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Roundup: No. 1 Thunder down Bears in OT

No. 1 Wheaton (Ill.) 1, No. 3 Washington (Mo.) 0, OT

ST. LOUIS -- The Wheaton (Ill.) Thunder earned a 1-0 victory against Washington (Mo.) on Saturday afternoon. Wheaton entered Saturday's match ranked No. 1 in this week's coaches' poll and the Bears are ranked third in the same poll. Wheaton is now 7-0-0 on the year and the Bears fall to 6-1-0.

The two teams played through a scoreless regulation. The Bears owned a 16-15 advantage in shots during regulation, however, neither team scored. Wheaton senior Leah DeMoss scored the game-winner 8:09 into the first overtime. Her shot into the upper right corner was assisted by Sarah Guidera and ended the battle of the nationally ranked unbeatens.

Wheaton owned a 19-17 advantage in shots and the Thunder held an 8-4 edge in corner kicks. Thunder goalkeeper Kelsey Graham recorded the shutout in making seven saves in 98 minutes of work. Washington netminder Amy French made three saves and allowed one goal in 98 minutes.

No. 2 Johns Hokpins 5, Muhlenberg 0

ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- Senior Pamela Vranis had two goals, and three other Blue Jays scored as No. 2 Johns Hopkins shutout Muhlenberg 5-0 on Saturday afternoon. Junior Hannah Kronick finished with four points, with a first-half goal and two assists to help Hopkins earn the victory.

Kronick opened up the scoring with an unassisted goal in the ninth minute, and senior Kelly Baker netted her third of the season on an assist from Kronick in the 18th minute.

Hopkins got things started early in the second half, with a goal from Vranis off a corner kick from freshman Ana Bengoechea. Two minutes later, Sophomore Maryalice McKenna scored her second goal of the season off another assist from Kronick. Vranis wrapped up the scoring for the Jays in the 55th minute on an assist from Christina Convey to seal the victory.

Hopkins improves to 9-0 on the season and 2-0 in the Centennial Conference with the win.

No. 4 TCNJ 5, Ramapo 0

Ewing, N.J. -- Junior Jordan Downs assisted on a pair of restarts in the first half as TCNJ opened its New Jersey Athletic Conference schedule with a 5-0 victory against Ramapo.

The win kept the fourth-ranked Lions perfect this season at 7-0, while the Roadrunners fell to 2-6. TCNJ benefitted from a well-balanced attack as five different players rippled the back of the net on a sunny Saturday afternoon in TCNJ's Soccer Complex.

Junior Leigh Applestein, senior Sloan DePiero, senior Katie Lindacher, freshman Christine Levering and sophomore Gina Caprara all scored for the Lions. Downs and freshman Sally Sturm registered assists.

Senior keeper Kendra Griffith, junior Cristina Gacos and sophomore Jessica Weeder combined to register the fourth shutout of the season for the Lions. Roadrunner goalkeeper Taylor Auslin recorded five saves in the contest.

A pair of goals off direct kicks from Downs gave the Lions a two-goal cushion in the opening half. A little more than nine minutes into the game, Downs lofted a restart from 35 yards out into the box. Applestein crashed the box and reached out to get a foot on the ball, redirecting past the Ramapo keeper for the game-clincher. It was the team-leading fourth goal of the season for Applestein.

At the midpoint of the opening period, Downs took another restart and ripped it off the crossbar. DePiero dashed in aggressively and headed the rebound between the posts for her third tally of the season.

At the 57:55 mark in the match, Lindacher used her speed to push the host's lead to 3-0. She dribbled down the left sideline, cut in and split the defense, and slipped a low shot past Austin to the near post. It was the third goal of the season for Lindacher.

Levering was rewarded for her hustle, knocking in the fourth goal of the game. She aggressively charged the goalkeeper and deflected a clear attempt that rocketed into the back of the net for her third goal this year. Caprara capped the scoring when she pushed in a ground pass from Sturm, who had just entered the game. It was the first collegiate goal for Caprara.

No. 6 William Smith 6, Fredonia State 0

FREDONIA, N.Y. -- Sixth-ranked William Smith scored five second-half goals to cruise to a 6-0 victory against host Fredonia in a non-league match played on Saturday afternoon. Juniors Krista Longo and Caitlyn Mitchell led the Herons with two goals each.

Junior MaryClaire Pelletier and first-year Lauren Randaccio each chipped in a goal for William Smith, which improves to 5-1-0 overall. Senior goalie Chelsea Dunay played the opening 80:15 and stopped the two shots she faced. First-year Olivia Biles came in for the final 9:45.

The lone goal in the first half came on a penalty kick by Pelletier in the 27th minute. The Heron offense took control in the second half. Longo produced back-to-back goals in the 50th and 63rd minutes. The first came off an assist from first-year Kara Shue and the second from junior Brenna Kincaid. Randaccio scored her first collegiate goal in the 66th minute after a pass from sophomore Zoe Eth to make it 4-0. Mitchell capped the scoring with back-to-back tallies in the 74th and 85th minutes. Her first goal came off a feed from first-year Sarah Freer.

The Herons held a 17-4 advantage in shots and an 11-1 lead in corners. Hannah McLinchey played all 90 minutes in goal for Fredonia (1-4-1). She made six saves.

No. 7 Misericordia 0, No. 11 Messiah 0, 2OT

DALLAS, Pa. -- Two full periods and two overtime periods weren't enough as the Misericordia played to a 0-0 draw with defending national champion Messiah on Saturday at Mangelsdorf Field. The tie keeps the No. 7 Cougars unbeaten at 6-0-1 and moves No. 11 Messiah to 5-2-1.

The rematch of the 2012 national semifinal provided drama throughout as both teams had opportunities to score, but neither could cash in thanks to strong defensive play and goaltending.

The Cougars best chance to net the game-winner came in the second overtime when junior Megan Mahoney beat a Messiah defender to the ball, but Falcon keeper Audra Larson stopped the ball just before Mahoney could get a shot off from 20 yards out.

Falcon leading scorer Nikki Elsaesser had more than one chance to win the game for the visitors, hitting the crossbar in the second overtime and with 2:45 left in regulation. She also hit the left post with a header in the 50th minute.

Cougar sophomore keeper Maureen Ciccosanti faced a barrage of Messiah shots, as the Falcons attempted 34 in total. Ciccosanti, who has been named Freedom Conference Goalkeeper of the Week twice this season, saved all eight shots that went on goal.

However, she also got some help from her teammates on the back end with 13 minutes left in regulation. With Ciccosanti out of the net after making a save on a previous shot, Trisha Tshudy had a wide-open look but her shot was blocked by a Cougar defender who cut across the box.

The first half provided a lot of back-and-forth action as the two teams played the ball in the neutral zone for much of the first 20 minutes, frustrating one another by getting in passing lanes and limiting offensive chances. The last 25 minutes saw Messiah begin to take ball control and open it up by utilizing tic-tac-toe passing to generate multiple scoring opportunities. The best chance for an early goal came after a save by a sprawling Ciccosanti with the subsequent rebound attempt rolling just wide.

No. 9 Ithaca 1, Hartwick 0

ONEONTA, N.Y. -- Ithaca (5-1, 1-0) defeated Hartwick (3-2-2, 0-1) on Saturday afternoon, beating the Hawks by a score of 1-0 at Elmore Field. Senior Amanda Callanan scored for the Bombers, while sophomore goalkeeper Beth Coppolecchia stopped both shots she faced for her third shutout of the season. Ithaca finished with a 13-5 shot advantage, and registered 10 corner kicks in the contest.

The Bombers only goal of the game came in the 18th minute, as Callanan converted on a penalty kick for her first goal of the season. Coppolecchia and the rest of the Bomber defense held strong for the remainder of the contest, securing the win to open conference play.