NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Connecticut College women's soccer team returns to the NESCAC Tournament and will take aim at winning their second crown overall beginning this weekend.
The Camels, who will bring positive momentum into the postseason following a 2-0 triumph over Wesleyan, earned the sixth seed and will travel to visit third-seeded Williams on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 12 p.m. for the right to advance to the semifinal round at the site of the highest remaining seed the following weekend. The winner of the NESCAC championship match on Sunday, Nov. 10 will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Tournament.
Connecticut College (10-4-1, NESCAC 5-4-1) is making its third appearance in the last four years and eighth overall. Up top, two local student-athletes – freshman Mya Johnson (Old Lyme, Conn.) and Kat Norton (Hampton, Conn.) pace the offense with identical stat lines. They have both registered 18 points on eight goals and two assists. Johnson has also been clutch by tallying five of the team's 10 game-winning markers. Sophomore Marielle McEnaney (Orleans, Mass.) has a team-leading four helpers as a versatile two-way player on a back line which also includes senior captain Erin O'Brien Powers (Portland, Ore.), classmate Sara Kogelmann (Guilderland, N.Y.) and sophomore Emily Lorry (Wynnewood, Pa.). Junior goalkeeper Katy Pelletier (Topsfield, Mass.) has notched four shutouts to go along with a .794 save percentage and a 1.04 goals against average.
Williams (8-4-2, NESCAC 6-3-1) is the most decorated program in the NESCAC and will be hosting a quarterfinal matchup for the 15th straight season. The Ephs' resume includes eight NESCAC titles, 11 championship game appearances in the last 12 seasons, and 12 straight semifinals appearances. Victoria Laino, who scored the lone goal in the team's 1-0 win over the Camels in Williamstown earlier this season, leads the offense with seven markers and two helpers for 16 points. Nkem Iregbulem has started every match for a defense which has yielded 14 goals and has blanked six opponents.
Connecticut College's last meeting with the Ephs in the NESCAC Women's Soccer Tournament was a memorable one, as the program won the first NESCAC crown for the institution in any sport by triumphing in a penalty kick shootout in the 2014 NESCAC Championship game. Admission to this weekend's match between the two programs is free.
Links to live stats and video for all games are available via the NESCAC Scoreboard at NESCAC.com. Results from the NESCAC Quarterfinal games will be posted on NESCAC.com at the end of Saturday. Also, follow the action on Twitter (@NESCAC).
2019 Women's Soccer Championship
Quarterfinals - Saturday, November 2 at Higher Seeds
No. 8 Bowdoin at No. 1 Tufts – 12:00 p.m.
No. 7 Wesleyan at No. 2 Middlebury – 12:00 p.m.
No. 6 Connecticut College at No. 3 Williams – 12:00 p.m.
No. 5 Hamilton at No. 4 Amherst – 12:00 p.m.
Semifinals - Saturday, November 9 at Highest Remaining Seed
Lowest Remaining Seed vs. Highest Remaining Seed – 11:00 a.m.
Other Quarterfinal winners - 1:30 p.m.
Championship - Sunday, November 10 at Semifinals Host
Championship – 12:00 p.m.