Monthly Archives: October 2015

NCAA: Maryland falls to Wisconsin, 1-0, on Senior Night

Back in the spring and summer of 2012, the Chesapeake Charge faced the likes of the Boston Breakers, Chicago Red Stars, and Western New York Flash with a roster that included five players who had yet to attend their high school senior prom at the start of the season. Three of those players – Riley Barger, Alexis Prior-Brown, and Ashley Spivey – had signed with Maryland.

It’s now coming up on four years later. Spivey transferred to Central Florida, and Prior-Brown, plagued by injuries, has used up only one year of her NCAA eligibility despite being in her fourth year of schooling. Barger, though, is one of a bumper crop of seniors who have defined an era at Maryland. She and seven others were honored this evening. The most notable names are Canadian Rachelle Beanlands , who has set Maryland records for games started and played by a goalkeeper, and defender Shannon Collins, who has started every game for Maryland (78 so far) since she joined the program. The rest: defenders Amanda Gerlitz and Kayla Shea, and midfielders Erika Joab, Maisie McCune, and Sarah Molina.

Unfortunately, it was a typical night for Maryland: the defense held out against a strong attack, but the offense was nowhere to be found. Wisconsin earned a corner kick in the 81st minute. Kinley McNicoll sent it into the goalmouth, where McKenna Meuer headed it down to Micaela Powers, who put it away. The single goal was all the Badgers needed to clinch a share of the Big Ten championship.
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NWSL – 2016 NWSL Draft Big Board #81-90

81. Jackie Simpson – D (CB) – South Florida

Emergence at center-back has been a big part of USF’s rise over the past few years. A big presence on the backline at 5’8” who has proven to be useful in front of goal as well with a few goals in each of the past few seasons. Isn’t afraid to shoot either, which could be seen as a good thing or a bad thing depending on your point of view. Plays for a hard nosed coach with a combative style of defense, so transition to physical nature of the pro game isn’t in question, but you wonder if she’ll have the nuance to possess if needed. Should at least get a camp look by Orlando.

82. Janae Cousineau – MF (DMC) – Texas A&M

Towering Californian has seen her draft stock tumble after a rather disappointing senior season thus far. Looked to be taking a big step forward last season after starring on A&M’s double winning side and chipping in with six goals but has flitted in and out of the starting lineup in 2015 as a senior. Defensive midfielder is a hard spot to fill in the pros, and she’s got prototypical size but has to prove she can shut down professional level playmakers. Should at the very least get a look in a pro camp.
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