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MEC Women’s Soccer Notebook

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. — The Mountain East Conference women’s soccer season has just two weeks left with still plenty left to decide, including which teams will qualify for the conference tournament in late October/early November.

The MEC has split in divisions for the first time in women’s soccer with the top three teams from each division earning a spot in the conference tournament. In the North Division, Notre Dame has surged as of late going unbeaten in its last seven matches to sit atop the table with 22 points. Fairmont State is 0-3-1 in its last four, but still sits in second with 14 points. West Liberty is in third with 10 points, while Urbana is in the fourth spot with six points. Wheeling Jesuit is still alive for a postseason berth with four points.

In the South Division, West Virginia Wesleyan leads with 23 points on the strength of a 7-0-2 record. The Bobcats have given up just two goals on the year and haven’t allowed a goal since Sept. 20. Concord, which is second only to WVWC in goals scored this year, and Charleston are tied for second with 19 points, followed by Shepherd with 12 points. Glenville State, in its first year fielding a varsity squad, is still looking for its first win.

Below are additional notes submitted by each institution:

NORTH DIVISION

Fairmont State: The Fairmont State women’s soccer team has set a program record for wins already this season with six … the Falcons are currently 6-4-3 on the season and are in second place in the MEC North with a record of 4-3-2 … Abigail Johnson currently leads the Falcons in scoring this season with seven goals and two assists (16 points) … Fairmont State goalkeeper Isabelle Vaccari has started all 13 games this season for the Falcons and has six shutouts on the year — most in the MEC … the Falcons are also third in the league with 25 assists on the year.

Urbana: With another win, UU (3-9-0) would post its highest win total since 2015 … the Blue Knights are 3-3 in home games … UU scored its most goals in a game since 2011 with a 6-0 shutout over Glenville State … since 2014, the Blue Knights are 8-1-2 when scoring two or more goals … sophomore forward Alyssa Edwards leads the team with 15 points and tied for the MEC lead with a career-high seven goals through 12 games… Edwards has scored all three game-winners… junior goalkeeper Katherine Beech has recorded at least two saves in 36 of 39 career games played.

Wheeling Jesuit: The Wheeling Jesuit offense has picked up recently after a slow start to the season … the Cardinals have scored six goals in the their last four games, matching their season total from the first nine contests … senior Emily Hartley, who is tied for seventh in the MEC with five goals, has scored three of the team’s six goals over the past four matches.

SOUTH DIVISION

Concord: Concord has five players with at least 10 points this season: Pilar Elias, Leah Foster, Sarah Hill, Mira Kontio and Courtney Wallace … Foster is second in the MEC in points by a freshman with 15 on the season … GK Katie Maher’s 0.74 goals against average is the seventh best in the Atlantic Region … she’s also on pace to be the only goalie in program history to finish a season with a goals against average below 1.00 … with two more wins, Concord would win 10 games in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2008 and 2009.

Shepherd: Sophomores Emma Bernardoni (2 goals, 4 assists) and Katherine Eddy (3 goals, 2 assists) and freshman Darien Ball (4 goals) tie for the team lead in points with eight … Holy Family handed Shepherd its first loss on Tuesday since Sept. 26 when West Virginia Wesleyan topped the Rams, 2-0 … Shepherd goalkeepers have teamed up to record five shutouts on the season.

Glenville State: The Pioneers are in its first year as a member of the NCAA DII and the MEC … GSC is looking for their first official win as an NCAA DII member … freshman Kacey Evans scored the first official goal in GSC history back on September 26th in an 8-4 loss to Washington Adventist … GSC leads the MEC in save averaging 18.27 per contest.

Notes submitted by each institution.

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