WILLIAMSTOWN, MA -- With both the Williams men's and women's soccer teams hosting first round games in the NESCAC Tournament the Williams Athletic Department has announced the times for both games scheduled to be played at Cole Field on Saturday.
The Eph women, the top seed in the NESCAC Tournament, will play eighth seeded Colby College at 11:00 AM on Cole Field, while the Eph men, seeded third, will host Bowdoin College at 12:00 PM.
|Audrey Thomas '17 leads NESCAC
with 12 goals this season.
The Williams women (14-1-0/NESCAC 9-1) and Colby (7-7-1/NESCAC 3-6-1) met in the Ephs' 2014 season opener, also on Cole Field.
Williams prevailed 2-0 on a first half goal by Audrey Thomas and a second half tally by Kristi Kirshe '17.
Eph goalie Hannah Van Wetter '15 was not called on to make any saves that afternoon as the Eph defense prohibited the Mules from mustering a shot. Colby goalie Emily Brook saved 12 shots and allowed 2 goals.
The Mules enter Cole Field after downing Bates in their season finale 2-1. Down 1-0 in the 16th minute the Mules got unassisted goals by Cami Notaro (28:25) and Emily Martin (33:21) to claim the victory. In their last eight games Colby is 4-4 and seven of those games were 1-goal contests.
Michelyne Pinard's Ephs will take to Cole Field riding a 10-game win streak that has seen the Ephs out score the opposition 31-1. Bowdoin, which forced the Ephs to go to overtime, is the lone opponent to score against the Eph defense in the 10-game skein.
The Williams attack is lead by second year players Audrey Thomas and Kristi Kirshe. Thomas leads NESCAC with 12 goals and Kirshe is second with 10 and both players have tallied five game-winners. Thomas with two assists leads NESCAC in points produced with 26, while classmate Kirshe with four assists is second in NESCAC with 24 points.
Cami Notaro is the Mules' leading goal scorer (6) and points producer this season with 15, which includes three assists.
If the Ephs prevail over Colby on Saturday they would advance to and host the NESCAC Semifinals and Finals on November 8 and 9.
|Zach Grady '15 leads NESCAC
with 10 goals this season
With a 1-0 win at Hamilton on Wednesday on a late tally by forward Zach Grady Mike Russo's Williams men's team secured the third seed in the NESCAC Tournament.
The Ephs will face sixth seeded Bowdoin at 12:00 PM on Cole Field.
In the regular season the Ephs hosted Bowdoin on Cole Field on October 12th and registered a 2-0 victory.
Williams scored one goal in each half that day with J.C. Bahr-de Stefano opening the scoring with an unassisted goal in the 31st minute and Zach Grady sealing the victory with his own unassisted score in the 93rd minute.
Eph netminder Christian Alcorn made four saves in posting the clean sheet and Bowdoin's Stevie Van Siclen made seven saves while allowing both goals.
The Polar Bears enter Cole Field 6-3-1 in their last 10 games, but they are 1-2-1 in their last four games. Bowdoin did tie top seeded Tufts in their NESCAC and season finale 2-2.
Eric Goitia leads the Polar Bear offense with four goals and one assist for a total of 9 points, while the Ephs' Zach Grady tops NESCAC in goals with 10 and is second in points with 20.
Over their last 10 games the Ephs are 5-3-2, but have netted just 12 goals in that span.