GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Back for more.
That was the theme of Day 2 at the NCAA Div. III Women's Soccer Final Four, where the Williams College women's soccer team had a full day of preparation and service ahead of their national semifinal game today at 1:30 p.m. against unbeaten Hardin Simmons University.
Thursday the Ephs took a mid-morning walk-through of the game field at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, then set off to an adjacent practice field where head coach Michelyne Pinard ran the Ephs through a fast-paced 60-minute practice. After lunching on campus, the Ephs headed off to Wiley Elementary School, where nine members of the Ephs -- Sarah Hollinger, Campbell Day, Nkem Iregbulem, Lindsay Avant, Ilana Albert, Victoria Laino, Georgia Lord, Erica Jung and Sydney Jones -- plus coaches Pinard, Sarah Raymond and Erin Cummings, had a meet and greet with 4th and 5th graders in the classroom and then went outside for a series of instructive/fun exercies and drills.
Following a scout session on today's opponent, the Ephs then participated in the NCAA Div. III Final Four banquet with the three other women's soccer teams and the four men's soccer teams. The NCAAs Elite 90 Awaed was handed out (Sophomore Sarah Kelly was the Ephs nominee) and then Eph senior Kate Sands delivered an eloquent speech entitled "Back for More." Each of the eight teams had one representative speak at the banquet.
Also at the banquet, each team was assigned a local Special Olympian, and Greensboro resident Anne Kessler sat at a table with the coaching staff and administrators and was given some gifts by Eph tri-captain Jacqueline Simeone while being greeted by every member of the team.
The banquet concluded with Eph seniors Danielle Sim and Natasha Albaneze being among the student-athletes behonored with All-American status by the United Soccer Coaches Association. Following that, the Ephs as a team went outside the front of the Sheraton Greensboro at Four Seasons Hotel and -- as a unit - delivered a rousing rendition of the Williams song, "Yard by Yard."