Ursuline College Soccer Team Advances to Saturday's G-MAC Title Match
November 06, 2014
With a 2-0 win over fourth-seeded Kentucky Wesleyan College on Thursday (Nov. 6) afternoon, top-seeded Ursuline College punched its ticket to the Great Midwest Athletic Conference championship match for the third consecutive year.
The Arrows will host second-seeded Trevecca University at noon on Saturday (Nov. 8). The Trojans took care of sixth-seeded Alderson Broaddus University, 3-0, in Thursday's first semifinal.
Ursuline took control early in Thursday's match with a goal by redshirt freshman Taylor Dackin at 10:19. Junior Vanessa Consiglio, the nation's leader in assists, dribbled up the left side and crossed the ball to the middle where Dackin slid it past KWC goalkeeper Kathryn Dishion. It was Dackin's fifth goal of the year.
That stood up as the only strike until junior Giuliana Pugliese lofted a ball from left of the box to the far right corner of the goal. Pugliese's lob went over the outstretched arms of Dishion and into the back of the net to widen UC's lead to 2-0.
The Panthers were never able to solve UC sophomore goalkeeper Helen Jazzar, a two-time first team all-conference performer. Ursuline's stifling defense limited KWC to just eight shots in the match while the offense blasted 15.
Jazzar was credited with five saves, one more than her counterpart Dishion.
Ursuline will head into Saturday with a record of 14-4 overall while KWC concludes its season at 10-7-1.
Ursuline and Trevecca split the season series with the home team winning both times. The Arrows beat the Trojans 4-1 in Pepper Pike on Sep. 20 before Trevecca beat Ursuline by a score of 1-0 in the regular season finale on Oct. 25.
Kickoff of the title bout is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. on Saturday and fans can watch a free live video stream by clicking here
The Ursuline College soccer team put together an 8-2 record in Great Midwest Athletic Conference play this season and the rest of the conference took notice of some of the fine individual efforts, evidenced by the fact that UC cleaned up the G-MAC postseason awards.
Head coach Jason Kubbins split the conference 'Coach of the Year' award with Trevecca University's Mark Foster. Ursuline junior forward Vanessa Consiglio was named the 'Offensive Player of the Year' and also earned a spot on the conference's first team.
Joining Consiglio on the first team were senior forward Paige Rowan, sophomore midfielder Cassie Cripe, senior midfielder Anna Feitl, senior defender Brittany Prato and sophomore goalkeeper Helen Jazzar.
Freshman defender Kylie Haslage was named to the All-Freshman Team and also earned second team all-conference accolades.
Alderson Broaddus University freshman midfielder Lauren Small was named the 'Freshman of the Year' and Trevecca's senior defender Jordan Ponto was tabbed as the 'Defensive Player of the Year' by the conference coaches.
Consiglio leads all of Division II with 16 assists. Pair that with her 12 goals, the second most by any player in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference, and her 40 points put her fourth in the nation. Just last week she was named to the Capital One Academic All-District IV women's soccer team.
Rowan scored 15 goals during the regular season – three more than any other player in the conference. She led the nation in scoring at the mid-way point of the regular season and enters the conference postseason tournament tied for seventh in Division II in goals and tied for 14th in points.
Cripe tied for eighth in the conference in both goals (six) and assists (four). Overall, she tied for ninth in the G-MAC with 16 points. Of her six goals, three were credited as game-winners.
Much of what Feitl does goes unrecognized in the box score but she did produce two goals and two assists in her senior season. She scored arguably the biggest goal of her career in overtime against Alderson Broaddus on Oct. 9 and also assisted on UC's lone goal in a 1-0 win at Kentucky Wesleyan College on Oct. 23.
Prato and Haslage were key clogs in the defense that allowed 0.60 goals per game and pitched nine shutouts, both of which were tops in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference. Prato was a starting center back and Haslage the starting left back in front of UC's two-time first team all-conference goalkeeper.
Jazzar's 0.681 goals against average was the best in the conference and 45th in the country. She allowed just 10 goals all season and sports a record of 12-4 between the posts. Editor's Note: All statistics were last updated the morning of Nov. 6, 2014 – before Ursuline battled Kentucky Wesleyan in the conference semifinals.
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