NAIA Match of the Week
No. 1 Lee (Tenn.) (13-1-1, 10-0-0 SSAC) at No. 17 Brenau (Ga.) (12-3-0, 8-2-0 SSAC)
Saturday, Oct. 27 | 7 p.m. EDT | Allen Creek Soccer Complex | Gainesville, Ga.
• Perennial powerhouse and top-ranked Lee (Tenn.) travels to upstart No. 17 Brenau (Ga.) Saturday to wrap up Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) regular-season action. The Lady Flames have clinched at least a share of their 10th-straight SSAC regular-season conference crown and with a victory would stand alone as conference champions.
• Lee boasts a 10-0-0 record against the Tigers, including an 8-1 victory a year ago.
• The Lady Flames are 4-1-1 in road matches this season. Lee's only loss came at then-No. 5 Embry-Riddle (Fla.), 3-1. Since that defeat, the Lady Flames have outscored opponents 47-4, including shutout victories over nationally ranked Mobile (Ala.), William Carey (Miss.) and Auburn Montgomery (Ala.).
• Leah Fortune's 11 goals and 27 points leads the team, as 11 different Lady Flames have scored at least twice this season. Ode Fulutudilu, who is tied with Ashley Aragona with a team-best eight assists, is second in the squad's golden-boot standings with seven goals. Aragona rests third with five scores on the year.
• Led by Leah Wilson's 0.670 goals against average (ranks 13th nationally), Lee ranks third in the NAIA in shutouts with 10. Wilson has started every match this season en route to a 13-1-1 record between the pipes.
• Brenau, who was picked fifth in the SSAC's preseason coaches' poll, enters Saturday's tied for third-place with William Carey (Miss.) in the SSAC conference standings. The Tigers have won six-straight and outscored their opponents 28-2 during the streak.
• The Tigers are 5-1-0 this year at the Allen Creek Soccer Complex with their only loss coming against NCAA Division II Young Harris (Ga.), 3-1, on Sept. 8.
• Forward Esther Anyanwu has emerged as the key offensive threat for Brenau this season, leading the team and ranking fourth nationally with 25 goals and 58 points. The Lagos, Nigera native boasts eight multi-goal performances this season and also paces the NAIA in game-winning goals (7) and points per game (4.46). Her stellar play earned her NAIA National Women's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week honors on Oct. 16.
• Tori Brown has been the primary goalkeeper for Brenau this season, registering a 1.14 goals against average in 1,268 minutes of action. She is 12-3-0 on the season and has made 80 saves.
• The SSAC tournament action opens Nov. 3.
This Week Around the Top 25
• This week of Oct. 22 - 28 features four Top 25 matchups including:
o Tuesday - No. 15 Graceland (Iowa) tied No. 18 Benedictine (Kan.), 1-1
o Wednesday - No. 4 Mobile (Ala.) def. No. 5 William Carey (Miss.), 2-1
o Friday - No. 14 Martin Methodist (Tenn.) at No. 2 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)
o Saturday - No. 12 Westmont (Calif.) at No. 8 Vanguard (Calif.)
• Looking back at last week's Top 25 matchup results:
o Oct. 17 - No. 5 William Carey (Miss.) def. then-No. 19 Auburn Montgomery (Ala.), 1-0; No. 9 Vanguard (Calif.) def. then-No. 23 Concordia (Calif.), 3-0
o Oct. 20 - then-No. 25 Benedictine (Kan.) def. then-No. 17 Baker (Kan.), 3-2
• Unranked Indiana Wesleyan pulled off possibly this week's biggest upset with a 1-0 win against No. 6 Spring Arbor (Mich.) on Thursday night. The Cougars outshot the Wildcats 20-5 and 9-3 in shots on goal, however Indiana Wesleyan converted the only shot that mattered when Kelsey Johnston scored in the 35th minute. Jordan Harris was credited with the assist. The loss is just the second of the season for Spring Arbor.
• Playing in their fourth consecutive road match, No. 14 Martin Methodist picked up a 1-0 non-conference win at Tennessee Wesleyan on Oct. 20 in the NAIA Women's Soccer Match of the Week. The RedHawks struggled to find the back of the net early, despite holding a 10-1 shot advantage at halftime. Martin Methodist's break would come in the 73rd minute when Jennifer Loewen blasted a shot past the Bulldog goalkeeper. For the match, Martin Methodist outshot Tennessee Wesleyan, 14-4, and held a 10-1 advantage in corner kicks.
• In arguably the biggest upset this season, unranked Northwest Christian (Ore.) upended then-No. 1 Concordia (Ore.), 1-0, on Oct. 20. It was the first loss of the season for the Cavaliers and the first-ever victory in the series for the Beacons. Goalkeeper Kristen Fulbright emerged as the star of the match, tallying nine saves in 100 minutes. Jacque Bundtrock scored the game-winner in the second overtime on Northwest Christian's first and only shot of the match.
• Lee (Tenn.) reclaimed the No. 1 ranking for the first time since Sept. 4. Previous No. 1 Concordia dropped to No. 3, while Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) jumped one position to No. 2. No. 18 Benedictine (Kan.) enjoyed the largest jump with a seven-position improvement, while Baker's (Kan.) five spot slide from No. 17 to No. 22 was the biggest fall. No. 20 Rocky Mountain (Mont.) and No. 25 Davenport are this week's newcomers.
• For this week's NAIA Women's Soccer Coaches' Top 25 Poll, click here.
For the Record (As of Oct. 25)
• Eleventh-ranked Kansas Wesleyan extended its NAIA-best win streak to 14 games with back-to-back shutout victories over Ottawa (Kan.) and Saint Mary (Kan.) last week. The Coyotes are currently 15-1-0 overall and 7-0-0 in Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) play.
• Lubbock Christian and Benedictine (Kan.) were 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.
• Entering Friday, Kansas Wesleyan and Oklahoma City are tied atop the NAIA with 15 wins.
• As of Oct. 25, Rocky Mountain (Mont.) is the only unbeaten team left with an 11-0-2 record.
• Six teams are still searching for their first win in 2012.
• 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's head coach Brian Harvey, who is the NAIA's winningest active women's soccer coach, reached the 300-win plateau when his Stars defeated NCAA Division II Western State (Colo.), 1-0, on Oct. 7. He currently owns a 306-82-20 record in 17 seasons at Oklahoma City.
• Head coach Marty Ziesemer of Corban (Ore.) continues his pursuit of 200 career victories on Friday against Northwest (Wash). Ziesemer's Warriors are 9-6-1 on the season, upping his career record to 193-154-16.
• 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 (As of Oct. 25)
• Benedictine (Kan.) leads the NAIA with 81 goals in 17 matches this season, followed by Northwood (Fla.) with 70.
• Columbia (Mo.) paces the nation with 69 assists, followed by Benedictine with 68.
• Park (Mo.) set NAIA game-highs in points (67) and assists (23) in a 22-0 victory against Stephens (Mo.) on Sept. 29, while Lyon (Ark.) claims the NAIA's single-game high with 24 goals against Stephens on Oct. 24.
• Northwood (Fla.) owns the game-high in shots (76) against NCAA Division II Chowan (N.C.) on Sept. 14, while St. Ambrose (Iowa) set the standard with 43 shots on goal against AIB (Iowa) on Oct. 14.
• AIB currently paces the NAIA with 213 saves, while Stephens is first in saves per game with a 16.6 average.
• Midway's (Ky.) 15.3 shots on goal per game average is tops in the NAIA.
• Two-time NAIA National Women's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week Kelsey Langille of Cumberland (Tenn.) owns a NAIA-best 30 goals this season, while Viterbo's (Wis.) Molly Machometa is second with 29.
• Park's Dana Hemmingsen leads the nation with 15 assists.
• Four individuals are tied for the national lead with seven game winning goals: Hollie Babut of Ashford (Iowa), Esther Anyanwu of Brenau (Ga.), Machometa and Langille
• Madison Wiles of Bethel (Kan.) leads all NAIA goalkeepers with 191 saves.
• Oklahoma City's Ashley Bechtold paces the nation with a 0.19 goals against average, allowing only two goals in 16 matches this season.
• 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