NAIA Match of the Week
No. 20 Carroll (Mont.) (9-0-1) vs. No. 10 Cal State San Marcos (5-2-1)
Saturday, Oct. 6 | 11 a.m. MDT | Salt Lake City, Utah | Dumke Field
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• No. 20 Carroll (Mont.) puts its unbeaten record on the line in a neutral site match against No. 10 Cal State San Marcos on Saturday. The two sides are meeting as part of the 2012 Westminster Fall Invitational at Dumke Field in Salt Lake City, Utah. Both teams will also have matches against host No. 23 Westminster (Utah).
• Since 2008, Cal State San Marcos is 7-2-2 in neutral site matches, including a 2-1 win against NCAA Division II Seattle Pacific (Wash.) on Sept. 1.
• Saturday's match marks the fifth-straight ranked opponent for the Cougars, who currently own a 2-1-1 record against Top 25 teams. The only loss was a 1-0 overtime decision at then-No. 18 Concordia (Calif.)
• In its last match, Cal State San Marcos defeated then-No. 17 Vanguard (Calif.), 2-1, on Sept. 22. Cougar forward Dani Porter scored the game-winner less than two minutes into the first overtime to give Cal State San Marcos the win.
• Forward Shelby Bush leads the way for the Cougars with eight points on three goals and two assist, while Porter is second with six points on three goals.
• Scoring first has been a key for Cal State San Marcos this season. The Cougars are currently 5-0-1 when they net the match's opening goal.
• Defensively, Amanda Sears has started all eight matches in goal. She is 5-2-1, including two shutouts, with a 1.270 goals against average and 0.727 save percentage.
• Ron Pulvers is in his seventh season as the head coach of the Cal State San Marcos women's soccer program. During his tenure, the Cougars have won three Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) titles (2008, 2009, 2011) and made three NAIA Women's Soccer National Championship appearances (2008, 2009, 2011).
• Carroll enters the match 1-of-7 teams that have not lost this season. The Saints' tie came at College of Idaho, 1-1, on Sept. 21.
• Carroll is riding a six-match winning streak in neutral site matches en route to a 9-6-0 record, dating back to 2008. Their last neutral loss came on Sept. 9, 2011 against then-No. 22 Mobile (Ala.) (4-0).
• The Saints are fresh off a 3-2 win over then-No. 20 Westminster on Sept. 30. Carroll took an early 2-0 lead with scores in the 10th and 24th minute, before the Griffins responded with a pair of second half goals to knot the score 2-2. However, Nicole Carter converted her first goal of the season with the game-winner in the 82nd minute.
• Forward Christa Saur paces a Carroll offense that has outscored its opponent 27-6 this season with eight goals, including a career-high three scores against NCAA Division II Mary (N.D.) on Aug. 19. In addition to Saur, five other players have at least two goals.
• Goalkeeper Erin Volz owns four shutouts and an 8-0-1 record in nine starts. She ranks 19th nationally with a 0.690 goals against average, allowing only six scores in 785 minutes of action.
• Carroll ranks amongst the Top 25 nationally in shutouts (5), assists per game (2.4) and total assists (24).
• Head coach David Thorvilson entered the season with a 69-21-7 record in five seasons at Carroll. He has guided the Saints to five-straight Frontier Conference titles and one national championship appearance.
This Week Around the Top 25
• This week of Oct. 1 - 7 features four Top 25 matchups in addition to the NAIA Women's Soccer Match of the Week, including:
o Tuesday - No. 24 Judson (Ill.) def. No. 21 Trinity International (Ill.), 2-1
o Wednesday - No. 12 Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) at No. 5 Mobile (Ala.); No. 19 Concordia (Calif.) at No. 22 The Master's (Calif.)
o Friday - No. 10 Cal State San Marcos at No. 23 Westminster (Utah)
• Looking back at last week's Top 25 matchup results:
o Sept. 25 - then-No. 17 Vanguard (Calif.) def. then-No. 9 Westmont (Calif.), 2-0
o Sept. 28 - No. 2 Lee (Tenn.) def. then-No. 8 William Carey (Miss.), 1-0
o Sept. 29 - then-No. 22 Carroll (Mont.) def. then-No. 20 Westminster (Utah), 3-2
• A strong defensive effort led No. 2 Lee (Tenn.) to a 1-0 victory at then-No. 8 William Carey (Miss.) last week in the NAIA Women's Soccer Match of the Week. The match's lone goal came in the 24th minute when Ashley Aragona knocked home the game-winner off an assist by Leah Fortune. Despite 41 combined shots, both defenses held to keep the contest at 1-0.
• No. 24 Judson (Ill.) extended its win streak to three games with a 2-1 upset win against No. 21 Trinity International on Tuesday. The Eagles trailed early when Trinity International's Kat Simonsen netted her first goal of the season in the 23rd minute. However, Judson responded in the 35th with a score of their own to tie the match, 1-1, entering the half. With the contest only two minutes from entering overtime, Judson's Angela Bianchi came through with the game-winner of an assist from Kaylee O'Brien
• Also on Tuesday, previously unbeaten No. 4 Oklahoma City lost a 2-1 overtime decision against Mid-America Christian (Okla.). The Evangels, who earned their first-ever victory against a top-five opponent, held a slight 27-26 edge in shots, while Oklahoma City had six corner kicks to Mid-America Christian's zero. Chelsea Swisher knocked home the game-winning goal in the 94th minute.
• The top five remained unchanged in this week's NAIA Women's Soccer Coaches' Top 25 Poll with Concordia (Ore.) holding its fourth-straight No. 1 ranking. Sixteen teams shuffled throughout the Top 25 with No. 11 Vanguard's (Calif.) six-spot improvement the largest amongst the group. No. 25 Indiana Wesleyan is the lone newcomer this week. The Wildcats replaced previous No. 25 Ashford (Iowa).
• For this week's NAIA Women's Soccer Coaches' Top 25 Poll, click here.
For the Record (As of Oct. 2)
• Lubbock Christian (Texas) extended its NAIA-best win streak to 11 matches with a 4-2 victory at Wayland Baptist (Texas) on Sept. 29. Additionally, Lubbock Christian is the last remaining team with a perfect record this season - 11-0-0. The Lady Chaparrals, who have not lost since Nov. 5, 2011, put their streak and unbeaten record on the line Thursday at St. Gregory's (Okla.).
• Lubbock Christian and Benedictine (Kan.) became the first teams to 10 victories this season. The Lady Chaparrals hit double-figures with a victory at Southwest (N.M.) on Sept. 25, while the Ravens defeated Bethel (Kan.), 6-0, also on Sept. 25.
• As of Oct. 3, seven teams have not lost this season: Lubbock Christian 11-0-0; Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) 9-0-1; Carroll (Mont.) 9-0-1; Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 9-0-1; Carlow (Pa.) 4-0-1; Concordia (Ore.) 7-0-2; Montreat (N.C.) 7-0-3.
• Embry-Riddle's Martine Olsen and Tori Singstock of Indiana Tech posted the season's first hat tricks, both coming on Aug. 18.
• Oklahoma City head coach Brian Harvey rests only one victory shy of reaching 300 career wins. He currently owns a 299-82-20 record in 17 seasons with the Stars. Oklahoma City failed on its first opportunity to reach the milestone, but looks to rebound on Oct. 12 against Science & Arts (Okla.).
• Head coach Marty Ziesemer of Corban (Ore.) continues his pursuit of 200 career victories on Friday against Northwest (Wash). Ziesemer's Warriors are 6-4-0 on the season, upping his career record to 190-152-15.
• Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) head coach Jason Nichols topped the 100 career wins plateau with a 1-0 win against Mount Mercy (Iowa) on Sept. 19 and a 3-0 win at Harris-Stowe State (Mo.) on Sept. 25.
National Statistics (Through Oct. 2)
• Benedictine (Kan.) leads the NAIA with 65 goals in eight matches this season, followed by Viterbo (Wis.) with 60. Benedictine and Viterbo are tied for the assists lead with 49.
• Park (Mo.) set NAIA game-highs in goals (22), points (67) and assists (23) in a 22-0 victory against Stephens (Mo.) on Sept. 29.
• Northwood (Fla.) owns the game-highs in shots and shots on goals with 76 and 42 against NCAA Division II Chowan (N.C.) on Sept. 14.
• Huston-Tillotson (Texas) currently leads the NAIA with 132 saves, while Stephens paces the nation in saves per game with a 17.0 average.
• Midway's (Ky.) 17.3 shots on goal per game average in tops in the NAIA.
• Molly Machometa of Viterbo is the current NAIA scoring leader with 26 goals, followed by two-time NAIA National Women's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week Kelsey Langille of Cumberland (Tenn.) with 22. Machometa and Langille are the only two individuals to surpass the 20-goal mark.
• Park's Dana Hemmingsen and Steph Wisen of Viterbo lead the nation with 13 assists. Wisen owns the NAIA individual game-high with six against Roosevelt (Ill.) on Sept. 15.
• Three individuals are tied for the national lead with six game winning goals: Brooke Wendl of Lubbock Christian (Texas), Hollie Babut of Ashford (Iowa) and Machometa.
• April Taylor of Huston-Tillotson (Texas) leads all NAIA goalkeepers with 120 saves.
• For a complete list of the NAIA statistical leaders, click here.
List of NAIA Schools Participating in Women's Soccer - Click HERE
NAIA Women's Soccer Winningest Coaches - Click HERE
NAIA Women's Soccer Regular-Season Records - Click HERE
Looking Ahead to the National Championship
The 29th annual national championship will take place at a different venue - Orange Beach, Ala. This is the fourth-straight year in the state of Alabama with the previous three events being held in Decatur, Ala. The 2012 championship will be contested at the Orange Beach Sportsplex from Nov. 26 - Dec. 1.
|Most All-Time Championship Appearances|
|1. Berry (Ga.)*||16||17-10-4||2008|
|T2. Westmont (Calif.)||14||28-5-6||2011|
|T2. Azusa Pacific (Calif.)*||14||31-11-3||2011|
|T4. Lindenwood (Mo.)*||13||15-16-1||2003|
|T4. Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||13||23-12-2||2011|
|T6. Houghton (N.Y.)*||12||6-13-0||2010|
|T6. Simon Fraser (B.C.)*||12||18-9-3||2010|
|8. Concordia (Ore.)||11||21-11-2||2011|
|T9. Park (Mo.)||8||4-9-2||2008|
|T9. Embry-Riddle (Fla.)||8||3-8-0||2011|
|T9. Lee (Tenn.)||8||26-3-2||2011|
|T9. Martin Methodist (Tenn.)||8||14-4-3||2011|
|Most Wins in Championship Appearances|
|1. Azusa Pacific (Calif.)*||31-11-3|
|2. Westmont (Calif.)||28-5-6|
|3. Lee (Tenn.)||26-3-2|
|4. Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||23-12-2|
|5. Concordia (Ore.)||21-11-2|
|6. Simon Fraser (B.C.)*||18-9-3|
|7. Berry (Ga.)*||17-10-4|
|8. Lindenwood (Mo.)*||15-16-1|
|T9. Martin Methodist (Tenn.)||14-4-3|
|T9. Lynn (Fla.)||14-2-0|
|Programs with Most Championship Titles|
|1. Westmont (Calif.)||5|
|2. Lee (Tenn.)||4|
|T3. Berry (Ga.)*||3|
|T3. Lynn (Fla.)*||3|
|T3. Pacific Lutheran (Wash.)*||3|
|T6. Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||2|
|T6. Martin Methodist (Tenn.)||2|
|T6. St. Mary’s (Calif.)*||2|
|T6. Simon Fraser (B.C.)*||2|
* No longer an NAIA member institution