No. 1 Grand Valley State 2, Michigan Tech 1
HOUGHTON, Mich. -- For the ninth consecutive season, Grand Valley State is the champion of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The No. 1 Lakers outlasted Michigan Tech 2-1 to become the first program in league history to claim nine regular-season titles in a row.
GVSU did not waste any time when it came to getting on the scoreboard. Junior forward Jenny Shaba finished off a pass from freshman midfielder Marti Corby in the third minute to put the Lakers in front 1-0. Shaba leads the Lakers with nine goals this year.
In the 25th minute, junior midfielder Charlie Socia notched what wound up being the game-winning goal off a pass from Shaba.
Danna Kasom ended the GVSU's shutout streak in the 55th minute, but the Huskies only managed four shots on goal and did not beat senior goalkeeper Abbey Miller a second time.
The Lakers managed to hold 13 consecutive opponents scoreless entering Friday, which matched the second-longest streak in NCAA Division II history and tied for the seventh-longest run in all divisions.
Miller's scoreless streak of 1,228 consecutive minutes without yielding a goal also came to an end. Miller posted the second best run in Division II and the seventh-longest streak across all divisions.
Despite giving up a goal for the first time all year, the Lakers held a commanding 20-9 edge in shots. GVSU also posted 10 shots on target compared to Michigan Tech's four.
No. 4 Colorado Mines 4, Colorado State-Pueblo 0
PUEBLO, Colo. -- Senior Anna Evans earned her first hat trick of 2013 and NSCAA No. 4 Colorado Mines rolled to its highest scoring output of the season on Friday, defeating Colorado State-Pueblo 4-0 at Rawlings Soccer Complex.
Evans provided the initial advantage 26:40 into the match, then added second half scores at 51:40 and 83:02. Senior Jordan Hopper and freshman Cari Smith tied for the team assists lead with their thirds of the season, setting up the first and second goals, respectively.
Evans' third career three-goal game and first since a 5-0 home win against Adams State on Oct. 14, 2012 moved her atop of the RMAC leaderboard with 10 goals, 23 points and four game-winners.
Ranked second among active Division II career leaders in goals (51) and third in points at week's beginning, Evans climbed past former teammate Megan Woodworth (2009-12) into No. 2 in the school record book in all-time points with 124.
Sophomores Deirdre Johnson and Mel Westhoff combined for the game's third score as Johnson put away her first of the season at 69:15.
Mines directed eight of 16 shots on goal, outshooting the ThunderWolves (5-9, 2-9 RMAC) 16-10. Evans led the way with all three shots on goal, sophomore Rachael Turner had two and Johnson, senior Bree Archuleta and freshman Anna Deleray each recorded one.
Sophomore Jayln Yates denied all three shots on target in 85:00 minutes, improving to 14-0-1.
The Orediggers are tied for sixth in the Division II archives in longest unbeaten streaks at 29 games and in a four-way tie for 19th in consecutive conference matches without a loss with 21. Winners of a program-high 11 matches in a row, all in RMAC play; the women are two shy of a tie for 18th in the record book for consecutive conference wins with 14.
Mines has trailed only 92 seconds in the past 2,002:38, giving up four scores in 21 matches.
Coupled with a 2-1 loss by No. 10 Metro State at Fort Lewis Friday, the Orediggers (14-0-1, 11-0 RMAC) cushioned their lead in the conference standings to five points ahead of the Roadrunners (11-1-3, 9-1-1 RMAC) with three regular season matches remaining.
No. 5 West Florida 4, Christian Brothers 1
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Fifth-ranked West Florida broke its school record unbeaten streak with its 26th consecutive match without a loss in a 4-0 win against Christian Brothers on Friday night at the UWF Soccer Complex. The Argonauts won their seventh consecutive match and clinched the regular-season Gulf South Conference championship for the second consecutive season.
Senior Chelsea Palmer scored two goals and added two assists in UWF’s eighth shutout in the past 10 games.
The Buccaneers (10-3-2, 4-3-1) entered the match third in the GSC standings but were unable to hold off the Argos (10-0-3, 7-0-1) who have won 10 or more matches in 18 consecutive seasons, excluding 2004 in which UWF’s season was cut short due to Hurricane Ivan.
Palmer scored the first goal of the game, tying her for the conference lead with five game winners, on a free kick that she shot from the left sideline into the upper-right corner of the net at the 15:08 mark.
Later in the half, Palmer sent a corner kick to the far post of the penalty area where junior April Syme headed it to freshman Freyja Vidarsdottir, who shot feet away from the net for the score with 30:26 on the clock.
The Argos added two goals in the second half. Palmer sent a pass to senior Sashana Campbell at the top of the box who crossed it to senior Shelby Bush, who pushed it in for the goal with 61:25 on the clock. A minute later, Campbell drove into the box before crossing it to Palmer who poked it in for her second goal of the game and team-leading eighth goal of the season.
Palmer has 15 points, seven assists and four goals, in the past four games. Bush has three goals in the last four games and Campbell has three goals and three assists in the past four games.
The GSC record for most games without a loss is 29, set by CBU from 2002-03. UWF has two more regular-season matches before playing in the GSC Tournament Nov. 7-10.
No. 6 California (Pa.) 1, West Chester 0
CALIFORNIA, Pa. -- In a meeting of regionally ranked teams, the No. 6 Vulcans extended their winning streak to 12 games on Friday afternoon with a 1-0 victory against West Chester in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) play.
With the win, California (Pa.) improves to 12-2-1 overall with a 12-1 mark in league play. The Vulcans, who were third in the initial NCAA Atlantic region rankings, have now recorded 10 shutouts against PSAC opponents this season. Meanwhile, West Chester falls to 10-5 this season behind a 9-5 record in conference action. The Golden Rams were slotted ninth in the NCAA Atlantic region rankings after winning nine of their past 10 games prior to this weekend.
The Vulcans recorded the only goal of the game in the seventh minute when junior Haley Henderson placed a shot in the top left corner of the net for her team-leading seventh goal of the year with an assist from senior Kelsey Russo. California was issued a pair of yellow cards near the box late in the first half and managed to prevent West Chester from evening the score before the break.
Cal U nearly added to its lead in the 62nd minute with a pair of scoring opportunities, as the initial shot deflected off the crossbar and the rebound attempt missed wide ride. The Golden Rams nearly forced overtime in the final minutes of regulation before sophomore Lauren Pezzica preserved the shutout by redirecting a header from near the goal line.
Freshman goalkeeper Meghan Jayes recorded a pair of saves on Friday, after senior Ashley Magruda received a red card in the last game. The Vulcans outshot the Golden Rams by a 12-9 margin with nine shots in the first half, while West Chester held a 7-4 advantage in corner kicks.
No. 7 Cal State Stanislaus 2, Cal State East Bay 1
HAYWARD, Cal. — Karenee Demery scored two more goals as No. 7 Cal State Stanislaus beat Cal State East Bay 2-1 on Friday evening.
Demery, now with 18 goals on the season, is just one score shy of tying her own school record for goals in a season — a feat she established twice.
For the top-ranked team in the West, the Warriors improved to 13-0-2 overall and 11-0-2 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association. Cal State East Bay dropped to 3-10-2, 3-8-2 CCAA.
Demery put the Warriors up on the board early, in the 23rd minute, to give her team the 1-0 lead. Karli Nestler sent in the through ball beautiful to allow Demery, a three-time All-American, to score.
Despite outshooting the Pioneers 23-2 in the final count, the score was tight as CSUEB tied the match in the 64th minute on a Alyssa Rodriguez goal.
But Demery and the Warriors kept attacking relentlessly. At 76:15, Mikayla Clifford's cross to center of the box found Demery, who headed in for the go-ahead score.
Cal State Stanislaus dominated the match offensively as the Warriors also out-numbered East Bay 12-1 in shots on goal — making it the ninth time this season that the Warriors held opponents to two shots on goal or fewer.
Entering the week, Demery was ranked in the top four in four difference categories among all Division II players in the nation. She is second in points (40) and is third in both goals (16) and points per game (2.86). She is also fourth in goals per game with 1.143. Demery was also seventh with eight assists.
No. 9 Quincy 2, Illinois-Springfield 0
QUINCY, Ill. -- Ninth-ranked Quincy clinched at least a share of the Great Lakes Valley Conference regular season championship with a 2-0 win at Illinois Springfield on Friday night.
It is the second consecutive GLVC regular season title for the Lady Hawks (13-0-3, 11-0-2 GLVC), who are currently on the program's longest unbeaten streak in history. It is the third regular season title under head coach Dave Musso, now in his eighth season.
Friday's win, coupled with a 1-0 loss by Truman State (10-3-3, 9-2-2 GLVC) at Southern Indiana, gives the Lady Hawks a two-game lead in the GLVC standings with two games to play.
Lady Hawks dominated possession and chipped a goal in each half to seal the win, while senior goalkeeper Jodi Chapie returned from an injury suffered last Sunday to record Quincy's sixth consecutive shutout and her 11th of the season.
The Lady Hawks out-shot the Prairie Stars, 8-1, in the first half and held a 5-1 edge on corner kicks. QU could not take advantage of their possession, though, until the final minute of the half.
Senior forward Jaclyn Mastroianni took a corner kick and sophomore Taylor Lindwedel was able to get a foot on the ball and slide it past UIS keeper Robin Damron. It was Lindwedel's first goal of the season and the second of her career.
The Lady Hawks again dominated the ball in the second half as they gradually wore down the Prairie Stars (3-13, 1-12 GLVC). The persistence paid off with an insurance goal in the 86th minute as Mastroianni found sophomore midfielder Ashley Burton, scored into the lower right side of net. It was Burton's seventh goal of the year and the 20th of her career.
With her two assists on the night, Mastroianni now has 27 assists for her career, which matches her with Becky Fleming (2006-10) atop the QU all-time list. She has 10 assists on the season, becoming just the fourth player in program history to reach that mark.
The defense in front of Chapie allowed her to face just two shots on the night, both on goal as she picked up two saves. It was her 39th career shutout, which ties her for sixth in NCAA Division II history.
Fort Lewis 2, No. 10 Metro State 1
DURANGO, Colo. -- Senior Emma Cannis scored her third game-winning goal and fifth goal of the season on Friday afternoon at Dirks Field as Fort Lewis defeated No. 10 Metro State 2-1.
The win lifted the Skyhawks' season record to 12-3-0 and 8-3-0 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. The loss was the first of the season for the 10th-ranked Roadrunners (11-1-3 overall, 9-1-1 RMAC).
The game started two hours and 15 minutes later than originally scheduled due to continuous lightnening delays. Senior Sam Weiss netted her eighth goal of the season at 38:08 to give the Skyhawks a 1-0 lead at the half. Jordan Hix sent the ball through the midfield for Cannis to finish from 16 yards out. Emma Cannis added an insurance goal at 51:01 off of Shey Haycock's corner kick to boost the lead to 2-0.
With less than eight minutes to play in regulation, the Skyhawks fouled in the box forcing a penalty kick. Abby Rolph's penalty kick attempt hit the post and after several bumper ball attempts Rolph found the back corner of the net to cut the Skyhawks lead to 2-1.
Fort Lewis edged the Roadrunners in shots, 14-11, and corner kicks, 6-5.