Four Ephs earn USC All-Region Honors

Four Ephs earn USC All-Region Honors

2017 USC All-Region Teams

KANSAS CITY, MO. -- Four members of the Williams College women's soccer team were selected as members of the 2017 All-New England Teasm, as released by the United Soccer Coaches Association Wednesday. 

Seniors Danielle Sim, Natasha Albaneze and Evan Gancedo were USC First Team All-New England selections, while junior Olivia Barnhill was a Third Team All-New England choice.

"I cannot be more proud of this 2017 team for what they have been able to create thus far," said Ephs' head coach Michelyne Pinard said. "This team is a team in every sense of the word and I know I speak for everyone wearing the WWS jersey, we are pleased that Dani, Natasha, Evan and Olivia have the opportunity to represent Williams on behalf of our team."

Danielle Sim
Natasha Albaneze

Previously, Sim had been named the NESCAC Player of the Year, the first defender to earn the award, as well as First-Team All-NESCAC. She was also a First-Team All-Region selection in 2016, as was Barnhill. Gancedo was a Second team selection in 2016. 

Sim anchors an Eph defense that has allowed eight goals this season and owns a 0.36 goals against average. She helped the Ephs (20-1-1) win their eighth NESCAC Women's Soccer Championship and advance to their third NCAA Div. III Final Four in three years. The Ephs are set to play Hardin-Simmons in a national semifinal Friday at 1:30 p.m.

Albaneze, who is recognized with an All-Region honor for the first time, has dished out a NESCAC-best 10 assists and leads the Ephs with 28 points (9 goals, 10 assists). Four of her goals this season were game-winners. Gancedo  has started every match for the Ephs in the midfield and contributed four goals and nine points. Barnhill has started 20 of the Ephs' 22 games in goal and allowed only seven scores to date. She has compiled an .877 save percentage and a 0.37 goals against average. 

The Ephs' current senior class of tri-captains Sim, Gancedo, Jacqueline Simeone and Albaneze, Kate Sands and Hanna Kaeser, have compiled a four-year mark of 80-5-6 at the school, a .912 winning percentage. They are the first class to win 80 games over a four-year span, breaking the mark of 74 wins set by the 2016 seniors. In addition, they are the first class to advance to the NCAA Div. III Tournament quarterfinals all four years and the first to advance to three Final Fours. 

This is the third 20-win season in the history of the program (2014, 2015, 2017). The seniors have played a role in all three.