NAIA Women’s Soccer Match of the Week
No. 2 Vanguard (Calif.) (3-0-0) vs. No. 8 Mobile (Ala.) (2-2-1)
Orange Beach Sportsplex | Orange Beach, Ala. | 7:30 p.m. CDT
• No. 2 Vanguard (Calif.) squares off against No. 8 Mobile (Ala.) in this week’s NAIA Women’s Soccer Match of the Week. The Lions enter the contest as one of the NAIA’s remaining unbeaten teams with a 3-0-0 record, while Mobile is 2-2-1.
• Saturday marks only the second meeting between the two sides with the first coming in Sept. of 2008. Vanguard won the inaugural contest 2-0. The Lions dominated the offensive side of the ball, outshooting the Rams, 20-5 (10 shots on goal), and holding a 12-2 advantage in corner kicks.
• Dating back to 2007, Vanguard is 2-2-2 in neutral site matches, while Mobile owns a record of 7-11-4, including a 0-2-3 record in its last five. The Rams last neutral site victory came against Grand View (Iowa), 2-1, on Aug. 20, 2012.
• Vanguard, who has not played a ranked team this season, ranks third in the NAIA in assists per game (4.67), fourth in goals per game (6.33) and sixth in shots per game (27.67).
• The Lions most impressive performance of the young season came on Aug. 29 at Antelope Valley (Calif.). Vanguard scored an unprecedented 13 goals, including eight in the first half, en route to a 13-0 win. Seventeen different Lions saw the pitch and combined for 40 shots, including 22 on frame. Forward Kayla Arenas, who was second on the squad a year ago with 11 goals, set the single-game program record with five scores.
• Vanguard returns two of its three All-Americans from a 2012 team that won the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) regular season and tournament titles before reaching its first-ever NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship quarterfinals.
• First team All-American and reigning GSAC Player of the Year Jordan Davidson highlights the returners. Davidson led the squad with 18 goals and 46 points in 2012. Her eight game-winners ranked second in the NAIA. Through three games this season, Davidson boasts six points on two goals and two assists.
• Defensively, Lauren Terry has started all three matches in goal for Vanguard. The 2012 third team NAIA All-American owns a 1.07 goals against average and 81.3 percent save percentage through 252:14 minutes of action this season. Terry owns 14 career shutouts, but has yet to record one in 2013.
• Mobile is 1-0-1 against Top 25 teams in 2013, highlighted by a 2-0 victory at then-No. 6 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) on Sept. 2. However, the Rams have dropped two matches against unranked opponents, including a 3-1 loss at Thomas (Ga.) last time out.
• The Rams, who lost 2012 All-Americans Christy Lachappelle and Olivia Maddox due to graduation, returned 11 players from last year’s team that finished second in the Southern States Athletic Conference and advanced to the round of 16 of the national championship for the third-straight year.
• Six different Rams have appeared on the score sheet through five games – MaKelle Pena, Saskia Adriance, Rebekah Counce, Katie Compton, Tyler-Rae Molloy and Morgan Littlewood.
• Gillian McMahon, who also served as the squad’s primary goalkeeper in 2012, has started all five matches and boasts two shutout victories this season.
• One day prior to the Match of the Week, Vanguard will play No. 17 William Carey (Miss.) and Mobile will play No. 11 Texas at Brownsville.
This Week Around NAIA Women’s Soccer
• The Week of Sept. 9 features eight Top 25 matchups:
o Wednesday – No. 19 Benedictine (Kan.) tied No. 16 Kansas Wesleyan, 3-3
o Friday – No. 17 William Carey vs. No. 2 Vanguard
o Friday – No. 6 Northwood (Fla.) at No. 3 Concordia (Ore.)
o Friday – No. 16 Kansas Wesleyan at No. 4 Embry-Riddle (Fla.)
o Friday – No. 7 Spring Arbor (Mich.) at No. 5 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)
o Friday – No. 8 Mobile (Ala.) vs. No. 11 Texas at Brownsville
o Saturday – No. 8 Mobile (Ala.) vs. No. 2 Vanguard (Calif.)
o Saturday – No. 17 William Carey (Miss.) vs. No. 11 Texas at Brownsville
• Last Week’s Top 25 Results:
o Monday – No. 7 Mobile (Ala.) def. No. 6 Embry-Riddle (Fla.), 2-0
o Monday – No. 10 Northwood (Fla.) def. No. 14 William Carey (Miss.), 3-2
o Friday – No. 1 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) def. No. 14 William Carey (Miss.), 2-1
o Friday – No. 2 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) def. No. 16 Graceland (Iowa), 1-0
o Sunday – No. 6 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) def. No. 1 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), 1-0
• Then-No. 23 Baker (Kan.), No. 24 Rocky Mountain (Mont.), then-No. 2 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.), then-No. 7 Mobile (Ala.) and then-No. 20 Ashford (Iowa) fell to unranked opponents this past week.
• Hastings’ (Neb.) 1-0 upset of then-No. 2 Olivet Nazarene highlights the week as arguably the largest upset. Megan Kruse netted the game-winning goal in the first overtime off an assist from Jennifer Lerner. The Broncos held a slight 17-13 advantage in shots, including a 9-6 edge in shots on goal. Brittany Toth made six saves in 105 minutes to register the shutout. The performance earned her NAIA National Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week honors.
• Lindsey Wilson retained the No. 1 ranking in this week’s NAIA Women’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll despite falling to then-No. 6 Embry-Riddle, 1-0, last Sunday. The defeat moved the Blue Raiders to 3-1-0 on the young season with all four matches coming against ranked opponents.
• 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 181-43-15 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 3-0-1 on the season, including victories against USCAA Cleary (Mich.), 5-0, and Marygrove (Mich.), 4-0, last week.
• Spring Arbor (Mich.) head coach Jason Crist picked up his 200th career victory Tuesday when the Cougars defeated Concordia (Mich.), 4-2. Crist boasts a 200-72-20 record in 13 years at Spring Arbor.
• Drew Burwash of Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) and Corban’s (Ore.) Marty Ziesemer are next in line to join the 200-win club. Burwash is one victory shy of the mark with a 199-30-15 record at Lindsey Wilson, while Ziesemer is two back at 196-157-17. The Blue Raiders return to action Friday against Indiana Wesleyan. Corban’s next contest is Saturday against NCAA Division III Linfield (Ore.).
• 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., to open the season. In their most recent contest, the Cavaliers defeated NCAA Division III Whitworth (Ore.), 6-0. The result puts Landy’s career mark at 292-57-23.
• Molly Drooger of Taylor (Ind.) owns the early season lead with 12 goals in six games for the Trojans. She has scored at least two goals in four matches, including recording back-to-back hat tricks against Asbury (Ky.) on August 24 and USCAA Cleary (Mich.) on August 30.
• Spring Hill’s (Ala.) Courtney Harlan paces the nation with eight assists. Teammate Aedan Stranahan and Ashley Tanner of Columbia (S.C.) are in second with seven assists each.
• Stefany Castano Cardozo of Graceland (Iowa) leads the NAIA with a 0.00 goals against average.
• Through Wednesday’s matches, Spring Hill owns the NAIA lead with 55 goals, while Truett-McConnell is second with 31. The Badgers also pace the NAIA with 54 assists
• Thirteen teams remain unbeaten.
• Avila (Mo.) and The Master’s (Calif.) lead the NAIA with six wins each.
• 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.