Hat-trick hero Lauren Wade. For an interview with her, see the 3rd You Tube clip below.
ADAM GREENE, CARSON-NEWMAN UNIVERSITY
By John Manley
Five shots on goal resulted in three tallies for Lauren Wade as Carson-Newman defeated Tusculum, 3-0, in Greeneville, Tenn. Wade, a senior from Coleraine, Co. Derry, broke open a scoreless match in the 78th minute, when she blasted the ball in from 15 yards out. Two minutes later, she found herself in a one-on-one with the Tusculum keeper, advantage Wade. She got the hat trick 90 seconds later with another blast from the top of the box. She now has nine goals on the season.
"With a good striker like her, it's going to come," said Simon Duffy, Carson-Newman head coach. "She's threatened to score a bunch the last three, four games, but it hasn't happened. But what three great goals there."
Jacqueline Burns, a sophomore from Cookstown, Co. Tyrone, was in the net for the Eagles and made one save as they remain undefeated, soaring to 12-0-1.
A corner kick from Laura Nicholas found teammate Kylie Lance, who headed the ball in for the only tally in a 1-0 Quinnipiac win over Canisius in Buffalo on Saturday. Nicholas is a senior from Derry. The Bobcats, coached by Dave Clarke, formerly of Donaghmede, Dublin, ticked up to 8-6-3.
Almost five minutes into Oakland University’s match with IUPUI, Vanessa Ogbonna put the Golden Grizzlies on the scoreboard with her second goal of the season. She is a junior from Tramore, Co. Waterford. Oakland is 3-13-1.
Megan Connolly earned an assist on Florida State's second goal in a 4-3 loss to Notre Dame in Tallahassee, Fla. on Thursday. She is a junior from Cork. The Seminoles are 10-5-0.
Shannon Thomas assisted on Delta State’s second goal in a 2-2 tie with Montevallo in Cleveland, Miss. on Sunday. She is a senior from Dublin. Delta is 5-11-1.
Seamus McFadden, longtime head coach of the men’s soccer team at the University of San Diego, recently announced his retirement at the conclusion of the current season. The Toreros honored him before and during Sunday’s 3-1 victory over UCLA. The County Donegal native got the program off the ground 39 years ago and has been the only head coach in the program’s history.
“I’m just a coach,” McFadden said. “I’ve tried to be a good role model and mold kids by giving them an opportunity. That’s how I’ve lived my life.”
The Toreros are 8-3-2 with the win. They have four regular season contests left on the schedule. McFadden sports a career record at San Diego of 385-282-69. He ranks eighth in career victories among active Division 1 head coaches and 22nd all-time.
University of San Diego men's soccer coach Seamus McFadden is flanked by Ky Snyder, USD Vice President of Operations, and Finbar Hill, Ireland's Honorary Consul General, during ceremonies honoring the County Donegal native on his pending retirement after 39 years at the helm of the program. PHOTO: BROCK SCOTT
Less than a minute into DeSales' home match with Delaware Valley on Tuesday, the Bulldogs' Sean Tunney scored the winning goal. The freshman back Clondalkin, Co. Dublin headed the ball in just under the crossbar from the middle of the box just 57 seconds after play began. DeSales, coached by fellow Dubliner George Crampton, went on to win, 3-0, to move to 11-1-3 on the season.
Adam Farrell had one goal on the season heading into North Georgia's Wednesday home contest with Georgia Southwestern, but within a span of eight minutes he tripled that number. Farrell, a Dublin junior nailed a penalty kick in the first minute of the second half and followed that with a goal from 25 yards out seven minutes later. The Nighthawks, who were up 4-0 thanks to Farrell's footwork, held on for a 5-3 victory. They are now 7-6-0.
PHOTO: AMANDA MATTZEI/UNG ATHLETIC
Cian Lynch scored the winning goal in overtime to provide Savannah College of Art and Design with a 4-3 victory over Ave Maria in Hardeeville, S.C. on Saturday. Lynch, a freshman from Dublin, also knocked in the Bees’ second goal of the match. SCAD is 6-7.
Abu Obhakhan’s goal in the 47th minute provided Fairleigh Dickinson with its lone score in a 1-1 tie with Central Connecticut State at home on Sunday. He is a junior from Drogheda. The Knights are 8-4-2.
When Mikie Rowe notched his seventh goal of the season in the 66th minute of Young Harris College's Wednesday match with Clayton State, the Mountain Lions went up 3-2 and it appeared as if the junior from Campile, Co. Wexford might have a match-winning goal to his credit. But the fates didn't cooperate as Clayton responded with two late goals to hang a 4-3 defeat upon YHC (10-2-2).
Matthew Taylor got an assist on the winning goal in Quinnipiac’s 3-2 overtime victory over Marist at home on Sunday. The goal came 15 minutes into extended play. Taylor is a junior from Dublin. The Bobcats improved to 5-8-1.
Embry-Riddle's Alex O'Brien set up the first goal of the match in a 1-1 tie with Flagler. He is a sophomore from Cork. The Eagles are 1-7-2.
Brian McNamara, a senior from County Kildare, scored a pair of goals to help Cumberland defeat Pikeville, 5-0, in Lebanon, Tenn. on Saturday. The Phoenix, coached by Dubliner Adam Grant, are 11-2-1.
Eilish and Roisin Flanagan dominated the women’s race at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Cross Country Championship meet in Chadron, Neb. The sisters, both sophomores out of Gortin, Co. Tyrone, finished first and second to lift Adams State to the team title. Eilish won the race, getting 6,000 meters in 21:44.2, with Roisin next in at 21:47.2.
In the RMAC men’s race, Paddy Robb, an Adams State freshman from Belfast, came in 30th among 121 finishers. He got 8,000 meters in 26:17.0 in a race won by Grant Colligan of Colorado Mines in 24:59.9.
Laura Tobin placed sixth in the women’s race at the Sunshine State Conference Championships in Boca Raton, Fla. The junior out of Clonmel, Co. Tipperary needed 23:01.7 to get the 6,000 meters. Teammate Colett Rampf won the race in 21:20.8. Embry-Riddle won the team crown by a scant four points over St. Leo.
In the Sunshine State men’s race, St. Leo freshman Tadgh McGinty, from Swinford, Co. Mayo, finished 16th. He posted a time of 26:58.1 for 8,000 meters in a race won by teammate Ronald Cheserek in 25:33.5. Here, again, St. Leo was second among teams, this time behind Florida Southern.
West Alabama’s Oisin O’Gailin got sixth place in the men’s race at the Gulf South Conference Championship meet in Danville, Ala. The freshman out of Ballybofey, Co. Donegal reeled off a time of 25:02.1 for 8,000 meters in a race won by Christian Noble of Lee University in 24:31.3.
Wingate College junior Amy Jackson from Derry finished 35th in the South Atlantic Conference Championships at Newton, N.C. She produced a time of 19:55.8 for 5,000 meters in a race won by Hannah Wolkenhauer of Queens (N.C.) in 17:13.3. Wingate placed third behind Queens in the team chase.
Edel Nyland, a junior forward from Castleiney, Co. Tipperary scored her 10th goal of the season in Longwood’s 3-2 overtime loss to Kent State in a Saturday road match. The Lancers dropped to 11-4-0.
Brian Murtagh of Cardinal Stritch University got eighth place in the NAIA Fall Preview at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill. The Galway senior shot rounds of 75 and 72 to finish the 36-hole event five strokes over par and six off medalist Curtis Brokenbrow of Missouri Baptist. Stritch took second place among teams, four strokes behind William Penn. Murtagh was low man for Stritch.
The Metropolitan Intercollegiate at Montclair Golf Club in West Orange, N.J. drew 64 golfers, with Fairleigh Dickinson's Patrick Brennan and Iona's Oisin Devereux, both sophomores, working out placings in the top half of the leaderboard. Brennan, from Belfast, tied for 20th place at 11-over-par 151 (75-76), while Devereux, of Dublin, shot 152 (76-76). Anthon Sebastianelli of Central Connecticut State led the field with a 36-hole total of 138.
Stephen Watts, a senior out of Larne, Co. Antrim, was low man for Toledo in the Crooked Stick Invitational at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Ind. His 54-hole total of 221 (76-70-75) was five strokes over par for the tournament and 11 behind Kentucky's Cooper Musselman, who had a five-stroke cushion on his nearest pursuer. Watts tied for 23rd place.
Conor Sutton of Union College (Ky.) earned a share of 39th place in the Bojangles Tennessee Intercollegiate at Tennessee National in Loudon, Tenn. The Dublin senior posted rounds of 77 and 81 to finish second lowest on his team. He was 16 strokes off the low number shared by a pair from Dalton State.
Wake Forest senior Paul McBride finished joint-41st in a 78-man field in the Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate in Alpharetta, Ga. The Walker Cup member from Malahide, Dublin shot rounds of 73, 69 and 73 to finish one stroke under par and 14 in back of medalist Doug Ghim of Texas.
Tara Whelan of Central Connecticut State finished joint-37th among 65 golfers in the Brown Invitational at Ledgemont Country Club in Seekonk, Mass. The senior from Clonlara, Co. Clare knocked out rounds of 78 and 80, which left her 17 strokes off the low score.
Weber State's Michelle Tierney tied for 45th place in the Pat Lesser Harbottle Invitational at Tacoma Country Club in Tacoma, Wash. The Waterford senior posted rounds of 77, 80 and 83, which left her 27 strokes behind medalist Natalie Roth of North Dakota State.