2009 NESCAC Women's Soccer Championship
Sunday, Nov. 1
Saturday, Nov. 7
Sunday, Nov. 8
at No. 1 WIL 4, No. 8 COL 0 at No. 1 WIL 4, No. 4 TUF 2
at No. 1 WIL 3, No. 3 MID 2
at No. 2 AMH 2, No. 7 WES 1 - OT
No. 3 MID 1, vs. No. 2 AMH 0
at No. 3 MID 1, No. 6 BOW 0 - OT

at No. 4 TUF 2, No. 5 TRI 1
Championship Seeding
Championship Preview
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Williams Overcomes Middlebury 3-2 for Thrid-Straight Women's Soccer Crown

Williams Overcomes Middlebury 3-2 for Thrid-Straight Women's Soccer Crown

Courtesy Williams Sports Information

Box Score

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Top-seeded Williams overcame third-seeded Middlebury, 3-2, in a highly-contested NESCAC Championship at Cole Field in Williamstown this afternoon. The win marks the Ephs’ third consecutive conference championship and their fourth overall title.

Middlebury falls to 11-3-2, while Williams continues their undefeated season at 17-0-0. The Ephs receive an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament with this afternoon’s victory.

The two squads faced off in the final game of their regular season on Oct. 30, 2009 with Williams taking the contest by a 1-0 margin. Ephs senior Sarah Walmsley tallied a late-goal in the 87th-minute to win a game that the Panthers dominated. In today’s championship game, Williams and Middlebury switched momentum often with the Ephs controlling much of the first third and last third of the game. The Panthers would take the momentum in the middle of the game, when they scored two goals to take the lead for just over fifteen minutes.

Williams sophomore Bret Eisenhart tallied two goals this afternoon, putting her squad up first in the 25th-minute of play. Eisenhart and teammate Brianna Wolfson found themselves in a 2-on-1 match up against a lone Middlebury defender. Wolfson drew the defender in, and then flicked the ball to an open Eisenhart who ripped a fast-paced shot to the middle of the net for the 1-0 lead.

Middlebury responded nine minutes later with one of their first offensive opportunities of the game. The Panther’s Rachel Madding corralled a corner kick, and attempted to head the ball to net. Teammate Anne Ford intercepted the ball with another header, and directed it towards goal to knot the game, 1- 1. The Panthers proceeded to silence the home crowd by taking the lead at 55:09. Annie Rowell took advantage of a fallen Ephs defender, and was able to lace a slow roller to the back left corner for the 2-1 advantage.

Williams played from behind for fifteen minutes before taking the control of the game once again. At 71:24, Walmsley scored off a fast-break sequence to even the game at two goals apiece. Nicole Stenquist had just entered the game twenty seconds ago, and had an instant impact. Collecting a pass from Annelise Snyder near mid-field, Stenquist dribbled towards the Panther’s net and quickly spotted an undefended Walmsley on her left. Stenquist played a solid pass to her teammate, who proceeded to take an open shot for the goal.

Momentum began to shift back towards the Ephs, and the home team regained the lead just eight minutes later off another sequence between Eisenhart and Wolfson. Wolfson played a cross from the left side towards a crowd of players in front of the net. The ball began to trail past the far post, and Eisenhart read its path and retreated towards the ball. She kicked the ball back towards the left post for what would become the game-winning goal.

Statistically, Middlebury and Williams were on par, taking 11 and 12 shots respectively. The Panthers held the Ephs to their lowest total of shots taken on the season.

Lauren Sinnenberg recorded five saves in the win, while Lauryn Torch made three saves in the loss.

Quarterfinals - Sunday, November 1 at Higher Seeds

at No. 1 Williams 4, No. 8 Colby 0
at No. 2 Amherst 2, No. 7 Williams 1 - OT
at No. 3 Middlebury 1, No. 6 Bowdoin 0 - OT
at No. 4 Tufts 2, No. 5 Trinity 1

Semifinals - Saturday, November 7 at Williams
at No. 1 Williams 4, No. 4 Tufts 2
No. 3 Middlebury 1, vs. No. 2 Amherst 0

Championship - Sunday, November 8
at No. 1 Williams 3, No. 3 Middlebury 2


Quarterfinals - Sunday, November 1 at Higher Seeds
12:00 p.m.
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 Women'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.