NAIA Women’s Soccer Match of the Week
No. 23 Biola (Calif.) (7-5-1, 1-3-1 GSAC) at No. 6 Vanguard (Calif.) (11-1-0, 4-1-0 GSAC)
Saturday, Oct. 19 | 1 p.m. PDT | | Costa Mesa, Calif.
• No. 23 Biola (Calif.) looks to keep pace, while No. 6 Vanguard (Calif.) hopes to further cement itself among the conference leaders, as the two sides face off Saturday in the NAIA Women’s Soccer Match of the Week. The Lions currently rest one point behind Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) leader No. 12 Concordia (Calif.). Biola is seven points back with four points in five conference matches.
• Since 2005, Biola boasts a 5-2-2 record against Vanguard. However, Vanguard swept the 2012 series, claiming both contests by a score of 2-1.
• Vanguard enters Saturday riding a four-match winning streak since falling to then-No. 6 Westmont (Calif.), 3-0, on Oct. 1 – its only loss of the season. Earlier this week, the Lions knocked off their third ranked team of the year with a 1-0 overtime victory against No. 15 The Master’s (Calif.). Makenna Yarbor headed home the match’s only score in the 110th minute off an assist from Megan Hill.
• On the season, Vanguard ranks fourth in assists per game (3.67), fifth in goals per game (4.25), seventh in total assists (44) and 10th in shots per game (21.75).
• Kayla Arenas leads four individuals with at least five goals this year with 12. However, the senior forward has been on a scoring drought lately, tallying only two goals in her last six appearances. Following Arenas on the Lions’ scoring list is Jennifer Martin with nine, Jordan Davidson with seven and Liliana Ruiz with five. Martin is the team leader with 10 assists.
• Lauren Terry has started all 12 matches in goal this season for Vanguard. She boasts a 0.83 goals against average – 27th in the NAIA – and three shutouts.
• Biola has struggled of late with only one win – a 6-0 victory at Arizona Christian – in its last five matches. In their most recent outing, the Eagles fell 2-0 at unranked San Diego Christian (Calif.) on Wednesday. San Diego Christian notched the game’s first goal in the third minute to seize the early control. Biola was held to a season-low eight shots (five on goal) in the game.
• Chrissy King paces the team with seven goals, but has been held off the score sheet in her last two matches. King owns two multi-goal performances this season – Oct. 8 at Arizona Christian and Sept. 14 against Antelope Valley (Calif.). Miranda Starbeck, Jessie Burns and Victoria Dalazanna are next in line for Biola with three goals each.
• Defender Morgan Aukshunas, last week’s NAIA Women’s Soccer National Defensive Player of the Week, leads a defense that has allowed only 11 goals this season. Briana Williams is the squad’s primary goalkeeper, recording a 0.82 goals against average in 11 appearances.
This Week Around NAIA Women’s Soccer
• The week of Oct. 14 features four Top 25 matchups in addition to the NAIA Match of the Week:
o Tuesday – No. 3 Westmont (Calif.) tied No. 12 Concordia (Calif.), 0-0
o Wednesday – No. 11 Cumberland (Tenn.) def. No. 1 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), 1-0
o Wednesday – No. 6 Vanguard (Calif.) def. No. 15 The Master’s (Calif.), 1-0
o Friday – No. 9 Martin Methodist (Tenn.) at No. 10 William Carey (Miss.)
• Last week’s Top 25 vs. Top 25 results
o Wednesday – No. 16 Concordia (Calif.) def. No. 11 The Master’s (Calif.), 4-1
o Friday – No. 12 Cumberland (Tenn.) tied No. 9 Martin Methodist (Tenn.), 0-0
o Friday – No. 5 Northwood (Fla.) def. No. 1 Embry-Riddle (Fla.), 3-2 (OT)
o Saturday – No. 1 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) def. No. 24 Auburn Montgomery (Ala.), 1-0
o Sunday – No. 5 Northwood (Fla.) def. No. 24 Thomas (Ga.), 3-1
• Fifth-ranked Northwood (Fla.) won its second-straight NAIA Match of the Week with a 3-2 overtime victory against No. 1 Embry-Riddle (Fla.). With less than three minutes to play in the first overtime, Northwood’s Helen Lynskey curled a free kick past the reach of the Eagle goalkeeper and into the back of the net for the game-winner. The victory was the Seahawks’ first-ever win against a top-ranked opponent and extended their conference regular-season unbeaten streak to 32-straight.
• Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) recorded its fifth No. 1 ranking of the season this week in the NAIA Women’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll. The Blue Raiders, who own an NAIA-best 48 top billings dating back to 1999, entered the week tied atop the Mid-South Conference standings with No. 11 Cumberland (Tenn.) with a 5-0-0 record.
• Less than 24 hours after receiving the No. 1 ranking, Lindsey Wilson fell to Cumberland, 1-0. The Bulldogs scored the game-winner in the 88th minute when a cross from Shauna Gilpin bounced just inside the far post. It was the first-ever Mid-South Conference regular season loss for Lindsey Wilson, who entered the contest with a 80-0-2 mark in league play since 2000.
• The remainder of the top five consisted of No. 2 Concordia (Ore.) – its highest ranking of the season -, No. 3 Westmont (Calif.), No. 4 Northwood and No. 5 Embry-Riddle.
• There were three newcomers to the Top 25, all of whom received votes in last week’s poll: No. 19 Avila (Mo.), No. 21 Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) and No. 23 Biola (Calif.). Avila and Our Lady of the Lake are making their first-ever appearances in the Women’s Soccer Coaches’ Poll – dating back to 1999 – while Biola was ranked twice earlier this year.
• 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. 17)
• 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 185-50-15 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 7-7-1 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 211-72-20 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 207-32-15 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 199-160-18 record with the Warriors. The Warriors return to the pitch Friday against Northwest Christian (Ore.).
• 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 travel to Oregon Tech on Saturday. Landy’s all-time record moved to 299-58-23 after defeating Southern Oregon, 2-1, earlier this week in Cascade Collegiate Conference play.
• Three teams enter Thursday with unbeaten records – Avila (Mo.) (14-0-1), Westmont (Calif.) (9-0-3) and Concordia (Calif.) (9-0-3).
• Four squads are yet to register a win.
• Molly Machometa of Viterbo (Wis.) and Morgan Aukshunas of Biola (Calif.) 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. 17)
• Karly Linton of eighth-ranked Spring Arbor (Mich.) leads the NAIA in goals with 21, followed by Florence Dadson of Robert Morris (Ill.) and Jessica Martinez of Columbia (S.C.) who are tied for second with 20 goals each.
• Three individuals – Stephanie Hale of Columbia (Mo.), Ashley Tanner of Columbia (S.C.) and Elisa Brito of Oklahoma Wesleyan – are tied atop the NAIA leaderboard in assists with 17.
• Stephanie Gartner of Avila (Mo.), who has played in 15 matches this season, leads the NAIA with a 0.33 goals against average. She has allowed only five goals in 1,347 minutes this season.
• Briannica Ponder of Stephens (Mo.) owns an NAIA-high 181 saves in 13 games. She set the NAIA’s single-game record for saves with 36 against Lyon (Ark.) on Oct. 8.
• Columbia (Mo.) leads all teams with 91 assists and 79 goals this season.
• St. Ambrose (Iowa) is the national leader in shutouts with 10.
• 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.