|2009 NESCAC Men's Soccer
|Sunday, Nov. 1||Saturday, Nov. 7||Sunday, Nov. 8|
|at No. 1 WES
5, No. 8 COL 0||No. 6 MID 2,
at No. 1 WES 0||No. 2 WIL 2, vs. No. 6 MID 1 - OT|
|at No. 2 WIL
3, No. 7 CONN 0||No. 2 WIL 2,
vs. No. 4 BOW 0|
|No. 6 MID 2,
at No. 3 AMH 1|
|at No. 4 BOW 3, No. 5 TRI 0|
Williams Earns Men's Soccer Title in Overtime, 2-1
Courtesy Wesleyan Sports Informaiton
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – A strong offensive thrust by Williams forwards junior Gaston Kelly and senior Pierre Meloty-Kapella resulted in an own-goal by Middlebury College 6:25 into overtime, giving second-seeded Williams its sixth NESCAC Men’s Soccer title in the 10-year history of the championship with a 2-1 victory over sixth-seeded Middlebury. It also locked up a 15th appearance in the NCAA Tournament for the Ephs as they secured the NESCAC’s automatic qualifier for the NCAAs which begin Nov. 12.
A serve from the left side by Kelly to the front of the goal was volleyed by Meloty-Kapella during overtime. His shot caromed off the middle of the cross bar, bouncing high in the air in front of the Middlebury net. An attempt to clear the ball by a Middlebury defender went the wrong way off his head and into the top side of the net for the deciding goal. That thwarted the comeback effort of the Panthers, who trailed 1-0 for a majority of the game after Williams freshman defender Matt Ratajczak finished off a corner-kick situation in the 37th minute of the contest for the game’s opening tally. Senior forward Peter Houston took the corner for the Ephs and bent the ball in toward a maze of players on front of the cage. The first to touch the ball was Williams junior defender Joe Vella and his redirect hit a Middlebury defender and found Ratajczak in front for a tap into the goal. It was his first career goal for the Ephs.
Williams’ lead stood up for almost 50 minutes as Williams kept the Panther attack at bay until the 86th minute when sophomore middie Robbie Redmond fired a low drive from 25 yards out into the lower left side of the net. Williams senior goalie Andrew Graham had needed to make three saves to that point in holding the Panthers scoreless but had no chance to react to the cannon shot by Redmond, who netted his fourth goal of the season. Junior defender Jake Edwards made Redmond’s goal possible by fighting for possession of a high ball in the offensive end, which he controlled and sent to Redmond outside the box in the middle of the field.
The game then entered overtime, only the third time in NESCAC history that the championship has been decided in extra time. Middlebury won the first-ever NESCAC title with a four-overtime win over Williams in 2000 and the 2006 title went to Williams on penalty kicks, also against Middlebury.
Williams had several chances to pad its leads over a 15-minute stretch in the middle of the second half but several key stops by Middlebury sophomore goalie Tim Cahill, who collected four saves on the afternoon, kept it a one-goal margin.
Middlebury had defeated Williams, 1-0, Oct. 30 in Middlebury, Vt. during the regular-season meeting of the teams, which dropped Williams from the top seed, giving Wesleyan a chance to host the NESCAC semifinals and championship.
2009 NESCAC MEN’S SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP
Quarterfinals - Sunday, November 1 at Higher Seeds
at No. 1 Wesleyan 5, No. 8 Colby 0
at No. 2 Williams 3, No. 7 Connecticut College 0
No. 6 Middlebury 2, at No. 3 Amherst 1
at No. 4 Bowdoin 3, No. 5 Trinity 0
Championship - Sunday, November 8
No. 2 Williams 2, vs. No. 6 Middlebury 1 - OT
2009 NESCAC MEN'S SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP
Quarterfinals - Sunday, November 1 at
No. 8 at No. 1
No. 7 at No. 2
No. 6 at No. 3
No. 5 at No. 4
Semifinals - Saturday, November 7 at
Highest Remaining Seed
11:00 a.m./1:30 p.m.
Highest Remaining Seed vs. Lowest Remaining Seed
Remaining First Round Winners
Championship - Sunday, November 8
Semifinal Winners - 12:00 p.m.
The top eight teams in the conference will qualify for the NESCAC Men's Soccer Championship. Quarterfinal games will be conducted on Sunday, November 1, 2009 with the semifinals and championship games conducted on Saturday, November 7 and Sunday, November 8, respectively. The tournament champion will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championship.
Seeding will be based on final conference standings of round robin play. Standings will be based on team winning percentages. Ties shall count as half a win.
The 8th seed will play at the 1st seed, the 7th seed will play at the 2nd seed, the 6th seed will play at the 3rd seed, and the 5th seed will play at the 4th seed. Teams will be re-bracketed after first round games and the lowest remaining seed will face the highest remaining seed.
Pairings will be announced Friday, October 30.
Tie Breaking Procedures
Ties will be broken as follows:
Head-to-head result (if teams play each other more than once during the regular season, the game that appears on the league schedule will be the game that is counted).
If teams tied during the regular season, or there is a 3-way or more tie, the following tie breaking procedure will be used:
Best record among tying teams, against one another (head-to-head).
Most conference wins (in games that are part of the conference schedule and count toward league standings).
Comparison of results of conference games played against top 4 teams (including all teams at the 4th spot).
Comparison of results of conference games played against top 8 teams (including all teams at the 8th spot).
Comparison of results of conference games played against conference teams in rank order.
Comparisons shall be made one team at a time starting with the highest ranked team.
If the tie remains after comparing results against the highest ranked team, the results against the next team in rank order shall be used. This process is continued until a winner is determined.
Coin flip (or similar random action involving all tied teams).
Note: In case of ties among three or more schools, the criteria above will be applied in order until a team is (or teams are) separated. At that point, the process begins anew (returning to the first criteria) with the remaining teams. The process is continued until the tie is eventually broken. In cases where only a random action will break the tie of three or more teams, the random action will be applied to all teams involved in the tie. For example, if three teams are tied and only a random action (pulling names out of a hat) will break the tie, each name will be pulled and seeded in order of being pulled. Also, in the event that there are two (or more) groups of teams tied at different spots in the standings and the only criteria left that can be used to break those ties is a coin flip/random action, the coin flip/random action used to break the tie of one group (to put teams in rank order) will not affect the tie breaking procedures of the other group(s) of tied teams.