Preseason Exhibition Roundup (2011 D-1 top-25 w-soccer)

CONTACT: Pete LaFleur (editor@collegesoccer360.com)

The fall preseason exhibition season saw several Division I women’s soccer teams (17) in action from the NSCAA preseason top-25 – with the higher-ranked teams combining to go 15-1-3 in their 19 exhibition games. The most noteworthy result was Connecticut knocking off regional rival Boston College (NSCAA #4), in a 2-1 game played at BC’s home facility in Newton, Mass. Three other preseason top-25 squads played to 1-1 ties against unranked teams: #7 Portland (vs. Miami), #14 Oklahoma State (at SMU) and #24 Illinois (at Missouri).

There were three head-to-head games between preseason top-25 teams, including two at #6 Maryland (as the Terps posted a 1-0 win over #13 West Virginia and then beat #23 Georgetown, 3-0). The marquee matchup was the annual preseason exhibition between Notre Dame and Virginia (which has held its preseason camp in the state of Michigan) – with the top-ranked Irish claiming a wild 7-5 win over the #10 Cavaliers. 

In addition to the exhibition games referenced above, others involving top-25 teams included: at #5 Florida State 2, Georgia 0 ... #8 Ohio State 1, at Kentucky 0 ... at #10 Virginia 5, George Mason 0 ... #11 Texas A&M 2, at Central Florida 1 ... #12 Marquette 2, at Wisconsin 0 ... at #13 West Virginia 2, Central Michigan 1 ... at SMU 1, #14 Oklahoma State 1 ... #16 UCLA 4, at Cal State Bakersfield 1 ... at #17 UC Irvine 2, Fresno State 0 ... at #18 Wake Forest 2, Radford 0 ... at #18 Wake Forest 2, at Virginia Commonwealth 0 ... at #22 Minnesota 2, North Dakota State 1 ... 

Eight of the NSCAA preseason top-25 teams were not scheduled to play preseason exhibitions: #2 Stanford, #3 North Carolina, #9 Florida, #15 Santa Clara, #19 Oregon State, #20 Washington, #21 South Carolina and #25 USC.

See below for some capsule notes on top-10 teams that played preseason exhibitions, along with summaries of the 19 preseason exhibitions involving top-25 teams (note that information from some schools was limited during the preseason): . . . 

#1 NOTRE DAME – The Irish opened their preseason at home with a 5-0 win over Nebraska before surviving the 7-5 battle with Virginia, in Maple City, Mich. ... ND returns seven starters from its 2010 NCAA championship squad that went 21-2-2 ... top returners include three former Texas club teammates: (all seniors): forward Melissa Henderson (the 2010 MAC Hermann Trophy runner-up; 17G-11A in ’10), playmaking midfielder Courtney Barg (2009 All-American; injured much of ’10 but key factor in title-game win over Stanford) and central defender Jessica Schuveiller (voted 2010 College Cup most outstanding defensive player) ... the four departed starters include multiple-positional talent Lauren Fowlkes (two-time All-American and Academic All-American), all-BIG EAST forward/midfielder Rose Augustin, four-year starting right back Julie Scheidler and goalkeeper Nikki Weiss ... several newcomers could step into the vacated starter spots, most notably: forward Lauren Bohaboy (MissionViejo, Calif.), center back Taylor Schneider (Southlake, Texas) and versatile addition Samantha Scofield (holding midfielder/center back; Geneva, Ill/), along with goalkeeper Sarah Voigt (currently sidelined with an ankle injury; Middleburg, Fla.) and forward/attacking midfielder Karin Simonian (returning from minor surgery; Westbury, N.Y.) ... ND will open its 2011 regular season at home vs. Wisconsin (5:30 ET).

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Notre Dame senior forward Melissa Henderson

. . . . . at #1 ND 5, Nebraska 0 (8/9/11) – Henderson scored four times (most by an ND player in an exhibition during the 13-year Randy Waldrum era), leading the homestanding Irish to a comfortable winning margin at Eck Practice Field ... ND dominated in shots-on-goal (14-2; 18-11 total shots; 5-2 corners) ... junior Maddie Fox played 68 minutes without needing to make a save (Jennifer  Jasper closed the shutout) ... Henderson opened the scoring 80 seconds into the game, after receiving a pass down the left side from sophomore defender Kecia Morway and cutting inside before beating ’keeper Emma Stevens on a chip into the far-right side ... late in the second half, another sophomore set up a Henderson goal – as sophomore Rebecca Twining collected a loose ball and flicked a pass to Henderson down the right side (a pivot move preceded a leftfooted strike that caught Stevens guessing wrong, for a 2-0 lead) ... Henderson completed her hat trick a couple minutes into the second half, on a PK after being take down in the box ... her fourth goal game in the 67th minute, set up by sophomore midfielder Mandy Laddish’s chip over the onrushing defenders (Henderson broke free and volleyed her own rebound into an empty net) ... a few minutes after that goal, the game was delayed 35 minutes due to lightning ... senior Molly Campbell capped the scoring (81’), following a combination play through her classmate Brynn Gerstle and Morway – with Campbell completing a 40-yard run down the right side and scoring low to the near-post ... it had been 13 years since a Notre Dame player scored 3-plus goals in a preseason game (Anne Makinen and Jenny Streiffer had 3G vs. Ohio State in a 1998 exhibition). 

. . . . . #1 ND 7, #10 Virginia 5 (8/12/11; Maple City, Mich.) – Henderson kept rolling with four more goals (plus a pair of assists), as the Irish outlasted the Cavaliers at Myles Kimmerly Park ... it was ND’s first preseason win over UVa since 2006 (the teams have been regular preseason foes in recent years) ... Laddish chipped in 1G-2A, with Campbell and fellow senior midfielder Barg rounding out the goalscorers ... the game was played in three 30-minute periods ... freshman midfielder Morgan Brian paced UVa with a pair of goals (Amber Fry, Erica Hollenberg and freshman Danielle Colaprico also scored for the Cavs) ... Fox played the 1st and 3rd periods (5 SV, 2 GA), with Jasper playing the middle period (2 SV, 3 GA) ... UVa veteran ‘keeper Chantel Jones logged the first 60 minutes (2 SV, 5 GA), followed by Danielle DeLisle (1 SV, 2 GA) ... the game was tied three times (1-1, 2-2, 3-3), with ND holding the first lead while UVa led twice (ND went on to claim leads of 5-3 and 7-4) ... Virginia finished with a narrow edge in total shots (18-7) and shots-on-goal (12-11), plus 6-3 in corner kicks ... ND coach Randy Waldrum: “... Giving up five goals against any team is unacceptable ... scoring seven goals against a top-10 opponent is something to be pleased with. ... We're going to have a lot of things to take a look at on film. UVa coach Steve Swanson: “... Crazy game. We had some elementary lapses on defense that are easily correctable. Notre Dame is not the type of team you can make those type of errors against and they punished us for each one. On the other end, we moved the ball very well and scored some great goals. We can take a lot away from this game, from what we did well offensively and what we learned defensively."

... Campbell converted a shot under Jones to open the scoring in the 20th minute (set up by passes from Laddish and Henderson) ... late in the first period, Virginia equalized when Brian snagged a loose ball, made a long run and curled a leftfooted shot inside the right post ... UVa surged ahead early in the second period, on another pinpoint shot from long range (this time by Colaprico) ... ND answered right back for a 2-2 score, as Henderson intercepted a back-pass and drew a PK via a pulldown from the charging Jones ... the Cavs went back ahead a minute later, as Brian scored again from the top of the box ... ND scored in the next minute for a 3-3 deadlock, after freshman defender Taylor Schneider’s lead pass connected with sophomore midfielder Elizabeth Tucker down the right side (Tucker’s endline pass led to Barg’s point-blank goal) ... a pair of quick goals from Henderson, midway through the second period, pushed ND to a 5-3 lead (converted thru-ball from Campbell for 1-v-1 chance vs. Jones; then volleyed shot to near-left post, set up by Bohaboy and Campbell) ... UVa stayed in range with Fry’s own volley goal (52’) but ND opened the third period with a pair of quick goals (7-4): turnover counterattack, Campbell to Henderson to Laddish (low 15-yd shot past DeLisle), then another volley finish from Henderson (set up by freshman midfielder Sammy Scofield, Laddish and Tucker’s right-wing service) ... UVa capped the scoring (68’) on Hollenberg’s low shot inside the near-left post.    

#4 BOSTON COLLEGE – The Eagles are coming off a 2010 season that ended with a trip to the College Cup final weekend, where they lost to Stanford in the semifinals, 2-0 ... BC returns seven starters from that 2010 team that went 17-7-1 overall (5-5-0 in ACC play) ... Allison Foley, entering her 15th season as the BC head coach, welcomes back a solid core led by three All-Americans: senior goalkeeper Jillian Mastroianni along with the dynamic scoring duo of forward Victoria DiMartino (14G-8A in ’10) and midfielder Kristie Mewis (10G-14A), who has been in the U.S. National Team player pool and helped the U.S. Under-23 team win the 2010 U-23 World Championship ... the battle-tested Mastroianni will be playing without two departed defensive starters (Hannah Cerrone and Chelsea Regan), with the Eagles also losing starting midfielder Amy Caldwell and clutch forward Brooke Knowlton (likewise a 2010 starter) to graduation ... BC announced seven members of its freshman class, led by a pair of All-Americans – forward Stephanie McCaffery (Winchester, Mass.), defender Casey Morrison (York, Pa.) – along with defender Marian Winters (Burbank, Calif.) and forward Emily Hoffend (Frisco, Texas; member of 2008 Dallas Texans that won USYSA national title) ... BC will open the regular season at home on Aug. 19, vs. crosstown for Boston University (4 ET).

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Connecticut senior midfielder Karen Gurnon

..... Connecticut 2, at Boston College 1 (8/14/11; Newton Soccer Complex) – Huskies senior forward Danielle Schulmann scored her third goal of the preseason, giving her team the lead after taking a pass from freshman midfielder Riley Houle ... UConn later stretched to a 2-0 margin when sophomore midfielder Devin Prensergast drilled a 30-yard shot off the crossbar, with senior midfielder Karen Gurnon knocking in the rebound ... BC averted the shutout with a goal in the 65th minute ... UConn earlier defeated UMass, 3-2, in exhibition action (the Huskies will kick off the regular season on Aug. 19, at home vs. Northeastern at 7 ET) ... note that the above info. is courtesy of UConn (BC did not post a game recap).

#5 FLORIDA STATE – The Seminoles return nine starters from their 2010 team, but FSU essentially has 11 players with substantial starting experience – thanks to senior forwards Tiffany McCarty and Jessica Price returning from injuries that caused them to miss all of the 2010 season (each has one year of eligibility remaining after 2011) ... FSU is coming off a 16-6-1 season (7-2-1 ACC) that ended with a 5-0 loss to eventual national runner-up Stanford, in the NCAA quarterfinals ... McCarty (17G-7A) and Price (16G-10A) were one of the nation’s top-scoring tandems during the 2009 season ... FSU already was returning its top-three scorers from the 2010 season (all seniors) – F/M Janice Cayman (9G-5A) and the midfield duo of Tori Huster (6G-7A) and Casey Short (5G-3A) – along with yet another senior, versatile All-American Toni Pressley (a proven starter in the defense and front line) and sophomore ‘keeper Kelsey Wys (0.76 GAA, .843 save pct. in 2010) ... FSU has five veteran starters on the back line – led by Pressley, fellow All-American Kassey Kallman (coming off an impressive freshman season), senior Ella Stephan, and juniors Ines Jaurena and Tiana Brockway ... departed starters include four-year midfield standout Amanda DaCosta and three-year starting midfielder Rachel Lim ... FSU’s 10 newcomers feature three international standouts (all midfielders): Marta Bakowska-Mathews (Kent, England), Dagny Brynjarsdottir (Hella, Iceland) and Hikaru Murakami (Nagoya, Japan) ... FSU will open its regular season on the west coast, playing at Oregon State on Aug. 19 (7 PT) before a highly-anticipated matchup at Portland (NSCAA #7) on the 21st (5 PT).

... at #5 Florida State 2, Georgia 0 (8/12/11; Seminole Soccer Complex) – The host Seminoles totaled only one shot in the first half before scoring in the 52nd minute and again with 1:06 left to play ... UGa coach Steve Holeman: “I was a little disappointed that we didn’t play our style. I think our back line did incredibly well as FSU put us under a lot of pressure. We now have a lot of things we need to work on. FSU is good enough to expose us, and we know what we need to work on tactically over this next week to become a better team.” ... the opening goal came after a rightside cross led to a header strike past ‘keeper Ashley Baker ... the Seminoles later tapped in a cross in the closing moments, for the 2-0 final ... UGa has played a preseason exhibition at FSU in each of the past five seasons ... the Bulldogs have suffered several early-season injuries and used only 14 players in the exhibition at FSU ... UGa junior midfielder Laura Addy suffered an ACL knee injury on Aug. 9 and will undergo season-ending surgery Eddy started 40 games and appeared in 42 during the past two seasons (she was voted the 2009 SEC Freshman of the Year and earned a spot on the 2010 SEC All-Tournament Team) ... FSU will open the regular season on Aug. 19 at Oregon State (7 PT) while Georgia opens the same night at Furman (8 ET) ... note that the above info. is courtesy of UGa (FSU did not post a game recap).

Janice Cayman

Florida State senior forward Janice Cayman

..... at #5 Florida State 2, Texas 1 (8/14/11; Seminole Soccer Complex) – FSU opened the scoring midway through the first half, with Brockway providing the corner-kick service and Huster sending a shot that was redirected by her teammate Kallman into the goal (25’) ... Texas notched the equalizer in the 64th minute, when Hannah Higgins converted a 1-v-1 chance vs. the ‘keeper Wys on a 16-yard shot inside the left post ... Higgins had run onto a thru-ball from transfer Taylor Knack, who spent the previous four seasons at Notre Dame (Knaack did not play as a freshman in 2007, due to injury, and was a member of the 2010 ND team during only the first half of that NCAA-title season) ... with overtime looming, FSU capitalized on a Kristin Grubka cross that deflected off ‘keeper Ava Vogel – with Cayman collecting the rebound and scoring for the 2-1 final ... FSU nearly doubled up Texas in shots (21-11, with a 9-3 corner-kick margin) ... Vogel had seven saves for Texas while FSU’s Wys stopped 2-of-3 shots she faced ... Texas earlier defeated TCU, 3-0, in exhibition action (the Longhorns will open the regular season Aug. 19, in a 7 CT home game vs. Loyola Marymount ... note that the above game info. is courtesy of Texas (FSU did not post a game recap).

#6 MARYLAND – The Terps entered the season with the highest preseason ranking in the history of the program ... the preseason exhibitions saw Maryland beat a pair of fellow NSCAA top-25 teams (1-0 vs. #13 West Virginia; 3-0 vs. #23 Georgetown) ... Maryland’s eight returning starters include senior All-America forward Jasmyne Spencer (10G-5A in 2010), junior midfield anchor Domienica Hodak and senior defensive leader Mallory Baker (part of a back line that lost two starters from the 2010 team that went 18-2-3, 7-21 in the ACC and was edged by Georgetown in PKs during the second round of the NCAAs) ... Ashley Grove (9G-6A) also returns to join her classmate Spencer on the front line ... 5th-year senior ’keeper Yewande Balgun (0.86 GAA in 2010) could miss a pair of graduated defenders – left back Caitlin McDowell and center back Colleen Deegan – with midfielder Lydia Hastings set to drop back to leftside defensive duties during her junior season while senior Skye Anderson had emerged as a full-time candidate in the central defense (where she started 17 games in 2009, adding 11 starts at right back in ’10) ... Hastings’ likely shift to defense – coupled with the graduation of Molly Dreska – leaves a couple holes in the starting midfield, with junior Olivia Wagner looking to step up (after totaling 2G-6A off the bench a year ago) while senior Becky Kaplan could provide a spark after not playing in 2010 (she has an extra year of eligibility after 2011) ... the Maryland attack features yet another senior, Sade Ayinde, who sparkled as a super-sub in 2010 by totaling 10G-8A in 20 games off the bench ... the Terps could shock opponents with timely forward subs, boosted by the arrival of three sophomore transfers: Kristen Schmidbauer (led Southern Conference in scoring with 10G-6A for UNC Greensboro in 2010), Alex Reed (18-game starter at nearby Loyola, Md.) and former Penn State player Hayley Brock (6G-3A in ’10) ... two Maryland recruits – forward Marisa Kresge and defender Amanda Gerlitz – have suffered season-ending knee injuries, with the freshmen most likely to see significant playing time including outside back Shade Pratt (Germantown, Md.) and highly-rated F/M Cory Ryan (Norwood, Mass.)... Maryland will open its regular season at home vs. Minnesota (NSCAA #22) on Aug. 19, at 7 ET.

..... at #6 Maryland 1, #13 West Virginia 0 (8/10/11; Ludwig Field) – The Terps struck in the third minute of play, as Spencer ran onto a long outlet pass (after a WVU corner kick), split a couple defenders and poked a lead pass to set up the speedy Kaplan – who beat WVU sophomore ‘keeper Sara Keane to the ball and finished into the open net (Kapman and Keane both have an extra year of eligibility) ... Maryland controlled the run of play in the first half and then held off WVU’s pressure over the final 45 minutes ... WVU had six shots and seven corner kicks (Maryland stats not provided).

Olivia Wagner

Maryland junior midfielder Olivia Wagner

..... at #6 Maryland 3, #23 Georgetown 0 (8/13/11; Ludwig Field) – The Terps avenged their heartbreaking 2010 NCAA second-round game vs. the Hoyas (1-1, GU advanced on PKs) ... Maryland reprised its quick strike from the WVU game by scoring in the second minute, as Wagner sent home a shot into the lower left corner (off a feed from Kaplan) ... Ayinde converted a 25th-minute PK, after Spencer was taken down by the ‘keeper on a breakaway ... a pair of sophomore transfers connected on the final goal (82’), as Schmidbauer slipped a past into the left side of the box and fellow transfer Reed ripped a shot into the upper left corner ... three Maryland goalkeepers – Balogun, sophomore Shannon Zickler and freshman Rachelle Beanlands – combined for three saves in the shutout.

#7 PORTLAND – The Pilots again are picked to win the West Coast Conference, returning starters at seven positions from the 2010 team that went 19-1-2 (6-0-1 WCC) and was eliminated on PKs by Washington in the second round of the NCAAs ... Portland returns its scoring duo of senior Danielle Foxhoven and sophomore Micaela Capelle (who each totaled 8G-5A in 2010) ... the Pilots have the luxury of two experienced goalkeepers – sophomore Erin Dees (0.45 GAA) and 5th-year senior Hailee DeYoung (0.67), who split the starting duties a year ago ... on the flip side of its situation at forward and in the goal, Portland must replace the talented midfield duo of Sophie Schmidt and Keelin Winters, along with a pair of experienced defenders in the likewse-departed Jessica Tsao and Elli Reed ... senior forward Halley Kremenski totaled 17 points as a junior (7G-3A), despite making only seven starts during that 2010 season ... junior Taylor Brooke is the veteran returner in the midfield (she made 17 starts in 2010) while senior Michelle Olivier and junior Cloee Colohan logged significant time as starting defenders a year ago ... Portland’s roster has received an offensive boost with the addition of junior-college transfer Kaila Cameli (Phoenix JC), a speedy and high-scoring forward ... Portland will open its regular season at home on Aug. 21, in a top-10 showdown vs. #5 Florida State (5 PT).

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Miami junior forward Kate Howarth

..... Miami 1, at #7 Portland 1 (8/12/11; Merlo Field) – The Pilots scored in the fourth minute, as Danielle Foxhoven headed in a service from Rebekah Kurle (beating Vikki Alonzo to the far post) ... the Hurricanes defense then held the hosts to a pair of shots on goal over the final 86 minutes ... Miami scored the equalizer on its own quick strike, three minutes in to the second half, as sophomore Tara Schwitter took a thru-ball from junior Kate Howarth and scored into the upper-right side ... the visitors finished with a 10-7 edge in total shots ... Miami coach Tom Anagnost: “ ... Very happy with the character and hard work we showed tonight. After going down a goal, we showed resolve and resiliency. ... Much of what we trained in the past week was displayed. As the game wore on, we limited their chances and I thought we did a good job of keeping the ball against an excellent soccer program." ... Anagnost is in his first season at Miami, after spending the past three seasons as head coach at Central Michigan ... Miami went on to play a 1-1 exhibition at Portland State (for some reason, the teams took PKs and the ’Canes had a 5-4 edge) ... the Hurricanes open the regular season at home on Aug. 19 vs. Florida (7 ET) ... note that the above game info. is courtesy of Miami (Portland did not post a game recap).

#8 OHIO STATE – The Buckeyes have returned to the pitch, nine months after fashioning a run to the 2010 College Cup’s final weekend (where they lost to eventual champion Notre Dame in a 1-0 NCAA semifinal, capping a 17-5-2 season and the best NCAA Tournament showing in the program’s history) ... OSU’s seven returning starters include senior All-America forward Paige Maxwell (10G-2A in 2010), but All-America defender Cassie Dickerson is among the four departed starters (along with midfielders Lauren Steuer and Courtney Jenkins, plus defender Lauren Beachy) ... OSU’s other top returners include junior all-Big Ten forward Tiffany Cameron, senior multi-positional talent Danielle Scoliere and sophomore midfielder Danica Wu – with the goalkeeping duo of senior Rachel Middleman and sophomore Katie Baumgardner likewise back for the Buckeyes ... OSU’s crop of newcomers includes a pair of prep All-America midfielders – Ellyn Gruber (a Cincinnati native) and Caroline Murray (New Canaan, Conn.) – and yet another midfielder, Kiiri Kuld (Toronto), who gives the Buckeyes four Canadians on the current roster (Kuld played for the Canadian U-17 National Team) ... Ohio State will open its regular season at home on Aug. 19, vs. Xavier (7:30 ET).  

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Ohio State senior forward Paige Maxwell

..... #8 Ohio State 1, at Kentucky 0 (8/13/11; UK Practice Facility) – Maxwell scored the game’s only goal, late in regulation, via a feed from Aly Walker in the 84th minute ... OSU associate head coach Greg Miller: “... Good game from a physical standpoint. Playing Kentucky presented a number of different problems and situations ... I liked the fact that we went out in typical Ohio State fashion: wearing teams down with our fitness and depth. We made some good adjustments at halftime and at the end of the game, and, more importantly, we executed them. We can work harder from the beginning of the game, rather than taking our time to attack problems. Our soccer is not where we need to be, but we all feel we are at a starting point further along than where we have been in the past.” ... OSU will open the regular season at home on Aug. 19, vs. Xavier (7:30 ET) ... Kentucky senior captain Jenna Gobliersch suffered a knee injury in practice on Aug. 4 (surgery was scheduled for Aug. 11, with no timetable currently available for her return) ... Kentucky coach Jon Lipsitz: "Losing Jenna is a huge blow to the team. We are talking about a senior captain, the organizer of our back line, the stickler on details during the match, and a tremendously positive person on and off the field. I am heartbroken for Jenna. She has worked so hard to prepare for a great senior season. You could tell by the smile on her face as we began training, how excited she was to get started. I am just flat out going to miss coaching her." ... Kentucky will open its regular season on Aug. 19 at Oakland (7 ET).

#10 VIRGINIA – The Cavaliers totaled 10 goals spanning a pair of preseason exhibition games, with a 7-5 loss vs. Notre Dame (see recap above) before running away from George Mason, 5-0 ... UVa must replace nearly half of its starting lineup (5) from the 2010 team that went 15-5-2, tied for second in the rugged ACC (7-2-1) and lost to Ohio State, 3-2, in the NCAA round-of-16 ... the team’s biggest losses include All-America midfielder Sinead Farrelly (12G-7A in 2010) and all-ACC forward Meghan Lenczyk (12G-6A) ... senior All-American Chantel Jones (0.67 GAA in 2010) is back between the pipes for UVa, while her classmate Lauren Alwine is the top returner in points from a year ago (4G-10A) ... Virginia’s probable starting lineup for the regular-season opener (vs. West Virginia; 8/19, 7:30 ET) includes a pair of freshmen: defender Olivia Brannon (Troy, Mich.) and midfielder Morgan Brian (St. Simons Island, Ga.), who recently was named the 2010-11 Gatorade National Female High School Athlete of the Year (first soccer player, male or female, to be named athlete of the year in the nine-year history of that Gatorade award program) ... the new-look Cavs starting lineup also is projected to include: sophomore Molly Mencher and senior Amanda Fancher on the back line (with Brannon and senior returning starter Maggie Kistner); juniors Kate Norbo and Julia Roberts in the midfield with Brian; and junior Erica Hollenberg on the forward line, with Alwine and junior Caroline Miller (who made 10 starts in 2010 but missed the final seven games due to injury) ... Jones (66), Alwine (58) and Kistner (48) have combined to make 172 career starts at Virginia, but the other eight projected starters have only 64 combined starts between them.             

..... see above for recap from 7-5 loss vs. Notre Dame

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Virginia sophomore forward Gloria Douglas

..... at #10 Virginia 5, George Mason 0 (8/15/11; Klöckner Stadium) – The Cavaliers scored five goals for the second time in a four-day span, with all of the goals vs. GMU coming in the first half (from five different players) ... the game was moved from Sunday night to Monday morning, due to inclement weather ... UVa racked up a 24-2 edge in total shots and did not allow a shot-on-goal (12-0; 10-1 corner kicks) ... the Cavs opened the scoring on a 13th-minute goal from Alwine, who took a pass from Hollenberg, dribbled into the box and slotted a shot past the ‘keeper ... Brian sent home a deflection midway through the half and Amber Fry scored 40 seconds later for the 3-0 cushion ... Fry induced a PK in the 35th minute, when her shot hit the hands of a GMU defender, with Roberts converting the try ... sophomore forward Gloria Douglas capped the scoring (39’), assisted by Miller ... UVa had a 16-0 shot edge in the first half ... goalkeepers Jones and Churchill O'Connell each played a half for the Cavaliers ... UVa coach Steve Swanson: "We are scoring a lot of goals, which is a positive. We were also a little inconsistent. I thought we lost focus at times and we need to be careful of that. We are improving with each day and there were signs of that today from Friday's game [vs. Notre Dame]. Now, we have a few days to prepare for a tough opener Friday against West Virginia [7:30 ET)." ... GMU will open its regular season at home on Aug. 21, vs. St. John’s (1 ET).

Rachel Lenz

#11 TEXAS A&M 

Texas A&M sophomore defender Rachel Lenz


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#11 Texas A&M 2, at Central Florida 1
(8/13/11; UCF Stadium) – The Aggies freshmen played a key in this battle between a pair of top teams ... the game featured a 45-minute first period, followed by a pair of 30-minute periods ... A&M rookie Annie Kunz opened the scoring (26’) after collecting a free kick from senior Merritt Mathias and scoring into the far-left side of the net ... UCF suffered a big blow early in the second half (51’), as ace ‘keeper Aline Reis received two yellow-cards (and thus was ejected), after a hard tackle against Shea Groom (A&M’s ensuing PK sailed wide) ... the Knights tied the game nine minutes after losing Reis (and playing with only 10), despite a frantic three-save sequence by A&M’s Renée McDermott before Tishia Jewell finally snuck the equalizer into the far-left side of the net ... freshman Kelley  Monogue delivered a dramatic gamewinner in the 89th minute (of 105) ... Kunz brought the ball in from the left and passed to Monogue, whose hard, far-post shot led to the late-game win ... A&M freshman Jordan Day made a diving save in the 98th minute, turning away a shot from UCF defender Noel Crane ... Lianne Maldonado was UCF’s ‘keeper after the departure of Reis ... UCF lost despite a 22-14 shot edge, eight shots-on-goal and a 9-4 corner-kick margin ... A&M coach G Guerrieri: "The freshmen got a lot of that nervous energy out of them. "[The game] wasn't a thing of beauty, unless you look at the fact that we found a way to win against a good team. ...   I thought the freshmen did great. There were a lot of good things happening out there tonight. As these guys get their feet underneath them, it will just be better and better." ... A&M junior midfielder Jayne Eadie (a transfer from Oregon State) left the game in the 16th minute following a knee injury (she did not return to the action) ... UCF coach Amanda Cromwell: "It was encouraging for a lot of reasons and I think we got better as the game went on. We created more chances and had more shots and goal-scoring opportunities late. We saw some things that we need to make adjustments on and we were happy that some of the younger players came in and played well.Moving forward, we had players who did not play tonight that we know will play this season, so we will begin to incorporate them starting Friday. ... A&M opens its regular season at home on Aug. 19 vs. Fresno State (6:30 CT) while UCF will tangle with South Florida (7 ET).

Kate Reigle

#12 MARQUETTE

Marquette sophomore M/F Kate Reigle

..... #12 Marquette 2, at Wisconsin 0 (8/13/11; McClimon Soccer Complex) – Lisa Philbin and Kate Reigle scored for the visitors, as the Eagles knocked off their in-state rivals ... Marquette, which owned a 10-3 shot edge, used 20 players while experimenting with various lineup combinations ... Reigle’s rightside service set up the first goal (26’), with Philbin finishing a header past ’keeper Michele Dalton to the far-post ... Reigle scored her goal midway through the second half (67’), following a corner kick and Haley Fritzlen shot on frame (Reigle’s header redirection produced the eventual 2-0 final) ... Natalia Kulla and Sofie Schunk combined for two saves in the shutout ... Dalton logged the first half in net for the Badgers, while Olivia Hoff and Genevieve Richard split the final 45 minutes ... Marquette coach Marcus Roeders: “It ended up being an entertaining match. This group has put a tremendous amount of work in this summer to prepare for the year, plus pre-season has been tiring, both mentally and physically. We have a lot of talent and the brand of soccer is very entertaining. Today was a chance to improve, learn about us and compete against another team.  It's time to refine our game, get healthy and be 100 percent fresh for Friday." ... Wisconsin coach Paula Wilkins: "In the first half we didn't realize we were going to be in such a physical battle and I think it's a great and important start for us in terms of understanding the physicality we're going to need to bring. "I was pleased with the second half that we got a little bit better in terms of that and got some more people forward and played a little better after understanding the pressure. The biggest thing about playing Marquette is I wanted to deal with the physicality and the emotion that they brin. I think that was important because we need to have that tempo ready for when we play Notre Dame. I'd like us to be a little more composed on the ball.” ... Marquette will open its regular season at home on Aug. 19, vs. Western Michigan while Wisconsin will be heading to Notre Dame (5:30 ET).

Blake Miller

#13 WEST VIRGINIA

West Virginia senior forward Blake Miller

..... see above for recap from 1-0 loss at Maryland

..... at #13 West Virginia 2, Central Michigan 1 (8/13/11; Dlesk Stadium) – WVU jumped ahead on a 4th-minute PK from Meghan Lewis (vs. ‘keeper Stefanie Turner), after forward Frances Silva was taken down inside the penalty area ... senior forward Blake Miller added a goal early in the second period (53’), collecting a loose ball and scoring into the right side ... CMU jumped back into the the game 12 minutes later, beating the offside trap on senior Liesel Toth’s ball over the top – allowing senior Chelsi Abbott to score on a chip over ‘keeper Kristine Mumby ... WVU owned a 13-8 edge in total shots and 7-4 in corner kicks ... WVU’s Sara Keane had a pair of saves in the first half, as did Mumby in the second 45 ... WVU coach Nikki Izzo-Brown: “It was good to execute some of the things we worked on this week in training. ... We need to build off today’s effort to prepare for our season opener at Virginia.” [Aug. 19, 7:30 ET] ... CMU also will open its regular season on the 19th, at home vs. Detroit.

Megan Marchesano

#14 OKLAHOMA STATE

Oklahoma State junior forward Megan Marchesano

..... at SMU 1, #14 Oklahoma State 1 (8/13/11; Westcott Field) – The visiting Cowgirls scored first, with junior forward Megan Marchesano setting up senior midfielder Annika Niemeier (32’), who broke through the defense and scored from close range past ‘keeper Courtney Webb ... the Mustangs forged the tie in the 66th minute, boosted by a group of reserves, when junior Kenzie Scovill knocked in a rebounded shot from sophomore defender Amelia Ambrose ... SMU finished with an 11-10 edge in total shots, with OSU All-American making four saves ... the visitors nearly scored in the 80th minute, but Kendra Boyrstun’s 16-yard blast clanged off the crossbar ... SMU coach Brent Erwin: "I thought our fans were great, they were loud, and Oklahoma State had their fans as well. You want to replicate a game situation for your players so that's why you play at night under the lights against a good opponent. Both teams knew they were going to get a good game tonight." ... Oklahoma State will open the regular season at home on Aug. 19, vs. TCU (7 CT) while SMU next will play at Arkansas, also on the 19th (7 CT). 

Sydney Leroux

#16 UCLA 

UCLA junior forward Sydney Leroux

..... #16 UCLA 4,  at CS Bakersfield 1 (8/13/11; CSUB Main Soccer Field) – The Roadrunners jumped ahead early in the game, following an 8th-minute goal from junior Sam Pena (assisted on a rightside cross from freshman Emily Noethe), but UCLA finally broke through with three goals in a 3-minute span shortly before intermission ... senior Sydney Leroux tied the game on a 12-yard strike in the 36th minute and scored again a minute later for the go-ahead goal ... a pair of freshmen combined to produce the third goal, as Sam Mewis assisted on Kyle McCarthy’s goal from close range ... Courtney Proctor capped the scoring in the 62nd minute, assisted by McCarthy and Mewis ... UCLA outshot Bakersfield 16-5 (10-3 in shots-on-goal) ... the Bruins open their regular season on Aug. 19 at Cal State Northridge (7 PT) while the Roadrunners will open two days later, Aug. 21, at New Mexico (1 MT).   

Dana Sanderlin

#17 UC IRVINE

UC Irvine junior forward Dana Sanderlin

..... at #17 UC Irvine 2, Fresno State 0 (8/10/11; Anteater Stadium) – UCLA transfer Natalie Ledezma made an immediate impact for Irvine, scoring both goals in the win over the Bulldogs ... Judy Christopher’s cross set up the first goal early in the second half (51’), with Ledezma touching her shot past the ‘keeper and into the far corner ... Jordan Utvich’s cross from the flank assisted on the second goal, as junior forward Dana Sanderlin deflected the ball on to Ledezma for the final margin ... Kala Gabler and Jennifer Randazzo each played a half while combing for the shutout ... Irvine finished with a 17-7 edge on total shots ... Riley Fielder and Katie Devault (4 SV, 2 GA) split the ‘keeper duties for Fresno ... Irvine will open its regular season on Aug. 19 at the Texas  A&M Invitational, vs. UT-San Antonio (3:30 CT) ... Fresno – which also dropped a 3-1 preseason exhibition vs. California – also will open its season in College Station, taking on the host Aggies on the 19th at 6:30 CT.




#18 WAKE FOREST

..... at #18 Wake Forest 2, Radford 0 (8/11/11; Spry Stadium) – Sophomore forward Katie Stengel  (school-record 16 goals in 2010, before late-season injury) picked up where she left off a year ago, scoring twice in the first 20 minutes ... left back Jackie Logue’s long run and cross led to the first goal, with Highlanders ’keeper Lisa Lubke unable to corral the ball before Stengel scored into the vacated net ... seven minutes later, Stengel beat her defender, ran onto a thru-ball from midfielder Rachel Nuzzolese and slotted the ball past the charging ’keeper ... Nuzzolese was playing in her first competitive game since missing the second half of the 2010 season, due to injury ... Wake finished with a 16-2 edge in total shots ... Stengel: "Everyone worked really hard and we combined really well. We've been trying to take what we've been working on in practice and bring it into the game and tonight it really worked out." ... Audrey Bledsoe need to make only one save en route to the shutout ... WFU coach Tony da Luz: "We kept [Radford] pinned in pretty well and the pressure was good. Our fitness level was very high and it definitely showed. ... Proud of the shutout from a team defending standpoint.” ... Radford went on to beat Appalachian State in a 1-0 exhibition and will open its regular season at home on Aug. 19 vs. Southern Virginia. 

Katie Stengel

Wake Forest sophomore forward Katie Stengel

..... at #18 Wake Forest 2, at Virginia Commonwealth 0 (8/14/11; Sports Backers Stadium) – Stengel scored again but this game was scoreless until the 60th minute ... Marisa Park’s pass over the top sprung Stengel on breakaway, with the finish past ’keeper Kristen Carden to the lower-right corner ... seven minutes later, freshman Jessica Mandarich took a feed from Jackie McSally and scored into the top-right corner for the final 2-0 cushion ... Bledsoe was busy, making eight saves en route to the shutout (Carden stopped five of WFU’s shots-on-goal) ... Wake ended with a narrow 11-10 edge in total shots while VCU had an 8-7 margin in shots-on-goal (also 6-4 in corners) ... Carden is a transfer from Virginia Tech, where she earned NSCAA All-Region honors ... WFU will open its regular season on Aug. 19 at Auburn (7 CT, followed by an Aug. 21 game at Central Florida) while VCU is set to play its regular-season opener against another ACC team, Aug. 19 at North Carolina State (7 ET).  


Josie Solie

#22 MINNESOTA

Minnesota senior D/M Josie Solie

..... at #22 Minnesota 2,  North Dakota State 1 (8/13/11; Robbie Stadium) – It took double-overtime for the Gophers to win this exhibition, with Josie Solie scoring a dramtic header with three seconds left to play (109:57; assisted by Olivia Bagnall’s cross) ... despite numerous Minnesota chances in the opening half, North Dakota State jumped ahead on a 31st-minute header by Holly Christian (assisted by Abbey Moenkedick) ... the Gophers gained the equalizer midway through the second half, when Steph Brandt tapped the ball to Shari Eckstrom for a shot from the edge of the box (68’) ... Minnesota finished with a 14-6 edge in total shots (7 shots-on-goal) ... the Gophers will open their regular season on Aug. 19 at Maryland (7 ET).



#23 GEORGETOWN  
.....
see above for recap from 3-0 loss at Maryland

Danielle Nottingham

#24 ILLINOIS

Missouri sophomore forward Danielle Nottingham

..... at Missouri 1, #24 Illinois 1 (8/12/11; Walton Stadium) – The home team ended a scoreless game in the 55th minute, when Danielle Nottingham and Taiwo Adeshigbin combined to force a turnover from the Illinois central defender (with Nottingham scoring moments later) ... the Illini produced the equalizer nine minutes later, sparked by a breakaway from junior Jannelle Flaws (whose deflected shot was sent home by sophomore Vanessa DiBernardo, who scored from the top of the box after a diving save by Caroline Stanley) ... the game featured a 15-minute lightning delay and was played through a steady drizzle ... Missouri finished with a 15-11 edge in total shots, with the freshman duo of McKenzie Sauerwein and Stanely combining to stop five of the Illinois shots-on-goal ... these teams also played to a preseason exhibition tie in 2010 (2-2, at Illinois) ... Illinois will open its regular season at home on Aug. 19, vs. Gonzaga (7 CT) ... Missouri is heading west to open its season at San Diego, on the 19th at 7:30 PT.

 editor@collegesoccer360.com