NCAA Sectional Preview: Women's Soccer To Play William Smith in 2016 Rematch

NCAA Sectional Preview: Women's Soccer To Play William Smith in 2016 Rematch

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AMHERST, Mass -- The No. 14 Amherst women's soccer team will travel to Geneva N.Y. to make their appearance in the third round of the NCAA Tournament this Saturday as they take on the sectional hosts, William Smith College, in a rematch of the 2016 tournament at 1:30 PM. 

The first match of the sectional tournament on Boswell Field at David J Urick Stadium will feature Williams College and The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), beginning at 11:00 AM. 


HOW THEY GOT HERE

  • Amherst heads to the Sweet 16 after hosting the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament in which they first defeated Lesley 3-0 and then MIT 1-0. The Mammoths are now set to play No. 9 William Smith in the third round, reminiscent of the 2016 NCAA tournament in which William Smith advanced to the quarterfinals outscoring Amherst 4-2.
  • After winning the 2018 NJAC Championship in double overtime, TCNJ easily defeated Western Connecticut State University 4-0 in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The Lions stifled their next opponent, Farmingdale State, to just one shot in the next round and TCNJ won the game 1-0. TCNJ will play No. 5 Williams in the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2015 when Williams beat the Lions 3-0 in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
  • Defending national champions, Williams, hosted their regional pod and came out on top. They first downed University of New England 2-0 and then battled back from a 1-0 deficit against Stevens Institute of Technology with two goals in the final 17 minutes of play to win 2-1.
  • Having won their 12th consecutive Liberty League championship, the William Smith Herons hosted their first two rounds of NCAA tournament play. The Herons cruised past Westfield State 4-1 and went on to top Tufts 1-0 with two minutes left to play in the second overtime. The Herons will be hosting the four teams this weekend at their field in Geneva, N.Y.

 SCOUTING THE AMHERST MAMMOTHS
15-2-2 Overall – Schedule / Roster / Stats

  • NESCAC Player of the Year, Rubii Tamen '19, and NESCAC Rookie of the Year, Alexa Juarez '22, spearhead the Mammoths' frontline with 31 and 21 points, respectively. Tamen has a conference-leading 15 goals while Juarez has a conference-leading 7 assists.
  • Two other players have had double-digit seasons for the Mammoths, with Natalie Landau '21 scoring four goals and adding five helpers and Caleigh Plaut '19 totaling five goals. This offense puts Amherst at the top of their conference in goals scored.
  • Bella Palma '20, Kim Zhou '22, and Sloan Askins '20 have been a stronghold against opponents all season, each starting all 19 games and allowing just eight goals against for a goals against average of 0.411 (15th in DIII). This defense has earned Amherst 15 shutouts on the season.
  • Saving 50 shots in 15 games is Antonia Tammaro '21 (11-1-2). She is 12th in the country in goals against average (0.351) and has had ten shutouts so far.

SCOUTING THE TCNJ LIONS
15-1-1 Overall – Schedule / Roster / Stats

  • Three student-athletes for the Lions have compiled a hefty sum of the points for the team. Nikki Butler (7G, 1A), Taylor Nolan (6G, 1A), and Randi Smith (3G, 5A) have all hit double-digits with their points on the season.
  • Jen McGrogan and Ally DeRiggi headline a tough defense for the Lions that boasts a 0.287 goals against average, good for fourth in Division III. The backline has limited their opponents to just 26 shots-on-goal all fall. McGrogan also plays an offensive role for the team with one goal and two assists.
  • Top goalie for the Lions is Nicole DiPasquale (13-1-1), who has started 16 games for TCNJ and only allowed 4 goals. She is ranked eighth in the nation with a goals against average of 0.257.

SCOUTING THE WILLIAMS EPHS
17-1-2 Overall – Schedule / Roster / Stats

  • Sophomore standout Sydney Jones leads the offense for the Ephs with ten goals and two assists for a total of 22 points. With her eight game-winning goals, she will be the main threat to any opposing defense.
  • Supporting Jones on offense are Sarah Scire (4G, 2A), Georgia Lord (4G, 1A), and Aspen Pierson (3G, 3A). These four players together have scored over 60% of the Ephs' 34 goals.
  • Olivia Barnhill (17-1-2) is the only goalkeeper to see action for Williams, logging a total of 1783 minutes played—good for 19th in the nation. She is 20th in the nation in goals against average (0.45) and has made 63 saves for her team.

SCOUTING THE WILLIAM SMITH HERONS
16-0-3 Overall – Schedule/Roster/Stats

  • Megan Barwick leads the Herons' offense with a conference-leading nine goals and six assists. This puts her second in the Liberty League with a total of 24 points.
  • Sheila McQuillen adds to the William Smith frontline with seven goals and four assists, and sophomore Julia Keogh is right behind her with six goals and five assists.
  • Maialen Martinez and Emilie Sauvayre hold down the defense with a 0.36 goals against average, with the pair starting every game this season.
  • Goalkeeper Veronica Romines (12-1-0) has started 14 games for the Herons and has only let in two goals all fall for a goals against average of 0.164. This places her at the top of Division III in goals against and second for goals against average. She is also first in the nation with a save percentage of 0.944.

 TALE OF THE TAPE

 

Amherst

TCNJ

Williams

William Smith

 Games / Record

 19 / 15-2-2

 17 / 15-1-1

 20 / 17-1-2

 19 / 16-0-3

 Total Goals

 49

34

 34

37

 Goals-Per Game

 2.58

 2.00

1.70

1.95

 Total Shots

 355

 374

356

318

 Shots-Per Game

18.7

 22.0

17.8

16.7

 Shot Percentage 

 13.8%

9.1%

9.6%

11.6%

 Shots on Goal

 201

 174

158

156

 SOG Percentage

 56.6%

46.5%

44.4%

49.1%

 GAA

0.41

0.29

0.49

0.36 

 Corner Kicks

105

142

106

103

 Yellow Cards

1

9

2

2

 Shutouts

15

13

11

14

 

In October 2018, Amherst proudly recognized Ted W. Beneski '78, P'08 and Laurie M. Beneski P'08 for their extraordinary generosity and commitment to the College by naming the men's and women's soccer program in their honor. The College's naming of the Beneski Soccer Program celebrates the Beneskis' love for Amherst athletics and their longstanding investment in helping Amherst students excel as learners, as players and teammates, and as citizens.