September 5, 2012
BIG EAST WOMEN'S NOTEBOOK
Four remain unbeaten
THE BIG (EAST) PICTURE – Four Big East teams remain unbeaten, Georgetown, Louisville, Marquette and Seton Hall. They are a combined 17-0-0 this season. Seton Hall (5- 0-0) is off to its best start ever.
GOING GREAT GUNS AT GEORGETOWN – The Hoyas (5- 0-0) continued their undefeated start with a 5-1 victory over Cornell last Saturday. It is the second time in the last three years that Georgetown has opened the season with five straight wins. Head coach Dave Nolan also picked up in 100th career win, and got the celebratory water bucket dousing in the victory.
FLYING HIGH – Louisville improved to 4-0-0 following wins over Southeast Missouri (4-0) and UNCG (3-0) to clinch the UK Tropical Smoothie Invitational. Senior goalkeeper Chloe Kiefer earned a pair of shutout wins to take her season total to three and increase her career shutout total to 13. Louisville has scored three or more goals in three straight games overall, the first time they have achieved that feat since the 1992 season.
AS GOOD AS GOLD – Marquette recorded its third consecutive shutout in a 2-0 win at Northwestern last Friday. The Golden Eagles have allowed just 10 total shots in three matches this season.
CROWDS APLENTY – Notre Dame packed them in for its Sunday afternoon match against North Carolina drawing 1,925 fans, the highest by a Big East team this year. Santa Clara and Connecticut made up the front portion of the doubleheader.
IRISH PRIDE – Freshman goalkeeper Elyse Hight registered a season-high seven saves to earn a spot on the all-tournament team with sophomore defender Sammy Scofield and freshman midfielder Glory Williams. The Fighting Irish were held without a shot on goal for the first time in program history, with the previous low of one shot on goal being set on a handful of occasions, most recently in 2009.
FRIARTOWN IS MY TOWN– Providence (3-2-1) went 2-0-0 last weekend, including a 2-1 win at Central Connecticut last Sunday.
PIRATES PLAY SUPERB – As impressive is the fact that Seton Hall has not allowed a goal all season. The Pirates entered the Tuesday night’s match with shutouts in all three prior games, which tied the longest shutout streak to start a season in program history.
RUTGERS ROLLS ALONG – Last weekend the Scarlet Knights went 1-1-0 in a tournament at Texas A&M. Three Scarlet Knights scored their first career goals in an RU uniform: Amanda DeVolk, Rachel Cole and Brielle Buis. Rutgers also improved to 4-0 when the match is tied at the half. Rachel Cole and Brielle Buis were named to the Texas A&M Invitational All-Tournament team. They become the first Scarlet Knights to be named to an all-tournament team since Ashley Jones and Jen Anzivino in 2009.
ORANGE SLICES – Junior goalkeeper Brittany Anghel recorded her first shutout of the season and the 14th of her career in Syracuse’s 2-0 victory at St. Bonaventure. Anghel moved into a three-way tie with Shannon Myers (2001-04) and Katie Karlander (1999-00) for second place on Syracuse’s career shutout leader list. Eliza Bennett-Hattan holds the school record with 20 career shutouts.
WILDCATS GOALKEEPING STRONG –Senior goalkeeper Kelsey Quinn posted a combined 11 saves in Villanova’s two games last week, including seven vs. VCU last Sunday afternoon. Quinn made several game-saving stops against the Rams to keep the Wildcats in contention, including three saves in the final 20 minutes of overtime. Additionally, Quinn made one stop in the 87th minute to send the game into overtime. Quinn begins the 2012 season as the starting goalkeeper while junior Jami Kranich represents the United States in the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Erin Yenney, Louisville, So., M
Yenney earned Big East Offensive Player of the Week honors after totaling five points, including two game winning goals in a 2-0-0 week for the Cardinals. The sophomore scored the first goal in a 4-0 victory over Southeast Missouri State on last Friday. In a 3-0 win over UNC-Greensboro last Sunday, she had a goal and an assist. Yenney also was named to the UK Tropical Smoothie Invitational All-Tournament team, and on Tuesday was selected the Soccer News Net Player of the Week
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Ally Miller, Marquette, Sr., M
Miller was tabbed Big East Defensive Player of the Week following a shutout win at Northwestern last Friday. She helped anchor a defense that allowed just three shots on goal. The senior also scored a goal in the 28th minute which proved to be the gamewinner. Miller was the Big East Preseason Defensive Player of the Year.
GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
Megan Pyrz, DePaul, So., GK
Pyrz earned Big East Goalkeeper of the Week honors after totaling 16 saves in a 1-0-1 week. The sophomore had four saves and did not allow a goal in a 0-0 draw at Wright State on Friday. Pyrz also made a career-high 12 saves in a 2-1 overtime victory at Dayton on Sunday.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Catherine Zimmerman, Providence, Fr., F
Zimmerman was cited as the Big East Rookie of the Week after scoring three goals to total six points in a 2-0-0 week. The freshman had two goals in a 4-0 victory over Lehigh and one goal in a 2-1 win over Central Connecticut.
Ashley Clarke, Seton Hall, Jr., M
Totaled four points, one goal and one assist in a 2-0-0 week.
Daphne Corboz, Georgetown, Jr., F
Had four points, two goals, in a 6-1 victory over Cornell last Saturday.
Caitlin Forte, Villanova, So., M
Had four points, two goals, in two games last week; the first goals of her career.
Chloe Keifer, Louisville, Sr., GK
Had two shutouts in a 2-0-0 week for the Cardinals.
Taylor Mims, Seton Hall, Sr., D
Helped the Pirates go 2-0-0 last week, including a 3-0 shutout victory over Monmouth last Tuesday.