(11/12) NCAA First Round
Stevens Inst. of Tech. 5 Wilkes 0
Meghan Tennyson recorded a hat-trick to lift the Stevens Institute of Technology to a 5-0 win over Wilkes University in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer Championship in Hoboken, New Jersey, on Saturday evening.
The Lady Colonels, champions of the Freedom Conference, end the most successful season in school history with an overall record of 15-4-1. The Ducks, who claimed the Skyline Conference title, improve to 19-2 overall and move on to host a second round match on Sunday against either Rowan University or Johns Hopkins University.
Wilkes, playing the NCAA Tournament for the first time, battled Stevens on even terms throughout the opening 18 minutes of the match. But, the Ducks would get a goal at the 18:56 mark when Megan Legendre fed Lorrie Brabender for a score to take a 1-0 lead.
Stevens would up their lead to 2-0 at halftime on a goal by Tennyson. Tennyson lofted a shot from 20-yards out that went over the out-stretched hands of Wilkes goalkeeper Jessica Berkey at the 37:23 mark.
The Ducks would put the match away by scoring three times in a span of 7:34 in the second half. Salme Cook got the second stanza scoring started when she struck net at 46:26 off an assist from Brabender. Tennyson would tally her second goal of the match at 52:54, this time unassisted. She would then cap the scoring at 54:00 with a goal off an assist from Cristina Fulgencio that upped the lead to 5-0.
Stevens held a 21-8 shots advantage, while also gaining a 6-5 edge in corner kicks. Erica Midttveit was credited with three saves in goal for the Ducks. Berkey finished with seven saves in net for Wilkes.
(11/5) Freedom Conference Final
Wilkes 1 Drew 0
The third-seeded Wilkes University women’s soccer team won their first-ever Freedom Conference championship and claimed the conference’s automatic berth into the NCAA Division III Championship with a 1-0 victory over top-seeded Drew University on Saturday afternoon. Freshman forward Catherine Simone of Wilkes was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player.
The Lady Colonels improved to 15-3-1 overall and earned their first NCAA berth, while also avenging a 3-2 loss to Drew last Saturday in their regular season finale. Bids and pairings for the NCAA Tournament will be announced on Monday morning. Drew sees their record slip to 13-5 overall following the loss.
"I am very happy for our two seniors, Jennifer Compton and Tara Friedman," commented Wilkes head coach John Sumoski. "They have been here during each of my four seasons and have played an integral role in helping to build our program. To win championships you have to have great leadership and team cohesion, and both Jen and Tara have provided that. It was also very gratifying to watch our younger players make such a great contribution in helping us achieve this goal."
Wilkes got the only goal of the match with 14:48 remaining in the second half. Bethany Head drove a ball across in front of the Drew goal cage. Jennifer Compton received the pass and pushed a shot past Drew goalkeeper Ann Mularz into the back of the net to give the Lady Colonels a 1-0 lead.
Wilkes held a 10-8 shots advantage and also claimed a 2-0 edge in corner kicks. Lady Colonels’ goalkeeper Jessica Berkey stopped both shots she faced to help her squad earn their ninth shutout victory of the season. Mularz ended the match with four saves for the Rangers.
"Getting a bid to the NCAA Tournament is extremely exciting," added Sumoski. "It will be very interesting to see who and where we play, although at this point any team that you draw is going to be a quality opponent."
(11/1) Freedom Conference Semi-Final
Wilkes 2 FDU-Florham 1
Freshman Catherine Simone scored her second goal of the match with 13:39 remaining to propel third-seeded Wilkes University into the Freedom Conference women’s soccer championship match with a 2-1 win over second-seeded FDU-Florham in a semi-final match on Tuesday afternoon. Wilkes improves to 14-3-1 overall and avenges a 2-0 loss to the Devils during the regular season. FDU-Florham sees their record fall to 12-5.
The Lady Colonels will meet the winner of Tuesday night’s other semi-final match between top-seeded Drew University and fourth-seeded Delaware Valley College. If Drew wins, Wilkes will return to Madison, New Jersey, for Saturday’s final. A win by the Aggies would allow the Lady Colonels to host Saturday’s title tilt. The winner of the Freedom Conference championship earns an automatic berth into the NCAA Championship, which is slated to begin next week.
FDU-Florham scored the only goal of the first half when Meg Griswold struck net just 5:23 into the first half off an assist from Lena Kalika that made it 1-0.
After narrowly missing several opportunities in the first half, Wilkes was able to get the equalizer at the 69:03 mark. The Devils were whistled for a foul and the Lady Colonels’ Kristi Barsby was called on to take the free kick from 25-yards away. Barsby drilled a line-drive toward the six-yard mark, where Simone was able to head a shot past FDU-Florham goalkeeper Melissa Braun to tie the match at 1-1.
Wilkes wasted little time taking the lead. This time it was Jennifer Compton lofting a pass over the FDU-Florham defenders to an on-coming Simone. Simone pushed a shot into the back of the net at 76:21 to give the Lady Colonels a 2-1 advantage.
Wilkes held a 9-7 shots advantage, while also claiming a 4-3 edge in corner kicks. Lady Colonels goalkeeper Jessica Berkey stopped two shots to earn the win in goal. Braun was credited with two saves in net for FDU-Florham.
(10/29) Drew 3 Wilkes 2
Drew University rallied from a 2-0 second half deficit to post a key 3-2 victory over Wilkes University in a Freedom Conference women’s soccer match on Saturday.
The win allows the Rangers to claim the top seed for the Freedom Conference playoffs, which begin Tuesday. Drew is 12-4 overall and 6-1 in the conference and will host fourth-seeded Delaware Valley. Wilkes, which fell to 13-3-1 overall and 4-2-1 in conference play, will be the number-three seed and will travel to meet FDU-Florham at a time to be determined on Tuesday.
The Lady Colonels jumped out to a 1-0 lead at the 10:27 mark of the first half when Jennifer Compton struck net unassisted. Just one minute into the second half Wilkes would see the lead grow to 2-0 on an unassisted goal by Catherine Simone.
Drew would counter later in the stanza with a pair of goals in a 30 second span to knot the match at 2-2. Cait Mueller got the first tally at 62:00 off a Gabrielle Haenn assist. Haenn would then feed Caitlin McGrorry for a goal at 62:30 to even the contest. The Rangers would cap the rally with just 2:30 remaining when Emily Perks scored off a McGrorry assist.
Drew held a slim 8-7 edge in shots, while the Rangers also gained a 4-2 advantage in corner kicks. Ann Mularz stopped five shots to pick up the victory in goal for Drew. Wilkes goalkeeper Jessica Berkey was credited with three saves.
(10/27) Wilkes 1 DeSales 1 (2OT)
Wilkes University and DeSales University played to a 1-1 tie in double-overtime in a Freedom Conference women’s soccer match on Thursday afternoon at Ralston Field.
Wilkes sees their overall record move to 13-2-1 and their conference record advance to 4-1-1. The Lady Colonels can still claim the top seed for the upcoming Freedom Conference playoffs with a win at Drew University on Saturday. DeSales is now 6-8-2 overall and 1-3-2 in the conference.
The Bulldogs jumped out to a 1-0 lead at 13:40 of the opening half when Dana Eustace converted a shot. Rachel Emmons was credited with an assist on the play.
Wilkes would knot the contest at 1-1 at 56:19 of the second half. Jessica Gannon took a shot that was initially saved by DeSales goalkeeper Kelly Hinkle. However, Hinkle was unable to maintain possession of the ball and the Lady Colonels’ Bethany Head knocked the loose ball into the net.
Wilkes dominated play and held a 25-6 shots advantage. The Lady Colonels were also credited with a 12-0 edge in corner kicks. Jessica Berkey had three saves in goal for Wilkes, while Hinkle finished with 12 saves for DeSales.
(10/22) Wilkes 3 Eastern 2 (2OT)
The Wilkes University women’s soccer team established a new school record with their 13th victory of the season after knocking off Easter University 3-2 in double-overtime on Saturday at Ralston Field.
The Lady Colonels, who improved to 13-2 overall, broke the previous record of 12 wins set in 1998, 1999 and 2004. Eastern sees their record fall to 9-7 with the loss.
Wilkes took a 1-0 advantage at 14:12 of the first half when Christina Waldele scored off an assist from Briana Bertoni. The Lady Colonels would up the lead to 2-0 at the 47:43 mark of the second half on a goal by Susie Zavistoski that came off a Bethany Head assist.
Eastern would rally to tie the match for force extra time. Ashley Hackman scored unassisted at 59:22 to cut the lead to 2-1. The Eagles would tie the match at 2-2 with just 4:59 remaining on a goal by Stefani Bodrog. Hackman was credited with an assist on the play.
The Lady Colonels would get the game-winning goal 4:08 into the second overtime period. Jennifer Compton came up with the winning shot off assists from Waldele and Head.
Wilkes held a 19-13 shots advantage, while Eastern had a 5-4 edge in corner kicks. Jessica Berkey stopped six shots in net to pick up the victory for the Lady Colonels. Eastern goalkeeper Amanda Daveler had nine saves.
(10/20) Wilkes 4 Lycoming 0
The Wilkes University women’s soccer team tied a school record with their 12th win of the season after topping Freedom Conference rival Lycoming College 4-0 on Thursday afternoon at Ralston Field.
The Lady Colonels improve to 12-2 overall and 4-1 in Freedom Conference play. The Warriors see their records move to 7-8 overall and 1-5 in the conference.
Wilkes got on the board at 12:07 of the first half when Jennifer Compton scored off an assist from Amanda Vernon. Just 56 seconds later the lead grew to 2-0 when Catherine Simone tallied a goal off assists from Bethany Head and Kristi Barsby.
The Lady Colonels would increase their advantage to 3-0 on a Christina Waldele goal at 29:47. Barsby was credited with her second assist of the match on the score. The final Wilkes goal would come at 61:20 of the second half when Dana Lehman scored unassisted.
Wilkes dominated play, holding a 22-1 shots advantage and a 10-1 edge in corner kicks. Jessica Berkey picked up the shutout in goal for the Lady Colonels by stopping the only shot she faced. Lycoming goalkeeper Jessica Bennett registered 10 saves.
(10/16) FDU-Florham 2 Wilkes 0
The 16th-ranked Wilkes University women’s soccer team dropped their second straight match, falling 2-0 to FDU-Florham in a Freedom Conference contest on Sunday at Ralston Field. The Lady Colonels slip to 11-2 overall and 3-1 in the conference, while the Devils improve to 9-4 overall and 3-2 in conference play.
Lena Kalika scored both goals for FDU-Florham. She gave the Devils a 1-0 lead at halftime when she knocked home a shot at the 31:29 mark off an assist from Katie Daly. Kalika would up the lead to 2-0 at 65:45 of the second stanza with a goal off an assist from Ashleigh Hoey.
FDU-Florham held a 7-6 shots advantage and also gained a 10-4 advantage in corner kicks. Melissa Braun earned the shutout in goal for the Devils with three saves. Wilkes goalkeeper Jessica Berkey did not have a save in the match.
(10/11) Misericordia 2 Wilkes 1 (OT)
Miki Bedics headed home a shot off a cross from Cole Vennie at the 97:41 mark of overtime to lift College Misericordia to a 2-1 win over 16th-ranked Wilkes University on Tuesday night. The Cougars improve to 12-2 overall, while the Lady Colonels suffer their first loss and slip to 11-1.
After a scoreless first half, Wilkes took a 1-0 lead at the 75:03 mark of the second stanza when Catherine Simone picked up a rebound and pushed a shot into the back of the net to make it 1-0. The goal was set up when Jessica Gannon ripped a shot that was saved by Misericordia goalie Kathleen Schwarz. Schwarz was unable to gain control of the ball and Simone took advantage.
The Cougars would rally to force overtime late in the contest. Brittany Brouse served a ball into the box following a Wilkes foul. The ball found Allison Martin, who placed her shot inside the left post at the 81:47 mark to tie the match at 1-1.
Misericordia held a 14-13 shots advantage, while also gaining a 9-3 edge in corner kicks. Schwarz made three saves in goal for the Cougars. Liz Pauly started the game in net for Wilkes, but was injured in the 21st minute after making one save. Jessica Berkey came on and registered a pair of saves in the final 77:36.
(10/6) Wilkes 3 Baptist Bible 2
Wilkes University raced out a 3-0 haltime lead and withstood a furious comeback attempt by Baptist Bible College to notch a 3-2 non-conference women’s soccer win on Thursday afternoon at Ralston Field. The 23rd-ranked Lady Colonels improve to 11-0 overall, while Baptist Bible is now 7-4-1 overall.
Wilkes, which held a commanding 15-6 shots advantage in the first half, got on the board at 13:38 of the opening stanza when Catherine Simone scored off assists from Cassandra Hare and Jessica Gannon. Just 1:26 later, the Lady Colonels extended their lead to 2-0 when Christina Waldele struck net off a Simone assist. The lead would grow to 3-0 at the 35:42 mark of the first period after Susie Zavistoski headed home a shot off a corner kick from Gina Robinson.
Baptist Bible scored their initial goal with 10:06 remaining in the game. Allison Bowen was credited with the goal and Stacey Simjian gained an assist to cut the lead to 3-1. Bowen would score an unassisted goal at the 86:57 mark to close out the scoring.
Wilkes held a 26-18 shots edge, while also gaining a 7-5 advantage in corner kicks. Liz Pauly played the initial 58 minutes in goal for Wilkes and stopped all eight shots she faced. Jessica Berkey, who played the final 22 minutes in net for the Lady Colonels, had two saves. Baptist Bible goalkeeper Jenna Burns was credited with 13 saves.
(10/1) Wilkes 1 Delaware Valley 0 (OT)
Jennifer Compton lofted a shot over the out-stretched arms of Delaware Valley College goalkeeper Emily Joyce just 41 seconds into the first overtime period to lead Wilkes University to a 1-0 Freedom Conference women’s soccer win over the Aggies on Saturday.
With the win Wilkes improves their overall record to 10-0. The Lady Colonels, ranked fifth in the Mid-Atlantic region, also upped their conference mark to 3-0. Delaware Valley saw their six-match winning streak come to an end with the loss. The Aggies are 6-3-1 overall and 1-1-1 in the conference.
Compton’s goal, which came off an assist from Tara Friedman, helped Wilkes overcome an 11-10 shots deficit. The Lady Colonels were able to secure a 7-4 edge in corner kicks. Liz Pauly posted her sixth shutout of the season in goal for Wilkes by stopping four shots. Joyce finished the afternoon with six saves for Delaware Valley.
(9/28) Wilkes 5 King's 0
Catherine Simone scored three goals and added an assist to lead unbeaten Wilkes University to a 5-0 Freedom Conference women’s soccer win over King’s College on Wednesday afternoon at Betzler Fields. The victory improves the Lady Colonels, who are ranked fifth in the Mid-Atlantic Region, to 9-0 overall and 2-0 in the conference. King’s sees their record move to 5-5 overall and 0-2 in the conference.
Simone got the scoring started at 8:58 of the first period when she tallied a goal off an assist from Christina Waldele. Rebecca Duttry would up the lead to 2-0 at the 36:46 mark of the first half with an unassisted goal. Simone gave Wilkes a 3-0 lead at halftime when she knocked home her second score off an assist from Amanda Vernon at 38:24.
Simone would conclude her hat trick at 76:43 of the second period when she hit the back of the net off a Kristi Barsby assist that extended the lead to 4-0. Gina Robinson capped the scoring at the 88:12 mark when she scored off an assist from Simone.
Wilkes held a 21-4 shots advantage and gained a 6-1 edge in corner kicks. Liz Pauly and Jessica Berkey split time in goal and combined to make three saves for the Lady Colonels. King’s goalkeeper Christine Uhl was credited with nine saves.
(9/23) Wilkes 1 Susquehanna 0
Susie Zavistoski scored off a Kristi Barsby assist with 1:51 remaining in regulation to lift the unbeaten Wilkes University women’s soccer team to a 1-0 win over Susquehanna University in a non-conference match on Friday night.
The win improves the Lady Colonels, who are ranked fifth in the latest Mid-Atlantic Region rankings, to 8-0 overall. Susquehanna dropped their fourth straight match to slip to 3-4 overall.
Wilkes held a 6-3 shots advantage in the contest, while also gaining a 6-1 edge in corner kicks. Lady Colonels goalkeeper Liz Pauly picked up her fifth shutout win of the campaign by stopping all three shots she faced. Megan Steese had three saves in net for Susquehanna.
(9/20) Wilkes 2 Scranton 1
The Wilkes University women’s soccer team is off to their best start in school history. On Tuesday afternoon at Ralston Field the Lady Colonels picked up what could be the biggest win in the program’s history when they topped six-time defending Freedom Conference champion the University of Scranton, 2-1 in the conference opener for both teams.
With the victory the Lady Colonels, who are ranked-fifth in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America Mid-Atlantic Region rankings, improve to 7-0 overall. The Lady Royals see their overall record fall to 0-5-2 overall.
The win snapped Scranton’s 43-match unbeaten streak in Freedom Conference play. The Lady Royals entered having posted a 41-0-2 record in the conference since their last loss on October 22, 1998. It also marked the first time that Wilkes beat Scranton in women’s soccer after the Lady Royals won the first 21 meetings.
Scranton got out of the gates quickly and took a 1-0 lead at the 6:42 mark. After Wilkes was whistled for a foul, the Lady Royals Kathleen Cordier rifled a shot from 20-yards out that beat Lady Colonels goalkeeper Liz Pauly.
Wilkes would rally to get the equalizer prior to halftime. Catherine Simone lofted a pass to an on-coming Rebecca Duttry. Duttry knocked a header into the lower-left corner of the goal to tie the match at 1-1 at the 39:34 mark.
With under eight minutes to play Wilkes would cap the comeback with the game-winning goal. This time it was Simone finding Christina Waldele in front of the Scranton goal. Waldele slipped a shot past Scranton goalkeeper Jackie Colley at 82:21 to give the Lady Colonels the 2-1 win.
Wilkes held a 9-6 shots advantage over Scranton. The Lady Colonels were also able to gain a 3-1 edge in corner kicks. Pauly came up with three saves to earn the win in net for Wilkes. Colley ended the afternoon with two saves in goal for Scranton.
(9/17) Wilkes 1 Moravian 0
Jennifer Compton scored the lone goal of the match with 7:53 remaining to lift Wilkes University to a 1-0 women’s soccer win over Moravian College in a battle of regionally-ranked teams on Saturday.
The Lady Colonels, who came into the game ranked ninth in the Mid-Atlantic Region, improves to 6-0 overall. Moravian, which entered the contest ranked fifth in the region, suffered its first loss and falls to 5-1.
Catherine Simone fed a ball to Gina Robinson to begin the play that led to the Wilkes goal. Robinson would then loft a cross to Compton, who slipped a shot past Greyhounds goalkeeper Caitlin Corrigan. Both Simone and Robinson were awarded assists on the play.
Moravian held a 13-9 shots advantage, while also securing a 4-1 edge in corner kicks. Wilkes goalkeeper Liz Pauly stopped seven shots to notch her fourth straight shutout win and extend her scoreless streak in goal to 444 minutes. Corrigan had two stops in net for Moravian.
(9/14) Wilkes 3 Elmira 0
Wilkes University remained unbeaten in women’s soccer action with a 3-0 win over Elmira College on Wednesday afternoon. The victory improves the Lady Colonels, who are ranked-ninth in the latest Mid-Atlantic Regional rankings, to 5-0. Elmira sees their record fall to 0-5.
Jennifer Compton scored the game-winning goal for Wilkes just 12:23 into the opening period when she scored unassisted. The Lady Colonels would extend their lead to 2-0 at halftime when Rebecca Duttry scored off an assist from Susie Zavistoski at 40:40.
Late in the second half Wilkes would tally their final goal. Catherine Simone was credited with the tally, which came at the 82:14 mark. Jessica Gannon garnered an assist on the play.
Wilkes held an 11-5 shots advantage and a 5-2 edge in corner kicks. Liz Pauly earned her third straight shutout in goal for the Lady Colonels by stopping two shots. Molly Hamel had four saves in net for Elmira.
(9/10) Wilkes 1 Lebanon Valley 0
Wilkes University scored a goal early in the second half to post a 1-0 non-conference women’s soccer victory over Lebanon Valley College on Saturday afternoon at Ralston Field. The win improves the Lady Colonels to 4-0 overall, while the Flying Dutchwomen slip to 0-3 overall.
The lone goal of the match came at the 56:42 mark of the second half when Christina Waldele dished off a pass to Bethany Head, which she deposited in the back of the net for a 1-0 Wilkes lead.
Lady Colonels goalkeeper Liz Pauly would make the goal stand up as she stopped all four shots she faced to notch her second straight shutout win in net. Jess Conrad came up with seven saves in goal for Lebanon Valley.
Wilkes held a 16-7 shots advantage over the Flying Dutchwomen. The Lady Colonels also gained a 5-2 edge in corner kicks.
(9/8) Wilkes 1 Alvernia 0
Christina Waldele scored the lone goal of the match at the 88:45 mark of the second half to lift Wilkes University to a 1-0 non-conference women’s soccer win over Alvernia College on Thursday afternoon. The win improves the Lady Colonels to 3-0 overall, while the Crusaders remain winless in four starts.
Although they dominated the match throughout, it wasn’t until late that Wilkes was able to get their only goal. Tara Friedman earned an assist on the Waldele goal.
Wilkes held a commanding 18-2 shots advantage, while also gaining a 7-0 edge in corner kicks. Liz Pauly stopped the only shot that she faced in goal to pick up the shutout win for the Lady Colonels. Katie Einsel registered 14 saves in net for Alvernia.
(9/4) Wilkes 3 Cortland 1
Wilkes University knocked off SUNY Cortland 3-1 to win the Rachel Miller Memorial Tournament at the Rochester Institute of Technology. The Lady Colonels see their record improve to 2-0, while the Red Dragons slide to 1-1.
The Lady Colonels had four players named to the All-Tournament team, including tournament most valuable player Catherine Simone. She was joined on the unit by goalkeeper Liz Pauly, defender Dana Lehman and midfielder Susie Zavistoski.
Cortland would take a 1-0 lead just 5:17 into the opening half when Katie Trivisonno scored off an assist from Marie Valentino. Wilkes would tie the contest at the 13:54 mark when Simone scored off an assist from Bethany Head.
The Lady Colonels took the lead for good at 54:29 of the second half on a goal by Jennifer Compton off an assist from Tara Friedman. They extended the lead to 3-1 at 59:46 on a goal by Zavistoski off an assist from Kristi Barsby.
Cortland held a 12-10 shots advantage, while also gaining a 4-3 edge in corner kicks. Pauly came up with four saves in net to earn the victory for Wilkes. Shannon Burrows had five saves in goal for Cortland.
(9/3) Wilkes 3 R.I.T. 2
The Wilkes University women’s soccer team opened their 2005 season with a 3-2 win over the host Rochester Institute of Technology in the opening round of the Rachel Miller Memorial Tournament in Rochester. The Lady Colonels will take on Cortland in the championship match on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
Wilkes jumped out to a 1-0 lead at the 22:42 mark of the opening half when Bethany Head scored unassisted. Head would provide the Lady Colonels with a 2-0 advantage at 34:50 when she tallied her second goal of the contest off an assist from Kristi Barsby.
R.I.T. would rally to tie the match at 2-2. Melanie Bryant scored off an assist from Brittany Peters with only 12 seconds left in the first half to cut the lead to 2-1 at intermission. Just 2:43 into the second stanza the Tigers got the tying goal when Peters tallied unassisted.
The Lady Colonels would push home the game-winning goal with 5:24 left. After a scramble in front of the R.I.T. goal cage, Christina Waldele cracked a shot into the back of the net to give Wilkes the 3-2 win.
R.I.T. held a 17-12 shots on goal advantage, while Wilkes secured a 7-2 edge in corner kicks. Lady Colonels goalkeeper Liz Pauly finished with 11 saves in net, while Tigers goalie Jamie Marsden registered three stops.