GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The Williams College women's soccer team (21-1-1) will play for a second national championship today when it faces Chicago (22-1-0) at the Univeristy of North Carolina Greensboro's Soccer Stadium.
The Maroons defeated No. 1-ranked The College of New Jersey 1-0 yesterday in the other semifinal. They have outscored their five opponents in the NCAA Tournament by a 14-0 margin, very similar to the Ephs who have a 13-0 margin in their five NCAA games to date. They will be playing in their first national championship game since 2003. Williams will be playing in its third in four years.
The Maroons has not allowed a goal in the first half this year while scoring 38 of its own. First Team All-American Mia Calamari's 18 assists are the second-most in NCAA Division III, and her 58 career assists doubles the previous school record (29). Junior midfielder Jenna McKinney, also a First Team All-American, leads UChicago with 15 goals and 36 points. UChicago has 12 players with three goals or more this season. Katie Jasminski, Hannah Watkins -- who scored the game-winner Friday -- and Madori Spiker each have eight goals.
Sophomore defender Mackenzie Peeples was named a Third Team All-American and is a key part of a back that has allowed six goals this season. Miranda Malone and Katie Donovan have split time in goal for the Maroons. Malone is 3-1 with a 0.26 goals against average and a .889 save percentage. Donovan is 19-1 with a .917 save percentage and a 0.19 GAA.
Offensively, Williams is led by senior Third Team All-American Natasha Albaneze, who has 9 goals and a team-high 10 assists for 28 points. Sophomore Alison Lu has a team-high 12 goals and also has 5 assists for 29 points this season. Junior midfielder Natalie Turner-Wyatt has 22 points this season, 7 goals and 8 assists, with 12 points (3 goals, 6 assists) over the Ephs' 8 postseason games. Two first-years, Victoria Laino and Sydney Jones, have 5 goals and 11 points each this season. First Team All-New England midfielder Evan Gancedo has 4 goals and 9 points, while junior Kristina Alvarado and sophomore Sarah Scire have four goals as well.
Williams senior back Danielle Sim, a 2017 First Team All-American and the 2017 New England Small College Athletic Conference Player of the Year anchors a back that has allowed only 8 goals through 23 games this season. Junior goalkeeper Olivia Barnhill Is 20-0-1 this season with a 0.35 goals against average and an .879 save percentage. She has compiled a 39-1-3 (.942 pct.) record over her three seasons at Williams.
The Ephs current senior class — Jacqueline Simeone, Danielle Sim, Evan Gancedo, Natasha Albaneze, Kate Sands and Hanna Kaeser have compiled a four-year mark of 81-5-6 at Williams, a .913 winning percentage. They are the first class at Williams to win 80 games in a four-year span, breaking the mark of 74 wins set by the 2016 seniors.
This is the third 20-win season in the history of the women's soccer program at Williams, and these seniors have played a role in all three (2014, 2015, 2017). They are the first class to advance as far as the NCAA Div. III Tournament quarterfinals all four years and the first to advance to three Final Fours.