B Page -- Oct. 21, 2010

CSU Soccer Preview 

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Match 16:  CSU 1, Wright State 1 (Oct. 15, Krenzler Field)
Sylvia Olsby scored the lone goal just two minutes before halftime, converting a rebounded shot by Natalie Daniels that had hit the post , as CSU recorded its fourth league shutout of the season.  Kelly Zinkiewich made four saves for the win.

2010 SEASON PREVIEW:  The Vikings enter the final week of the regular season standings having assured itself of its best record season ever, including an upper division finish in the Horizon League.  The strength of the Vikings is on the back line where head coach Derrek Falor has called upon four veterans to form the nucleus of the unit. Senior Jessica McCloy returns after sitting out all but two matches last year following knee surgery and she is joined by junior Marina Taylor, who started 26 matches during her first two seasons, and the duo of sopho- more Valerie Stahl and freshman Frederike Dubeau. Stahl started all 18 matches a year ago while Dubeau has been impressive in her CSU debut while sophomore Carla Ragone has served as the fifth defender. Junior Natalie Daniels (8 goals, 4 assists, 20 points) and senior Allie Riczo (2-0-4) lead the midfield unit while seniors Sylvia Olsby (3-0-6) and Nicole Howard (0-1-1) and junior Jessica Bound (0-3-3) have filled the other two spots. Seniors Marley Greiner (0-1-1) and Olsby, sophomores Jaime Avona (0-1-1) and Nikki Bevilacqua (0-1-1) and freshman Taylor Vidovic (1-1-3) each see action at forward. Senior Kelly Zinkiewich, a three-year starter who holds the CSU record with 371 career saves, is the incumbent in goal with freshman Parisa Sadrnia serving as the backup.

THE HORIZON LEAGUE RACE:  The Vikings find themselves in an unfamiliar situation heading into the final week of the season as each of CSU's last two matches will have a big effect on their seeding for the Horizon League Championship.  The Vikings enter the weekend in a third place tie with Butler in the standings with 12 points, one point behind Loyola (4-3-1) and three points behind Milwaukee (5-1).  The possibilities are:
*  CSU can assure itself of second place with two wins, receiving a first round bye in the tourney.
*  CSU can claim a share of the league title with two wins this week and a loss by Milwaukee.
*  A win in either match will assure CSU of no worse than a fourth place finish and first round tournament home match on Oct. 31.

FIRST ONE TO ONE WINS:  How important is scoring the first goal in a match with CSU this year?  All six league matches have been shutouts with CSU winning four times and losing twice with four of the contests ending with a 1-0 score.

HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE:  The success of the Vikings this season has come primarily because of their ability to win at home as CSU has gone 7-1-2 (.800) at Krenzler Field this season to easily surpass the school record .500 for home winning percentage that was set when the Vikings were 4-4-1 at home in 2008.

. . . AND VIKINGS SET SEASON RECORD AS WELL:  With an 8-6-2 mark heading into the week, the Vikings have assured themselves of posting the best single season record in school history.  The previous best was an 8-10-1 mark in 2008.

Senior goalkeeper Kelly Zinkiewich has been phenomenal in goal this season, setting school records for goals against average (1.19), save percentage (.802) and shutouts (6), ranking second in the league in both saves and save percentage and fourth in goals against average. Zinkiewich has four of the top eight single season save totals in CSU history.

. . . AND ZINKIEWICH & THE CAREER RECORD BOOKS:  Kelly Zinkiewich enters the final week of the regular season as the holder of the CSU career records for saves (371), shutouts (14), minutes played (5,954) and goals against average (1.98).  Her save total ranks her fourth in league history, 58 behind third place Alisson Dube of Detroit, while her minutes played are sixth best.  She should pass both Katie Fortenberry of Detroit (6,005) and Butler's E.B. Larson (6,152) and move in fourth place in the next two weeks. 

NEXT UP:  With the regular season complete, the Vikings will begin play in the Horizon League Championship.  First round matches will be at campus sites on Sunday, Oct. 31 with the remaining four teams meeting at the regular season champion for the semi-finals on Friday, Nov. 5 with the title game being played on Sunday, Nov. 7.

Notre Dame Football Preview 

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The Falcons fell on the road in their last game -- a 38-7 loss at St. Joseph’s (Ind.) on Oct. 9. Last week, the team was idle. Head Coach Adam Howard on the Falcons’ bye week:

“Last week allowed us to address details that needed improvement and in every phase of the game. It also helped us to get healthy. And now, we are excited to play a stretch of games here at home, and get a chance to display our progress.”

Saturday’s game against the No. 14 Knights marks the Falcons’ second game against a ranked
foe. Notre Dame lost to Walsh, then No. 18 in the nation (NAIA Coaches’ poll), on Sept. 18. (WU
is currently ranked No. 19.)
Notre Dame and Marian are among the newest football programs in the NAIA. 2010 marks the
Falcons’ inaugural season; Marian established its program in 2007. In its first three seasons
(2007-09), the Knights posted records of 1-9, 7-4 and 6-5.
NDC’s offense has been steadily progressing since averaging just 159.0 yards of total offense
over its first two games. Over games 4-6, the team averaged 307.3 yards per contest, and over
its last three games NDC has converted 38.5 percent (15-of-39) of its third downs.
RB Pedro Powell has strung together four consecutive 100-yard rushing games. Powell’s streak
started in the Falcons’ last home game (Sept. 18), when he became the first player to notch a
100-yard game in program history.

Spartan Women Up Eight Spots to

No. 15, Men 26th in National Poll

By Nick Minerd

NEW ORLEANS -- Following its third team championship of the fall, the Case Western Reserve University women’s cross country team has moved up eight spots to the No. 15 national ranking in the latest USTFCCCA Division III Cross Country Poll. The Spartan men also remain ranked at the No. 26 spot.

The women won the Oberlin College Regional Rumble on Saturday and now have three team titles to go along with one second-place finish. The Spartans also are the third-ranked team in the Great Lakes Region of Division III.

Shaker's Cabrera

Junior Natalia Cabrera (Shaker Heights, OH/Shaker Heights) placed second overall in the 219-runner field at Oberlin and has led the Spartans in three races this season. Senior All-American Justine Jeroski (Murrysville, PA/Franklin) was fourth at Oberlin and has been in Case’s top two in all four varsity races, including leading the team at the Mideast Pre-Regional in late September.

The Spartan men were sixth at the Regional Rumble and have three second-place showings this season. Sophomore Chris Kelly (Twinsburg, OH/Twinsburg) has led the team in three straight races, including a 14th-place finish at Oberlin.

Twinsburg's Chris Kelly

The teams are idle this weekend and will return to action on Saturday, October 30 at the University Athletic Association Championship Meet hosted by New York University.

Also on the Spartan radar is the Great Lakes Region Championship hosted by Hope College (MI) on November 13. Each team will be looking to qualify for DIII Nationals in late November.