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GVSU tops Minnesota State-Mankato; West Florida draws
Last Updated - September 16, 2013 9:57 GMT
No. 1 West Florida 0, Florida Southern 0
LAKELAND, Fla. — Top-ranked West Florida’s match at Florida Southern ended in a 0-0 tie after inclement weather forced play to end with 2:12 remaining in regulation.
The Argonauts had out-shot the Moccasins 8-7 but were unable to capitalize on their opportunities in the first 87 minutes of play. UWF (2-0-2) took seven corners to FSC’s (0-3-1) three before the delay.
UWF was playing on the road for its fourth consecutive match and playing in its first match against a non-ranked opponent in 2013. The Argos’ previous match against No. 16 Rollins on Sept. 13 also was delayed by inclement weather for one hour and 15 minutes before play resumed.
Sunday, UWF’s defense held strong as Argo senior Sarah Story made just three saves without having to move from her position.
No. 2 Grand Valley State 2, No. 4 Minnesota State-Mankato
Allendale, Mich. — Not even a cool afternoon could slow down No. 2 Grand Valley State as it notched a second consecutive victory against a nationally ranked opponent. The Lakers used a pair of goals, one in each half, to cruise past No. 4 Minnesota State 2-0 on Sunday afternoon.
It did not take long for GVSU (2-0-1) to find its rhythm offensively. In the fourth minute, senior midfielder Shelby Humphries fired a shot that ricocheted off of MSU goalkeeper Molly McGough. The loose ball found the foot of junior midfielder Charlie Socia, who easily put away the rebound to give the Lakers a 1-0 lead.
GVSU continued to apply pressure on the Mavericks backline. The Lakers tallied six shots on goal in the first half, which doubled Minnesota State’s total for the opening 45 minutes of regulation.
Not much changed after halftime for Grand Valley State. The Blue and White outshot the Mavericks 9-3 in the second half and added to its lead in the 70th minute.
Freshman forward Kendra Stauffer corralled a long pass from midfield and managed to get the ball on her left foot. After a nifty move, Stauffer launched a shot past McGough into the left corner of the net. It was the first goal of her Laker career.
Grand Valley State’s defense played outstanding once again as well, limiting MSU to just four shots on goal. Senior goalkeeper Abbey Miller earned her third shutout of the season.
No. 5 Armstrong Atlantic 2, Lynn 0
SAVANNAH, Ga. – Armstrong Atlantic freshman Sarah Olin scored her first two collegiate goals in the second half to lead the No. 5 Pirates to a 2-0 win against Lynn in the final day of the Holiday Inn Express Savannah Midtown Pirate Shootout on Sunday at the Armstrong Soccer Field.
The Pirates (2-0-2) handed the Knights (1-1) their first loss of the season while extending their own home unbeaten streak to 44 matches.
Both teams played an even first half, going to the break scoreless as Lynn tallied six first-half shots and Armstrong tallied five. As on Friday, however, the Pirates struck quickly coming out of intermission. Freshman Erin Berube played a ball into the right side of the box to Olin, who turned and beat Lynn keeper Caitlin Shaver to the left for her first collegiate goal and the 1-0 lead in the 47th minute.
A lightning delay halted play between the two teams in the 64th minute, delaying the match for an hour and two minutes. When play resumed, Taylor Valley’s cross into the box from the left side found Olin for a one-touch flick into the net, giving Armstrong the 2-0 lead in the 65th minute.
Morgan Luckie made four saves in net for her second shutout of the season for the Pirates, including a leaping push of a long-range shot from Lynn’s Linzi Martin in the 69th minute. Lynn keeper Caitlin Shaver made four saves in net for the Knights.
Each team finished the match with 11 shots apiece, while Armstrong held a 5-1 edge in corner kicks. Each team was whistled for nine fouls and Lynn was offsides four times, compared to three for the Pirates.
No. 6 Colorado Mines 0, Eastern New Mexico 0, 2OT
PORTALES, N.M. — Sixth-ranked Colorado Mines (3-0-1) received the first blemish to its record on Sunday with a 0-0 draw with Eastern New Mexico (1-2-1). Eastern New Mexico’s sophomore goalkeeper Alyxandra Ortiz made nine saves, including a leaping stop near the end of the second overtime. The shutout was her second of the season and fifth of her career.
Eastern is now 0-2-1 against the Orediggers, with both meetings in Portales going to overtime.
The Orediggers controlled the game statistically, with a 28-6 edge in overall shots and a 9-5 advantage in shots on goal. CSM also had an 8-0 lead in corner kicks. Five of Ortiz’s saves came in the second half. Jayln Yates made five saves for the Orediggers.
No. 7 Western Washington 3, Dixie State 0
BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Seventh-ranked Western Washington posted its third consecutive shutout, defeating Dixie State 3-0 at Orca Field.
Brianna Jones, Kristin Maris and Diana Pollock had goals for the Vikings, who improved to 3-0-0. Dixie State fell to 0-2-1.
WWU had a 23-8 advantage in shots for the game, including a 14-4 edge in the first half, but didn’t reach the scoreboard until the 44th minute, when Jones headed in an Elise Aylward corner kick.
The margin doubled in the 49th minute as Brina Sych dribbled 60 yards down the right side and fired in a cross that Maris headed in from 7 yards.
Pollock completed the scoring with a little less than seven minutes left, hitting a blast from 35 yards out that started left then bent back into the upper-right corner, the senior’s first career goal.
Alyssa Beauchamp needed to make just two saves in extending her shutout string to 270 minutes. The toughest save came off a shot by Jennifer Mason in the 55th minute.
No. 9 Tampa 2, Tusculum 0
COLUMBUS, Ga. — Ninth-ranked Tampa (5-0) notched its fifth consecutive shutout in a 2-0 victory against Tusculum (1-3-1) on Sunday at Columbus State University in a neutral-site contest.
Defender Candice Shields connected on the game-winner in the 22nd minute as scored from 30 yards out on a goal assisted by Audrey Hayward. Tampa would add a late score on an own goal with seven minutes to play.
“This was a tough opponent today that has given us battles over the years,” head coach Gerry Lucey said. “I’m proud of the way we fought and never backed down physically, too.”
Tampa out-shot the Pioneers by a 15-2 mark and also registered 10 shots on goal. Kori Butterfield notched two saves for the Spartans in goal. Tampa is now within two games of the school record for consecutive shutouts, which was seven in the 2006 season.
No. 10 Cal State Stanislaus 2, Chico State 0
TURLOCK, Calif. — Tenth-ranked Cal State Stanislaus handed Chico State its first loss with a 2-0 victory Sunday at Warrior Stadium.
The Warriors remain undefeated at 4-0-0 overall (2-0-0 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association North Division) while extending their regular-season winning streak against Chico State (3-1-0, 1-1-0 CCAA) to six.
Karenee Demery scored on a header in the 16th minute to give Stanislaus the early lead. Tina Benson gave the Warriors a 2-0 cushion in the 67th minute. The defense held on to pick up its third shutout in four matches in 2013.