Your weekly recap of the Baltimore soccer scene…
College of Notre Dame:
The Colonial States Athletic Conference coaches have picked the College of Notre Dame to finish tenth in the 12-team league. Marywood University took top spot in the poll, recording six first-place votes. Notre Dame finished ahead of Cedar Crest College and Rosemont College in the season’s first poll.
The Gators kick off their 2011 campaign at home against Goucher College on September 1st (4:00 kickoff).
Men: The Gophers travel to Hood College for their season opener on September 1st at 5:00. Goucher then hosts Penn State-Berks and Johns Hopkins in the “Goucher Soccer Classic” on September 3rd and 4th.
Bryan Laut’s squad will look to improve on their four-win 2010 season, which saw the Gophers finish last in the eight-team Landmark Conference.
Women: The Goucher women start play against the College of Notre Dame on September 1st. They then return to Baltimore for their home opener against conference foes Lancaster Bible College on September 6th at 7:00.
One of the keys for Tati Korba’s side will be to improve their first-half scoring performance. Goucher was outscored 15-8 in the first half last season, finishing the campaign with an overall record of 5-9-2.
Men: The Greyhounds kicked off their 2011 campaign Saturday with a 1-0 win in New York against Adelphi. Geaton Caltabiano scored his first collegiate goal in the 55th minute. Kyle Wittman made four saves to earn his 16th career shutout. Loyola takes on William & Mary in their next match on September 3rd.
Women: It was a rough week for the women’s side, as they dropped three games by a combined score of 15-0. Monday saw the Greyhounds fall 9-0 in their home opener to Maryland.
On Friday, Loyola kicked off a two-game road swing in Boston, facing Northeastern. Two second half goals propelled the Huskies to a 3-0 victory.
With the threat of Hurricane Irene looming, Loyola’s third game of the week against Boston University was moved up to Saturday afternoon. After a 45-minute delay, the match finally got underway, but the constant rain throughout the evening made for a slick field, which didn’t help the Greyhounds, as they fell to the Terriers, 3-0.
Loyola will look to turn things around on Friday, as they host High Point at 7:00.
Men: The Green Terror faces Mount Union in the Lycoming Kickoff Classic on September 3rd in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. After traveling to Goucher on September 7th, the McDaniel men travel to York, Pennsylvania, to play in the Holiday Inn Conference Center Soccer Classic on September 10th and 11th. The first home game doesn’t arrive until the 21st, when they host Hood College at 4:30.
Jim Reigel’s squad finished with a 5-12 mark in 2010, losing their last six contests in a row.
Women: The McDaniel women travel down to St. Mary’s for their first contest of the year on September 2nd at 5:00. They open their home schedule against Stevenson on September 7th.
Bryan Shumaker will be looking for more offensive output from his 2011 team, as they managed only 10 goals all of last season, while surrendering 45. They finished with a 3-10-3 record.
Men: The defending ECAC Division III South champion Mustangs open their 2011 campaign at Bridgewater on September 1st. After five more games away from home, they will return to Stevenson Stadium on September 12th against Penn State Brandywine.
Coach John Plevyak’s men posted an impressive 14-5-3 record last season, but their opening few weeks of the 2011 schedule will certainly be a test en route to repeating as champions.
Women: Like the men, the Stevenson women have a title of their own to defend in 2011. Finishing 12-7-1 in 2010, Graeme Millar’s Mustangs went on to win their first Capital Athletic Conference title over Frostburg State.
The new season kicks off against Cabrini on September 1st at 7:30. The game will be one of the first events to be held at the school’s new Stevenson Stadium. The contest will also be carried across the internet on sfmsports.net.
Men: The Tigers opened their season with a 2-0 defeat against New Mexico Friday evening. John Steele made seven saves in the loss. Towson returns to the Tiger Soccer Complex on Thursday, when they host Mount St. Mary’s at 5:00.
Women: After opening the season with a win, the Towson women couldn’t repeat the feat on Friday afternoon, as they lost 4-1 to Georgetown. Cheyenne Skidmore scored her second goal in as many games for the Tigers. Towson finishes their two-game road trip on Friday, as they face Delaware State at 7:00.
Men: The UMBC men opened their 2011 campaign Saturday with a 1-0 home win over Mount St. Mary’s. Jordan Becker scored the lone goal for the Retrievers, but it was an even more memorable evening for senior Andrew Bulls, who set a school record for career assists, with 29, passing James Hamilton. UMBC continues their season-long six-game homestand Thursday, when they host St. Francis (NY) at 7:00.
Women: UMBC’s women opened the week with a 2-0 defeat to Campbell in their home opener. The teams had to brave a four and a half hour weather delay before the match was finally able to begin. Lauren Kadet made four saves in the loss.
Friday’s match at Temple started out better for the Retrievers, as sophomore Amy Savage opened the scoring just seven minutes in. However, a second half equalizer evened the contest at 1-1, and then a goal from Temple’s Niki Conn in the second overtime period gave the host Owls a 2-1 victory. UMBC will look to end their three-game losing streak on Friday, as they travel to Philadelphia to take on Penn at 7:00.
General Baltimore Soccer News:
As we mentioned a couple of weeks ago, Louise Waxler, a fixture in the Maryland soccer community for over two decades, was named president of the National Association of Tournament Directors.
The organization has announced that they have officially launched, and their website is now live to the public. For more information on the association, visit natdweb.org.
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