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NESCAC women's soccer championship preview

Contact Jim Taylor 315-859-4685
Posted October 27, 2011
Tags Women's Soccer

Hamilton College travels to nationally ranked No. 10 Williams College for a 2011 NESCAC Women's Soccer Championship quarterfinal at Williams' Cole Field on Saturday, Oct. 29.

NESCAC Women's Soccer Championship Preview

Live video stream

The contest is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. and admission is free. The winner moves on to the semifinals at the site of the highest remaining seed in the NESCAC championship on Saturday, Nov. 5.

No. 6 seed Hamilton (6-7-1 overall, 4-5-1 NESCAC) is 0-3-1 with one goal scored in its last four games. The Continentals are making their first appearance in the NESCAC championship after playing women's soccer in the Liberty League from 1995 to 2010.

No. 3 seed Williams (10-3-1, 7-2-1) had won four in a row before a 1-0 loss at Middlebury in the Ephs regular season finale on Oct. 26. Williams has appeared in all 11 previous NESCAC championships dating back to 2000, and has won the last four titles. The Ephs are 11-3-1 at home in this event.

The teams have played just twice in their history. In 2007, Hamilton handed Williams its only loss of the year in the form of a 2-1 decision in an NCAA Division III Championship sectional semifinal (round of 16) played at Williams. The Ephs blanked the Continentals 4-0 in conference play at home on Oct. 4.

A capsule look at both teams can be found below.

No. 3 seed WILLIAMS COLLEGE
Overall record:
10-3-1
NESCAC record (finish): 7-2-1 (T-2nd place)
NSCAA national ranking: 10th
NCAA regional ranking: 2nd
Head coach: Michelyne Pinard, 10th year at Williams, 127-31-17
NESCAC tournament appearances: 12th
NESCAC tournament titles: 5
NESCAC tournament record: 16-5-4
Last win vs. Hamilton: Oct. 4, 2011 - W, 4-0 (home)
Home record: 4-1-0
Goals scored: 21
Goals allowed: 7
Leading goal scorers: Brett Eisenhart ‘12 (10), 3 players with 2
Assist leaders: Caitlyn Clark ‘13 (7), Nicole Stenquist ‘12 (3)
Starting goalies: Hannah Van Wetter ‘15 (5-2-1 record, 0.54 GAA, .895 save pct., 3 sho.), Laura Wann ‘13 (4-1-0 record, 0.44 GAA, .880 save pct., 2 sho.)

No. 6 seed HAMILTON COLLEGE
Overall record
: 6-7-1
NESCAC record (finish): 4-5-1 (6th place)
Head coach: Colette Gilligan, 10th year at Hamilton, 96-43-19 (126-83-25 overall)
NESCAC tournament appearances: 1st
NESCAC tournament record: 0-0
Last win vs. Williams: Nov. 17, 2007 – W, 2-1 (away)
Road/neutral record: 3-6-0
Goals scored: 17
Goals allowed: 19
Leading goal scorers: Alex Rimmer ‘13 (6),  Charlotte Cosgrove ‘13  (3)
Assist leaders: Emi Birch ‘14 (3), Lauren Brady ‘14 (2), Emily Grund ‘15 (2)
Starting goalie: Liza Gergenti ‘14 (5-6-1 record, 0.96 GAA, .821 save pct., 5 sho.)

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