NAIA Women’s Soccer Match of the Week
No. 12 William Carey (Miss.) (6-4-0, 3-0-0 SSAC) at No. 20 Brenau (Ga.) (6-2-1, 3-0-0 SSAC)
Saturday, Sept. 28 | 5:30 p.m. EDT | Allen Creek Soccer Complex | Gainesville, Ga.
• The top two squads in the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) take to the pitch Saturday when No. 12 William Carey (Miss.) travels to Gainesville, Ga., to take on No. 20 Brenau (Ga.). Both sides are currently 3-0-0 in league action – one-half game ahead of No. 10 Martin Methodist (Tenn.) and Auburn Montgomery (Ala.), who enter the weekend 2-0-0.
• Saturday marks the fifth meeting between William Carey and Brenau, dating back to 2004. The two programs have split the previous four meetings with the Crusaders claiming a 3-1 victory a year ago.
• In last year’s match, Brenau was the aggressor in the opening 45 minutes, forcing William Carey goalkeeper Linfa Jones to make eight first-half saves. Despite the pressure from the Tigers, William Carey netted the game’s opening goal in the 36th minute when Malin Barrulf scored off an assist by Christa Robinson. The Crusaders extended their advantage to 2-0 when Tori McDevitt scored in the 52nd minute. Brenau drew within one on a goal in the 70th minute, however William Carey sealed the victory in the 85th minute on McDevitt’s second score of the match. The victory was career win No. 100 for William Carey head coach Danny Owens.
• William Carey owns a 21-7-3 record in SSAC play since joining the league in 2010.
• The Crusaders have been on a rollercoaster of a year through their first 10 matches. After opening the season with a pair of impressive wins against Thomas (Ga.), 8-0, and Montreat (N.C.), 4-1, William Carey dropped four-straight – all to top 10 teams – before knocking off then-No. 11 Texas at Brownsville, 3-0, on Sept. 14. That win sparked the Crusaders’ current four-match winning streak. During this stretch, William Carey has outscored its opponents 21-2, including an 11-0 victory against Brewton-Parker (Ga.) on Thursday.
• Senior forward Emmaleigh Davis, who scored 11 goals a season ago, leads the team with 12 scores and 25 points in nine appearances, which both rank among the top 10 in the NAIA. She has six goals in her last three matches, including a hat trick against Southern Wesleyan (S.C.) on Sept. 20. Davis’ most impressive performance of the year came in the Crusaders’ season opener against Thomas when she netted a career-high four goals on only six shots.
• Linfah is in her second season as the primary goalkeeper for William Carey. The sophomore is 5-4-0 this season with two shutouts. Linfah owns a 1.49 goals against average and 36 saves in 724 minutes between the pipes.
• Brenau enters Saturday with a 1-1-0 mark against ranked teams this season.
• The Tigers have won five of their last six matches, including a victory at then-No. 17 Mobile (Ala.), 3-1, last Saturday.
• Senior forward Esther Anyanwu, a 2012 NAIA All-American, leads Brenau’s offensive attack for the second-straight season. She currently leads the NAIA with 13 goals and ranks fourth with 28 points. Earlier this week, Anyanwu was named the NAIA Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week after accounting for five of the Tigers’ six goals from Sept. 16 – 22. She netted all three goals in Brenau’s 3-0 win against Spring Hill (Ala.) on Sept. 20 and netted two more approximately 24 hours later against Mobile.
• Brenau is 16-1-1 when Anyanwu finds the back of the net.
• Junior goalkeeper Tori Brown has played in all nine games this season and owns a 1.19 goals against average. She has made 32 saves in 830 minutes, including a season-high six stops against NCAA Division II Union (Tenn.) on Aug. 30.
This Week Around NAIA Women’s Soccer
• The Week of Sept. 23 features three Top 25 matchups in addition to the NAIA Match of the Week:
o Tuesday – No. 18 Concordia (Calif.) def. No. 21 Cal State San Marcos, 1-0
o Friday – No. 23 SCAD Savannah (Ga.) at No. 17 St. Thomas (Fla.)
o Saturday – No. 8 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) at No. 19 Judson (Ill.)
• Last Week’s Top 25 vs. Top 25 Results:
o Saturday – No. 16 The Master’s (Calif.) def. No. 15 Cal State San Marcos, 2-0
• Then-No. 15 Cal State San Marcos, then-No. 23 Hastings (Neb.), then-No. 12 Oklahoma City, then-No. 17 Mobile (Ala.) and then-No. 22 Benedictine (Kan.) fell to unranked opponents last week.
• Powered by a four-match winning streak, Lindsey Wilson retained the No. 1 ranking in this week’s NAIA Women’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll for the fifth-straight week. The Blue Raiders entered the week 7-1-0 on the season and have won 12 of their last 13 matches dating back to last season.
• The only other movement within the top 11 teams occurred when previous No. 3 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) jumped one spot and into a tie with Vanguard (Calif.) at No. 2.
• Five newcomers joined the Top 25 this week: No. 20 Brenau (Ga.), No. 22 Texas Wesleyan, No. 23 SCAD Savannah (Ga.), No. 24 Biola (Calif.) and No. 25 Baker (Kan.). Biola broke the longest Top 25 drought among the newcomers, returning to the poll for the first time since Sept. 21, 2006.
• For the first time since Sept. 28, 2010 – a string of 36-straight polls – Oklahoma City and Mobile are not present among the Top 25. The Stars, who were ranked as high as No. 8 this season, fell to 4-3-0 with a loss against Our Lady of the Lake (Texas), 2-1, last Saturday. Mobile enters the week with a 3-5-1 record and has lost four of its last five matches.
• In addition to the Coaches’ Poll, Lindsey Wilson held the No. 1 spot in the first edition of the NAIA Women’s Soccer Modified Ratings Percentage Index (MPRI), marking the fifth time since the MRPI began in 2010 that the Blue Raiders have occupied the top spot. Rounding out the top five were: No. 2 Westmont (Calif.), No. 3 Davenport (Mich.), No. 4 Vanguard (Calif.) and No. 5 Concordia (Ore.). For the complete release, click here.
• 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 (Games played through Sept. 26)
• 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 182-47-15 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 4-4-1 this season.
• Spring Arbor (Mich.) head coach Jason Crist picked up his 200th career victory Sept. 10 when the Cougars defeated Concordia (Mich.), 4-2. Crist boasts a 205-72-20 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 203-31-15 record in 11 seasons.
• Corban’s (Ore.) Marty Ziesemer moved closer to the 200-win plateau with a 2-1 victory at Northwest Christian (Ore.) last Saturday. He currently boasts a 198-158-17 record with the Warriors. The Warriors return to the pitch Oct. 3 at Oregon Tech.
• Concordia (Ore.) head coach Grand Landy – currently second on the NAIA’s active wins list – continues his pursuit of victory No. 300 when the Cavaliers host Eastern Oregon on Oct. 3 Landy’s all-time record moved to 295-58-23 after defeating Carroll (Mont.) and NCCAA Trinity Lutheran (Wash.) last week.
• Brenau’s (Ga.) Esther Anywanwu and Felicia Reimann of Morningside (Iowa) were named NAIA Women’s Soccer Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week this week. For the complete release, click here.
National Statistics (Games played through Sept. 26)
• Molly Drooger of Taylor (Ind.) and Esther Anyanwu of Brenau (Ga.) are tied for the NAIA lead in goals with 13 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 five assists against Rio Grande (Ohio) on Sept. 14.
• Nikki Lockwood of Texas Wesleyan, who has started six games in net for the Rams, leads the NAIA with a 0.17 goals against average. She has allowed one goal in 523:16 minutes this season.
• Two goaltenders are tied for the nation’s lead in saves with 103: Mallory Conrad of Bethel (Ind.) and Briannica Ponder of Stephens (Mo.).
• Eight teams enter Friday with an unbeaten record: Avila (Mo.) (10-0-0), The Master’s (Calif.) (8-0-0), Vanguard (Calif.) (6-0-0), Westmont (Calif.) (6-0-1), Texas Wesleyan (5-0-1), St. Thomas (Fla.) (5-0-1), Eastern Oregon (4-0-1) and Concordia (Calif.) (5-0-2).
• Spring Hill leads all teams with 67 goals and 61 assists in eight matches.
• Avila and Columbia (Mo.) are tied for the NAIA lead with six 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.