Blue Knight Women's Soccer News
Kawabe, Gianangeli Earn MEC Honorable Mention
Notre Dame College's Alexis Manoa has been named Mountain East Conference Offensive Player and Freshman of the Year, West Virginia Wesleyan's Rachel Ritchey is the league's Defensive Player of the year, and NDC's Mike Shiels is the Coach of the Year.
Urbana had two players earn Honorable Mention accolades after a 2-11-3 season. Freshman midfielder Anne Kawabe (São Paulo, Brazil/Colégio Harmonia) and junior goalkeeper Taylor Gianangeli (Weirton, W.V./Weir) represented the Blue Knight offense and defense on the squad. Kawabe (pictured left) tied for the team lead in goals and points as a collegiate rookie, while Gianangeli (pictured right) turned in another strong season between the pipes. The second-year Blue Knight recorded 5 shutouts, including 3 in double-overtime draws. Her 153 saves, or 9.6 saves per game, led the MEC and placed her 8th in NCAA Division II. She was also third in the MEC in shutouts despite playing on the 8th place squad. Read More
Urbana Undone by MEC Champs in Season FinaleOct. 29th, 2014
The 2014 Mountain East Conference regular season champs from Notre Dame College handed Urbana University a 2-0 loss in the Blue Knights’ 2014 finale on Wednesday afternoon. Notre Dame wrapped up the regular season title in their last contest. The Falcons improve to 12-1-2 on the year, including a 10-1-2 mark in the MEC. One of those wins was a 5-1 decision over the Blue Knights in South Euclid, Ohio earlier in the fall.
On Wednesday, the visitors started the scoring on a 30-yard blast by Alexis Manoa in the 7th minute. Manoa’s shot careened off the post into the back of the net to put NDC out in front early. Urbana actually had more shots on goal than the MEC’s top team until the 71st minute when NDC’s 7th shot on goal found the back of the net to give the Falcons a 2-0 lead. Megan O’Connor redirected a pass from Katherine Beattie past UU goalkeeper Taylor Gianangeli. Urbana’s offense finished with 6 shots on goal, 3 by Hannah Rembach, but the Blue Knights couldn’t get one past NDC keeper Sam Shoemaker. Read More
Rams Edge Women's Soccer 1-0Oct. 25th, 2014
The Urbana University women’s soccer team is experiencing a little déjà vu at the tail end of the 2014 season. Like last year, Urbana got out to a promising start, but the Blue Knights are faltering down the stretch. Urbana ended 2013 on a six-game losing streak, and on Saturday afternoon at Shepherd University, the Blue Knights suffered their fifth straight loss with one match remaining. Shepherd edged Urbana 1-0 on a late goal.
The Blue Knights and keeper Taylor Gianangeli were able to keep the Rams at bay until the 73rd minute. An Urbana foul granted the home team a free kick which was promptly deposited into the back of the net by Kesley N. Smith to give Shepherd a 1-0 lead. Urbana’s offense wasn’t able to muster another shot attempt over the final 17 minutes. Gianangeli made 8 stops in 90 minutes in goal. Read More
Concord Continues Women's Soccer's SkidOct. 21st, 2014
On a cold, wet Tuesday afternoon at Urbana University Stadium, the Blue Knight women’s soccer team dropped their fourth straight conference contest, falling 2-0 to visiting Concord University.
The Blue Knights and Mountain Lions played to a scoreless draw at Concord back on September 24th. Urbana opened the game with a couple of golden opportunities, but it was the visitors that capitalized first. During a four-minute span in the first half, Concord collected a pair of rebounded shots right in front of Urbana’s goal and punched the balls into the back of the net for a quick 2-0 lead. Kari Simon scored the first ricochet. Then, it was Simon’s shot that ricocheted to teammate Sami Spertzel for the second goal. Read More
Bobcats Avenge Earlier Loss at UrbanaOct. 18th, 2014
The West Virginia Wesleyan College women’s soccer team avenged an earlier loss to Urbana University on Saturday night. The Bobcats handed Urbana its lone conference win at UU Stadium three weeks ago, but it was the Bobcats who came out on top 2-1 in Buckhannon, West Virginia on Saturday.
The home team got on the board first when Rachel Ritchey beat UU keeper Taylor Gianangeli in the 23rd minute. Just 63 seconds later, Urbana found an equalizer. Sophomore Emily Retterer (pictured) netted her first career goal to tie the game 1-1. The home crowd didn’t have to wait long for the Bobcats’ go-ahead goal and eventual game-winner. Ritchey’s second goal came less than 5 minutes after her first, and the Bobcat defense shut out Urbana over the final 53 minutes to hold on for the 2-1 win. Read More