HADLEY, MA — Four Ephs received First Team All-NESCAC honors Thursday, and another duo from the 16-1-1 Williams College women's soccer team were selected Second Team all-conference.
Junior forwards Kristi Kirshe and Audrey Thomas, senior midfielder Mai Mitsuyama and junior midfielder Maddie Swarr were named First Team All-NESCAC, while senior defender Zoe Trutner and junior goalkeeper Tressa Palcheck were the Second Team All-NESCAC selections.
"Having six players representing Williams on the All Conference teams is an incredible tribute to the entire team and program," Ephs' head coach Michelyne Pinard said. "Our team knows and embodies the sense that all twenty-seven people on the team impact our journey and our ultimate success with regard to traditional championships, but even more importantly, winning a team experience championship."
Williams juniors Kristi Kirshe and Audrey Thomas landed on the First Team for the second consecutive season. Kirshe leads the conference in all offensive categories, including goals (12), assists (7) and points (31). Thomas is right behind her with 11 goals and 26 points to go along with four assists. Both players have accounted for five game-winning goals each.
The Ephs also had a pair of midfielders earn spots on the First Team. Three-time All-NESCAC selection Mai Mitsuyama added another postseason accolade to her list of credentials after being named to the First Team in 2013 and 2014. The senior has played a pivotal role in the Ephs' success this season as Williams won its first conference championship since 2012 and will host NCAA first- and second-round games. Her lone goal of the season was the game-winner against Middlebury in the NESCAC semifinals. Junior Maddie Swarr started all 18 games while contributing a goal and an assist.
Trutner, a defender, is a key part of the Eph's ability to limit scoring chances for their opponents. The Ephs have allowed only nine goals over their first 18 games. Junior goalkeeper Tressa Palcheck has posted 10 shutouts with a save percentage of .883, ranking second in the NESCAC, and leads the conference with a 0.41 goals against average.
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