Team Capsules For NCAA III Women’s Soccer Regional at Calvin College
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Wittenberg Season Summary (11-4-5):
Wittenberg’s women’s soccer team reached its fourth straight NCAA Division III Tournament by capping a rollercoaster ride of a regular season with two of its most complete performances in the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) Tournament. After finishing in a second-place tie with Allegheny with a 4-2-2 NCAC regular season record, the Tigers put it all together in one-goal victories over the Gators in the semifinals and upstart Earlham in the championship match.
The Tigers are led offensively by sophomore forward Sheryl Chambers with seven goals, including five game-winners, and freshman midfielder Kailey Striebel with four goals, including three game-winners.
Defense is the team’s calling card again in 2009, as Wittenberg recorded 12 shutouts and allowed just 11 goals in 20 games - with five of those coming in one game. Freshman goalkeeper Melissa Gartner ranks among the conference and national leaders with a goals against average of 0.36 and a saves percentage of 86.3, playing behind a stellar defensive is spearheaded by sure-footed junior Maggie Amorello, a two-sport All-NCAC honoree.
Ohio Northern Season Summary (15-4-2):
The Ohio Northern women’s soccer team enters the NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer Championship as the No. 19-ranked team in the nation.
The team’s 15 wins on the year is a career best for sixth-year head coach Mark Batman. The team has a 15-4-2 overall record and finished in second place in the Ohio Athletic Conference with an 8-1-0 record.
Batman’s group is led by four seniors, all of which garnered All-OAC accolades this year.
Senior Angie Pisut is ONU’s leading goal scorer with 15 on the season,including a stretch where she scored eight goals in a six-game span.
Patrolling the midfield is senior Kaitlin Sanders who has dished out a team-high 13 assists on the year. Her 39 career assists are second all-time at Ohio Northern.
Senor Stacey Barnhart is the anchor of the stingy Ohio Northern defense that has allowed only 15 goals in 21 games. She has also proven to be a valuable offensive weapon with six goals and three assists on the year.
Senior Jamie Eiben is a starting forward and has six goals and six assists on the season.
Pisut, Sanders and Barnhart all garnered First Team All-OAC recognition this season, while Eiben earned Honorable Mention All-OAC.
Joining the seniors as All-OAC selections are sophomore goalkeeper Kristen DeWees (First Team) and junior Chelsea Albert (Second Team).
DeWees has a 0.69 goals against average on the year, and Albert is a force in the midfield with five goals and four assists on the year.
Washington and Jefferson Season Summary (12-6-2):
The Washington & Jefferson College women’s soccer team, led by third-year Head Coach Pete Curtis, will be competing in the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season after upsetting top seed Grove City, 1-0, in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference championship match. W&J has won each of the last two conference tournament championships by winning its semifinal and championship matches on the road.
In his first three seasons at W&J, Curtis has compiled an overall record of 36-22-7 and has appeared in three-straight conference championship matches. The Presidents (12-6-2) struggled through the first 10 games of the season, holding a 3-5-2 overall record following a scoreless, double-overtime tie against Franciscan University (Ohio) on September 30th.
However, W&J enters the national tournament playing its best soccer of the season as the Presidents won nine of their final 10 contests. Senior midfielder Spencer Ahrenholtz, who has amassed 59 points (24g, 11a) during her four-year career, leads W&J in scoring with 18 points (5g, 8a). Sophomore midfielder Elizabeth Bendick (Yonkers, N.Y./Hackley) is the squad’s goal leader with eight. Sophomore Stephanie Saussol has started 18 games and holds a 0.93 goals-against-average. She has compiled 75 saves. Defensively, the Presidents ranked second in the conference in goals allowed (17), goals-against-average (0.82) and team shutouts (9), while the offense W&J ranks second in shots (383), points (105), goals (39) and assists (27).
W&J earned the first women’s NCAA Tournament victory in any sport at the College last year, defeating Marywood (Pa.) on penalty kicks (5-4) after a 1-1 regulation tie. W&J then dropped a 6-0 road decision to eventual national champion Messiah in the second round.
Calvin Season Summary (13-4-1):
The Calvin women’s soccer team is making its fifth consecutive trip to the NCAA III Tournament including its seventh overall. In six prior trips to the NCAA III Tournament, the Knights have fashioned a 4-2-5 record in NCAA III Tournament competition.
Calvin opened the year by winning its first six games including wins over ranked foes from Otterbein, Ohio Northern and Denison but then suffered a three-game slide, falling to ranked teams from the University of Chicago, Washington University of St. Louis and Wheaton College (IL).
Calvin then captured its fifth consecutive MIAA title, posting a 7-1 MIAA regular season record. As the league champion, the Knights received the top seed for the MIAA Tournament along with a first round tournament bye but were stung in the tournament semifinals by Kalamazoo College which played Calvin to a 0-0 tie and then won a penalty kick shootout 3-1.
Albion later gained the MIAA’s automatic bid to the NCAA III Tournament by defeating Kalamazoo in a shootout in the MIAA Tournament finals but Calvin also received a national tournament bid by way of a Pool C (at-large) invitation, marking the first time since 2005 that the MIAA has sent two of its teams on to the NCAA III Tournament in the same year.
Calvin is paced by a strong senior class headlined by midfielder Emily Ottenhoff. A two-sport athlete who also competes on the Calvin women’s basketball team, Ottenhoff has 15 points on the strength of six goals and three assists. Other key seniors include defensive back Allison Boender, midfielder Krista Johnson, forward Natalie Veurink and goalkeeper Natalie Veurink.
A junior to watch is forward Carly Prins who leads the Knights in scoring with five goals, six assists and 16 points. Other key juniors include midfielder Elaine Schnabel, forward Stephanie Malburg and defenders Lauren Heyboer, Mindy Capisciolto and Kellie Honderd who all have extensive NCAA III Tournament experience.
Earlier this fall, four Calvin players received ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District honors as Boender was named to the all-district first team and Schnabel, Veurink and Sulzer named to the second team.