WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Michelyne Pinard's Williams women's soccer team will head north to Middlebury College this weekend to play Johns Hopkins University in an NCAA Sweet 16 game.
The Ephs and Blue Jays are slated to play at 1:30 PM Saturday
Host Middlebury will tangle with Misericordia University (PA) at 11:00 AM in the other Sweet 16 contest.
The Sectional Final is scheduled for Sunday November 24th at Middlebury at 1:30 PM.
All of the Sectional games are going to be played on Middlebury's FieldTurf Field and not the Panthers' usual women's natural grass surface field.
Some soccer coaches fret over not knowing an opponent, but the Ephs' Pinard is just the opposite. When asked what she knew about Johns Hopkins, she replied, "Nothing...we've never seen them, which is so exciting. One of the best parts of the NCAA Tournament is when teams who don't know anything about each other get to play."
Pinard does plan to check around the coaching fraternity to see if anyone she knows has played the Blue Jays to get a feel for their systems, but mostly she is just excited that her team is still playing. "We couldn't be more excited about heading up to Middlebury to play Johns Hopkins," added Pinard. "This is a special team that enjoys every minute we're together, so getting another week to train, play, and be together is a gift that nobody is taking for granted. This team is inspired and I can't wait to see what we can do this weekend."
This late in the season injuries can be a factor, but according to Pinard that is not an issue the Ephs have to be concerned with at the moment. "We're as healthy as any team can be at this time of year," she stated. "Every team is dealing with injuries and every player is dealing with some sort of tweak. It is the time of year where mind over matter and being mentally tough is crucial."
Johns Hopkins (20-1-1); the Centennial Conference Champions have won their last 10 games in a row.
The Blue Jays are making their 12th NCAA Tournament appearance they boast an all-time NCAA tourney record of 16-10-2 (.607).
Johns Hopkins has out scored their opponents by an impressive 82 to 13 this season.
Junior forward Hannah Kronick leads JHU in scoring with 20 goals and 10 assists 50 (points). It was Kronick who tallied the game-winning goal vs. York College (PA) in the second overtime Sunday to boost the Blue jays into the Sweet 16.
Senior forward Kelly Baker has netted 13 goals and has registered 5 assists for 31 points.
Senior keeper Kelly Leddy is JHU's top goalie. Leddy sports a goals against average of 0.64 and a save percentage of .819.
Williams (14-3-2): winner of six of their last seven games. Ephs have out scored their opponents 17-2 in those six games
Williams is making their 15th NCAA Tournament appearance and seventh straight.
All-time in the NCAA Tournament Williams has fashioned an overall record of 21-13-4 (.605).
This fall Williams has outscored the opposition 37-14, and that trio had a huge impact on that statistic along with junior goalkeeper Hannah Van Wetter. Van Wetter sports a 0.29 goals against average, and a .918 save percentage this season.
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