College Corner by Mike Stancik
(Nov. 21, 2013) – The last time we checked in on Freedom High School graduate Sam Scolarici (2011), she was tied for the Hofstra single-season record for goals scored in a season. (17 back in 1994)
And in her final game of 2013, Scolarici set the new record with her 18th tally of the year in a 3-1 loss to JMU in the CAA semifinals. Scolarici, a first-team All-CAA selection, ripped home a penalty kick to tie the game but it wasn’t enough to keep the Pride’s season alive.
Her fantastic 2013 campaign finishes with her currently tied for 8th in the country with her 18 goals, and it’s crazy to think she still has one more season at Hofstra. Scolarici has 33 career goals, and she will only need to tally 6 more in 2014 to break the Hofstra career-record of 39 total goals. (Kristina Eidenweil 1997-00)
Other tidbits from the world of college soccer:
There are just 16 teams left in the NCAA Tournament, but there are still a few LoCo athletes that are still playing for a title:
- The Virginia Tech women’s soccer team (ranked 4th in the country) was victorious in a first-round game against UMBC by a score of 2-0 on Nov. 15. Stone Bridge grad Murielle Tiernan (2013) and Broad Run grad Ellie Zoepfl (2011) didn’t register a point, but continue to be vital pieces to the Hokies. Tiernan was recently recognized as a first-team All-Freshman member in the ACC thanks to her 8 goals (3 game-winners) and 4 assists on the season. Zoepfl has added a goal and an assist. Another Loudoun product on the Hokies is Loudoun Valley grad Ashley Manning who has played in 21 contests this year. And not to be missed in Ashburn native Kimberley Anderson,a redshirt goalie who played at Bishop O’Connell. The Hokies will continue their run in the tournament with a match against West Virginia on Friday at 6 p.m.
- Woodgrove graduate Brittany Basinger (2013) continues to be a force as a defender for the Penn State Nittany Lions. (ranked 24th) The freshman has started every match for Penn State, recording two assists. Her impressive play earned her a selection to the All-Freshman team for the Big 10. The Nittany Lions were victorious by a score of 3-0 in their first-round matchup against Monmouth, setting up a battle against Wake Forest on Friday at 4 p.m.
- The Christopher Newport women’s soccer team lost the conference championship in a close shootout, but a couple of LoCo athletes were honored with postseason accolades recently. Broad Run grad Sam Rabinek (2013) was named the conference Rookie of the Year while registering three goals on the year. She was a valuable defender for keeper and fellow Spartan Haley Casanova (2013), who was named to the second-team All-CAC team. Casanova recorded 10 shutouts on the season, and both are likely to be major contributors in the next few years down near Virginia Beach.
- Stone Bridge grad Ashley Herndon (2013) also joins the growing list of LoCo athletes that earned significant accolades in her freshman campaign. In leading JMU to its first regular season CAA title, Herndon tied for the team-lead with 17 points. (6 goals and 5 assists) Her 4 game-winning goals were tied for second in the conference, and those stats helped Herndon be named the CAA Rookie of the Year. She is sure to be a consistent offensive threat in the years to come.
- The George Mason women’s soccer team lost in the A-10 quarterfinals by a score of 1-0 to St. Bonaventure, ending its season. However, Woodgrove graduate Sarah Hardison (2013) was named to the All-Rookie squad in the A-10 thanks to her great season as a defender. She helped create seven shutouts on the season for the Patriots, and added one assist. Hardison is another player that is sure to get even better as she moves forward in her collegiate career.
- Broad Run graduate Kacey Kelley (2011) rounds out the list of LoCo athletes who garnered accolades this season, as she was named to the All-Big South second-team. Kelley’s 5 assists were a team-high this year and she also added 5 goals for good measure. It’s the second consecutive year that Kelley has been honored by the Big South.
- On the men’s side, Loudoun County grad Calle Brown, made two saves in penalty kicks to help the University of Virginia upset No. 1 Notre Dame in the ACC tournament semifinals. The Cavaliers trailed 3-1 before rallying in the final minutes of regulation. After 20 minutes of scoreless OT play, Brown played the hero with two saves as UVa won 4-3 in penalty kicks. Maryland then beat Virginia, 1-0, in the title game. UVa will host the winner of Delaware vs. St. John’s on Nov. 24 at 1 p.m. Also on the UVa roster is South Riding native Patrick Foss, who was home schooled.
- Also advancing to the men’s DI tournament was VCU with Potomac Falls grad Isaac Owusu, a redshirt sophomore, on the roster.
- The Coastal Carolina men’s soccer team made the D1 tournament with Paul VI grad and South Riding native Kennedy O’Shea on the roster.
- George Mason men’s soccer made the NCAA’s as well with Broad Run grad Cullen Hunter, and Sterling native Timi Mulgrew (who was home schooled)
- The Patriots play William & Mary tonight in the first round and the Tribe have Dominion grad Adam Crenshaw on the roster.
- The Virginia Wesleyan men’s soccer team made the NCAA D3 tournament falling 3-1 to Carnegie Mellon in the first round. Loudoun Valley grad Alex Castelli was on the Virginia Wesleyan roster.
- Also on the D3 level Loudoun Valley grad Anthony Flores is a freshman on the York (PA) College team that just made the Sweet 16. Flores has played in 15 games on the season with 13 starts.