Jasmine Mohandesi and American are looking to solidify their chances at a Patriot League Tournament berth when they play at Holy Cross and Army this weekend.
Oct. 16, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — The road to the postseason could become much clearer as the Patriot League women’s soccer teams embark on their second double weekend of matches this season. The standings tightened up last weekend thanks to the 1-1 draw in Hamilton, N.Y., between Colgate and Navy, while American, Army and Holy Cross picked up victories.
The Eagles won 1-0 at Bucknell Saturday afternoon, lifting themselves into sole possession of third place and just one point out of the first-place tie. American is seeking a return to the League tournament for the first time since 2009. Though Bucknell suffered the loss, the Bison have the inside track on a berth thanks to their head-to-head win against Holy Cross. Bucknell and the Crusaders are tied for fourth.
Army lifted itself into the tournament picture with its 2-1 win over Lehigh at home Sunday, but the Black Knights will need help if they are to earn a chance to defend their League crown. The road gets no easier for Army, which hosts Navy with the Star (and postseason implications) on the line in one of four critical League battles Friday night. The other three feature Holy Cross hosting American, Colgate going to Lafayette and Lehigh entertaining Bucknell.
Four more bouts are slated for Sunday, with all set for 1 p.m.
Patriot League Notebook
• Navy and Colgate would clinch Patriot League Tournament bids with wins AND a loss by either Bucknell (at Lehigh) or Holy Cross (home for American).
• Navy’s tie at Colgate Friday snapped the Mids’ winning streak at 15. Navy now owns the nation’s second-longest unbeaten streak at 16. UCLA owns the longest active run at 22 straight without a loss.
• American’s three-game win streak in League play is the longest since 2009. That same year marks the Eagles’ last appearance in the Patriot League Tournament.
• Charlene Belanger is the first American keeper to post three straight shutouts since 2001.
• Lehigh has wrapped up its season-long six-match road trip and will finish the regular season with three straight at home.
• Holy Cross sophomore Gina Righini netted her fourth career game-winning goal in Saturday’s 2-1 triumph over Lafayette.
• Navy is situated eighth in the latest NSCAA/Continental Tire Mid-Atlantic rankings.
• Colgate’s Jillian Kinter and Holy Cross’ Carly McCabe are both ranked in the nation’s top 20. Kinter is 19th averaging 1.87 points per game, and McCabe is 19th with a .875 save percentage.
• Holy Cross is aiming for its first League tournament berth since 2000.
Patriot League Weekly Awards
BRINE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
JASMINE MOHANDESI, AMERICAN Sr., F, Vienna, Va.
Mohandesi’s goal in the 24th minute stood up to lift American to a key 1-0 win at Bucknell Saturday in Lewisburg, Pa. It was the Eagles’ third consecutive win in League play, lifting them into sole possession of third place with three matches to go. Mohandesi, who earns her first weekly honor of the season, has a team-best four goals and shares the team lead with nine points.
BRINE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
ALLY PASQUARIELLO, HOLY CROSS So., D, Suffield, Conn.
Pasquariello was part of the Crusaders’ defense that held Lafayette in Saturday’s 2-1 win in Worcester, Mass. Holy Cross held the Leopards to just one shot in the first half, enabling it to take a 1-0 lead into the intermission. Pasquariello contributed offensively as well, picking up the assist on Gina Righini’s eventual game-winner in the 68th minute for her first career point. It’s Pasquariello’s first weekly honor of the season.
BRINE GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
CHARLENE BELANGER, AMERICAN So, GK, Alexandria, Va.
Belanger was stout in net with seven saves as American won 1-0 at Bucknell Saturday. She sophomore recorded her third straight shutout, and it marks the first time the Eagles have won three consecutive matches in League play since 2009. In addition, Belanger is the first Eagles keeper with three straight clean sheets since 2001.
BRINE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
JENNA PANEPINTO, COLGATE Fr., M, Buffalo, N.Y.
Panepinto notched her second goal of the season in the 55th minute of Colgate’s 1-1 draw at home against Navy. The tie kept both teams knotted at the top of the League standings with 10 points. Panepinto, who notches her first career weekly honor, scored for the first time since Sept. 5 against Albany. Panepinto’s twin sister Lexi was BRINE Rookie of the Week on Aug. 20.
JOEY MOLACEK, ARMY Jr., F, Saugus, Calif.
Molacek’s goal in the 77th minute snapped a 1-1 tie and stood as the game-winner in Army’s 2-1 victory Sunday over visiting Lehigh. It was the Black Knights’ first League win of the season, providing a boost for their chances at the League tournament.
ASHLEY WALSH, COLGATE Sr., GK, Baldwinsville, N.Y.
Walsh was strong in net with eight saves as Colgate drew Navy 1-1 Friday night in Hamilton, N.Y. She has started all 15 matches, and has 84 stops on the season.
GINA RIGHINI, HOLY CROSS So., F, Salem, N.H.
Righini netted the game-winner in the second half as Holy Cross posted a 2-1 win over visiting Lafayette. The Crusaders are tied for fourth with Bucknell at 2-2-0 (six points).
BRITTANY FRUIN, NAVY Sr., M, McLean, Va.
Fruin’s goal off a free kick in the 71st minute lifted Navy to a 1-1 tie at Colgate in Friday night’s first-place showdown. The Mids and Raiders remain tied for first with 10 points.