BIG EAST WOMEN'S NOTEBOOK
Tsantris closes in on 500
TOP 25 TIME – A pair of ranked teams square off on Friday as No. 24/25 Notre Dame (10-3-2) heads to No. 11/11 Georgetown (12-1-2). The teams are tied atop the National Division, giving the winner an edge as the team’s hit the homestretch of the regular season. League play wraps up the weekend of Oct. 19-20.
CLOSE TO 500 – UConn head coach Len Tsantiris is closing in on career win No. 500. He currently holds a record of 498-169-50 which ranks as the second-highest win total among women’s soccer coaches nationally. Only North Carolina coach Anson Dorrance has more victories.
BIG EAST CHAMPIONSHIP RACE – As the regular season hits the homestretch, each team has two or three conference games left to qualify for the league tournament. The top four teams from each division will qualify. The next two teams, regardless of division, will be at-large selections to the 10-team championship. With some league teams playing 11 conference games and some playing 10 conference games, each division will be ordered on a points per game average.
CARDINALS CHATTER – Louisville moved to 8-3-3 overall and 3-2-2 in Big East action after a 1-0 win over Villanova on Oct. 5 and a 1-1 tie against No. 11 Georgetown on Oct. 7. In the win over Villanova, senior goalkeeper Chloe Kiefer earned her sixth shutout of the season and her 16th as a Cardinal to rank second on Louisville’s career list. Louisville hosted its annual “Pink Game” for Breast Cancer Awareness on Oct. 5. The Cardinals wore special pink uniforms from Adidas and all breast cancer survivors received free admission.
NOTRE DAME NUGGETS – Notre Dame played its second overtime match of the season, having finished in a 1-1 draw at No. 18/19 Portland on Sept. 7 … Sunday’s contest was the first home overtime contest for the Fighting Irish women’s soccer team since it moved into its new home, Alumni Stadium, in 2009. Notre Dame is 20-6-16 (.667) in overtime matches during the 14-year Waldrum era (1999-present), and is unbeaten in 14 of its last 17 overtime contests Notre Dame tied its Alumni Stadium record with 14 corner kicks on Sunday, with the 14 tries from the flag tying for the third-most by a Fighting Irish team in the Waldrum era and most since it also had 14 corners on Oct. 8, 2010, in a 2-1 win over Seton Hall at Alumni Stadium Sunday was Notre Dame’s annual Kicks Against Cancer match, with the Fighting Irish wearing special gold jerseys (with blue trim) that will be available for public bidding through an on-line auction later this week (UND.com/auctions), with all proceeds (as well as those from on-site donations and sales of Irish Soccer supporters’ scarves) going to Kicks Against Cancer (a national women’s soccer initiative to raise funds for breast cancer research) and a local outlet, Michiana Hematology/Oncology.
FILIGNO FINISHES – Forward Jonelle Filigno buried a score just 38 seconds into overtime, giving Rutgers a 1-0 win at DePaul on Oct. 5 at Wish Field. Filigno ties Carli Lloyd for first place all-time on the RU single season gamewinning goals list with six in 2012. Former Rutgers standout Carli Lloyd will return to Yurcak Field on Oct. 12 for an Olympic gold medal reception at halftime of the match vs. Louisville (5:30 p.m.). Lloyd, Filigno (and Julie Culley) also will be honored Saturday at the Rutgers-Syracuse football game for their Olympic involvement.
ORANGE SLICES – The Orange had a 2-0 win over Pittsburgh on Oct. 4. Syracuse earned its eighth win of the year, its highest total since 2004. The Orange are under the direction of fifth-year head coach Phil Wheddon. Senior Jenna Rickan recorded her sixth assist of the season against Pittsburgh. She has nine in her career, which ties her for 10th place on Syracuse’s career leader list. Junior Brittany Anghel recorded her fourth shutout of the season and 17th of her career against Pittsburgh. She is three shutouts away from tying Syracuse’s all-time record.
CAT CLAWS – Villanova went 1-1 in its last road trip of the regular season. The Wildcats lost 1-0 at Louisville on Oct. 5 and claimed a 1-0 victory over Cincinnati on Oct. 7. Senior Heidi Sabatura notched the gamewinning goal against Cincinnati in the 10th minute of the contest. The score marked her the third goal this season and the 75th point of her career to place her eighth at Villanova in career points. Junior goalkeeper Jami Kranich collected 11 saves on the weekend including stopping a penalty kick to secure the 1-0 shutout victory over Cincinnati. Kranich made seven saves against Louisville. She holds a 2-2-0 record on the season after serving with the U20 Women’s National Team.
Offensive Player of the Week
Maegan Kelly, Marquette, Jr., M/F
Kelly earned Big East Offensive Player of the Week honors after totaling five points in a 1-0-1 week. The
junior had four points in a 5-0 win at Providence on Oct. 5, including two assists. She also scored a goal. On Oct. 7, Kelly recorded an assist in a 1-1 draw at Connecticut.
Defensive Player of the Week
Taylor Patterson, USF, Sr., D/M
Patterson was tabbed Big East Defensive Player of the Week after helping the Bulls secure a pair of shutouts on the road against conference opponents. She played 180 minutes in two wins last week, a 1-0 at UConn on Oct. 5 and a 1-0 win at Providence on Oct. 7.
Goalkeeper of the Week
Christiane Endler, USF, Fr., GK
Endler earned Big East Goalkeeper of the Week honors after totaling 10 saves in two shutout wins over conference opponents. The freshman had seven saves in a 1-0 win at UConn on Oct. 5 and three saves in a 1-0 win at Providence on Oct. 7. Endler has totaled seven shutouts in 14 games this season.
Rookie of the Week
Emma Newins, Georgetown, R-Fr., GK
Newins was cited as the Big East Rookie of the Week after totaling nine saves in a 1-0-1 week. She made five saves in a 1-0 win at Cincinnati on Oct. 5. In a 1-1 draw at Louisville on Oct. 7, she made four stops.
Charlyn Corral, Louisville, Jr., F
Scored twice in a 1-1-0 week, including a goal against No. 11/11 Georgetown on Oct. 7.
Hayley Katkowski, Rutgers, Fr., M
Helped in a 1-0-1 week, including a 1-0 shutout victory at DePaul on Oct. 5 and a 2-2 draw at 24/25 Notre Dame on Oct 7.
Jess Montrose, Connecticut, Fr., GK
In her first collegiate starts, Montrose made 10 saves in a 1-1 draw against 20/15 Marquette on Oct. 7 and made three saves against USF on Oct. 5.
Erin Simon, Syracuse, Fr., F
Recorded her second game-winning goal of the season in a 2-0 victory at Pittsburgh on Oct. 4 in the team’s only game last week.
Crystal Thomas, Notre Dame, Fr., F
In a 1-0-1 week, she scored twice in a 2-2 draw against Rutgers on Oct. 7.