Oct. 29, 2013
Patriot League Women's Soccer Release - 10.29.13 (PDF)
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -- With the Patriot League Tournament's six-team field and top two seeds all known, there's still plenty on the line during the final weekend of the regular season. American, Army, Bucknell and Colgate are the four teams that make up the inaugural quarterfinal round, and the dominoes will begin to fall on Friday to help determine what the matchups will be and where they'll take place.
PATRIOT LEAGUE QUICK HITS
Navy secured hosting duties for the Patriot League Tournament's semifinals and championship for the second straight season with Sunday's 3-0 win over Loyola Maryland.
The Mids are the first back-to-back hosts of the last two rounds since Bucknell welcomed the four-team fields in 2006-07.
Junior Taylor Krebs netted the golden goal on Sunday to lift Boston University to a 1-0 overtime win at American. The Terriers clinched the Patriot League Tournament's second seed with the victory.
Colgate hosts Princeton Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the final non-League game of the regular season.
Three of Saturday's four contests will air on Patriot League Network.
Army must defeat Navy on Friday night in order to have a chance to host a quarterfinal game.
Should Army lose or tie, Bucknell could host a quarterfinal with a tie, plus a Colgate victory over American on Saturday night. If the Black Knights defeat Navy, the Bison must win at BU to stay alive to host next Tuesday.
In the event of a three-way tie for third between American, Colgate and Bucknell at 16 points, the Eagles and Bison would emerge as the No. 3 and 4 seeds, respectively, and would host the quarterfinals.
Regardless of any other results this weekend, Colgate would wrap up the No. 3 seed with at least a tie with American.
Navy is fourth in the nation with a .722 shutout percentage and Boston University is sixth (.667). The squads flip in team goals-against average, with the Terriers fifth in the nation (0.373) and the Mids eighth (0.494).
BU goalkeeper Andrea Green now leads the country in GAA (0.33), while Navy's Elizabeth Hoerner is eighth (0.44).
Four of Army's League games have gone to overtime, with the Black Knights going 2-0-2 in those contests.
Bucknell's 2-0 win over Holy Cross on Saturday was head coach Ben Landis' 100th career victory.
Boston University owns a 14-1 scoring edge over its opponents in eight League games.
Sunday marked Navy senior Ashlynn Soellner's second two-goal outing of the season.
Thirteen of Navy's 15 wins have come via shutout.
Patriot League Notebook
WELCOME THE NEWCOMERS
For the first time since 2001 there's a new face competing in the Patriot League, and this time around it's doubled. After a year of waiting, Boston University and Loyola Maryland made their League debuts Aug. 23, and both were winners. The Terriers scored a 1-0 victory over Dayton at home, while the Greyhounds were 2-1 winners at Towson. Before this season the League hadn't seen a new women's soccer member since 2001, when American joined in all sports. That year the Eagles brought the number of teams to an even eight. From 1995-2000 the League featured seven members.
NEW FACE NAMED FAVORITE
Last season's League finalists were looking up at a new face when the preseason poll came out Aug. 19. Boston University secured 152 points and 12 first-place votes to claim the top spot, ahead of last year's runner-up Navy (144 points, four votes) and defending champion Colgate (138, four). Loyola Maryland, which took fourth with 101 points, looks to be an immediate contender as well after coming off an NCAA Tournament appearance for winning the MAAC title. 2011 champion Army (98 points) took fifth, while Lehigh (73), Bucknell (69), American (47), Holy Cross (47) and Lafayette (31) rounded out the poll.
BIGGER LEAGUE, BIGGER TOURNAMENT
With the additions of Boston University and Loyola Maryland, the Patriot League announced it is expanding six of its tournaments and one of those is women's soccer. After 22 years of tournaments where the top four teams qualified, the 2013 field will involve six teams. The top two teams will earn quarterfinal byes, while seeds 3 through 6 will battle in the quarterfinals on Tuesday, Nov. 5. The tournament will re-seed for the semifinals on Friday, Nov. 8, and the last two remaining teams will vie for the League crown and automatic NCAA berth on Sunday, Nov. 10. The top overall seed will host the semifinals and championship.
HOERNER A SENIOR CLASS FINALIST
After amassing a 19-2-1 mark and a 1.06 goals-against average while backstopping Navy to the Patriot League championship game last season, Navy senior goalkeeper Elizabeth Hoerner was named a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award just days before the start of the season. News broke last week that Hoerner was named one of 10 finalists for the prestigious honor. In addition to her stellar play on the field during her junior campaign, Hoerner has excelled in the classroom as well. She was honored as the League's Scholar-Athlete of the Year in women's soccer and picked up first-team Scholar All-America honors from the NSCAA.
HOERNER, SEABROOK BEING WATCHED
Navy senior goalkeeper Elizabeth Hoerner and junior defender Jade Seabrook were named to the Missouri Athletic Club's (MAC) Hermann Trophy Watch List prior to the season. Both were first-team All-League performers in 2012, with Hoerner the reigning Goalkeeper of the Year and Seabrook the Defensive Player of the Year. The Hermann Trophy honors the top male and female collegiate soccer players in the nation.
TOP TEAMS DOMINATE PRESEASON ALL-LEAGUE
It's probably comes as no surprise that all 11 members of the preseason All-League squad come from the top six teams in the preseason poll, and eight from the clubs in the top three. In addition to topping the standings prediction, BU also claimed an individual honor with senior forward Madison Clemens being named preseason Offensive Player of the Year. Navy junior Jade Seabrook, coming off an All-American campaign in which she was named the League's Defensive Player of the Year, was named the preseason favorite to repeat that honor.
WATCH FREE ON PATRIOT LEAGUE NETWORK
2013-14 is the first of a multi-year agreement between the Patriot League and Campus Insiders who have teamed up to create the Patriot League Network, a streaming platform that will enable fans to watch League regular season and championship events for free. Currently more than 40 women's soccer matches are tentatively scheduled to stream on the Network, both League and non-League, including the Patriot League Tournament.
NCAA RECOGNIZES LEAGUE AGAIN
The Patriot League was once again a big winner when the NCAA announced its latest set of Academic Performance Program Public Recognition Awards and Academic Progress Rate data in June. Women's soccer quads from American, Bucknell and Lafayette were three of the 71 total League teams cited for finishing in the top 10 percent of their sport in the most recent multi-year APR data, while all eight schools from before the July 1 expansion boasted an APR of 985 or better. Newcomers BU and Loyola will fit right in, as their APR data in women's soccer are both above 985.
Patriot League Weekly Awards (10.21-10.27)
BRINE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
JOEY MOLACEK, ARMY Sr., M, Saugus, Calif.
Molacek gave new life to Army's season, scoring three of her team's five goals in two critical victories that lifted the Black Knights back into the Patriot League Tournament following a one-year hiatus. She tallied a pair in Wednesday's come-from-behind win at Holy Cross, tying the game at 1-1 in the 81st minute and burying the game-winner with just five seconds remaining in double overtime for a 2-1 triumph. Once again Army found itself trailing 1-0 on the road on Saturday, this time at Lafayette. She shot home a rebound to tie the game in the 24th minute before Kimberly An scored twice later to give Army a 3-1 win and a postseason berth. Molacek has a team-leading nine points in eight League games.
BRINE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
EMMA CLARK, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Sr., M, York, Maine
Clark started both Terrier wins last week at defensive midfield and helped her teammates pitch a pair of shutouts to clinch the No. 2 seed to the program's first Patriot League Tournament next week. BU allowed just five shots total and two on goal in Wednesday's 3-0 blanking at Colgate, and then held American to two shots and none on net in Sunday's 1-0 overtime victory in Washington. Clark also picked up an assist in Wednesday's game when Kylie Strom headed in her corner kick in the second minute to open the scoring against the Raiders.
BRINE GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
JORDAN CASSALIA, ARMY Fr., GK, Omaha, Neb.
Cassalia played all 199:55 in goal for the Black Knights in two wins at Holy Cross and Lafayette, the second of which clinched Army a berth to the Patriot League Tournament. The rookie from Omaha, Neb., stopped four shots, including one try in the second overtime, in Army's come-from-behind 2-1 triumph over the Crusaders on Wednesday. She added five saves in Saturday's 3-1 win over the Leopards, including a big stop late in the second half after the Black Knights had taken a two-goal advantage. Cassalia has started all 17 Army games this season and has a 0.91 goals-against average in League play.
BRINE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
JESSICA RATNER, BUCKNELL Fr., GK, Langhorne, Pa.
What a week for Ratner, who played 135 minutes, picked up two victories and her first career clean sheet in helping Bucknell get back to the Patriot League Tournament for the first time since 2010. On Saturday she earned her first career start and made seven saves in the Bison's postseason-clinching 2-0 win over visiting Holy Cross. It was her second appearance of the week, as she entered Wednesday's game at Lafayette at the start of the second half and, while not having to make a save, was credited with the victory after the Bison netted the game-winner in the 62nd minute. It's Ratner's first career weekly award.
COURTNEY NELSON, BUCKNELL Jr., D, Phoenix, Ariz.
Played all 180 minutes at right back and helped the Bison post two shutout victories in qualifying for the Patriot League Tournament. Netted an assist on Chelsey Garkowski's insurance tally late in the second half of Saturday's 2-0 win over Holy Cross.
ASHLYNN SOELLNER, NAVY Sr., F, Hollidaysburg, Pa.
Scored the game's first two goals in Navy's 3-0 win over Loyola Maryland on Sunday. The Mids captured the No. 1 seed to the Patriot League Tournament and will host the semifinal and championship rounds.
ELIZABETH HOERNER, NAVY Sr., GK, Lititz, Pa.
Posted a 2-0 record in net with five saves and one shutout as Navy improved to 8-0-0 in League play and wrapped up the League Tournament's No. 1 seed and hosting duties for the final two rounds.