NAIA Women’s Soccer Match of the Week
No. 17 Brenau (Ga.) (10-3-1, 6-1-0 SSAC) at No. 12 Martin Methodist (Tenn.) (10-2-1, 6-1-0 SSAC)
Saturday, Oct. 26 | 4 p.m. CDT | East Campus Athletic Facility | Pulaski, Tenn.
• Two of the top three teams from the Southern States Athletic Association (SSAC) are on display Saturday when No. 12 Martin Methodist (Tenn.) hosts No. 17 Brenau (Ga.). The two sides enter Friday with 6-1-0 marks in league play and trail only No. 10 William Carey (Miss.) (8-0-0) in the conference standings.
• Saturday marks the first meeting between the two sides, dating back to 2004.
• Martin Methodist, formerly a member of the TranSouth Athletic Conference, is in its first season as a member of the SSAC.
• Brenau is 1-2-0 against ranked opponents this season, while Martin Methodist is 0-2-1.
• Martin Methodist enters the weekend coming off a 2-0 win at Belhaven (Miss.) on Oct. 19. Prior to the Blazers, Martin Methodist was winless in its last two, including a 2-1 loss at William Carey.
• The RedHawks possess a strong defense that has held 8-of-13 opponents off the scoreboard. Goalkeepers Aisling Dyer and Jhani Williams have split time in net this season. Dyer, who leads the pair with nine starts and 11 appearances, has allowed five goals in 777 minutes en route to a 0.580 goals against average and an 8-1-1 record. Williams has been equally dominant, boasting a 0.640 goals against average in 425 minutes.
• Offensively, midfielders Lauren Badalamente and Taylor Samsel lead the team in scoring with eight goals each, followed by forward Jennifer Loewen’s six. Anthoula Papaioannou, a defender/midfielder, and midfielder Heather Holly pace the squad in assists with four each.
• Brenau is 7-1-0 in its last eight matches, including its current streak of four-straight wins. The Tigers only loss during the stretch came against William Carey, 2-1, on Sept. 28.
• Esther Anyanwu paces the team with 19 goals (six game-winners), which ranks eighth in the NAIA. Anyanwu has scored in 10-straight matches, including a season-high 3-goal performance on Sept. 20 against Spring Hill (Ala.). In two seasons at Brenau, Anyanwu has scored 46 goals in 30 matches.
• Tori Brown is the Tigers primary goaltender, starting all 14 matches between the pipes for Brenau. She owns a 0.98 goals against average – 37th-best in the NAIA – in 1,291 minutes of play. Brown has only allowed one goal in her last four matches and owns six shutouts on the year.
• Prior to Saturday’s showdown, Martin Methodist plays Brewton-Parker (Ga.) and Brenau travels to Bethel (Tenn.) on Friday.
This Week Around NAIA Women’s Soccer
• The week of Oct. 21 features three Top 25 matchups in addition to the NAIA Match of the Week:
o Wednesday – No. 3 Westmont (Calif.) def. No. 15 The Master’s (Calif.), 3-2
o Wednesday – No. 11 Concordia (Calif.) def. No. 6 Vanguard (Calif.), 4-3
o Saturday – No. 22 Thomas (Ga.) at No. 4 Embry-Riddle (Fla.)
• Last week’s Top 25 vs. Top 25 results
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. 10 William Carey (Miss.) def. No. 9 Martin Methodist (Tenn.), 2-1
o Saturday – No. 6 Vanguard (Calif.) def. No. 23 Biola (Calif.), 2-0
• In last week’s NAIA Women’s Soccer Match of the Week, No. 6 Vanguard (Calif.) claimed a 2-0 victory against Golden State Athletic Conference rival No. 23 Biola (Calif.). The Lions, who improved to 12-1 on the year with the win, scored the eventual game-winner only 14 seconds into the first half when Jordan Davidson connected with Kayla Arenas. Vanguard padded its advantage in the 40th minute on a Megan Stoll header. Goalkeeper Lauren Terry recorded nine saves en route to her fourth shutout of the season.
• Concordia (Ore.) became the fourth team in 2013 to claim the No. 1 ranking, as the Cavaliers earned the top spot in the seventh regular-season edition. The ranking is Concordia’s 17th all-time No. 1, which is fourth in NAIA history (dating back to 1999).
• The remainder of the top five consisted of No. 2 Northwood (Fla.) – its highest ranking in program history, No. 3 Westmont (Calif.), No. 4 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) and No. 5 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)
• Two newcomers joined the Top 25 this week in No. 22 Thomas (Ga.) and No. 25 St. Ambrose (Iowa). This was the first Top 25 appearance for St. Ambrose since ranking No. 24 on Sept. 4, 2012. Thomas returns to the poll following a one-week hiatus.
• For the second-straight edition, Lindsey Wilson held the No. 1 spot in the NAIA Women’s Soccer Modified Ratings Percentage Index (MPRI), marking the sixth 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 Vanguard (Calif.), No. 4 Northwood (Fla.) 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. 24)
• 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 185-51-15 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 7-8-1 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 212-72-20 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 209-33-15 record in 11 seasons.
• Corban’s (Ore.) Marty Ziesemer reached the 200-win plateau with a 4-0 victory against Evergreen (Wash.) on Oct. 10. Ziesemer is 202-159-18 in 17 seasons.
• Concordia (Ore.) head coach Grand Landy – currently second on the NAIA’s active wins list – became the second active coach with 300-or-more wins when the Cavaliers knocked off Oregon Tech, 9-0, on Oct. 19. Lady’s all-time record currently sits at 301-58-23 after knocking off Evergreen on Thursday.
• Two teams enter Thursday with unbeaten records – Concordia (Calif.) (11-0-3) and Westmont (Calif.) (11-0-3). The two sides played to a scoreless draw on Oct. 15.
• Three programs are yet to register a win.
• Rhianne Parsons of Cumberland (Tenn.) and Lauren Terry of Vanguard (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. 24)
• Karly Linton of ninth-ranked Spring Arbor (Mich.) and Emmaleigh Davis of No. 10 William Carey (Miss.) are tied atop the NAIA leaderboard with 22 goals each. Linton and Davis are 2-of-7 players with 20-or-more goals this season.
• Stephanie Hale of Columbia (Mo.) and Elisa Brito of Oklahoma Wesleyan are tied for the NAIA lead with 18 assists.
• Lindsey Smith of No. 3 Westmont (Calif.), who has played in 13 matches this season, leads the NAIA with a 0.33 goals against average. She has allowed only four goals in 1,083 minutes.
• Briannica Ponder of Stephens (Mo.) owns an NAIA-high 200 saves in 15 games. She set the NAIA’s single-game record for saves with 36 against Lyon (Ark.) on Oct. 8.
• Columbia leads all teams with 98 assists and 87 goals this season.
• St. Ambrose (Iowa), Avila (Mo.) and Columbia are tied with an NAIA-best 10 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.