Posted: Nov 01, 2018
HADLEY, Mass. – Top-seed and defending NESCAC Champion Williams will host the remaining rounds of the NESCAC Women’s Soccer Championship this weekend at Cole Field. The Ephs are hosting the semifinals and championship game for the fifth year in a row. Williams will meet No. 4 Tufts in the first semifinal on Saturday, November 3 at 11 a.m. It will be a rematch of last year’s championship game, which the Ephs won in overtime, 2-1. No. 2 Middlebury faces No. 3 Amherst in the second semifinal at 1:30 p.m. The winners will square off in the championship game on Sunday, November 4 at 12 p.m.
The top four seeds in the NESCAC Women’s Soccer Championship advanced through to the semifinals for the second year in a row. All four remaining teams also own the top defenses in the conference, surrendering nine or fewer goals this season, led by Williams’ six goals allowed.
No. 1 Williams (14-0-2) enters the final weekend of the NESCAC Women’s Soccer Championship unbeaten, and has won nine one-goal games this season. Williams topped No. 8 Colby, 3-1 in the quarterfinals to earn its 12th straight semifinal appearance. Sophomore Sydney Jones (Boca Raton, Fla.) leads the Ephs in scoring with 19 points on nine goals and one assist. She also has seven game-winning tallies on the year. Senior goalkeeper Olivia Barnhill (New York, N.Y.) has eight of Williams’ 10 shutouts this season, and carries a 0.32 goals against average and a .912 save percentage into the semifinal match. The Ephs have won eight NESCAC titles, the most of any conference school.
No. 4 Tufts (10-4-2) is making its second straight semifinal appearance after advancing to the championship game last season. Tufts defeated No. 5 Wesleyan, 2-0, to earn a semifinal berth. The Jumbos boast a dynamic scoring duo in sophomores Sophie Lloyd (Los Altos, Calif.) and Liz Reed (Lynnfield, Mass.). Both players have registered 23 points, and are tied for fourth among the NESCAC leaders. Lloyd has a team-high nine goals and five assists this season, while Reed has handed out a NESCAC-leading seven assists and added eight goals. Senior goalkeeper Emily Bowers (Needham, Mass.) recently broke the program mark for career shutouts and enters the game with 27 clean sheets, including nine this season. Tufts won its only NESCAC title in 2002. When the two teams met in the regular season at Tufts, Jones scored in the 82nd minute to lift the Ephs past the Jumbos, 1-0. Williams is 3-1-0 against Tufts in the NESCAC Tournament, including the victory in last year’s championship match.
Middlebury (14-1-1), the No. 2 seed, edged No. 7 Bowdoin, 1-0, in the quarterfinals to advance to the semifinals for the fifth time in six years. The Panthers have been in every NESCAC Championship field since 2000, and have claimed three NESCAC titles, the last coming in 2013. Middlebury ranks second in the conference in goals (41) and owns a goals against average of 0.49. Sophomore Eliza Van Voorhis (Mattapoisett, Mass.) leads the team in points (16) and goals (7). Juniors Ursula Alwang (Weston, Conn.) and Eva Shaw (Park City, Utah) have shared the goalkeeping duties for the Panthers. Alwang has started 11 games and owns a 0.44 goals against average with four shutouts. Shaw has made five appearances, including four starts, and earned a shutout in the quarterfinal win over the Polar Bears with a career-high 10 saves. Middlebury’s lone loss of the year was a 1-0 setback at Williams in the final game of the regular season.
No. 3 Amherst (13-2-1) is in the semifinals for the third year in a row, following a 1-0 victory over No. 6 Hamilton in the quarterfinal round. The Mammoths have four NESCAC titles to their credit, the last one in 2016. Amherst, which has won nine of its last 10 games, leads the NESCAC in scoring with 44 goals, while its defense owns a 0.43 goals against average with a league-leading 13 shutouts. Senior Rubii Tamen (Washington, D.C.) leads the NESCAC in scoring with 13 goals, including six game-winners, and 26 points. She has scored all seven goals in the Mammoths’ last four games. Sophomore Antonia Tammaro (Lynnfield, Mass.) has started 11 games in net for the Mammoths and owns a 0.36 goals against average. She made six stops in the shutout victory over Hamilton in the quarterfinals. Middlebury is 5-3-0 in the NESCAC Tournament series, but Amherst posted a 2-0 victory in the 2016 semifinals in the last meeting. In the regular season contest at Middlebury, the Panthers came away with a 3-1 victory on September 15.
Results for the NESCAC Women’s Soccer Championship will be available at the completion of each day on NESCAC.com.