THREE OF TOP FOUR SEEDS ADVANCE IN CACC WOMEN'S SOCCER TOURNAMENT
NEW HAVEN, CT (November 3, 2009) - Three of the top four seeds advanced to the semi-final round of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Women's Soccer Tournament with victories in this afternoon's quarter-final contests. Today's winners were top seeded Philadelphia University, No. 2 Georgian Court University, No. 4 Holy Family University and No. 6 Dominican College. The lone upset was the Lady Chargers' 2-1 defeat of No. 3 Chestnut Hill.
Philadelphia will host No. 4 Holy Family in Thursday's opening semi-final match at 11:00 am. Georgian Court and Dominican will meet at 1:30 pm.The semi-final and championship rounds will be hosted by Wilmington University. The championship is slated for Saturday, Nov. 7, at 1:30 pm.
Philadelphia (13-4-3) upended No. 8 Felician College, 2-0, to advance to the semi-finals. At 63:31 in the second half, PhilaU freshman forward Trisha Sileo, the CACC Rookie of the Year, evaded several FC players from 18 yards out, spun and ripped a shot into the upper left corner to give the Lady Rams a 1-0 lead and the eventual game-winner. With just under 14 minutes to go, sophomore forward Gabrielle Haden knocked a goal in off a saved shot from junior Natalie Vespe to make it 2-0. PhilaU freshman goalie Kelli Kowalewski had eight saves for the Lady Rams, while Felician (6-9-2) freshman Allie Couzo made a CACC Tournament record 20 stops on the day.
Shannon Mastrogiovanni's chip shot to the upper right corner with less than five minutes remaining in double overtime (4:54) secured a 2-1 victory for Georgian Court over No. 7 Caldwell College Tuesday afternoon. The Lions (14-7) and Cougars (6-11-1) played 85 minutes of scoreless soccer before junior Candace Seaton broke the stalemate at 85:06 when she drilled home a Kelly Lyons rebound, giving GCU a 1-0 lead. The crowd hadn't a chance to settle as Caldwell's Brianna Diaz knocked in a Nicole Laureigh rebound past GCU goalkeeper Lindsay Hammond a mere 18 seconds later (85:24) to tie the game. The two squads would play a shot-less first overtime period leading to the thrilling conclusion.
Dominican (9-5-4) earned a 2-1 upset over No. 3 Chestnut Hill in Philadelphia. DC got on the board late in the first half as freshman defender Nicolle Sanchez tallied an unassisted goal on a long shot after a Griffin foul in the 37th minute. Dominican took a 2-0 lead at 57:38 when freshman forward Jamilyn Snyder took a pass to the right side of the field from junior Margaret Porter and put it in the left corner of the net.
The Griffins (11-8-2) netted a goal in the 72nd minute of play, off the foot of CACC Player of the Year, Lauren Riiff, for the 2-1 final. Lady Charger goalie Valentina Sturchio made four saves in the victory.
Forward Dawn Curry scored on a corner-kick 12:41 into the
contest and it was enough to give the Holy Family a 1-0 win over
No. 5 Wilmington University at Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School.
Holy Family (11-8-1) will be making its sixth consecutive CACC
Curry was unmarked on a corner kick taken by midfielder Lindsay Fisher, and was able to cleanly head the ball into the center of the net for the game's lone score. It was Curry's ninth goal of the season. In the second half, Tiger goalie Gina Mansi preserved the shutout by making two diving stops on Wilmington (9-7-2) breakaways.
2009 CACC Women's Soccer Tournament
Quarterfinals - Tuesday, Nov. 3
#1 Philadelphia 2, #8 Felician 0
#2 Georgian Court 2, #7 Caldwell 1 (2 OT)
#6 Dominican 2, #3 Chestnut Hill 1
#4 Holy Family 1, #5 Wilmington 0
Semi-Finals - Thursday, Nov. 5 at Wilmington University
Philadelphia vs. Holy Family - 11:00 am
Georgian Court vs. Dominican - 1:30 pm
Championship Match - Saturday, Nov. 7 at Wilmington University