Nov. 5, 2007
The regular season has come to a close in the Patriot League. The Patriot League Tournament will be hosted by Bucknell for the second consecutive year. The Bison will be joined by American, Army and Navy, but semifinal matchups will not be determined until Monday evening.
In the final set of weekly awards for the 2007 season, Navy's Brigitte Fox and Shelly Moeller were named offensive and defensive players of the week, respectively. Army freshman Alex Lostetter earned her second goalkeeper of the week award, while fellow newcomer Kelsey Johnson of Bucknell won her first rookie of the week award.
Patriot League Women's Soccer Release - 11.05.07
BRINE Offensive Player of the Week
Brigitte Fox, Navy Sr., F, La Mesa, Calif.
Fox had an offensive explosion last week for the Mids, scoring a total of six goals in two games. In an 8-1 victory over Howard, the senior forward scored a school-record tying four goals. She followed up that performance with a two-goal game in a 2-1 victory over Colgate, which clinched a playoff berth for Navy. Fox has 13 goals on the season, which is a new record for a member of the senior class at Navy.
BRINE Defensive Player of the Week
Shelly Moeller, Navy So., D, Milford, Ohio
Moeller led a defensive unit that helped Navy outscore its opponents 10-2 last week. The sophomore scored a goal in the victory over Howard, and held the Patriot League's second-leading goal scorer without a goal in the Colgate game. The Navy defense has given up just four goals during League play.
BRINE Goalkeeper of the Week
Alex Lostetter, Army Fr., Pittsburgh, Pa.
Lostetter recorded her fifth shutout of the season to lead Army to a playoff-clinching 0-0 tie at Lehigh Saturday night. The freshman posted nine saves. She now has a 0.62 GAA in League play, including three shutouts.
BRINE Rookie of the Week
Kelsey Johnson, Bucknell Fr., D, Monroe, Conn.
Johnson scored the first two goals of her career against Princeton in a 4-1 victory last week, including what would prove to be the game winner. Against American on Saturday, the rookie helped Bucknell earn the right to host the Patriot League Tournament by holding American to one goal on 20 shots.
Kathryn Sutton, Bucknell
So., GK, Coatesville, Pa.
Allowed only two goals in two games last week. She stopped a total of 16 shots in the two games, including Bucknell's first-ever win against Princeton and the regular-season title clinching tie against American.
Patriot League Notebook
We're Off to Lewisburg...Again
The Bucknell women's soccer team won the Patriot League regular-season title for the second consecutive season following Saturday's 1-1 double overtime tie against American. As regular-season champs, the Bison will get to host the 2007 Patriot League Tournament for the second time in as many years. The tournament's two semifinal games will be played on Friday evening, while the championship match will commence on Sunday afternoon.
Planting a Seed
Monday's Army at Navy contest will have some bearing on the playoff situation after all. Although both teams have already clinched berths in the Patriot League Tournament this coming weekend, there is still something to play for other than the normal pride of an Army-Navy game. If either team wins, they will be the No. 3 seed in Friday night's first semifinal against No. 2 seed American. If the two teams tie, however, the No. 3 seed will go to Navy as a result of the goal-differential in Patriot League play tie-breaker scenario.
"We played the first half tentative, but we played very well in the second half and the overtime. We held steady throughout, and the tie earned us a [playoff] berth. It is nice to make the tournament again after not making it last year."
Army Head Coach Gene Ventriglia after his Black Knights clinched a playoff berth.
Patriot League Tournament
The 2007 Patriot League Tournament will be held Friday and Sunday, November 9 and 11 on the campus of Bucknell University. The participating teams will be American, Army, Bucknell and Navy.
The Eagles finished the regular season as the only unbeaten team in League play, finishing with a 4-0-3 record. The Eagles ended the season with a 1-1 double-overtime tie against Bucknell. Kelsey Brasher continued her offensive onslaught as she scored her League-leading 13th goal of the season. American enters the tournament as the No. 2 seed, and will play in Friday's first semifinal.
The Black Knights clinched a berth into the Patriot League Tournament with a 0-0 double-overtime tie at Lehigh Saturday night. Freshman goalkeeper Alex Lostetter posted her fifth shutout of the season to earn the final playoff spot. Army will travel to Annapolis, Md. on Nov. 5 for a game against Navy to determine the No. 3 and 4 seeds in this weekend's tournament.
The Bison clinched their second consecutive regular-season title, as well as hosting duties for the Patriot League Tournament. Krista Lee Gentile scored the lone goal in Saturday's 1-1 tie at American, while goalkeeper Kathryn Sutton made 12 saves. The Bison will host the loser of the Army-Navy game, or Army if the game should end in a tie.
The Raiders missed out on the Patriot League Tournament for the first time since 2001, and only the second time since 1991. The Raiders lost the final game of the season 2-1 at Navy on Saturday. Colgate's lone goal was scored by Anna Baldwin. Senior Franny Iacuzzi posted an assist, finishing her career alone in ninth place on the Patriot League career points list with 110.
The Crusaders won their second League game of the season at Lafayette on Saturday. Freshman Caitlin Belanger scored the only goal in a 1-0 win, while goalkeeper Jessica Pietrowicz notched the shutout.
The Leopards were unable to post their first League victory of the season in the finale, falling 1-0 to Holy Cross. Goalkeeper Mary Kate Erdman played well in net for the `Pards, who fall to 3-15-0 on the season.
The Mountain Hawks eliminated themselves from playoff contention with a 0-0 double-overtime tie against Army on Saturday night. Julie Kafka and Lauren Mains combined to post a shutout for Lehigh.
The Midshipmen defeated Colgate on Saturday afternoon to earn a trip back to the Patriot League Tournament. Brigitte Fox scored two goals for the Mids, who will look to become Patriot League Tournament Champions for the second year in a row. Before the tournament, however, the Mids will play host to Army on Monday afternoon to determine the No. 3 and 4 seeds in the tournament. A win or a tie for Navy will give them the No. 3 seed.