Earlham opened up the 2016 season with a pair of shutout victories over Concordia (WI) and Transylvania, marking the first 2-0 start for the Quakers since the 2013 season. Conference play opens up Wednesday as Kenyon (1-1, 0-0) travels to Wooster (0-2, 0-0), Wittenberg (1-1, 0-0) hosts DePauw (1-1, 0-0) and Ohio Wesleyan (1-0, 0-0) visits Earlham.
DENISON went 1-1 to open the season in Memphis, Tennessee. DU suffered a 2-0 loss to Rhodes, but rebounded with a 7-3 win over Hendrix on Sunday. Lucy Pearsall (Chicago, IL/Latin School of Chicago) led Denison with two goals and two assists in the 7-3 win over Hendrix. She took six shots in the win over the Warriors, while attempting one shot in the loss to Rhodes.
DEPAUW split its two season-opening contests at Rhodes over the weekend. The Tigers topped Hendrix, 10-1, as three players collected at least two goals, led by three from Tori Wittemann (Baldwin, NY/Baldwin). The Tigers then dropped a 3-2 overtime contest at Rhodes in a rematch of last year’s NCAA first-round game.
EARLHAM opened the season with victories over Concordia Wisconsin and Transylvania. Senior Megan Hut (Tiel, Netherlands/RSG Lingcollege) netted two goals, one in each game, while freshman goalkeeper Camille van der Vaart (The Hague, Netherlands/Segbroek College) added two shutout victories.
KENYON opened the season at home Thursday with a solid 3-0 win over Transylvania. Saturday, the Ladies moved on to Wittenberg to clash with Centre in a neutral-site game. The Colonels took control of that contest in the second half and raced to a 7-1 win. Junior Weezie Foster (Reisterstown, MD/Friends School) had a goal in each of the two games.
OBERLIN dropped a pair of matches in Virginia to open the 2016 campaign. The Yeowomen fell 1-0 in a double overtime heartbreaker on Saturday, before being outdone by No. 14 Christopher Newport, 7-0, in a Labor Day showdown. Senior forward Ariana Enzerink (Davis, CA/Davis Senior) led Oberlin with nine shots over the weekend and senior Maggie Gossiaux (Metuchen, NJ/Metuchen) recorded 24 total saves in the cage for the Yeowomen.
OHIO WESLEYAN midfielder Julia Melio (Winnetka, IL/New Trier) scored what proved to be the game-winning goal as the Bishops edged Wells, 2-1, in non-conference play last Thursday. Ohio Wesleyan wiped out a 1-0 deficit midway through the first half when sophomore forward Alexis Roberts (Louisville, KY/Christian Academy) sent a pass to the right post, where senior forward Candace Chanelli (New Fairfield, CT/New Fairfield) was waiting to lift a shot into the back of the Wells cage. Melio rang up the go-ahead goal, carrying the ball into the circle and firing a shot that was deflected by an Express defender into the cage with 8:22 left in the first half. Junior goalkeeper Jackie Feliciano (Glen Ellyn, IL/Glenbard West) finished with one save in the Bishop cage.
WITTENBERG opened the season 1-1 in the first week after falling to W&J on Thursday, before the Tigers bounced back to defeat Sewanee, 4-2, on Sunday. Senior Michelle Murray (Pittsburgh, PA/North Allegheny) led Wittenberg with a goal and an assisit on the week. Wittenberg returns to action this week to open up NCAC play at home versus DePauw on Wednesday.
WOOSTER opened its season at the Great Lakes Invitational and squared off against two tough non-league opponents in Sewanee and Centre. Leah Prescott (Pittsford, NY/Pittsford Mendon) scored two of Wooster’s four goals on the weekend, and both were set up by Rachel Wetzel (Sewickley, PA/North Allegheny).