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NCAC Weekly Release (9-26-2010) - Women's Soccer

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The NCAC women’s soccer teams will face non-conference foes on Tuesday and Wednesday prior to opening the conference schedule on Saturday.  Saturday will feature nationally-ranked Allegheny hosting Oberlin (1:00 pm), Denison traveling to Kenyon (1:00 pm), Wooster hosting Hiram (1:00 pm) and Ohio Wesleyan traveling to Wittenberg (7:00 pm).

ALLEGHENY maintained its perfect ledger with victories over non-conference foes Medaille and Penn State-Altoona.  The Gators defeated Medaille, 3-0, on Tuesday, outshooting the Mavericks, 20-2.  On Thursday, the Gators topped the previously unbeaten Lions, 2-0.  Allegheny is one of only three teams in the nation which have yet to surrender a goal.  Freshman goalie Emily Karr (Wexford, PA/Pine-Richland) leads the nation with eight shutouts in goal.

DENISON split a pair of matches last week, defeating Capital, 5-1, before falling to the nations top team, Messiah, by a score of 4-0.  The Big Red’s five goals against Capital marked a season-high for goals scored in a game.  Freshman Jocelyn Festle (Park Ridge, ILL/Loyola Academy) scored her first collegiate goal against Capital.

HIRAM opened the week with a 4-2 victory over Hilbert, before falling in overtime against Heidelberg, 3-2.  The Terriers closed out the week with a 2-2 tie against Bethany.  Seniors Claire Conner (Aurora, OH/Aurora) and Kendra Dean (Chesterland, OH/West Geauga) paced the Terriers on the week, both netting a pair of goals and dishing out one assist.  Dean netted the game-winner against Hilbert, while Conner kept constant pressure on opposing goalies, attempting 18 shots on the week.

KENYON collected a pair of non-conference victories, defeating Wilmington, 5-0, and Kalamazoo, 2-1.  Senior Hannah Lodi (Newton, MA/Newton South) scored the game-winner against Kalamazoo on a late penalty kick.

OBERLIN dropped a pair of non-conference matches, falling to Heidelberg in overtime, 4-3, and suffering a 6-0 defeat against former NCAC member Earlham.

OHIO WESLEYAN fell short against a pair of national powers last week, dropping a 4-2 decision against No. 5 Otterbein, 4-2, and falling to No. 15 Calvin, 4-0.  Junior Makinzie Krebsbach (Vadnais Hts., MN/Totino-Grace) scored the Bishops’ first goal of the match against Otterbein, which was also the first goal surrendered by the Cardinals in 2010.

WITTENBERG extended its unbeaten streak to five games, defeating Capital, 3-1, and Urbana, 2-0, while playing to a 0-0 tie against Earlham.  Sophomore goalie Melissa Gartner (Cincinnati, OH/St. Ursula), who was only forced to make 10 saves through her first 500 minutes of the season, stopped eight shots in the opening half against Urbana.

WOOSTER opened the week strong, defeating Washington & Jefferson, 1-0, and John Carroll in overtime, 2-1, but suffered a 1-0 overtime loss against Misericordia on Saturday afternoon.  Sophomore Erika Kay (Grosse Pointe Park, MI/Grosse Pointe) played a role in both goals against JCU as she netted the game-tying goal in regulation and dished out the assist on the game-winner in overtime.