NAIA Women’s Soccer Match of the Week
No. 5 Northwood (Fla.) (8-1-1, 4-0-0 TSC) at No. 1 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) (9-1-1, 4-0-0 TSC)
Friday, Oct. 11 | 6 p.m. EDT | ERAU Soccer Stadium | Daytona Beach, Fla.
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• No. 5 Northwood (Fla.) visits No. 1 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) in a key The Sun Conference (TSC) showdown Friday in the NAIA Women’s Soccer Match of the Week. Both squads enter the match 4-0-0 in TSC play with Embry-Riddle ranking atop the North Division and Northwood leading the way in the South.
• Friday’s match marks the fifth time that Embry-Riddle and Northwood have faced each other as ranked teams. Northwood boasts a 15-11 edge in the all-time series, including a pair of 2-1 wins last season.
• The Seahawks are riding a 31-game win streak in regular season conference play, dating back to 2009.
• Embry-Riddle enters the week riding an eight-match winning streak that includes four victories against ranked teams. This past week, the Eagles picked up a pair of 1-0 road wins at then-No. 23 SCAD Savannah (Ga.) and USC Beaufort (S.C.). Embry-Riddle scored its lone goal in the win against SCAD Savannah with 17 seconds remaining in regulation, while its goal against USC Beaufort was scored in the 41st minute.
• On the season, Embry-Riddle ranks fourth in the NAIA with six shutouts, including a current streak of three-straight clean sheets.
• Five different Eagles have scored at least two goals this season, led by six scores from Martine Olsen. Valerie Obita, a 2012 NAIA second team All-American, is next with five goals, followed by Andrea Froshaug with four goals.
• Obita and Katherine Ebbs are tied for the team lead with five assists in 11 matches.
• Goalkeeper Olivia Lynch has played a majority of the time in net this season for Embry-Riddle, registering a 0.51 goals against average in 875 minutes of action.
• Northwood has won five-straight with its only loss of the season coming on Sept. 13 against No. 4 Concordia (Ore.), 1-0. The Seahawks improved to 3-1-1 against ranked teams with a 3-2 overtime win against then-No. 16 St. Thomas (Fla.) last weekend. Northwood and St. Thomas alternated goals through the first 90 minutes of action; however, it was the Seahawks that struck first in overtime when Linnea Lindmark headed home the game-winner off a service from Filippa Lindman.
• Helen Lynskey paces the team with 11 goals and has scored in five-straight matches. Lynskey set a season-high with three goals and four assists in the Seahawks win against Southeastern (Fla.) on Sept. 26. Johanna Engberg in next in line for Northwood with nine goals, while Linnea Lindmark and Louise Andersson are tied for third with seven goals each.
• Engberg also leads the team with seven assists.
• Goalkeeper Matilda Ojaniemi, a 2012 first team All-American and key member of Northwood’s 2012 national championship qualifying club, owns a 0.95 goals against average and 19 saves in nine matches.
This Week Around NAIA Women’s Soccer
• The week of Oct. 7 features four Top 25 matchups in addition to the NAIA Match of the Week:
o Wednesday – No. 16 Concordia (Calif.) def. No. 11 The Master’s (Calif.), 4-1
o Friday – No. 12 Cumberland (Tenn.) at No. 9 Martin Methodist (Tenn.)
o Saturday – No. 1 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) at No. 24 Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)
o Sunday – No. 5 Northwood (Fla.) at No. 24 Thomas (Ga.)
• Last week’s Top 25 vs. Top 25 results:
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.) def. No. 23 SCAD Savannah (Ga.), 1-0
o Saturday – No. 11 Graceland (Iowa) tied No. 25 Baker (Kan.), 2-2
o Saturday – No. 18 Concordia (Calif.) def. No. 22 Biola (Calif.), 1-0
o Sunday – No. 5 Northwood (Fla.) def. No. 16 St. Thomas (Fla.), 3-2
• In last week’s NAIA Match of the Week, No. 5 Northwood handed No. 16 St. Thomas (Fla.) its first loss of the season in a 3-2 overtime thriller. The two sides alternated goals through the first 90 minutes of action; however, it was the Seahawks that struck first in the overtime when Linnea Lindmark headed home the game-winner off a service from Filippa Lindman.
• A new team rested atop the NAIA Women’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll for the second-straight week, as Embry-Riddle (Fla.) received its first-ever No. 1 ranking. The Eagles enter the week riding an eight-match winning streak that includes four victories against ranked teams. Embry-Riddle is currently tied with Thomas (Ga.) for first-place
• Following its 3-0 win against then-top ranked Vanguard (Calif.) on Oct. 1, Westmont jumped a poll-high three spots to No. 3 – its first top three ranking since Sept. 13, 2006.
• There were two newcomers to the Top 25, of both which received votes last week – No. 24 Thomas (Ga.) and No. 24 Auburn Montgomery (Ala.). The ranking for Thomas snaps a streak of 96-straight polls without a mention, as the Night Hawks were last ranked on Nov. 2, 2004, while Auburn Montgomery was ranked multiple times in 2012.
• 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. 9)
• 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 184-49-15 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 6-6-1 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 209-72-20 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 206-31-15 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 199-159-17 record with the Warriors. The Warriors return to the pitch Oct. 10 against Evergreen (Wash.).
• 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 Warner Pacific (Ore.) on Oct. 12. Landy’s all-time record moved to 297-58-23 after defeating College of Idaho, 5-1, in Cascade Collegiate Conference play.
• Three teams enter Thursday with unbeaten records – Avila (Mo.) (13-0-0), Westmont (Calif.) (9-0-1) and Concordia (Calif.) (8-0-2).
• Seven squads are yet to register a win.
• Jessica Martinez of Columbia (S.C.) and Kristin Fulbright of Northwest Christian (Ore.) 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. 9)
• Reigning NAIA Women’s Soccer National Offensive Player of the Week Jessica Martinez of Columbia (S.C.) holds the NAIA lead in goals with 20. Emmaleigh Davis of William Carey (Miss.) is in second with 18, while Karly Linton of Spring Arbor (Mich.) and Esther Anyanwu of Brenau (Ga.) are tied for third with 17 each.
• Columbia’s Ashley Tanner rests atop the NAIA leaderboard in assists with 16, including a season-high four against Bryan (Tenn.) on Oct. 5.
• Olivia Brock of Concordia (Ore.), who has played in six matches, leads the NAIA with a 0.19 goals against average. She has allowed only one goal in 470 minutes this season.
• Briannica Ponder of Stephens (Mo.) owns an NAIA-high 158 saves in 11 games. She set the NAIA’s single-game record for saves with 36 against Lyon (Ark.) on Oct. 8.
• Spring Hill leads all teams with 75 goals, while Columbia (Mo.) owns a nation-leading 79 assists.
• Avila (Mo.), St. Ambrose (Iowa) and Columbia (Mo.) are tied with a nation leading eight 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.