NAIA Match of the Week
No. 2 Lee (Tenn.) (5-1-0, 2-0-0 SSAC) at No. 8 William Carey (Miss.) (7-1-1, 2-0-0 SSAC)
Friday, Sept. 28 | 5 p.m. CDT | Hattiesburg, Miss. | WCU Soccer Complex
• The second week of Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) action showcases its second-straight top-10 matchup when defending champion and second-ranked Lee (Tenn.) travels to No. 8 William Carey (Miss.) on Friday.
• The Lady Flames were dominant in the two sides only meeting in 2011, posting a 5-1 victory that included a hat trick by 2011 NAIA All-American midfielder Leah Fortune. Lee scored goals in the 4th, 29th, 33rd, 63rd and 89th minutes. William Carey's Morgan Marfisi netted the Crusaders' only goal off a set-piece assist from Malin Barrulf in the 25th minute.
• Since 2006, the Lady Flames are 3-0-0 against William Carey.
• Lee, who won its fourth-straight national title in 2011, enters Friday with a 5-1-0 record (2-0-0 SSAC) following a 2-0 week that included home victories against Spring Hill (Ala.), 4-0, on Sept. 21 and then-No. 6 Mobile (Ala.), 2-0, on Sept. 22.
• The Lady Flames own a 13-2-0 record in their last 15 road contests, including a 12-match win streak that spanned from Sept. 8, 2010 to Sept. 9, 2012. The streak ending loss came against then-No. 5 Embry-Riddle (Fla.), 3-1.
• Fortune paces the Lee offense with five goals in six starts, while forwards Ode Fulutudilu and Ashley Aragona are second with three apiece.
• Goalkeeper Leah Wilson has allowed six goals in six matches for a 1.05 goals against average this season. She currently owns a .684 save percentage and two shutouts.
• Lee's NAIA team rankings (Top 50): ninth in shutouts per game (0.5); 31st in total shutouts (3); 31st in assists per game (2.17); 46th in goals per game (2.83).
• The Lady Flames have outscored opponents 17-6 in 2012.
• Similarly to Lee, William Carey enters the Match of the Week coming off a unbeaten week with road SSAC victories at Brewton-Parker (Ga.), 4-0, on Sept. 20 and Emmanuel (Ga.), 2-1, on Sept. 22.
• William Carey is 4-0 at the friendly confines of the WCU Soccer Complex this season and is 12-2-1 in its last 15 home matches. The Crusaders', who have outscored opponents 54-10 during the stretch, two losses came against Spring Hill, 1-0, on Oct. 26, 2010 and Mobile, 1-0, on Oct. 18, 2011.
• Forward Sasha Rodriguez and midfielder Tori McDevitt pace a Crusader offense that has outscored its opposition 23-8 this season with six goals each.
• Goalkeeper Linfa Jones has played a majority of the minutes between the pipes this season for the Crusaders and owns a 0.690 goals against average. Her record in 2012 is 6-0-1 with two shutouts.
• William Carey's NAIA team rankings (Top 50): 30th in shots per game (19.22); 31st in shutouts (3.0); 46th in goals (23).
• For live statistics provided by William Carey, click here.
This Week Around the Top 25
• This week of Sept. 24 - 30 features two Top 25 matchups in addition to the NAIA Women's Soccer Match of the Week, including:
o Tuesday - No. 17 Vanguard (Calif.) (4-2-0) def. No. 9 Westmont (Calif.) (4-2-1), 2-0
o Sunday - No. 20 Westminster (Utah) (9-1-0) at No. 22 Carroll (Mont.) (7-0-1)
• Looking back at last week's Top 25 matchup results:
o Sept. 18 - then-No. 17 Cal State San Marcos def. then-No. 7 Westmont (Calif.), 3-2
o Sept. 21 - then-No. 23 Northwood (Fla.) def. then-No. 4 Embry-Riddle (Fla.), 2-1
o Sept. 22 - No. 2 Lee (Tenn.) def. then-No. 6 Mobile (Ala.), 2-0; then-No. 11 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) def. then-No. 14 Judson (Ill.), 1-0; then-No. 17 Cal State San Marcos def. then-No. 12 Vanguard (Calif.), 2-1; then-No. 19 Kansas Wesleyan def. then-No. 8 Baker (Kan.), 1-0
• One Top 25 upset has already occurred this week when No. 17 Vanguard (Calif.) defeated No. 9 Westmont (Calif.), 2-0, in the teams' Golden State Athletic Conference season opener on Tuesday. Both of the Lion's goals were scored by Jordan Davidson with the first coming in the seventh minute off an assist by Amanda Couch. Her second goal came in the 37th minute. The loss is the second-straight against a ranked opponent for Westmont.
• A second upset occurred on Wednesday when No. 25 Ashford (Iowa) fell, 3-2, against unranked Viterbo (Wis.). Ashford, who is sporting its first national ranking in the polls (dating back to 1999), allowed a trio of Vhawk goals in the opening 45 minutes before capitalizing in the 56th minute on a Chelsea Fisher penalty kick. The Saints scored again in the 68th, however failed to net the game-tying goal.
• In last week's NAIA Women's Soccer Match of the Week, then-No. 11 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) edged then-No. 14 Judson (Ill.), 1-0, on a 72nd minute score by defender Rachel Kilbry. The victory gives the Tigers five-straight wins against the Eagles, who fell 10 spots to No. 24 in the latest edition of the NAIA Women's Soccer Coaches' Top 25 Poll. Olivet held a 15-7 advantage in shots and 9-4 lead in shots on goal.
• For this week's NAIA Women's Soccer Coaches' Tip 25 Poll, click here.
For the Record (As of Sept. 27)
• Lubbock Christian (Texas) extended its NAIA-best win streak to 10 matches with a 3-0 victory at Southwest (N.M.) on Tuesday. The Lady Chaparrals, who have not lost since Nov. 5, 2011 against Oklahoma City, put their streak on the line Saturday at Wayland Baptist (Texas).
• Lubbock Christian and Benedictine (Kan.) became the first teams to 10 victories this season. The Lady Chaparrals hit double-figures with their previously mentioned victory at Southwest, while the Ravens defeated Bethel (Kan.), 6-0, on Tuesday.
• Embry-Riddle's Martine Olsen and Tori Singstock of Indiana Tech posted the season's first hat tricks, both coming on Aug. 18.
• As of Sept. 27, Lubbock Christian and Oklahoma City are the only teams with perfect records this season. The Lady Chaparrals are 10-0-0, while the Stars are 7-0-0.
• Carlow (Pa.) is the only school yet to surrender a goal this season.
• Oklahoma City head coach Brian Harvey rests only two victories shy of reaching 300 career wins. He currently owns a 298-81-20 record in 17 seasons with the Stars. Oklahoma City puts its perfect 7-0-0 record on the line Friday against Rogers State (Okla.).
• Head coach Marty Ziesemer of Corban (Ore.) continues his pursuit of 200 career victories on Friday against Eastern Oregon. Ziesemer's Warriors are 5-3-0 on the season, upping his career record to 189-151-15.
• 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 Tuesday.
National Statistics (Through Sept. 27)
• Benedictine (Kan.) leads the NAIA with 62 goals in eight matches this season, followed by Viterbo (Wis.) with 51. Benedictine also leads all teams with 47 assists.
• Southeastern (Fla.) set NAIA game-highs in goals (17), points (51) and assists (17) in a 17-0 victory against Florida Christian College on Sept. 8, while Northwood (Fla.) claimed the shots (76) and shots on goal (42) mark against NCAA Division II Chowan (N.C.) on Sept. 14.
• Huston-Tillotson (Texas) currently leads the NAIA in saves with 119, while Stephens (Mo.) paces the nation in saves per game with a 20.0 average.
• Molly Machometa of Viterbo is the current NAIA scoring leader with 22 goals, followed by two-time NAIA National Women's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week Kelsey Langille of Cumberland (Tenn.) with 20.
• Viterbo's Steph Wisen leads the nation with 13 assists, including a NAIA single-game high six assists against Roosevelt (Ill.) on Sept. 15.
• Two individuals are tied for the national lead with six game winning goals: Brooke Wendl of Lubbock Christian (Texas) and Hollie Babut of Ashford (Iowa).
• April Taylor of Huston-Tillotson (Texas) leads all NAIA goalkeepers with 107 saves.
• For a complete list of the NAIA statistical leaders, click here.
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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.
National Championship Superlatives
|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