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2015 NESCAC women's soccer quarterfinal preview


The Hamilton College Continentals travel to Williamstown, Mass., to take on the Williams College Ephs in a 2015 NESCAC Women's Soccer Championship quarterfinal on Saturday, Oct. 31, at 11 a.m.

NESCAC Championship quarterfinal preview

The highest remaining seed following Saturday’s action will host the semifinals and final on Nov. 7 and 8.

Hamilton (7-5-3, 3-4-3 NESCAC) is seeded eighth for the championship and is in the event for the first time since 2012. The Continentals played Williams to a 1-1 tie in the 2011 quarterfinals at Williams but the Ephs advanced to the semifinals on penalty kicks.

Hamilton has been on a roll for the past month. The Continentals have won three straight games and are 7-1-2 in their last 10 with the lone loss an overtime setback on the road. Becca Rees '16 is tied for the first place on the program's all-time list with 16 career assists.

Nationally ranked No. 4 Williams (13-1-1, 9-1-0) is the championship's top seed. The Ephs have reached the NESCAC final in each of the last eight years with titles in 2004, 2007 through 10 and 2012. Williams just lost its first game this season on Tuesday -- a 2-0 setback at Middlebury College -- after wins in 13 of the Ephs' first 14 contests. Williams edged Hamilton 1-0 at home in the season opener for both teams way back on Sept. 8.

Please see below for a capsule look at both teams.

No. 1 seed WILLIAMS COLLEGE
Overall record: 13-1-1
NESCAC record (finish): 9-1-0 (1st place)
NSCAA national ranking: 4th
NCAA regional ranking: 1st in New England Region
Head coach: Michelyne Pinard, 14th year at Williams, 191-43-26
NESCAC championship appearances: 16th
NESCAC championship record: 22-7-8
NESCAC championship titles: Six
Home record: 8-0-0
Goals scored: 32
Goals allowed: 7
Leading goal scorers: Audrey Thomas ’17 (11), Kristi Kirshe ’17 (9)
Assist leaders: Kirshe (7), Crystal Lewin ’16 (4), Thomas (4)
Starting goalie: Tressa Palcheck ‘17 (12-1-1 record, 0.36 GAA, .898 save pct., 9 shutouts)

No. 8 seed HAMILTON COLLEGE
Overall record: 7-5-3
NESCAC record (finish): 3-4-3 (8th place)
Head coach: Colette Gilligan, 14th year at Hamilton, 125-66-27 (155-106-33 overall)
NESCAC championship appearances: 3rd
NESCAC championship record: 0-1-1
Road/neutral record: 2-4-1
Goals scored: 34
Goals allowed: 16
This year vs. Williams: L, 1-0 (Sept. 8 at Williams)
Leading goal scorers: Katie Kreider ’18 (6), Ali Clarke ’17 (6), Darby Philbrick ’18 (6)
Assist leaders: Becca Rees ’16 (5), Kreider (5)
Starting goalie: Rachel Cooley ‘18 (6-4-2 record, 1.21 GAA, .723 save pct., 2 shutouts)

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