(10/30) Freedom Conference Semi-Final
Arcadia 0 Wilkes 0 (Arcadia advances 3-2 on penalty kicks)
Second-seeded Arcadia University out-scored third-seeded Wilkes University 3-2 in penalty kicks to advance to the Freedom Conference women’s soccer championship match on Saturday.
The two teams battled to a 0-0 tie through regulation and two overtime periods before the match was decided by penalty kicks. The tie moves Wilkes to 9-9-1 overall, while Arcadia’s overall record stands at 14-2-3.
Neither team was able to crack the scoring column during the first 110 minutes. Arcadia held a 19-11 shots advantage and Wilkes claimed a 4-3 edge in corner kicks for the match.
Wilkes had the first penalty kick and Bethany Head was able to strike net to give the Lady Colonels a 1-0 advantage. Arcadia missed their first attempt, but Wilkes was unable to score on their second try. The Knights Katie O’Malley followed with a successful attempt to even the score at 1-1 through two of the five rounds of kicks.
In round three the Lady Colonels missed their opportunity, but Arcadia’s Kaitlyn Adams hit the back of the net with her try to give her team a 2-1 lead.
Neither team was able to convert in the fourth round before Wilkes’ Brittany Ely evened the count at 2-2 with her team’s fifth shot. But, Arcadia’s Kat Kraemer gave her squad the win when she converted the final penalty kick of the shootout.
Michelle Leone had seven saves in goal for Arcadia. Wilkes goalkeeper Liz Pauly was credited with 13 saves.
(10/28) Arcadia 2 Wilkes 1 (2ot)
Janelle Jablonski scored an unassisted goal at the 101:55 mark of the second overtime period to lift Arcadia University to a 2-1 win over Wilkes University in a Freedom Conference women’s soccer match on Sunday afternoon at Ralston Field.
The loss dropped Wilkes to the number-three seed for the conference playoffs that will begin on Tuesday. The Lady Colonels, 9-9 overall and 4-2 in the conference, will travel to second-seeded Arcadia in one semi-final match. The Knights will head into the tilt with an overall record of 14-3-2, and finished with a 4-1-1 record in conference play.
Jamie Bradford gave Arcadia a 1-0 lead at 26:32 of the opening period when she scored off an assist from Samantha Calhoun.
The match would stay that way until the final minute when Wilkes finally broke through for the tying goal to make it 1-1 and force overtime. That tally came with just 20 seconds left off the foot of Melissa Polchinski.
Wilkes out-shot Arcadia by a slim 13-12 margin and also gained a 7-2 advantage in corner kicks. Michelle Leone had seven saves in net for the Knights, while Lady Colonels goalkeeper Liz Pauly finished with three stops.
(10/24) Manhattanville 1 Wilkes 0
Manhattanville College scored a goal early in the second half and made it stand up as the Valiants notched a 1-0 win over Wilkes University in a key Freedom Conference women’s soccer match on Wednesday afternoon.
With the win Manhattanville claimed the number-one seed for the upcoming conference playoffs by improving to 5-0 in conference play. The Valiants also upped their overall record to 5-11-2. Wilkes suffered their first conference loss and fell to 9-8 overall and 4-1 in the conference. The Lady Colonels can clinch the number-two seed for the playoffs with a win or tie on Saturday at home against Arcadia University.
After a scoreless first half the Valiants wasted little time getting the only goal of the contest. That tally came just 19 seconds into the second stanza when Cybil Robinson struck net off an assist from Holly Nonis to make it 1-0.
Manhattanville held a 7-5 shots advantage and a 5-1 edge in corner kicks. Valiants goalie Ali Bromson had three saves to earn the shutout. Wilkes goalkeeper Liz Pauly also finished the match with three saves.
(10/21) Rochester 4 Wilkes 0
The University of Rochester exploded for four first half goals on their way to a 4-0 women’s soccer win over Wilkes University on Sunday afternoon at SUNY Cortland. The win improved the Yellowjackets to 9-3-2 overall. The Lady Colonels saw their six-match winning streak come to an end in falling to 9-7 overall.
Bridgette Varin put Rochester on the board at 10:06 of the opening half to make it 1-0. Just 4:02 later Erin Carballo knocked home a shot to extend the lead to 2-0. Carballo would make it 3-0 at the 20:39 mark with her second goal of the afternoon. Kirsten Ross scored the final tally at 34:37 of the initial stanza to up the lead to 4-0.
Rochester held a 12-3 shots advantage and gained a 7-3 edge in corner kicks. Molly Leitch and Kate Levy both saw time in goal and were required to make only one save for the Yellowjackets. Jessica Berkey had three saves and Liz Pauly made five stops in net for Wilkes.
(10/18) Wilkes 2 King's 0
Wilkes University clinched a berth in the Freedom Conference women’s soccer playoffs with a 2-0 win over rival King’s College on Thursday afternoon at Ralston Field. It will mark the squad’s eighth straight appearance in the conference playoffs.
The win was the sixth straight for the Lady Colonels, five of which have come by shutout. Wilkes is now 9-6 overall and remained atop the conference standings with a 4-0 mark. King’s saw their overall records slide to 3-11-1 overall and 1-2 in the conference.
Wilkes held a commanding 12-0 advantage in shots in the first half, but could not get on the board until the 36:37 mark of the stanza. The goal came when Alison Weidman hit Julissa Reed with a pass, and Reed was able to sneak a shot past King’s goalkeeper Rachael Donatiello to make it 1-0.
The Lady Colonels would gain some breathing room with a tally at the 63:18 mark of the second stanza that upped their lead to 2-0. Bethany Head was credited with the goal off an assist from Melissa Polchinski.
Wilkes finished the match with a 21-3 shots advantage and an 8-0 margin in corner kicks. Jessica Berkey and Anne Miller each stopped one shot in goal for the Lady Colonels to share the shutout. Donatiello came up with nine saves in net for King’s.
(10/13) Wilkes 2 Delaware Valley 1
Wilkes University continued their hot streak by claiming their fifth straight victory with a 2-1 win at Delaware Valley College in a Freedom Conference women’s soccer match on Saturday.
The win improved the Lady Colonels to 8-6 overall and ran their conference record to 3-0. Delaware Valley saw their overall record slip to 5-8-2, while their conference mark now stands at 0-2-1.
Wilkes got on the board first when Taryn Hallowell struck net with an unassisted goal at the 25:56 mark of the opening half to make it 1-0.
The Aggies wasted little time getting the game-tying goal. That came at 30:59 of the initial stanza when Emily Perryman converted a penalty kick to make it a 1-1 contest.
The match would stay that way until the 79:18 mark of the second half when Jessica Gannon was able to beat Delaware Valley goalkeeper Cortney Bower with a shot to give her team a 2-1 lead.
Wilkes out-shot Delaware Valley by a 21-15 count and both teams were awarded three corner kicks. Liz Pauly registered six saves to earn the win in goal for the Lady Colonels. Bower finished with 15 saves in net for the Aggies.
(10/9) Wilkes 1 DeSales 0
Bethany Head scored the only goal of the match in the second half and the Wilkes University defense pitched their fourth straight shutout to lead the Lady Colonels to a 1-0 Freedom Conference women’s soccer win at DeSales University on Tuesday afternoon.
Wilkes improved their overall record to 7-6 with the victory, while upping their conference mark to 2-0. DeSales fell to 3-9-1 overall and 2-0 in the conference.
The only tally of the contest came with 6:30 remaining when Julissa Reed dribbled down the right sideline and sent a cross toward Head in front of the DeSales goal. Head would knock a header into the left side of the goal cage to give the Lady Colonels a 1-0 lead.
Wilkes held a 10-7 advantage in shots, while both teams were credited with three corner kicks. Liz Pauly stopped three shots to earn the win in goal for the Lady Colonels. Pauly also extended her personal streak of not giving up a goal to 353 minutes. Katie Halpin was credited with three saves in net for DeSales.
(10/6) Wilkes 5 FDU-Florham 0
Wilkes University exploded for four goals in the second half en route to a 5-0 win over FDU-Florham in the Freedom Conference women’s soccer opener for both squads on Saturday at Ralston Field. The Lady Colonels evened their overall record at 6-6 with the victory, while the Devils saw their overall record slip to 4-8.
Bethany Head gave Wilkes a 1-0 lead at intermission when she scored at the 10:34 mark off of an assist from Rebecca Duttry.
The Lady Colonels would begin their second half outburst when Casandra Valentin struck net off a Georgina Robinson assist at 47:32 to make it 2-0.
Head extended the lead to 3-0 with her second goal of the contest, this one unassisted, at the 55:11 mark.
Melissa Polchinski would up the advantage to 4-0 when she scored off a Julissa Reed assist at 64:05. Taryn Hallowell then capped the scoring with an unassisted tally at the 86:35 mark to make it 5-0.
Wilkes held a 21-5 shots advantage and a 4-3 edge in corner kicks. The trio of Liz Pauly, Jessica Berkey and Anne Miller combined on the shutout win in goal for the Lady Colonels and did not have to make a save. Dayna Morales stopped eight shots in net for the Devils.
(10/3) Wilkes 2 Susquehanna 0
Wilkes University scored once in each half to post a 2-0 women’s soccer win at Susquehanna University on Wednesday night. The non-conference victory improved the Lady Colonels to 5-6 overall, while the Crusaders slipped to 6-5.
Julissa Reed put Wilkes on top when she tallied an unassisted goal at the 16:25 mark of the opening to make it 1-0.
The Lady Colonels would add to their lead at 67:57 of the second stanza. Melissa Polchinski knocked home a shot off an assist from Bethany Head to provide Wilkes with a 2-0 advantage.
Wilkes held a commanding 14-2 shots advantage, while both teams finished with two corner kicks. Liz Pauly was required to make only one save in picking up her second straight shutout win. Meredith Tompeck cashed in six saves in goal for the Crusaders.
(9/29) Wilkes 2 Misericordia 0
Wilkes University made a pair of first half goals stand up as they notched a 2-0 shutout win over Misericordia University in a women’s soccer match on Saturday afternoon. The win improved the Lady Colonels to 4-6 overall. The Cougars saw their record move to 6-5-1 overall.
Susie Zavistoski put Wilkes on the board at the 30:54 mark of the first stanza. Jessica Gannon fed a ball into the box and Zavistoski was able to knock home a header to make it 1-0.
Gannon would extend the Lady Colonels advantage to 2-0 just 6:02 later when she scored an unassisted goal.
Misericordia held a 10-8 advantage in shots and a slim 4-3 edge in corner kicks. Liz Pauly posted the shutout in goal for Wilkes by making four saves. Jemila Najjar-Keith had four saves and Morgan Myers stopped two shots for the Cougars.
(9/26) Eastern 3 Wilkes 1
Eastern University overcame a 1-0 halftime deficit by scoring three times in the second stanza on their way to a 3-1 win over Wilkes University in a women’s soccer match on Wednesday afternoon at Ralston Field. The Eagles improved to 5-2 with the non-conference win, while the Lady Colonels saw their record slide to 3-6.
Wilkes took a 1-0 lead just 5:25 into the match when Casandra Valentin scored off an assist from Georgina Robinson to make it 1-0.
Eastern would tie the contest 2:57 into the second half thanks to a goal by Corie Brant off a Steffie Sauder assist. The Eagles then took the lead when Kristin Watson struck net at the 69:21 mark off an assist from Ashley Hackman. Kara Neef would add a goal on a penalty shot with 19 minutes left to give Eastern some breathing room and make it 3-1.
Eastern held a 15-8 shots advantage and a 6-2 edge in corner kicks. Amanda Daveler stopped three shots in goal to garner the win for the Eagles. Liz Pauly finished with five saves in net for the Lady Colonels.
(9/23) NYU 2 Wilkes 0
New York University made a pair of first half goals stand up on their way to a 2-0 women’s soccer win over Wilkes University on Sunday afternoon at Ralston Field. The Violets remained unbeaten and ran their overall record to 8-0-1. The Lady Colonels saw their overall record fall to 3-5.
NYU would get the only goal they would need at 22:49 of the opening stanza. Lucy Dolly Caires took a corner kick that found the foot of Jane Barrett on the far post. Barrett knocked the ball into the goal to give the Violets a 1-0 lead.
The visitors would gain some breathing room with a goal late in the period. Following a Wilkes foul Britta Gauthier took the in-direct kick and pushed a pass to Emily Jenkinson. Jenkinson struck a shot from 20-yards out that found the back of the net the make it 2-0 at the 40:47 mark.
Wilkes held a 10-9 advantage in shots in the contest. NYU was credited with a 7-1 edge in corner kicks. Katie Barnes secured the shutout win in goal for the Violets by stopping four shots. Wilkes goalkeeper Liz Pauly finished with two saves.
(9/18) Stevens Institute of Technology 3 Wilkes 2
Stevens Institute of Technology raced out to a 3-0 lead less than 20 minutes into the match and then withstood a Wilkes University rally to earn a 3-2 non-conference women’s soccer win on Tuesday night. The Ducks ran their overall record to 5-1-1 with the win, while the Lady Colonels saw their overall mark fall to 3-4.
Audra Clark did all the damage for the Ducks with three goals. She tallied her first score just 2:18 into the contest when she knocked home a header off an assist from Sara Roeder to make it 1-0.
Clark struck again with a header at 14:17 to make it 2-0. Salme Cook, who earned an assist on the play, took a shot that hit the crossbar. Clark then headed the ball into the net for the score.
Less than five minutes later Clark extended the lead to 3-0 with her third tally. Cook took a free kick that landed in the box. Clark picked up the loose ball and beat Wilkes goalkeeper Jessica Berkey for the goal at the 18:57 mark.
Stevens was called for a foul later in the first period and Wilkes made the Ducks pay. Georgina Robinson took the free kick from 30 yards out and found Bethany Head on the right post. Head would rip a header into the left side of the goal at 35:21 to cut the deficit to 3-1.
The score would stay that way until the 67:04 mark of the second half when Robinson took matters into her own hand, scoring on a penalty kick to make it a 3-2 contest.
Stevens held a 22-9 shots advantage, while Wilkes claimed a 3-2 edge in corner kicks. Sherri Rosenberg stopped two shots to garner the win in goal for the Ducks. Berkey played the first 23:22 in net for Wilkes and came up with three saves. She was replaced by Liz Pauly, who played the final 66:38 and registered four saves.
(9/15) Moravian 1 Wilkes 0
Tracy Fitzpatrick scored with just 6:40 remaining to provide Moravian College with a 1-0 non-conference women’s soccer win over Wilkes University on Saturday afternoon. The win improved the Greyhounds to 5-1 overall, while the Lady Colonels saw their record move to 3-3 overall.
Fitzpatrick’s goal came at 83:20 of the second stanza. Kathleen Wise and Alessandra Valdetara were credited with assists on the tally.
Moravian gained a slim 10-8 edge in shots on goal, while Wilkes was able to secure a 4-1 advantage in corner kicks. Caitlin Corrigan had three saves in goal for the Greyhounds to pick up the shutout. Liz Pauly made a pair of saves in net for the Lady Colonels.
(9/11) Wilkes 1 Scranton 0 (ot)
Melissa Polchinski picked the perfect time to tally her first goal as a member of the Wilkes University women’s soccer team. The freshman drilled a shot from 16-yards in overtime to propel the Lady Colonels to a 1-0 non-conference win over the University of Scranton on Tuesday afternoon at Ralston Field.
With the victory Wilkes improved their overall record to 3-2. All three Lady Colonels wins this season have come by the identical score of 1-0. Scranton dropped to 1-4-1 overall.
Polchinski’s goal was set up by some nifty passing from Catherine Simone and Julissa Reed. Simone took the ball on the right side of the goal area and slipped a pass to the top of the box to Julissa Reed. With two Scranton defenders converging Reed pushed the ball off to her left to an on-coming Polchinski. Polchinski then drilled a shot that hit the bottom of the crossbar and into the net at the 94:14 mark.
Wilkes held a slight 10-9 shots advantage, while both teams finished with one corner kick apiece. Jessica Berkey, who came on in the second half to replace starting goalkeeper Liz Pauly, had three saves to earn the win. Pauly also had three saves in the first half. Caitlin Byrne stopped four shots in goal for the Lady Royals.
(9/8) Wilkes 1 Lebanon Valley 0 (ot)
Julissa Reed scored her first collegiate goal just 5:36 into the first overtime period to lead Wilkes University to a 1-0 non-conference women’s soccer win over Lebanon Valley College on Saturday at Ralston Field.
The Lady Colonels evened their record at 2-2 with the victory. The Flying Dutchwomen dropped their third straight 1-0 decision to fall to 0-3.
Wilkes held an 11-5 shots advantage in the contest, but it wasn’t until overtime that they were able to get the game-winning goal. That goal came courtesy of Reed, who took a pass from Ashley Deemie and beat goalkeeper Erika Ely.
Both teams were credited with four corner kicks in the match. Liz Pauly secured her second shutout win of the season in goal for Wilkes by stopping a pair of shots. Ely finished with six saves in goal for Lebanon Valley.
(9/6) Messiah 5 Wilkes 0
Stef Rowe had two goals and one assist to lead third-ranked Messiah College to a 5-0 non-conference women’s soccer win over Wilkes University on Thursday afternoon at Ralston Field. The win improved the Falcons to 3-0, while the Lady Colonels saw their overall record slide to 1-2.
Messiah would get on the board at 26:53 of the opening half when Rachel Horning struck net off an assist from Rowe to make it 1-0. Rowe would notch her first goal at 33:42 off a feed from Amanda Naeher to extend the lead to 2-0. Just 1:33 later Joanna Haqq assisted on a goal by Erin Hench that provided the Falcons with a 3-0 lead at intermission.
Rowe would tally her second goal just 2:55 into the second half off a Corrie Jones assist to up the Messiah advantage to 4-0. Naeher closed out the scoring when she knocked home a shot off an assist from Haqq at 75:57.
The Falcons held a commanding 22-1 advantage in shots, while also claiming a 5-3 edge in corner kicks. Brindley Beckwith notched her second shutout of the season by stopping the only shot she faced for Messiah. Liz Pauly had five saves in the first half, while Jessica Berkey came on in the second stanza to stop three shots for the Lady Colonels.
(9/2) Wilkes 1 Cortland 0
Georgina Robinson scored an unassisted goal at in the second half to lift Wilkes University to a 1-0 win over SUNY Cortland in a non-conference match on Sunday afternoon. The win improved the Lady Colonels to 1-1 overall, while the Red Dragons saw their overall record slip to 0-2.
Robinson’s goal came at the 56:51 mark of the second half following a Cortland foul. Robinson took the free kick from the left side and beat Red Dragons goalkeeper Megan Thayer to give Wilkes the 1-0 win.
Wilkes held a slim 6-5 advantage in shots. Cortland was able to secure a 5-3 edge in corner kicks. Lady Colonels goalkeeper Liz Pauly was not required to make a save in picking up the shutout win. Thayer had a pair of stops in goal for Cortland.
(9/1) Nazareth 2 Wilkes 0
Nazareth College scored a goal in each half to notch a 2-0 women’s soccer win over Wilkes University in the season opener for both sides on Saturday afternoon at SUNY Cortland.
The Lady Colonels will return to action on Saturday when they take on host Cortland at 1:30 p.m.
The match was scoreless until late in the first half when Nazareth got on the board. Erica Conte took a pass from Meghan Finn and beat Wilkes goalkeeper Liz Pauly one-on-one to give her team a 1-0 lead at the 40:19 mark.
The score would stay that way until midway through the second stanza when Rachel Cushman drilled a shot from 20-yards out off an assist from Conte that made it 2-0 at 63:57.
Nazareth held a 12-6 shots advantage and a 4-3 edge in corner kicks. Hillary Simon picked up the shutout win in goal by stopping four shots. Pauly came up with four saves in net for Wilkes.