College Corner by Mike Stancik
(Nov. 9, 2013) – A few weeks ago, we highlighted a trio of LoCo athletes that were helping guide the Longwood women’s soccer team to plenty of victories in 2013. The same thing is happening a couple hours east of Farmville at Christopher Newport.
Between Broad Run graduates Haley Casanova (2013) and Sam Rabinek (2013) and Woodgrove grad Victoria Perry (2013), the three freshmen have all been extremely important in the Captains (14-3-1) run to the CAC championship game scheduled for today.
Casanova has been stellar in net all season as she has allowed just 12 goals (0.67 per game) and has recorded an incredible 9 full clean sheets thus far. Perry, a midfielder, has registered 2 goals and 5 assists, including one game-winning tally. Rabinek, a defender, has 3 goals on the season, but none were bigger than the one she put in the net on Nov. 6.
Stuck in a 1-1 tie, Rabinek netted the game-winner in the 28th minute on a deflection following a corner kick. Casanova was able to hold the lead from there as Christopher Newport went on to win the semifinal match 3-1. Saturday’s championship match against second-seeded York will be at 2 p.m.
Other tidbits from the past week in college sports:
- Loudoun County grad Olivia Mackey (2010) has been stellar on defense for Elon soccer this season during a 12-2-6 season. She also has proven to be an offensive threat by adding 2 goals and 8 assists on the campaign. The Southern Conference coaches have noticed, as Mackey was selected to the SoCon 1st team All-Conference squad along with just two other defenders. The Phoenix continue their run in the conference tournament tonight against Wofford in the semifinals.
- A week after registering a season-high 124 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns, Briar Woods grad Esray Taliaferro (2009) added 109 yards on just 8 carries in Marshall’s 61-13 win over Southern Miss on Nov. 2. He also recorded an 18-yard touchdown in the blowout win. Taliferro now has 610 yards on 120 carries (5.1 YPC) with 6 touchdowns for the 5-3 Thundering Herd.
- The Coastal Carolina women’s soccer team was eliminated from the Big South conference tournament in penalty kicks, but Broad Run graduates Kacey (2011) and Darbie Kelley (2012) did their best to prolong the season. After finishing extra time in a 0-0 tie with Winthrop, the sisters both scored on their penalty kicks to give the Chanticleers hope. But the Winthrop keeper stopped the final two Coastal kicks, giving Winthrop a 4-3 penalty kick victory. Kacey finished the season with 5 goals and 5 assists, while Darbie added 2 goals and 1 assist. The sisters are sure to be vital pieces to the 2014 team.
- Freedom graduate Sam Scolarici (2011) has continued her fantastic season in the playoffs, as she scored a goal in Hofstra’s 2-0 victory over UNC-Wilmington on Nov. 2 in the CAA quarterfinals. Scolarici beat the goalkeeper on a semi-breakaway that put the game out of reach in the 88th minute. It happened to be her 17th goal on the season, which ties the school-record for most goals in a season. (Carlene Wawrzonek- 1994) She will have a chance to break that record on Friday against JMU in the conference semifinals.