The top-ranked Emory University women's soccer team will begin a three-game in-conference road trip to end its 2012 regular season this weekend, as the Eagles will travel to face University Athletic Association rivals Brandeis University on Friday at 4:00 PM, and New York University on Sunday at 11:00 AM.
Friday afternoon's game at Brandeis University will feature both live stats (http://livestats.prestosports.com/brandeisjudges/) and a live audio broadcast (http://www.wbrs.org/). There will be live statistics for Sunday's game at NYU (http://sidearmstats.com/nyu/wsoc/scoreboard.aspx) and live video at http://nyuathletics.tv.
With three games remaining in the conference schedule, the Eagles are currently locked in a tie for the lead in the UAA with fifth-ranked Washington University (Mo.), as both teams have records of 3-0-1 in league play. One point behind the Eagles and the Bears is 21st-ranked Carnegie Mellon University, which stands at 3-1-0 in UAA action. The University of Chicago (2-2-0) is in fourth place in the UAA, followed by Brandeis (1-2-1), Case Western Reserve University (1-2-1), NYU (1-3-0) and Rochester (0-4-0).
Elsewhere in the UAA on Friday, Carnegie Mellon with play at NYU at 11:00 AM, Wash U. will be at Rochester at 5:00 PM, and Chicago will play at Case at 5:00 PM. Other conference action on Sunday includes Wash U. at Case, Chicago at Rochester and Carnegie Mellon at Brandeis, all slated for 11:00 AM starts.
Emory remained undefeated on the season with a 3-0 win at Covenant College on Monday night, the team's final non-conference game of the 2012 season. The squad's record now stands at 11-0-4 for the season, including a mark of 4-0-2 in all games away from home. The Eagles were ranked first in the latest NSCAA National poll, and second in the D3Soccer.com National rankings, despite garnering 15 of the 25 first-place votes in the poll, three-times as many as top-ranked Messiah, who Emory also beat 2-1 in the opening game of the season. Emory's offense began the week ranked 37th in Division III with 3.07 goals scored per game, and has been led by the combination of junior Veronica Romero (seven goals and four assists for 18 points), sophomore Charlotte Butker (four goals and 10 assists for 18 points), and junior co-captain Kelly Costopoulos (seven goals and three assists for 17 points). On the defensive side, the Eagles are ranked 26th in Division III in goals-against average (0.50) and 35th in shutout percentage (.600), behind the efforts of senior co-captain Ashley Kaiser, juniors Lauren Gorodetsky, Lauren Drosick, Caitlin Clark and sophomore Kaelyn Lucas in the backfield, and senior goalkeepers Erica Stein (6-0-1, 0.69 GAA) and Kaele Leonard (5-0-3, 0.39 GAA). Emory has outshot opposing teams 377-81 this year, including a 171-38 edge in shots on goal.
Emory is led by head coach Sue Patberg, who has gone 107-22-21 during her previous seven years with Emory, good for a .780 winning percentage. She has a record of 253-110-39 during her 19-year career, which included stays at the University of Minnesota and the University of Georgia, and has qualified for the NCAA Championships 13 times, including five times with Emory. She is assisted by Rachel Moreland and Mike Wentzler.
The Judges, who received votes in the latest NSCAA Division III women's soccer poll, improved to 12-3-1 overall this season after a 3-1 win over Lasell College on Tuesday night. The team's record includes a 6-1-1 mark in home games this season. Brandeis' success this season has been due in large part to its defense, which began the week ranked 58th in goals-against average (0.74), seventh in shutout percentage (0.767) and 40th in save percentage (0.857). Similar to Emory, Brandeis has utilized a strategy of splitting time between two goalkeepers, with senior Francine Kofinas (0.50 GAA, .846 save percentage) starting all 16 games this season and sophomore Michelle Savuto (0.98 GAA, .837 save percentage) playing the second half and overtime. The Judges offense has scored 29 goals this season, led by sophomores Dara Spital (10 goals and four assists for 24 points) and Sapir Edalati (six goals and four assists for 16 points). Brandeis holds advantages of 140-80 in shots on goal and 274-181 in total shots.
Brandeis head coach Denise Dallamora has been the only coach in the program's history, and has a record of 286-248-52 during her 33 seasons with the team. She is assisted by Aileen Ascolese.
The Eagles are 17-6-2 all-time against the Judges, including a 9-2-1 record in games played at Brandeis. In last season's matchup, Emory claimed a 3-0 win at the Woodruff P.E. Center behind a pair of goals scored by Clare Mullins, including one at the 35-second mark. The Eagles outshot the Judges 20-8 in the game, including a 13-2 lead in shots on goal. Kelly Costopoulos also has a pair of goals against Brandeis during her career.
The 2012 campaign has been an up-and-down season for the Violets, who will begin the weekend on a three-game losing streak, and will host Carnegie Mellon on Friday night before hosting the Eagles. NYU stands at 9-6-0 on the season, following a 2-0 loss to Mount Saint Mary on Tuesday night, and is now 4-2-0 in home games this season. The team's strength throughout the season has been its offense, which began the week ranked 21st in Division III with 3.5 goals scored per game. Leading the way is the UAA's leading scorer in freshman Melissa Menta, who ranks 75th in Division III with 12 goals, 32nd with nine assists and 47th with 33 points. Sophomore Cami Crawford (nine goals and five assists for 23 points) and senior captain Serra Tumay (six goals and six assists for 18 points) have been key contributors to the NYU offensive attack as well. The Violets have allowed 28 goals this season, good for a team 1.83 GAA, while outshooting opponents 290-201, including a 146-93 edge in shots on goal.
NYU is led by head coach Michelle Canning, who is now in her second season with the team and has compiled a 23-12-0 record. She is assisted by Jen Leaverton and Kim Wyant.
Emory holds an 11-0-6 record all-time against NYU, with eight of the 17 meetings being overtime affairs, and the Eagles holding a 5-0-4 mark in games played in New York. Last year in Atlanta, the Eagles claimed a thrilling 3-2 overtime win over the Violets, when Kelly Costopoulos scored the 'golden goal' in the 97th minute of play off an assist from Lauren Drosick. Lauren Gorodetsky and Charlotte Butker also scored in the game for Emory, as the Eagles outshot NYU 27-10 in the contest, which included an advantage of 11-6 in shots on goal.
The Eagles are 108-36-30 all-time in UAA games, good for a .707 winning percentage… The Eagles are also 46-24-22 in conference road games all-time, for a winning percentage of .620… Emory has scored 46 goals this season, already the 10th-most in a season in school history, and just two shy of the team's scoring output from all of last season… The team's 3.07 goals per game is the third highest in the program's history… The Eagles' 54 assists this season are the most by the program since the 2001 season (when the team recorded an Emory record 68 assists), and is tied for the fourth-highest mark in the program's history… Charlotte Butker's 10 assists this season are two shy of the program's single-season record... Of Emory's four ties this season, three have come against teams ranked in the top-10 nationally at the time of the game.