HADLEY, MA. — Five members of the Williams College women's soccer team were selected to the 2018 All-New England Small College Athletic Conference teams, it was announced today.
Senior goalkeeper Olivia Barnhill (New York, N.Y.), junior defender Sarah Kelly (Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J.) and sophomore forward Sydney Jones (Boca Raton, Fla.) were all selected to the All-NESCAC First Team, while junior defender Liz Webber (Natick, MA) and junior midfielder Sarah Scire (Wyckoff, N.J.) were selected to the 2nd Team.
"I am thrilled to see so many of our players be named to the All NESCAC team and represent our program," Ephs' head coach Michelyne Pinard said. "We have an incredible team that is focused on creating a team championship experience, first and foremost, so individual accolades are not a focal point. However, these five student-athletes certainly are great representatives for us and they are all very deserving of such wonderful league-wide recognition by coaches at other NESCAC schools."
Barnhill earns her second straight First Team honor after being named to the Second Team in 2016. She has played all but 64 minutes in net for the Ephs, and owns a 0.45 goals against average with a .877 save percentage and eight shutouts. Kelly and Jones pick up their first career All-NESCAC accolades. Kelly has been an important piece of a Williams defense that has limited opponents to nine goals over 18 games. Jones is the Ephs' leading scorer with 20 points in 18 games. She has scored seven game-winning goals and registered nine tallies.
Webber was another critical piece of the Ephs' backline that held opponents to 8.2 shots per game and the aforementioned 9 goals thus far this season. Scire is a skilled player who is equally important offensively and defensively from her midfield position. She is tied for second on the team with 9 points, including 4 goals and one assist. She has contributed two game-winning goals this season.
Williams (15-1-2), the defending national champion, was an at-large selection and will host first and second round matches November 10-11. The Ephs will face the University of New England (10-7-2) at 11 a.m. on the 10th while Stevens Institute (15-2-0) will take on SUNY-Geneseo (14-3-1) at 1:30 p.m. on the 10th. Each winner of the Saturday first-round game at Williams will play each other Sunday the 11th at 1 p.m.