley State goalkeeper Chelsea Parise garnered Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Week after registering three saves in a 2-0 win against Saginaw Valley State last week.

The redshirt freshman from Warren, Mich., has posted nine shutout wins en route to a 15-0-2 record this season, allowing just seven goals on the year.  Parise ranks 10th in the nation with a 0.428 goals against average.

GVSU is riding a 57-game unbeaten streak in the regular season, and has not fallen to a GLIAC foe in 37 matches.  The Lakers look to improve on the streak against Northwood on Oct. 28.

KNIGHT WATCH: Bellarmine University climbed four spots to No. 20 in the latest NSCAA Division II Top 25 after finishing in a tie for second place in the GLVC standings. The ranking is the highest ever for Bellarmine, which started the program in 1990.

The Knights secured the No. 3 seed in the GLVC Tournament and will host Drury in a first-round game on Nov. 1.  Only eight of the league’s 15 squads qualified for the postseason tournament.

GOLDEN GIRLS: West Chester jumped three spots to No. 5 in the latest national poll after stretching its unbeaten streak to 14 games with a pair of shutouts, claiming a share of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Eastern Division title in the process.

The Golden Rams have reeled off 10 straight shutouts behind the goalkeeping talents of Lyndsie Bernardini.  She has strung together 953 consecutive shutout minutes, and leads the nation with a .125 goals against average and .952 save percentage.

West Chester continues play in non-conference match-up at Chestnut Hill on Oct. 28 before concluding its PSAC slate at East Stroudsburg on Oct. 31.

QUICK KICKS:  No. 13 Bridgeport (Conn.) will meet C.W. Post on Oct. 31 as the two squads vie for the top spot in the East Coast Conference standings.  Both squads are 5-1-0 in league play … Minnesota Duluth junior forward Lauren Sturdivant combined for nine points in two Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference wins last weekend, netting four goals and both game-winners as the Bulldogs remained in sole possession of first place in the league standings.  The native of Eagan, Minn., paces the league with 2.59 points and 1.00 goals per game … Sixth-ranked Seattle Pacific will host Western Washington in a battle for first place in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference on Oct. 28.  WWU is the defending league champion and currently sits in first place by one point in the GNAC standings.  The Vikings nipped the Falcons, 3-2, in the previous meeting between the two squads on Oct. 3.