October 24, 2012
2012 Women's Soccer Championship Seeding Announcement
|Quarterfinals - Saturday, October
|#8 Wesleyan def. #1 Middlebury,
#2 Williams def. #7 Connecticut College, 3-0
#3 Amherst def. #6 Colby, 1-0
#4 Bowdoin def. #5 Hamilton, 3-2
|Semifinals - Saturday, November
|hosted by Williams
#2 Williams def. #8 Wesleyan, 2-1
#4 Bowdoin tied #3 Amherst, 3-3
Bowdoin advances on Penalty Kicks, 4-3
|Championship - Sunday, November
|hosted by Williams
#2 Williams tied #4 Bowdoin, 1-1
Williams advances on Penalty Kicks,
HADLEY, Mass. – With the top seed in this
year’s NESCAC Women’s Soccer Championship at stake,
Middlebury closed out the regular season with a dramatic 3-1
triumph at Williams this afternoon. In the process, the Panthers
not only ended the Ephs’ 10-game unbeaten streak but also
secured home field advantage throughout the tournament for the
first time since 2004. They will begin their quest for a third
conference crown this Saturday, when quarterfinal round action gets
underway. Along with Middlebury and Williams at home in the first
round will be Bowdoin and defending champion Amherst. The highest
remaining seed following Saturday’s action will host the
semifinals and final from November 3-4.
Middlebury, Williams and Amherst finished regular season with
identical 8-1-1 records. The Panthers were awarded the top
seed by virtue of their four points in head-to-head competition
between the three teams. Williams came away with the second seed as
a result of its 3-2 victory over the Lord Jeffs on September 6.
Middlebury (12-1-1, 8-1-1 NESCAC) will be looking for its first
NESCAC title since 2006, when it slipped past Amherst 1-0 in
overtime. The Panthers have been dominant on the defensive side of
the ball, allowing just five goals all season. They will open up
tournament play against eighth seeded Wesleyan (6-7-1, 3-7-0
NESCAC) on Saturday. The Cardinals kept their postseason hopes
alive with a 2-0 win at Trinity yesterday. The win ultimately moved
them into the tournament after they finished in a three-way tie for
seventh place with the Bantams and Connecticut College. Middlebury
came out on top 2-1 when the teams met on September 29.
Wesleyan’s goal was the first that the Panthers had
surrendered all season.
Williams (10-3-1, 8-1-1 NESCAC) will look to rebound from its
first loss in over a month when it takes the field on Saturday. The
Ephs have piled up a league-best six NESCAC titles, including four
straight from 2007-10. They will host seventh seeded Connecticut
College (5-7-2, 3-7-0 NESCAC), which handed Middlebury its only
loss of the year (1-0) on October 7. The Camels gave Williams all
it could handle during their regular season matchup on September 23
before falling 1-0. They will be making their first postseason
appearance since 2007 and fourth overall.
After earning the top seed a year ago, Amherst (12-1-1, 8-1-1
NESCAC) enters this year’s championship as the third seed.
The Lord Jeffs will begin their title defense against Colby (8-6-0,
4-6-0 NESCAC). The Mules rebounded from three straight conference
losses and locked up the sixth seed with a 2-0 win over Bates
today. The Mules advanced to the semifinals in both 2005 and 2006.
They fell 4-0 at Amherst on October 13. In addition to their
championship last fall, the Lord Jeffs also came out on top in 2001
The remaining quarterfinal round matchup pits fourth seeded
Bowdoin (10-3-1, 6-3-1 NESCAC) and fifth seeded Hamilton (9-4-1,
5-4-1 NESCAC). Bowdoin clinched home field advantage with a 2-1
triumph over Trinity on Saturday. Heading into the final week of
the regular season, Hamilton had the opportunity to pass the Polar
Bears in the standings but came up short against an upset-minded
Tufts squad on Saturday. Bowdoin closed out its regular season with
a 1-1 draw at Tufts yesterday, putting an end to the Jumbos’
postseason hopes. The Polar Bears edged the Continentals 1-0 on
October 13. They will be hosting for the first time since 2007.
Results for the NESCAC Women’s Soccer Championship will be
available at the completion of each day on the NESCAC website.