Nov 4, 2010

2010 CAA Women's Soccer Championship Preview


NCAA women's soccer


RICHMOND, Va. (November 3, 2010) - The 2010 CAA Women’s Soccer Championship kicks off on Friday afternoon at Hofstra Soccer Stadium in Hempstead, N.Y. with four teams battling for the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship.

Second-seeded James Madison (13-6, 9-2 in CAA) takes on #3 George Mason (11-7-1, 7-4 in CAA) at 4:30 p.m., followed by #1 Hofstra (17-1, 11-0 in CAA) against #4 Georgia State (12-6-2, 6-4-1 in CAA) at 7 p.m. The two winners will advance to Sunday’s 1 p.m. championship game.

Showing the conference’s depth from top to bottom, seven different teams have been crowned CAA champions over the past eight years. Hofstra (2005, 2007) is the only school to have won the tournament twice during that span. Other champions over that time include: James Madison (2002), William & Mary (2003), VCU (2004), Old Dominion (2006), Northeastern (2008) and UNC Wilmington (2009).

Hofstra, which is currently ranked #17 in the nation by Soccer America, enters the tournament riding the nation’s longest winning streak at 17 games. The Pride became the first CAA team since 1998 to go unbeaten and untied in conference play, but went to overtime against semifinal opponent Georgia State on Oct. 22 before pulling out a 3-2 victory. Hofstra is led offensively by senior midfielder Tiffany Yovino, who leads the CAA with 11 goals and has scored at least one goal in her last eight contests. Senior forward Salma Tarik has scored 10 goals and senior defender Dana Bergstrom has 10 assists. The Pride defense has allowed only eight goals in 11 conference matches.

James Madison also comes into the tournament on a hot streak, having won six in a row and nine of its last 10. The Dukes, who are the only team to have earned a berth in all 16 CAA Tournaments, won the conference title in 1995 and 2002 and reached the championship game a year ago. JMU is paced offensively by senior midfielder Teresa Rynier, who has eight goals and 10 assists this season and is the school’s all-time leader in assists with 50. Freshman forward Lauren Wilson has scored seven goals and senior forward Cate Tisinger has four goals and four assists. Senior goalkeeper Diane Wszalek owns a 1.05 GAA and has recorded seven shutouts.

George Mason is making its first CAA Tournament appearance since 2007 and is in the semifinals for the first time since 2003. The Patriots feature the league’s leading scorer in senior forward Omolyn Davis, who has nine goals and nine assists this season and scored both goals in the Patriots’ 2-0 triumph at Towson last Friday that clinched a tournament berth. Sophomore forward Tiana Kallenberger is second on the team with five goals and five assists. Goalkeeper Alex Bodenschatz sports a 1.31 GAA and has made 78 saves this season.

Georgia State clinched its first-ever berth in the CAA Tournament in dramatic fashion, defeating defending conference champ UNC Wilmington, 1-0, last Saturday. Sophomore forward Sarah Bennett, who netted the game-winner against UNCW with 9:18 to go in regulation, tops the Panthers and ranks second in the CAA with 10 goals. She is joined up front by freshman Jewel Evans, who leads all CAA rookies with eight goals and eight assists. Junior goalkeeper Kellianne Collins stepped into the starting lineup at mid-season and has posted a 1.07 GAA with 81 saves.

Admission to the championship is $6 for adults and $4 for youth. Students from the participating CAA schools will be admitted free with a valid college ID.

Live stats will be available at and Game s involving Hofstra will be broadcast by WRHU ( Verizon FiOs 1 will also be televising the games, which will be shown on a tape-delayed basis.
2010 CAA Women’s Soccer Championship
Hofstra Soccer Stadium – Hempstead, N.Y.

November 5 – Semifinals
#2 James Madison vs. #3 George Mason – 4:30 p.m.
#4 Georgia State at #1 Hofstra – 7:00 p.m.

November 7 - Finals
CAA Championship Game – 1:00 p.m.