NAIA Women’s Soccer Match of the Week
No. 15 Cal State San Marcos (4-1-1) at No. 16 The Master’s (Calif.) (7-0-0)
Saturday, Sept. 21 | 1:30 p.m. PDT | Reese Field | Santa Clarita, Calif.
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• No. 16 The Master’s (Calif.) hosts No. 15 Cal State San Marcos Saturday in the NAIA Women’s Soccer Match of the Week. The Mustangs are one of ten teams left in NAIA women’s soccer boasting an unbeaten record, while the Cougars entered the week unblemished, but fell on Thursday.
• Cal State San Marcos owns a 3-2-1 edge in the all-time series.
• When the teams last played, The Master’s claimed a 1-0 road victory. Jessica Long was the lone Mustang to find the back of the net when she broke the scoreless match in the 72nd minute.
• Cal State San Marcos is looking to qualify for its third-straight NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship in 2013. The Cougars are 1-4-0 all-time in postseason contests and have not advanced beyond the first round since 2008.
• The Cougars, who opened the year with a three-game win streak during which they outscored their opponent 8-2, have stumbled of late, netting only one goal in its last three matches. That lone score came in their 1-0 victory at San Diego Christian (Calif.) on Tuesday.
• Cal State San Marcos finished the 2012 season with an 11-6-3 overall record and was 4-2-0 in true road matches. The Cougars are 1-1-1 away from home this season.
• Kaleigh Dodson and Paulina Good lead Cal State San Marcos with three goals each.
• The Master’s has been one of the surprise teams in the NAIA this season. The Mustangs, who opened the year unranked, climbed to No. 16 in the most recent Coaches’ Poll after a 7-0-0 start to the year.
• Cal State San Marcos is the first ranked team The Master’s has faced this season.
• In 2012, the Mustangs finished fourth in the Golden State Athletic Conference with a 12-6-4 overall mark and 6-4 record in the league. The Master’s lost only two home matches in 2012.
• The Master’s ranks amongst the top 10 nationally in goals (27), shots on goal per game (12.29), shutouts (three), goals per game (3.86) and shots per game (21.14).
• Five Mustangs own at least two goals this season with Jordan Benson leading the way with nine – seventh most in the NAIA. She also paces the squad in assists (six), shots (27), shots on goal (17) and game-winning goals (2).
• Illyssa Espiritu owns a 7-0-0 record and 0.710 goals against average in seven starts between the pipes for The Master’s.
• Looking ahead, The Master’s will have a little more than a week off before opening GSAC action at Biola, while Cal State San Marcos returns to the pitch Sept. 24 against No. 25 Concordia (Calif.).
This Week Around NAIA Women’s Soccer
• The Week of Sept. 16 features one Top 25 matchup when No. 15 Cal State San Marcos visits No. 16 The Master’s (Calif.) in the NAIA Match of the Week.
• Last Week’s Top 25 vs. Top 25 Results:
o Wednesday – No. 19 Benedictine (Kan.) tied No. 16 Kansas Wesleyan, 3-3
o Friday – No. 2 Vanguard (Calif.) def. No. 17 William Carey (Miss.), 3-2
o Friday – No. 3 Concordia (Ore.) def. No. 6 Northwood (Fla.), 1-0
o Friday – No. 4 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) def. No. 16 Kansas Wesleyan, 3-0
o Friday – No. 7 Spring Arbor (Mich.) def. No. 5 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.), 1-0
o Friday – No. 11 Texas at Brownsville def. No. 8 Mobile (Ala.), 3-2
o Saturday – No. 2 Vanguard (Calif.) def. No. 8 Mobile (Ala.), 2-0
o Saturday – No. 17 William Carey (Miss.) def. No. 11 Texas at Brownsville, 3-0
o Sunday – No. 4 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) def. No. 3 Concordia (Ore.), 2-1
o Sunday – No. 6 Northwood (Fla.) def. No. 16 Kansas Wesleyan, 2-0
o Sunday – No. 15 Cal State San Marcos tied No. 24 Rocky Mountain (Mont.), 0-0
• Then-No. 22 Robert Morris (Ill.), then-No. 18 Ashford (Iowa), then-No. 19 Benedictine (Kan.) and then-No. 23 Brenau (Ga.) fell to unranked opponents last week. Due to the loss, all four teams dropped at least two places in this week’s Coaches’ Poll with Robert Morris and Brenau falling out completely.
• 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.
• Lindsey Wilson retained the No. 1 ranking in this week’s NAIA Women’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll. The Blue Raiders have won three-straight, including their Mid-South Conference opener at Campbellsville (Ky.), to improve to 6-1-0 on the year.
• Similarly to Lindsey Wilson, Vanguard (Calif.) retained its No. 2 position for a second-straight week, while No. 3 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) and No. 4 Concordia (Ore.) swapped positions.
• Three newcomers joined the Top 25 this week: No. 19 St. Thomas (Fla.), No. 21 Judson (Ill.) and No. 23 Hastings (Neb.). Judson was ranked in the Preseason Poll. Conversely, Hastings breaks a string of 13-straight polls without a mention, while St. Thomas is appearing for the first time since ranking No. 24 on Sept. 12, 2000.
• 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 203-72-20 record in 13 years at Spring Arbor.
• Drew Burwash of Lindsey Wilson joined Crist as a member of the 200-win club when the Blue Raiders defeated Indiana Wesleyan, 4-0, in game two of the Lindsey Wilson Stanno Classic on Sept. 13. Burwash now stands with a 202-30-15 record in 11 seasons.
• Corban’s (Ore.) Marty Ziesemer moved closer to the 200-win plateau with a 5-0 Monday night victory over NCCAA Trinity Lutheran (Wash.). He currently boasts a 197-158-17 record with the Warriors.
• Concordia (Ore.) head coach Grand Landy – currently second on the NAIA’s active wins list – continues his pursuit of victory No. 300 Friday when the Cavaliers host Carroll (Mont.) at 7 p.m. PDT. Landy’s all-time record moved to 293-58-23 after defeating Northwood (Fla.) and losing to Embry-Riddle (Fla.) last week.
• Spring Arbor’s Karly Linton and Sarah Yancer were named NAIA National Women’s Soccer Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week this week. For the complete release, click here.
• For the second-straight week, Molly Drooger of Taylor (Ind.) owns the NAIA lead in goals with 13. Courtney Harlan, Jamie Townley and Darby Rasch – all of Spring Hill (Ala.) – are tied for second with 11 goals each.
• Northwestern Ohio’s Taryn Pardoe rests atop the NAIA leaderboard in assists with 10. The senior forward set a career-high and tied the NAIA’s 2013 individual single-game high with assists against Rio Grande (Ohio) on Sept. 14.
• Nikki Lockwood of Texas Wesleyan, who has started five games in net for the Rams, leads the NAIA with a 0.21 goals against average. She has allowed one goal in 433:16 minutes this season.
• Two goaltenders are tied for the nation’s lead in saves with 84: Katy Keefer of York (Neb.) and Kennedi Willis of Cincinnati Christian (Ohio).
• Ten teams enter Friday with an unbeaten record: Avila (Mo.) (8-0-0), Shawnee State (Ohio) (7-0-0), The Master’s (Calif.) (7-0-0), Belhaven (Miss.) (6-0-0), Vanguard (Calif.) (5-0-0), St. Thomas (Fla.) (5-0-1), Westmont (Calif.) (5-0-1), Southwestern Christian (Okla.) (4-0-1), Texas Wesleyan (4-0-1) and Eastern Oregon (4-0-1).
• Spring Hill leads all teams with 64 goals and 60 assists in six matches.
• Shawnee State and Taylor are tied for the NAIA lead with five shutouts.
• 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.