NAIA Women’s Soccer Match of the Week
No. 16 St. Thomas (Fla.) (7-0-1, 2-0-0 TSC) at No. 5 Northwood (Fla.) (6-1-1, 2-0-0 TSC)
Sunday, Oct. 6 | 3 p.m. EDT | Arrigo-Vecellio Field | West Palm Beach, Fla.
• A pair of Top 25 teams out of The Sun Conference (TSC) face off Sunday in the NAIA Women’s Soccer Match of the Week, as No. 16 St. Thomas (Fla.) travels to West Palm Beach, Fla., to play No. 5 Northwood (Fla.). Currently, St. Thomas, Embry-Riddle (Fla.), Northwood and Thomas (Ga.) are tied atop the league standings with 2-0-0 records.
• Northwood boasts a 9-1-1 record against St. Thomas dating back to 2006, including a 0-0 draw a season ago. The Bobcats’ lone victory during the stretch came in a 1-0 win on Oct. 30, 2009.
• Northwood has not lost a regular-season match to a TSC opponent since falling to St. Thomas in 2009 – a string of 28-straight. The Lady Seahawks are 27-0-1 during that stretch.
• Prior to Sunday’s match, Northwood will play Florida Memorial and St. Thomas travels to Johnson & Wales (Fla.) on Friday.
• The Lady Seahawks enter the weekend coming off back-to-back blowout victories to open TSC play. Northwood recorded 22 goals across the two contests with an 11-1 win over Southeastern (Fla.) on Sept. 26 and an 11-2 victory at Ave Maria (Fla.) on Sept. 28. Forwards Helen Lynskey and Johanna Engberg highlighted the offensive attack for the Lady Seahawks. Lynskey led the team with five goals and five assists in the two games, while Engberg recorded five goals and three assists.
• On the season, Northwood ranks among the top 10 nationally in assists per game (3.75), goals per game (4.13) and total assists (30).
• Seven different Lady Seahawks have scored this season with Lynskey’s nine goals pacing the squad. Other notable goal scorers for Northwood are Louise Andresson and Engberg, who both have seven goals each.
• Goalkeeper Matilda Ojaniemi, a 2012 first team All-American and key member of Northwood’s 2012 national championship qualifying club, owns a 0.94 goals against average and 11 saves in seven matches.
• St. Thomas, who emerged on the national scene with a pair of early season victories against then-No. 7 Mobile (Ala.) and then-No. 22 Robert Morris (Ill.), claimed a pair of TSC wins against No. 23 SCAD Savannah (Ga.), 4-3, and USC Beaufort (S.C.), 7-0.
• Against SCAD, the Bobcats rallied from a 2-0 deficit en route to the 4-3 win. Melony Poviones was the player of the match, scoring the eventual game-winner in the 82nd minute and assisting on two previous goals. In total, St. Thomas tallied 15 shots with 10 on goal, while SCAD Savannah took 11 shots with seven on goal.
• Sara Mira and Poviones make up the primary scoring threats for the Bobcats. Mira paces the team with 10 goals and six assists on the year, while Poviones is second with eight goals and six assists. Mira, who owns three multi-goal performances this season, has scored in seven of St. Thomas’ eight matches.
• Goalkeeper Ariana Lorenzo has allowed nine goals in 735:45 minutes en route to a 1.10 goals against average.
This Week Around NAIA Women’s Soccer
• The week of Sept. 30 features five Top 25 matchups in addition to the NAIA Match of the Week:
o Tuesday - No. 6 Westmont (Calif.) def. No. 1 Vanguard (Calif.), 3-0
o Tuesday – No. 12 The Master’s (Calif.) def. No. 22 Biola (Calif.), 2-0
o Friday – No. 2 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) at No. 23 SCAD Savannah (Ga.)
o Saturday – No. 11 Graceland (Iowa) at No. 25 Baker (Kan.)
o Saturday – No. 18 Concordia (Calif.) at No. 22 Biola (Calif.)
• Last Week’s Top 25 vs. Top 25 Results:
o No. 12 William Carey (Miss.) def. No. 20 Brenau (Ga.), 2-1
o No. 18 Concordia (Calif.) def. No. 21 Cal State San Marcos, 1-0
o No. 17 St. Thomas (Fla.) def. No. 23 SCAD Savannah (Ga.), 4-3
o No. 19 Judson (Ill.) def. No. 8 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.), 3-0
• Less than 12 hours after the latest NAIA Women’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll was announced, No. 6 Westmont (Calif.) defeated newly-crowned No. 1 Vanguard (Calif.), 3-0. Three different Warriors scored in the contest, while senior goalkeeper Lindsey Smith notched six saves to record her third shutout of the season. The loss is the first of the year for Vanguard.
• Defending Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) regular-season and tournament champion Vanguard received its first-ever No. 1 ranking on Tuesday. The Lions, who entered the week with a 7-0-0 record, received 10 first-place votes and 575 points en route to the distinction.
• Previous No. 1 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) dropped to No. 3 following a 2-1 loss against NCAA Division II Lee (Tenn.) last week.
• No. 24 Oklahoma City was the lone newcomer to the poll. The Stars returned to the Top 25 one week after having their string of 36-straight mentions snapped.
• 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 Oct. 3)
• 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 183-48-15 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 victory at Bethel (Ind.). The Wildcats are 5-5-1 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 207-72-20 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 205-31-15 record in 11 seasons.
• Corban’s (Ore.) Marty Ziesemer moved closer to the 200-win plateau with a 2-1 victory at Oregon Tech on Thursday. He currently boasts a 199-158-17 record with the Warriors. The Warriors return to the pitch Oct. 5 at Southern Oregon.
• 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 College of Idaho on Oct. 5. Landy’s all-time record moved to 296-58-23 after defeating Eastern Oregon, 3-0, to open Cascade Collegiate Conference play.
• Angela Bianchi of Judson (Ill.) and Amanda Coleman of St. Francis (Ill.) 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 Oct.3)
• Emmaleigh Davis of William Carey (Miss.) holds the NAIA lead in goals with 16. Florence Dadson of Robert Morris (Ill.) and Jessica Martinez of Columbia (S.C.) are tied for second with 15 goals each.
• Columbia’s (Mo.) Stephanie Hale rests atop the NAIA leaderboard in assists with 14. The senior midfielder has posted two-or-more assists in four of the Cougars’ last five games.
• Sandra Castro of San Diego Christian (Calif.), who has played is seven matches, leads the NAIA with a 0.17 goals against average. She has allowed one goal in 515 minutes this season.
• Mallory Conrad of Bethel (Ind.) owns an NAIA-high 126 saves in 12 games. She is one of only seven goalkeepers with 100-plus saves so far this season.
• Five teams enter Friday with an unbeaten record: Avila (Mo.) (11-0-0), The Master’s (Calif.) (9-0-0), Westmont (Calif.) (7-0-1), St. Thomas (Fla.) (7-0-1) and Concordia (Calif.) (6-0-2).
• Eight teams are yet to register a win.
• Spring Hill leads all teams with 75 goals, while Columbia owns a nation-leading 75 assists.
• Columbia paces the NAIA with seven shutouts, followed Avila (Mo.) and St. Ambrose (Iowa) who own six 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.