NAIA Women’s Soccer Match of the Week
No. 1 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) (1-0-0) at No. 3 Spring Arbor (Mich.) (1-1-0)
Cougar Soccer Field | Spring Arbor, Mich. | 7 p.m. EDT
• Two 2012 national championship participants collide in a key early-season contest when preseason top-ranked and defending national champion Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) travels to No. 3 Spring Arbor (Mich.) for a 7 p.m. EDT kickoff at the Cougar Soccer Field.
• Lindsey Wilson (1-0) has been dominant in the all-time series against the Cougars, boasting a 6-0-3 record including a 3-0-0 mark on the road.
• The two squads played twice last season. A late Spring Arbor goal by Becca Lynn in the regular season meeting resulted in a 1-1 draw, while Lindsey Wilson claimed a 2-1 victory in the semifinals of last year’s championship. Spring Arbor, who was playing in the program’s first-ever semifinals, took a 1-0 lead when Karly Linton found the back of the net in the 23rd minute. However, 2012 Select Sport America-NAIA Player of the Year Mia Persson netted her fourth goal in three games to open the second half scoring in the 68th minute. Lindsey Wilson claimed its first lead of the match a little more than 10 minutes later when Elizabet Madjarac drove a one-timer past the Cougar goalkeeper for the eventual game winning goal.
• The Blue Raiders enter the contest fresh off a 3-0 victory over No. 21 Davenport (Mich.) in the squad’s August 26 season opener. Returning All-American midfielder Natasha Gensetter scored Lindsey Wilson’s first goal of the season in the fifth minute before a pair of second half scores sealed the victory. The win improved the Blue Raiders to 5-1-4 in season openers since 2004.
• Lindsey Wilson is led by returning All-Americans Renee Hurd and Gensetter. Hurd, a senior defender, tallied four goals and four assists in 2012. Her season was highlighted by a 28th minute goal in the Blue Raiders’ 3-0 win over Embry-Riddle (Fla.) at last year’s national championship. Gensetter scored only once, but was second on the team with eight assists.
• In contrast to Lindsey Wilson, Spring Arbor stumbled out of the gate this season, dropping a 4-0 decision against Davenport on August 21. The shutout is only the third in the last 48 matches for the Cougars.
• The Cougars rebounded nearly a week later with a 4-1 win over Asbury (Ky.). Four different players made up the goal total for Spring Arbor with Rachel Shive, Karly Linton, Brooklyn Morgan and Samantha Sturgeon finding the back of the net. Shive’s score was her first collegiate goal.
• Top returners for Spring Arbor include Linton and sophomore goalkeeper Sarah Yancer. Linton, a 2012 NAIA All-American, ranked 11th nationally a year ago with 12 assists and 15th in the NAIA with 12 goals. Yancer was the cornerstone for the Cougar defense in 2012, ranking fourth in the NAIA with a 0.470 goals against average and a 17-3-1 record between the pipes.
• Looking forward, Lindsey Wilson’s next match will be at No. 14 William Carey (Miss.) Sept. 6, while Spring Arbor travels to Marygrove (Mich.) Sept. 4.
This Week Around NAIA Women’s Soccer
• The week of August 26 features 12 Top 25 matchups
o Monday - No. 1 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) def. No. 21 Davenport (Mich.), 3-0
o Wednesday - No. 21 Davenport (Mich.) def No. 12 Martin Methodist (Tenn.), 3-0
o Friday – No. 18 Westmont (Calif.) at No. 5 Concordia (Ore.)
o Saturday – No. 1 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) at No. 3 Spring Arbor (Mich.)
o Saturday – No. 14 William Carey (Miss.) at No. 6 Embry-Riddle (Fla.)
o Saturday – No. 7 Mobile (Ala.) at No. 10 Northwood (Fla.)
o Saturday – No. 8 Oklahoma City at No. 23 Baker (Kan.)
o Sunday – No. 7 Mobile (Ala.) at No. 6 Embry-Riddle (Fla.)
o Sunday – No. 8 Oklahoma City at No. 19 Benedictine (Kan.)
o Sunday – No. 14 William Carey (Miss.) at No. 10 Northwood (Fla.)
o Sunday – No. 22 Brenau (Ga.) at No. 13 Cumberland (Tenn.)
o Sunday – No. 20 Ashford (Iowa) at No. 15 Robert Morris (Ill.)
• Looking back to last week’s Top 25 matchup results:
o Aug. 21 – No. 21 Davenport (Mich.) def. No. 3 Spring Arbor (Mich.), 4-0
o Aug. 24 – No. 20 Ashford (Iowa) def. No. 23 Baker (Kan.), 2-0
• Unranked St. Thomas (Fla.) registered possibly the largest upset of the young season, as the Bobcats knocked off No. 7 Mobile (Ala.), 1-0, last Saturday. With five minutes remaining in the contest, senior forward Sara Mira netted a rebound after the Mobile goalkeeper failed to handle a Melony Poviones free kick.
• No. 21 Davenport (Mich.) has arguably been playing as well as anyone in the nation through its first three matches. The Panthers are 2-1-0 with victories against No. 3 Spring Arbor (Mich.) (4-0) and No. 11 Martin Methodist (Tenn.) (3-0). Davenport’s loss this season came at the hands of defending national champion and top-ranked Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), 3-0. The Panthers return to the pitch Sept. 6 in a neutral site match against Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio).
• For a complete look at the NAIA women’s soccer scoreboard, click here.
• For this week’s NAIA Women’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, click here.
For the Record
• Indiana Wesleyan’s Dr. John Bratcher will step down as head coach of the Wildcats at the end of the 2013 season. Bratcher has amassed a record of 179-43-15 through 11 seasons at Indiana Wesleyan. Last season, he won his 500th career collegiate match (combined men’s and women’s victories) with a 4-0 win at Bethel (Ind.). The Wildcats are 1-0-0 this season after a 6-2 win against Asbury (Ky.) on August 23. Indiana Wesleyan returns to the pitch Saturday when they host Campbellsville (Ky.).
• Jason Crist of Spring Arbor (Mich.), Drew Burwash of Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) and Corban’s (Ore.) Marty Ziesemer all rest within five games of the 200 career win plateau. Crist is the closest of the trio with 198 career victories with Burwash second with 197 and Ziesemer third with 195
• Concordia (Ore.) head coach Grant Landy, second on the NAIA’s active wins list, moved two steps closer to win No. 300 with victories against NCAA Division II Holy Names (Calif.), 5-1, and Oregon Tech, 6-0, August 23 – 24 at the Southern Oregon University Tournament in Ashland, Ore. With the wins, Landy’s career record improves to 291-57-23. The Cavaliers are back in action on Friday in a Top 25 showdown against No. 18 Westmont (Calif.).
• Victoria Johnson of Ave Maria (Fla.) owns the early season lead with seven goals in three games for the Gyrenes. The sophomore forward boasts back-to-back hat tricks against Wiley (Texas) August 24 and four days later against Florida Memorial.
• Darby Rasch of Spring Hill (Ala.) is tied with Johnson as the nation’s leading assist woman with four.
• Twenty-six goalkeepers enter Thursday with a 0.00 goals against average.
• Through Wednesday’s matches, Concordia (Mich.) and The Master’s (Calif.) are tied for the NAIA lead with three wins each.
• Fifty-one teams remain unbeaten.
• Spring Hill leads all teams with 18 goals in two matches this season, followed by Lawrence Tech (Mich.) with 14 and Ave Maria and Benedictine (Kan.) with 13, respectively.
• Spring Hill also paces the NAIA with 17 assists.
• For a complete look at the NAIA statistical leaders, click here.
Looking Ahead to the National Championship
The 30th annual national championship will take place at the Orange Beach Sportsplex in Orange Beach, Ala., for the second-straight year. This is the fifth-consecutive season that the state of Alabama has hosted the event. The championship will play out Dec. 2 – 7. Opening Round matches, which are held at campus sites, are scheduled for Nov. 23.
2013 NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship Visitors Information – Click HERE.