Oct 31, 2012

UPDATE! United set to Battle Red Bulls in Eastern Conference Semifinal Round

D.C. United to play New York Red Bulls in semifinal round of Eastern Conference playoff race

Black-and-Red set to host return leg of home and home, total goal series on November 7 at 8:00 p.m. ET

Washington, D.C. (October 28, 2012) – With yesterday's 1-1 draw against the Chicago Fire, D.C. United has secured the second seed in the upcoming Eastern Conference playoffs and are set to face the third seeded New York Red Bulls. United will play at Red Bull Arena Saturday, November 3 at 8:00 p.m. ET before hosting the return leg of the two-game, total-goal series on Wednesday, November 7 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

Washington, D.C. (October 31, 2012) – In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Major League Soccer has requested second seeded D.C. United and the third seeded New York Red Bulls alternate home dates in their upcoming Eastern Conference semifinal series. United will now host the first leg Saturday, November 3 at 8:00 p.m. ET before traveling to Red Bull Arena for the return leg of the two-game, total-goal series on Wednesday, November 7 at 8:00 p.m. ET.  Both matches are set to be televised to a live national audience by NBC Sports Network and aired locally via United's Spanish-language radio partner La Nueva 87.7 FM.
Tickets for MLS Cup playoff matches played at RFK Stadium are now on sale via dcunited.com/tickets with all United plan holders enjoying priority seating options and discounted pricing by calling D.C. United Customer Service at 202-587-5000. Individual game tickets are available via dcunited.com/tickets, by calling (202) 432-SEAT or by visiting any TicketMaster outlet. Tickets are priced at $60 for Mezzanine seats, $50 for Midfield, $40 for Sideline and $30 for Endline. Groups of 15 or more may also purchase seats at discounted rates via dcunited.com/tickets or by calling D.C. United Customer Service at 202-587-5000.  

This year, with a 1-1-1 record against the New York Red Bulls, D.C. United claimed the Atlantic Cup following its 2-2 tie on August 29. When it comes to the MLS Cup Playoffs, United boasts a 5-1-1 record, with its only loss coming in a shootout back in 1996. 

D.C. United finishes the 2012 MLS regular season with a 17-10-7 record (58 points).  Ben Olsen’s club enters the post-season on a seven-game unbeaten run, going 5-0-2 (17 points) during that span.  United has yet to lose a home game since falling 1-0 to Sporting Kansas City on opening night back on March 10. Since that game, United has gone 16 home games without a loss – going 12-0-4 en route to the League’s best home point total this year (40).

While the club could host as many as three matches en route to an MLS Cup Final appearance, D.C. United Season Ticket Holders would access the first two playoff matches using the Special Match 2 and Special Match 3 tickets in their season ticket books.

VIDEO: Longwood's win in the Big South Conference Women's Soccer Championship Quarterfinals

via LongwoodULancers on YouTube:

Recap of Longwood's win in the Big South Conference Women's Soccer Championship Quarterfinals on Oct. 27, 2012. Interview with Coach Todd Dyer and game summary including video highlights.

Tom Sermanni Named New USWNT Head Coach w/Video

Long-Time Australian Women's National Team Head Coach Comes to U.S. Soccer
with Experience in Three FIFA Women's World Cup Tournaments;
Sermanni Available via Media Conference Call on Wednesday, Oct. 31

CHICAGO (Oct. 30, 2012) - U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati announced today the hiring of Tom Sermanni as the seventh head coach in U.S. Women's National Team history.

Sermanni, 58, comes to U.S. Soccer with 11 years of experience as a head coach in international women's soccer - all with Australia - a period during which he led the Matildas in three Women's World Cup tournaments.

Sermanni will officially begin his tenure as the WNT head coach on Jan. 1, 2013. U.S. Soccer Women's Development Director Jill Ellis, who was on the bench for the USA's two recent draws with Germany, will coach the team for the last five matches of the Fan Tribute Tour, presented by Panasonic. Due to his prior commitments with the Australia Women's National Team as he finishes up his responsibilities with the Matildas, Sermanni will not be attending the next two matches in Portland and Phoenix. Sermanni will be observing the U.S. Women's National Team for the last three matches of the 2012 tour, which will be announced in the near future.

"After an extensive search and interview process, we believe Tom Sermanni is the right person at the right time to lead our Women's National Team," said Gulati. "He has the knowledge, experience and vision to take on the challenge of keeping our team at the top of the world. He has a tremendous passion for the game, knows the American players, understands our system and knows the process of preparing a team for a World Cup tournament. We're tremendously excited to have him on board as we look forward to qualification for the 2015 Women's World Cup."

Sermanni comes to U.S. Soccer after eight years as head coach of the Australia Women's National Team, which he coached in both the 2007 and 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup tournaments, reaching the quarterfinal stage at both events. That eight-year period was Sermanni's second stint with Australia, as he also coached the Matildas from 1994 through 1997, during which time he led the team to the 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup in Sweden.

"I'm honored to have this opportunity to work with tremendous players and in a program that has had such a tradition of success," said Sermanni. "U.S. Soccer has always been at the forefront of supporting the women's game, and it's exciting to coach the team in this next chapter of its history. After coaching against many of these players for years, I am looking forward to working with an accomplished group of veterans while integrating the numerous talented young players who are itching for a chance to prove themselves. It will be an exciting few years for the U.S. team and for all the great fans as we work toward the highest goals at the 2015 Women's World Cup."

In order to thoroughly examine the possible choices, Gulati headed a search committee that included U.S. Soccer CEO/Secretary General Dan Flynn, former U.S. Women's National Team players Mia Hamm and Danielle Slaton, and managing Director of Administration Tom King. The committee reviewed more than 30 male and female candidates both domestically and internationally.

During his time in charge of Australia, Sermanni helped bring the team into the top 10 in the FIFA Women's World Rankings. Named the 2007 Asian Football Confederation Coach of the Year, Sermanni led Australia to a runner-up finish at the 2006 AFC Women's Cup, where the team fell to China in penalty kicks, and to the championship in 2010, when the youthful Matildas downed Korea DPR in penalties.

Sermanni coached all three seasons of the Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA), serving as an assistant for the San Jose CyberRays during the inaugural season, in which he helped the club to the league championship. He was also an assistant for the CyberRays in 2002 before taking the head coaching job of the New York Power in 2003, where he coached U.S. Women's National Team legends Christie Rampone, Shannon Boxx and Tiffeny Milbrett.

Sermanni, a native of Glasgow, Scotland, had a long playing career as a midfielder from 1971 through 1989, playing more than 300 professional matches and scoring more than 50 goals. He quickly transitioned into coaching both men's and women's professional soccer all over the world, including stints in Japan, the USA and Malaysia.

Sermanni follows Mike Ryan (1985), Anson Dorrance (1986-1994), Tony DiCicco (1994-1999), April Heinrichs (2000-2004), Greg Ryan (2005-2007) and Pia Sundhage (2008-2011) as official coaches of the U.S. Women's National Team, which has been ranked No. 1 in the world since winning the 2008 Olympic gold medal in Beijing, China.

UVA's Caroline Miller Named ACC Women's Soccer Player of the Week

CHARLOTTESVILLEVirginia women’s soccer senior forward Caroline Miller (Rockville, Md.) was named the ACC Women’s Soccer Player of the Week conference officials announced Tuesday. It was the second consecutive week that Miller was honored by the league.

Miller was honored for the final week of the regular season as she led Virginia to a 5-1 win over No. 22 Boston College on Thursday. She had a goal and an assist in the Cavaliers’ five-goal second-half explosion after trailing 1-0 at halftime. The goal was her 10th of the season in conference play, making her the first player in four years to score double-digit goals during the ACC regular season.

Miller continued her strong play on Sunday as postseason play began. She scored the goal in Virginia’s 1-0 win at No. 8 North Carolina in the ACC Quarterfinals.

The award is Miller’s fifth career ACC Player of the Week honor, setting a new record for a Virginia player. Miller had been tied with Angela Hucles (1996-99) and Meghan Lenczyk (2007-10), who both had four career awards.  

The Cavaliers (14-4-1) continue play in the ACC Tournament on Friday with a semifinal matchup with Florida State (16-2). Game time at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. is 5 p.m. and the game will be broadcast online by ESPN3.

Oct 27, 2012

No. 10 UVA Women host No. 22 B.C. on Senior Night

CHARLOTTESVILLE – The No. 10 Virginia women’s soccer team concludes the regular season Thursday as it hosts No. 22 Boston College at Klöckner Stadium. Game time is 7 p.m., and the game will be available to watch online through Cavaliers Live (subscription required).

Tickets are $7 for adult general admission and $5 for youth, senior and faculty/staff general admission. Group tickets (20 or more) are $4.

Prior to the game there will be a ceremony to honor the four Cavalier seniors playing their final regular season game at Klöckner Stadium. Forward/midfielder Erica Hollenberg (Fairfax Station, Va.), forward Caroline Miller (Rockville, Md.), midfielder Julia Roberts (Frederick, Md.) and goalkeeper Carrie Wisman (Bristol, Va.) will be recognized in the ceremony.
Virginia enters the regular season finale with a 12-4-1 overall record and a 5-3-1 conference mark. The Cavaliers are coming off a 5-0 win at then-No. 22 Virginia Tech on Sunday, their most lopsided win over a ranked opponent since a 5-0 win over No. 13 UNC Greensboro to open the 1988 season. Miller scored the first three goals of the evening for her second career hat trick and was honored as ACC Co-Player of the Week.

Boston College is 10-5-3 overall and 4-4-1 in the ACC. The Eagles upset top-ranked Florida State 3-2 and tied Miami 0-0 in their final two home games of the season last week. BC is led by midfielder Kristen Mewis, the ACC’s leading scorer with 13 goals and 11 assists this season.  

Boston College leads the all-time series 7-2-2, but Virginia has won two of the three previous meetings in Charlottesville. The Eagles won last year’s meeting 2-0 in Newton, Mass. In the last meeting at Klöckner Stadium in 2010, Virginia downed top-ranked Boston College 3-2 in overtime for the first win over a No. 1 team in school history.

The ACC Tournament will begin on Sunday with quarterfinal games hosted by the top four seeds. The Cavaliers can finish anywhere from fourth to seventh depending on the results of the final regular season games. The tournament pairings will be announced by the league following the conclusion of Thursday’s games. 

Longwood Hosting Big South Conference Women's Soccer Quarterfinal Saturday


Longwood University will host a Big South Conference Women’s Soccer Championshipquarterfinal match on Saturday, October 27, against Liberty University at the Athletics Complex in Farmville at 6 p.m.  The Lancers, who have a record of 13-5-1 overall, 8-2-1 in the Big South, are the number three seed in the eight-team tournament.  The Flames, who have a record of 11-7-2 overall, 5-4-2 in the Big South, are the number six seed.  Longwood and Liberty will be meeting for the second time in five days after the Lancers’ 1-0 road win against the Flames in the regular-season finale on Tuesday in Lynchburg.  The postseason Big South Championship event includes ticket prices of $4 for adults and $1 for students with an ID.  Admission is free for children ages five and under.

“This is a special opportunity for our program and we earned the right to host with what we accomplished in the regular season,” said 19th-year head coach Todd Dyer ‘93.  “Now we hope to capitalize on our home field advantage with the support of our Longwood and Farmville community.  Go Lancers!”
The 2012 Big South Women's Soccer Championship quarterfinals will be played at campus sites before moving to Rock Hill, South Carolina for the semifinals and finals on November 2-4.  The quarterfinals and semifinals will air on the Big South Network, with the finals airing on ESPN3.  The Big South Tournament Champion receives an automatic bid to the 2012 NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Championship.
High Point University (9-5-6, 8-1-2) is the top seed and will host the eight seed Charleston Southern University (7-10-1, 5-6) on Oct. 27 at 7 p.m.  Radford University (11-2-4, 7-0-4) is the number two seed and will host the seven seed Campbell University (10-7-1, 5-6) on Oct. 27 at 7 p.m.  Winthrop University (10-6-2, 7-2-2) is the number four seed and will host the five seed Coastal Carolina University (10-8, 7-4) on Oct. 27 at 6 p.m.  The conference championship schedule is below.

Saturday, October 27 (Campus Sites)Game 1: #5 Coastal Carolina at #4 Winthrop, 6 p.m.
Game 2: #8 Charleston Southern at #1 High Point, 7 p.m.
Game 3: #7 Campbell at #2 Radford, 7 p.m.
Game 4: #6 Liberty at #3 Longwood, 6 p.m.

Friday, November 2 (Winthrop)Game 5: winner game 1 vs. winner game 2, 4:30 p.m.
Game 6: winner game 3 vs. winner game 4, 7 p.m.

Sunday, November 4 (Winthrop)Game 7: winner game 5 vs. winner game 6, 2 p.m.

VIDEO: VCU Men's Soccer Upset No. 12 Xavier

via vcuathletics on YouTube:

Video highlights of the VCU Rams men's soccer upsetting the Xavier Musketeers at SportsBackers Stadium.

Oct 26, 2012

D.C. United Women player Joanna Lohman running training center for young women in India

Former Washington Freedom player and current member of  D.C. United Women of WPSL, Joanna Lohman is part of a duo that founded the JoLi Academy, a training centre for young female footballers in India.

According to the official Joli Academy website, the founders vision is:

Founded by footballer businesswomen with World Cup and Olympic playing experience, JoLi Academy has the resources to bridge the gap between the harsh realities facing millions of young girls around the world and the dreams they aspire to. JoLi Academy brings mentorship, education, and accessibility to young athletes the world over, from the deserts of Middle East to the forests of South America. Raising women around the world using soccer as our vehicle, JoLi Academy levels the playing field by placing passionate hopefuls face to face with the people and tools to help them grow into world-class leaders and athletes.

Joli Academy from LA MANCHA ENTERTAINMENT on Vimeo.

Tribe Women Shutout ODU, 3-0

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The William and Mary women's soccer team defeated Old Dominion, 3-0, on Wednesday night from Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field and in the process claimed the regular season Colonial Athletic Association title. W&M concludes regular season play with an overall record of 14-5 and a league record of 8-2, while ODU finishes the year with a record of 4-14 and a CAA mark of 2-8.  Tonight's win over Old Dominion cemented the Tribe as the host of the 2012 CAA Tournament, which will be held at Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly on Nov. 2 and Nov. 4. 

courtesy of TribeAthletics.com
In first half action, the Tribe dominated possession and was poised to take an early advantage courtesy of multiple scoring opportunities.  Senior Cortlyn Bristol's look in the 27th minute was destined for the net, but the Chantilly, Va., native's rocket off her left foot hit the far post.  Old Dominion's backline withstood until the Green and Gold opened its scoring onslaught in the 34th minute.  From six yards away, sophomore Emory Camper shelved junior Ali Heck's cross from the right side, giving W&M the 1-0 lead.  At halftime, the Tribe owned the advantage in shots, 13-1, and corner kicks, 5-1.

In the 63rd minute, junior Dani Rutter extended the College's lead to 2-0 after the York, Pa., native blasted home her sixth goal of the year.  Bristol took the initial shot that was saved back into the field of play, while Rutter was there to punch in the rebound.  The assist was Bristol's team-high 13th of the season.  Rutter put the match out of reach with her second goal of the night in the 74th minute.  This time, senior Mallory Schaffer placed a perfectly placed through ball to a streaking Rutter, who proceeded to crank home the Tribe's third score of the night on a breakaway.  

On Wednesday night, nine W&M seniors played their last regular-season match for the Green and Gold. All nine saw action against ODU and they include; Jackie Blake-Hedges, Cortlyn Bristol, Kiersten Harpe, Erin Liberatore, Carla Manger, Mallory Schaffer, Carson Scott, Katrina Smedley and Annie Yu.    

For the match, the Green and Gold outshot ODU, 28-2, and held the advantage in shots on goal, 10-0.  Additionally, W&M recorded eight corner kicks compared to Old Dominion's two.  The victory also improves W&M's all-time record against ODU to 21-2-1.   

The Tribe will return to action in the 2012 CAA Tournament semifinals on Nov. 2, from Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field at a time to be announced, as it will play the winner of the quarterfinal match up between Hofstra and Northeastern.      

For all the latest news on Tribe women's soccer and the 2012 CAA Tournament check out TribeAthletics.com or CAASports.com.

VIDEO: UVA Men's Head Coach George Gelnovatch: 10/25 Update

via virginiaathletics on YouTube:

Virginia head coach George Gelnovatch analyzes his team's previous week and looks ahead to the Cavaliers' match at Boston College.

Virginia Head Coach Steve Swanson makes shortlist for FIFA World Coach of the Year

ZURICH, SwitzerlandVirginia women’s soccer head coach Steve Swanson, who led the United States to the U-20 Women’s World Cup championship last month, was named to the shortlist for FIFA World Coach of the Year for Women’s Football the organization announced Thursday. Swanson is one of ten coaches named to the list.

Joining Swanson on the shortlist are Bruno Bini (France national team), John Herdman (Canada national team), Patrice Lair (Olympique Lyonnais), Maren Meinert (Germany U-20 national team), Silvia Neid (Germany national team), Hope Powell (England national team), Norio Sasaki (Japan national team), Pia Sundhage (USA national team) and Hiroshi Yoshida (Japan U-20/U-17 national teams).

The list of 10 coaches has been drawn up by experts from the FIFA Football Committee, the Committee for Women’s Football and the FIFA Women’s World Cup, as well as by a group of experts from France Football magazine.

On November 29 FIFA will announce the three finalists for the award. The winner of the award will be announced at FIFA’s awards gala in Zurich on January 7, 2013.

Oct 25, 2012

VIDEO: USWNT vs. Germany Highlights - Oct. 23, 2012

via ussoccerdotcom on YouTube: 

Highlights of the USA's thrilling 2-2 tie with Germany at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn. Abby Wambach and Tobin Heath score goals for the WNT as the USA remained unbeaten on the Fan Tribute Tour, Presented by Panasonic.

 More info: http://www.ussoccer.com

Longwood Women's Soccer Weekly Recap

FARMVILLE, Va. – Longwood University women’s soccer went 2-0-1 in its final three Big South Conference regular-season matches last week, taking a 1-0 shutout at Liberty University on October 23, after a 2-0 shutout past visiting VMI on Oct. 20, following a double-overtime 0-0 tie at Radford University on Oct. 18. The Lancers have completed their initial Big South season with a record of 13-5-1 overall, 8-2-1 in the conference for a second-place tie in the standings, and have attained their highest win total since 2002 (15-3-1).  Longwood is the number three seed in the Big South Conference Women’s Soccer Championship and will host number six seed Liberty (11-7-2, 5-4-2), ironically, for a quarterfinal match on Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Athletics Complex in Farmville at 6 p.m.

Recapping Liberty
Longwood scored the only goal of the contest at 17:31 on a successful penalty kick by junior Kelsey Pardue|Henrico (Hermitage). The PK was awarded to the Lancers after freshman Olivia Colella|Herndon (Chantilly) was knocked down in the box.  It remained a one-goal game at the intermission, and the two teams battled scoreless through the second period, as well.  Neither squad had a good look at the goal in the second half, though Liberty did manage seven corner kicks.  The Flames had a 12-8 advantage in shots, though Longwood had a 6-4 edge in attempts on goal, and Liberty had a 9-3 lead on corner kicks.  Pardue had three shots, two on goal, and senior captain Lindsey Ottavio|Fairfax (W.T. Woodson) had two shots, both on goal, for the Lancers.  Senior keeper Kyra Byron|Richmond (Mills E. Godwin) played the duration in front of the net with the four saves and was aided on the team’s 10th shutout by senior defensive stalwarts (captain) Natalie Massey|Virginia Beach (Landstown) and Chelsea Walter|South Riding (Freedom), sophomores Taylor Cave|Virginia Beach (Kellam) and Rebecca Soares|Virginia Beach (Kempsville), along with freshmen Meghan Magee|Virginia Beach (Bayside), Alana Mackey|Leesburg (Loudoun County) and Katie Beebe|Round Hill (Woodgrove)

Senior Captian Lindsey Ottavio

Quoting Head Coach Todd Dyer
“Going into the game, we needed a tie or a win to finish in the top four of the league and host a first round game of the tournament.  We grinded out a tough 1-0 result against a strong Liberty team and a lot of that credit should go to how we defended as a group after converting the penalty kick.  Now we get to embrace our first postseason opportunity in the Big South and see how far it takes us.”

Recapping VMI
Longwood controlled the Senior Night match against VMI and led 1-0 at the intermission after Olivia Colella scored the opening goal at 11:39, beating the keeper one-on-one with a shot to the lower left corner of the net after taking a pass from senior Nikki Glisson|Mechanicsville (Hanover). Colella added an insurance goal for the Lancers in the 64th minute when she collected a pass in the box and beat the keeper left once again.  Kelsey Pardue had fed a nice ball into the box to sophomore Kylie Dyer|Farmville (Prince Edward County) who deflected it on to Colella for the finish at 63:45.  Longwood had a 19-6 advantage in shots, including 10-4 in attempts on goal, and it was an 8-4 edge on corner kicks.  Lindsey Ottavio had six shots, two on goal, while Colella had four shots, all of which were on goal.  Kyra Byron played the first 87:33 in front of the net for the Lancers with four saves and junior keeper Shelby Hall|Purcellville (Loudoun Valley) finished the final 2:27, as the hosts posted another shutout.

Quoting Head Coach Todd Dyer
“A win on Senior Night always feels good in that we’re able to honor those players who have done so much for our program.  We got behind them consistently, but only managed two goals to show for it.  However, the way we defended made those two stand for a solid win at home and our seniors are able to go out in style.”

Senior Night
A special pre-game recognition ceremony took place prior to the VMI contest for seniors Kyra Byron, Nikki Glisson, Natalie Massey, Lindsey Ottavio and Chelsea Walter.  This group has a combined four-year record of 40-28-6 (.581).
Quoting Head Coach Todd Dyer
“This class is going out as one of the most talented and accomplished groups in the history of our women’s soccer program at the Division I level.  However, their greatest contribution to Longwood is the standard they set and lived by with regard to their character and commitment on the soccer field, in the classroom and within the community.  It is only fitting that this special group of young women had the honor of representing Longwood in our first-ever season of Big South Conference play this fall.  They have taken full advantage of this opportunity, yet their best work still lies ahead after graduation.  With that in mind, we extend a very heartfelt ‘thank you’ for all of their hard work and we wish them well as they move forward.”

Recapping Radford
Longwood and Radford battled through a scoreless opening period.  The Lancers, however, did have a 7-3 edge in shots at the intermission.  The two teams continued their scoreless match through the second 45 minutes and regulation ended with the visitors enjoying a 21-11 advantage in shots.  Each team had a late scoring opportunity in regulation, but could not move the net. Longwood and the Highlanders played for two additional 10-minute overtime periods with no goals.  Neither team had a good look in the first extra period, but RU had an opportunity early in the second OT that was stopped, before the Lancers nearly scored in the final seconds.  Longwood had a 27-19 advantage in shots, though only 6-5 in attempts on goal, and the Lancers led 10-6 on corner kicks.  Kelsey Pardue had five shots, three on goal, and Nikki Glisson had four shots, one on goal, while Kyra Byron played the duration in front for the Lancers with five saves en route to the shutout.

Quoting Head Coach Todd Dyer
“That was probably our grittiest performance of the season thus far and we needed it against a very strong Radford team. We created several good chances to win the game, but their keeper was rock-solid and kept us out.”

Leading The Lancers
Kelsey Pardue leads Longwood in scoring through 19 matches with seven goals and six assists totaling 20 points.  Lindsey Ottavio (two goals, five assists) and sophomore Kelsey McDonald|Kennett Square, Pa. (Unionville) (three goals, three assists) each add nine points.  Kylie Dyer and Olivia Colella each have three goals and one assist for seven points. Sophomore Samantha Phillips|Chesapeake (Grassfield) and freshman Haylea Witz|Chesapeake (Grassfield) each have two goals for four points.  Nikki Glisson has one goal and one assist for three points.  Freshman Bridget Bergquist|Bristow (Brentsville) and Alana Mackey each add one goal for two points.  Taylor Cave and Meghan Magee each have one assist totaling one point.  Kyra Byron has played 1612 minutes in front of the net, while allowing only 14 goals (0.78) with 70 saves (.833) and 8.66 shutouts.  Shelby Hall has played 125 minutes in front of the net, while allowing three goals (2.16) with nine saves (.750) and 0.66 shutouts.  Redshirt-sophomore Dana Wallace|Charlottesville (Home Schooled) has played 12 minutes in front of the net with 0.33 shutouts.

In The Record Book
Kyra Byron ranks second in career goals against average (37-0.80), is tied for third in shutouts (15), and fifth in minutes (4175), saves (173) and wins (23).  Lindsey Ottavio is third in career points (60) and tied for third in goals (24).  Kelsey Pardue is fourth in career assists (19) and seven in points (51).

NCAA Division I RPI
Longwood is ranked 132nd among 323 Division I schools that sponsor the sport of women’s soccer, as of Oct. 22.  The Lancers are the second-highest rated school from the Big South Conference, behind only Radford (121).  Other league members among the top-200 include High Point (140), Campbell (156), Coastal Carolina (164), Winthrop (178) and Liberty (183).

NCAA/Big South Statistics
Longwood ranked 29th in Division I shutout percentage (.500), 53rd in winning percentage (.694), 70th in goals against average (0.92) and 82nd in save percentage (.815) through Oct. 21.  Kelsey Pardue ranked 28th in game-winning goals (4), 87th in assists (6) and 149th in points (18).  Kyra Byron ranked 51st in goals against average (0.83), 65th in save percentage (.825), 96th in minutes (1522) and 145th in saves (66).  Lindsey Ottavio ranked 141st in assists (5). In Big South-only matches (11), the Lancers are second in goals allowed (6), goals against average (0.53) and shutouts (7).  Kelsey Pardue is first in game-winning goals (4), tied for fourth in goals (6) and points (17), and tied for sixth in assists (5).  Kyra Byron is second in shutouts (5), third in goals against average (0.56) and save percentage (.867), and eighth in saves (39).  Olivia Colella is tied for third in game-winning goals (2).  Lindsey Ottavio is tied for ninth in assists (4).

Big South … Here We Are
Longwood played 11-straight Big South contests from Sept. 20 to Oct. 23.  The Big South Conference Tournament will include the top eight teams playing quarterfinal matches at the four highest seeds on Oct. 27, followed by semifinal matches on November 2 and the tournament championship contest on Nov. 4, hosted by Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

Big South Conference/Attacking Player Of The Week
Kelsey McDonald was named the Big South Conference Attacking Player Of The Week Oct. 9 for her efforts during two conference wins against Winthrop on Oct. 4 and Gardner-Webb on Oct. 6.  She is Longwood’s fourth Big South Player of the Week (see below). McDonald scored two goals, including one game-winner, and added one assist to lead Longwood to a pair of Big South home wins.  The Lancers defeated the Eagles 2-1 in overtime as she scored the first goal in the 22nd minute, finishing a well-played through ball on the left side to help the team to a 1-0 advantage at the intermission, and provided the assist on the game-winning goal in the 94th minute when she delivered a nice ball into the box from the left side once again.  McDonald capped her outstanding week with the first and game-winning goal in the 26th minute of a 2-0 win against the Bulldogs, collecting a loose ball in the box and finishing with a hard shot into the back of the net.

Big South Conference/Attacking Player Of The Week
Kelsey Pardue was named the Big South Conference Attacking Player Of The Week Sept. 25 for her efforts during the 4-0 home win against UNC Asheville on Sept. 20 and the 2-1 overtime home win against Presbyterian on Sept. 22. She is Longwood’s third Big South Player of the Week (see below).  Pardue scored three goals -- two game-winners -- and added two assists to lead Longwood to a pair of Big South wins.  She was involved in all four scores against UNC Asheville, scoring the first and game-winning goal in the fourth minute with a hard shot into the net after a feed into the box. Pardue returned the favor when she fed the ball in from the left side on the game’s second goal in the 12th minute, and added another assist as she played a through-ball in for a successful shot in the 19th minute.  She completed the scoring outburst when she got free down the middle of the field and beat the keeper one-on-one in the 21st minute.  Pardue capped her outstanding week with the game-winning goal in OT against Presbyterian.  She tallied the game-winner in the 105th minute when she dribbled up the middle through traffic and shot successfully to the right upper 90.  Pardue was also named the College Sports Madness Big South Player of the Week.

Big South Conference Defensive Player Of The Week
Kyra Byron was named the Big South Conference Defensive Player Of The Week Sept. 11 for her effort during a 1-0 shutout road victory at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County on Sept. 9.  She is Longwood’s second Big South Player of the Week.  Byron posted six saves for the Lancers against the Retrievers with five of her saves in the second half, including four after Longwood had taken a one-goal advantage.

Big South Conference/Attacking Player Of The Week
Lindsey Ottavio was named the Big South Conference Attacking Player Of The Week August 28 for her effort during the 2-1 double-overtime home win past Richmond on August 24.  She is Longwood’s first Big South Player of the Week since the school joined the conference on July 1.  Ottavio scored two unassisted goals, including the game-winner just 50-seconds into the second extra period to lead the Lancers (3-1) past the Spiders.  She scored her first goal in the 65th minute, taking the ball through the middle of the box while beating both a defender and the keeper with a shot to the left side of the net at 64:35.  Ottavio finally ended the well-played match at 100:50 when she took a loose ball in the box and once again beat the keeper with a hard shot to the left side for the sudden victory.  She was also named the College Sports Madness Big South Player of the Week.

Big South Network
Longwood produced its first-ever Big South Network live video-streamed broadcast against UNC Asheville on Sept. 20.  The Big South Network is the official video provider for all Big South Conference games. Each member institution is required to produce broadcasts for home events to be streamed via the conference network. The Lancers have streamed three women’s soccer matches this fall, including the matches against visiting Winthrop University (Oct. 4) and VMI (Oct. 20), and the Big South Conference Women’s Soccer Championship Quarterfinal against Liberty (Oct. 27) will also be streamed. The Big South Network has an archive of on-demand videos that can be viewed for free.  A paid subscription is required to view live events, with both single-game and season passes available.  You can view the Longwood Lancers TV page to watch all of the Lancers’ webcasts and see a schedule of upcoming events by visiting www.longwoodlancers.com or www.bigsouthsports.com.

No Place Like Home
Longwood is now 48-15-2 (.754) on its home turf at the Athletics Complex since beginning competition at the facility in 2006.  The Lancers, 8-1 at home this season, are 41-14-1 (.741) in Farmville since attaining its NCAA Division I certification and eligibility for 2007.

2012 Captains
Lindsey Ottavio is serving as a team captain for the second consecutive season, while Natalie Massey is in the team leadership role for the first time.

Youth Being Served
Ten freshmen and/or sophomores have made starts through 16 matches.  The Lancers have nine true sophomores and 10 true freshmen among their 28-player roster, and all 19 of them have seen action this season.

Coaching Milestone: 200 Career Wins
Todd Dyer ‘93, enjoying his 19th year as the founder and head coach of the Longwood women’s soccer program, now has an overall record of 206-124-21, including 14 winning seasons. A former standout midfielder at Longwood, he served as a team captain for two years and scored 15 goals during his four years, earning All-Virginia Intercollegiate Soccer Association (VISA) honors as a senior.  A native of Manassas, Dyer earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education from Longwood in 1993.  He also coached the Longwood men’s soccer program for seven years (1996-2002), compiling a record of 75-53-7.

Quoting Head Coach Todd Dyer
“200 is a nice milestone and what it really reflects is that I’ve been fortunate to do what I love, at a place I love, for a long, long time. I’m blessed to have had the privilege of working with so many great people these past 19 years.  Our program’s future is very bright due to all of their hard work.”

The Coaching Staff
Head coach Todd Dyer is assisted by associate head coach Steve Brdarski, in his ninth season at Longwood.

Up Next Week
Longwood hopes to advance to the Big South Conference Women’s Soccer Championship semifinals on Nov. 2 and the tournament championship contest on Nov. 4, hosted by Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

VIDEO: UVA Women's Goalkeeper, Carrie Wisman Q&A

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Senior goalkeeper Carrie Wisman talked to VirginiaSports.com to preview senior day on Thursday against Boston College and look ahead to the postseason.

Hokie Women Shutout No. 7 Wake Forest, 3-0

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The Virginia Tech women’s soccer team cruised past the No. 7 Wake Forest Demon Deacons, 3-0, Wednesday night in its final regular season contest at Spry Stadium. Katie Yensen, Ashley Manning and Jazmine Reeves connect on goals for the Hokies to mark the fifth-straight season the Hokies have upset a top-10 team unranked.

Tech improved to 13-5-1 overall and 4-5-1 in the ACC, while Wake Forest fell to 12-4-3 and 6-3-1 in the conference.

Tech didn’t waste any time putting a point on the board. Shannon Mayrose took the first shot of the game that hit the post and Yensen flew in for the rebound and put the first point on the board 93 seconds into the ball game.

10 minutes later as the Hokies continued to attack, was rewarded the first corner kick of the game. Kelsey Loupee served a low ball on the base line and found Kelsey Mitchell. Mitchell then laid a perfect ball in the box where Manning found the top left corner for the goal.

Wake Forest created two chances in the first, but the Tech goalkeeper, Dayle Colpitts remained solid and picked up two saves to keep the 2-0 ball game.

The two teams headed into the break with the Hokies outshooting the Deacs 8-6 and holding the 3-1 corner advantage.

 Tech continued with the momentum in the second. The Hokies did not allow a Deacon shot in the first 43 minutes and created themselves three opportunities before making it a 3-0 ball game.

At the 66:35 mark, Mayrose received the ball in the midfield and served the ball up the right sideline. Reeves used her speed and beat the defender to the ball and easily fired a shot by the Wake Forest goalkeeper, Aubrey Bledsoe.

The Hokies closed the game outshooting the Deacons 12-8 and took the 5-2 corner kick advantage. Five Hokies recorded multiple shots. 

Virginia Tech Goalkeeper, Dayle Colpitts

Colpitts picked up two saves to record the shutout for Tech and improved to 8-5-1 on the season. Bledsoe allowed three goals and stopped two shots and fell to 12-4-3 on the season.

The Hokies will now await Thursday’s Florida State, Miami game which determines the No. 8 seed in the ACC Tournament. The Hurricanes have to lose for Tech to receive the final seed and face off at Florida State Sunday at 1 p.m.

Former United Academy Players Finding Success in NCAA

Washington, D.C. (October 24, 2012) About halfway through the 2012-13 NCAA season, the first year that MLS will graduate a class of homegrown players, several former members of D.C. United Academy teams are making significant contributions to their respective collegiate squads.

Uwem Etuk, a senior at West Virginia University, has tallied six assists this season, best (tied) among all players in the Mid-American Conference. Etuks Mountaineers currently sit in second place in their division, just behind No. 2 University of Akron.

A pair of No. 13 Wake Forest University freshmen, Collin Martin and Jalen Robinson, have both made immediate impacts at the Division 1 level. Martin, the ninth-ranked college freshman by Top Soccer Drawer at mid-season, has registered one goal and three assists thus far. Robinson, the fourth-ranked college freshman by Top Soccer Drawer at mid-season, has already notched two goals and one assist. Robinsons five points are best among Wake Forest defenders while Martins five points are tied, with Robinson, for second among freshmen on the team.

After being selected as one of Top Soccer Drawers Ten Sophomore Mens Players to Watch in the pre-season, Tyler Rudy of No. 6 Georgetown University has added two assists in his second collegiate campaign, including one in a 2-1 loss against then-No. 2 University of Connecticut.

Mikias Eticha, a sophomore at No. 1 University of Maryland, has played in 15 games for the Terrapins this season, starting six. The midfielder recorded his first assist of the season against Georgia State University on September 24. 

For a full list of former members of D.C. United Academy teams playing collegiately, see below:
American University
Jordan Manley (Sophomore; Columbia, Md.)

Duke University
Nat Eggleston (Sophomore; Chevy Chase, Md.)

George Mason University
Julio Arjona (Junior; Germantown, Md.)

Ryan Harmouche (Freshman; Annandale, Va.)
Alex Herrera (Junior; Arlington, Va.)
Izzy Ismail (Freshman; Oak Hill, Va.)

No. 6 Georgetown University
Tyler Rudy (Sophomore; Olney, Md.)

High Point University
Kody Palmer (Redshirt Freshman; Centreville, Va.)
James Madison University
Steven Mashinski (Redshirt Sophomore; Fairfax, Va.)

Ohio State University
Chris Hegngi (Senior; Silver Spring, Md.)

Princeton University
Julian Griggs (Sophomore; Elkridge, Md.)
Myles McGinley (Sophomore; Oakton, Va.)

Radford University
Jannik Eckenrode (Freshman; Springfield, Va.)
Sam Legg (Freshman; Derbyshire, England)

Dario Redondo (Sophomore; Woodbridge, Va.)
No. 18 St. John’s University
Cody Albrecht (Redshirt Freshman; Silver Spring, Md.)
University of Central Florida
Michael Russo (Freshman; McLean, Va.)
Dallas Sikes (Sophomore; Silver Spring, Md.)

No. 1 University of Maryland
Mikias Eticha (Sophomore; Falls Church, Va.)
Cody Niedermeier (Freshman; Arnold, Md.)

University of Michigan
Alec Dockser (Freshman; Bethesda, Md.)

University of Pennsylvania
Nicky Yin (Junior; Bethesda, Md.)

University of Virginia
Kevin McBride (Junior; Fairfax, Va.)

Sean Murnane (Redshirt Junior; Centreville, Va.)
Marcus Salandy-Defour (Freshman; Kensington, Md.)

Villanova University
Damilola Adetola (Freshman; Bowie, Md.)

Virginia Commonwealth University
K.C. Onyeador (Sophomore; Sterling, Va.)

No. 13 Wake Forest University
Collin Martin (Freshman; Chevy Chase, Md.)

Jalen Robinson (Freshman; Catonsville, Md.)

West Virginia University
Uwem Etuk (Senior; Herndon, Va.)
Peabo Doue (Senior; Germantown, Md.)
Allan Flott (Junior; Arlington, Va.)

Travis Pittman (Senior; Manassas, Va.)

Oct 24, 2012

VIDEO: Roanoke Men's Soccer vs. Emory

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VIDEO: Highlights Radford Women defeat VMI, 6-0

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Highlights from Radford's 6-0 win over VMI on October 23, 2012.

Tribe Women Wrap Up Regular Season by Hosting ODU

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Tue, October 23, 2012 
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The William and Mary women's soccer team will wrap up its regular season when it hosts Old Dominion at Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field on Wednesday at 7 p.m. With a win against the Monarchs, the Tribe will capture the Colonial Athletic Association regular-season title and hosts the league's tournament the following weekend.  For the year, the College is 13-5 overall and 7-2 in the CAA, while Old Dominion is 4-13 on the season and 2-7 in league action.  Fans can follow the match online at TribeAthletics.com with live video and stats

Scouting the Tribe
The College defended its home pitch last weekend with a pair of wins against CAA competition.  On Friday night, the Green and Gold defeated Northeastern, 2-1, while the Tribe downed Hofstra, 3-2 in a double overtime thriller on Sunday.  The two wins have propelled W&M atop the CAA standings, and the Tribe now controls its own postseason destiny.  A win against Old Dominion on Wednesday night will cement the College as the 2012 CAA Tournament host, while a setback or tie will leave a possibility of hosting.

Seniors Mallory Schaffer and Cortlyn Bristol lead the Tribe with 22 points apiece.  Schaffer, who sent the Hofstra match into overtime with a goal in the 87th minute, has scored a team-high 10 goals to go along with two assists.  Bristol, who scored the game-winning goal against Hofstra, has tallied a team-high 12 assists while pouring in five goals.  Junior Dani Rutter continues to impress as the Burke, Pa., native has netted five goals and three assists, while freshman Nicole Baxter has accounted for four goals and two assists.     

Scouting the Monarchs
On Sunday, Old Dominion dropped a hard-fought home match to Northeastern, 2-1, in overtime.  However, the Monarchs defeated Hofstra, 2-1, which at the time was atop the league standings.  Senior Ashlee Coutu and sophomore Jessie Klamut scored goals in ODU's victory over the Pride.  Coutu leads the Monarchs with 13 points on six goals and one assist, while junior Amber Cook has tallied four goals and one helper.  Each of ODU's last four matches has been decided by one goal.  Head coach Joe Pereira is in his 18th season at the helm of the Old Dominion program.

News and Notes:
Last week, senior Mallory Schaffer was named as one of 10 national finalists for the 2012 Senior Class Award for women's soccer.  The award identifies the Division I senior athlete who best defines success on and off of the field.  The winner of the Senior CLASS Award will be announced during the 2012 College Cup Championship, which will take place in San Diego, Calf., on Nov. 30 through Dec. 2.

- Wednesday night's match will be the 24th meeting between the Tribe and Old Dominion, as W&M owns the series advantage, 20-2-1.  Last season, the Green and Gold cruised to a 4-0 victory in Norfolk led by junior Dani Rutter's two goals.  

- Nationally, senior Cortlyn Bristol ranks among the nation's best in a few statistical categories.  The Chantilly, Va., native has tallied 12 assists on the season, which are tied for most in country.  Additionally, her 0.67 assists per match rank fourth in the nation, while the preseason All-CAA selection's four game-winning goals stand at 28th.   

- With a win over Old Dominion on Wednesday night, the Tribe will clinch the No.1 seed in the 2012 CAA Tournament for the second consecutive year.  Last season, the Green and Gold hosted the championship after finishing the conference slate 10-1.  Additionally, the Tribe went on to capture its 10th CAA Championship after defeating VCU, 2-1, in overtime of the title match.

- The College will recognize head coach John Daly for his 350th career victory prior to Wednesday night's kickoff against Old Dominion.  Daly's 350th triumph came earlier this season in the Tribe's 2-0 win at Auburn.  Furthermore, all of coach Daly's 350 career victories have come at the College.   

UVA Women's Senior Caroline Miller Named ACC Co-Player of the Week

CHARLOTTESVILLEVirginia women’s soccer senior forward Caroline Miller (Rockville, Md.) was named the ACC Women’s Soccer Co-Player of the Week, sharing the honor with Boston College’s Stephanie McCaffrey, conference officials announced Tuesday.

Miller led the Cavaliers to a 5-0 win at No. 22 Virginia Tech on Sunday with a three-goal, one-assist performance. Her seven-point night tied the school record for points in a game and the hat trick was the second of her career and the first in ACC play this season.

Miller has 12 goals on the season and leads the ACC with nine goals in conference play. She currently ranks third in Virginia history with 37 career goals and sixth in school history with 89 career points.

The award is Miller’s fourth career ACC Player of the Week honor and the first for a Cavalier this season.

The No. 10 Cavaliers (12-4-1, 5-3-1 ACC) conclude the regular season on Thursday as they host Boston College. Game time at Klöckner Stadium is 7 p.m., and Virginia’s four seniors (Miller, Erica Hollenberg, Julia Roberts and Carrie Wisman) will be honored before the game.

Longwood Men blanked by Navy

FARMVILLE, Va. – The Longwood University men’s soccer team dropped a 3-0 decision to the U.S. Naval Academy (6-5-3), who scored three second half goals to earn the victory on Tuesday evening in Farmville. Sophomore Jonathan Kukapa|Leesburg, Va. (Clarksburg Md.) notched three shots, including two on goal, to lead the Lancers (3-11-3). Longwood will play its final game of the regular season at Big South Conference opponent Winthrop University on Wednesday, October 31 at 7 p.m.

“After a bright opening where we took the game to Navy, we faded somewhat and fell victim to some tireless Navy running,” said head coach Jon Atkinson. The keys to our success will come from converting good possession into chances when we are on top, but currently we are finding this hard to come by and need to find the formula in our last conference game.

“Our playing seniors worked hard tonight and it’s a shame we couldn’t get the win for all the seniors, but we are proud of them all the same.”

Three other Lancers also posted at least one shot in the match. Freshman Zach Corcoran|Martinsville (Martinsville) put two shots on goal, while senior Devin Pierce|Virginia Beach (Ocean Lakes) and sophomore Taylor Evans|South Riding (Freedom) registered one shot apiece on the night.

The teams battled for possession throughout the entire first half, with Longwood taking a slight 5-4 shot advantage in the first 45 minutes of the match. The Lancers had a chance to get on the board in the 10th minute when a corner kick by freshman Rhys Cairns|Washington, England (St. Roberts of Newminster RC School) found Kukapa, who sent a hard shot toward the back left corner of the net, but a diving save by Navy’s Gavin Snyder extinguished the opportunity.

The Navy offense went on the attack late in the half in an effort to break the stalemate before the period expired. In the 40th minute, Jamie Dubyoski took the ball on a breakaway down the right side of the field before firing a shot on net, but freshman goalkeeper Seth Erdman|Hummelstown, Pa. (Lower Dauphin) made a strong save, allowing the Lancers to clear the ball out of their defensive zone and send the teams into the break knotted at 0-0.

Coming out of halftime, Navy took control of the momentum, taking a 1-0 lead in the 48th minute when Thomas Shilba gained possession of the ball, dribbled around defender and sent a shot skidding by Erdman to lower right corner of the net.

Longwood answered with an opportunity to tie the game in the 53rd minute, as freshman Will Lambert|Charlottesville (Monticello) lobbed a deep pass to Corcoran in front of the net for the one-timer, but the Midshipmen goalkeeper turned away the attempt to maintain the one-goal lead for his squad.  

Navy added two insurance goals in the latter part of the second half. The first came in the 68th minute when Eric Skogerboe sent a cross to the top of the box where teammate Grant Valenstein launched a shot past the outstretched fingers of a jumping Erdman to make it a 2-0 game. Dave Arnold followed with an unassisted goal from the right side of the box in the 83rd minute to score the Midshipmen’s final goal of the night, sealing the 3-0 victory.  

Navy outshot Longwood, 15-7, in the contest and had a 4-2 edge in corner kicks. Tuesday’s match marked the fifth meeting ever between the Lancers and the Midshipmen in the sport of men’s soccer. Longwood still holds a slight, 3-2 advantage in the all-time series.

Seniors Evan Jones|Midlothian (Midlothian), Vinnie Llana|Raleigh, N.C. (Broughton), Patrick McDaniel|Midlothian (Cosby), Devin Pierce, Adel Sarras|Burke (Annandale) and Mike Tegler|Stafford  (North Stafford) were recognized in a special pregame ceremony.

Oct 23, 2012

VIDEO: Roanoke Men's Soccer Head Coach Scott Allison Pre-Game Speech

Roanoke men's soccer head coach Scott Allison gives his team a pre-game speech.

Scott Allison Pre-Game Speech from Roanoke Athletics on Vimeo.

VIDEO: ODU Men's Soccer Spotlight - Jordan LeBlanc

ODU Senior Jordan LeBlanc

Old Dominion University Men's soccer senior midfielder Jordan LeBlanc is the featured Monarch student-athlete on Oct. 23.

Tribe Men's Ryan Flesch named CAA Rookie of the Week

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - William and Mary men's soccer freshman midfielder Ryan Flesch was named the CAA Rookie of the Week on Monday.  The Manassas, Va., native connected on the game-winning goal in the 87th minute of the College's upset victory at No. 8-ranked Old Dominion last week. 

Tribe Freshman Ryan Flesch (courtesy of TribeAthletics.com)

For the year, Flesch has seen action in every match and has earned the start on five occasions.  In his 15 appearances, Flesch has tallied four points on two goals.  His first collegiate goal came in the 57th minute of the College's 4-1 route over Drake on Sept. 14.

In its lone match last week, W&M upended No. 8 Old Dominion, 2-1 last Wednesday night in Norfolk, Va.  After the Monarchs netted the night's initial goal, the Tribe responded with two unanswered scores courtesy of sophomore Marcus Luster and Flesch.  In dramatic fashion, Flesch netted the clincher in the 87th minute when his shot from the left side of box sailed into the top right corner of goal.  The victory was the Tribe's first over a top-10 opponent since defeating No. 5 SMU, 3-2, in the 2011 season opener.    

Tribe soccer returns to action on Wednesday night when it travels to James Madison for a match slated to begin at 7 p.m.

Oct 22, 2012

VIDEO: Roanoke Men's Soccer vs Washington and Lee

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Tribe Women top Hofstra, 3-2 on Senior Day

Tribe Women's Soccer
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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The William and Mary women's soccer team defeated Hofstra, 3-2 in double-overtime on Sunday afternoon from Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field.  On senior day, it was only fitting that seniors Cortlyn Bristol and Mallory Schaffer lifted the Tribe past the Pride.  Bristol connected on the game-winning goal in the 106th minute, while Schaffer sent the contest to overtime with the equalizer in the 87th minute of regulation.  The win improves the College's record to 13-5 overall and 7-2 in CAA play, while Hofstra falls to 10-7 on the year and 6-3 in league action.  Additionally, the Green and Gold clinched a first-round bye in the upcoming CAA Tournament.

Hofstra opened the scoring on Sunday afternoon with a goal in the 20th minute.  Pride freshman Jeannine Molleda went unassisted and sent a high shot that was initially thwarted up in the air by W&M freshman keeper Caroline Casey.  However, the bounce went the Pride's way as the ball trickled in to the right netting of goal.  Moment's after the Pride took the early lead, an HU defender was whistled for a red card, which gave the Tribe "a man up" advantage for the remainder of the afternoon. 

Sophomore Emory Camper knotted the match up at 1-1 courtesy of her third score of the season in the 35th minute.  Bristol initialized the opportunity, as the Chanitlly, Va., native sent a cross from the left side to Camper, who proceeded to punch home the goal from six yards away.  The half ended with W&M owning the edge in shots, 9-6, and Hofstra holding the advantage in shots on goal, 4-2.

In the 59th minute, Hofstra went ahead 2-1 after junior Brittnay Farriella tapped in freshman Leah Galton's original attempt from inside the six on a shot that was saved but not controlled by W&M.  With the match drawing towards a close, and with Hofstra still leading, Schaffer gave the College life again after the reigning CAA Player of the Year blasted home the equalizer in the 87th minute.  At midfield.  sophomore Emily Fredrikson sent a pass to freshman Nicole Baxter, who then placed a perfectly placed through ball to Schaffer.  From that point, the Allison Park, Pa., native shelved her 10th goal of the season into the lower right netting of goal.

After the opening 10 minutes of overtime yielded no score, the Green and Gold took over in the second extra minute period.  From the start, W&M dominated possession and in the 106th minute, the Tribe broke through with the game-winning goal.  From eight yards away and on the right side, Bristol cranked home the game-winner off her left foot on a one-timed bounce from Camper's deflected attempt on goal. 

Statistically, the Tribe dominated in shots, 20-9 and corner kicks, 7-2.  Hofstra finished the afternoon with seven shots on goal compared to the Tribe's six.

The College returns to action on Wednesday night, as it closes regular-season play hosting Old Dominion in a match slated to begin at 7 p.m.