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WS Soccer Takes on Penn State-Behrend

Posted on Friday, November 09, 2012

The William Smith College soccer team will host the first and second rounds of the 2012 NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Championship this weekend, Nov. 10-11. The No. 8 Herons will take on Penn State-Behrend on Cozzens Field on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 11 a.m.

The other first round game between Cortland and Springfield will be played at 1:30 p.m. Saturday's winners will meet on Sunday at 1 p.m. for a spot in the third round.

Tickets are $6 for general admission, $3 for students, senior citizens and military personnel, and $2 for children ages 3-12. Fans unable to make it to Cozzens Field can follow the action online with Live Stats and Live Video. The tournament program can be viewed here.

The Herons (13-2-3) earned the Liberty League's automatic bid to the 2012 NCAA tournament after winning their sixth straight conference championship. William Smith defeated No. 25 Union 3-2 in the championship after edging RIT 4-2 on penalty kicks after being tied 1-1 through two overtime periods.

The Lions (12-8) also earned an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament after winning the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference title for the second year in a row. Penn State Behrend defeated D'Youville 1-0 in their semifinal and then edged Pitt Bradford 2-1 in double overtime in the championship game.

Here's a quick look at the participating teams:

WILLIAM SMITH
Location: Geneva, N.Y.
Overall record: 13-2-3
Record at home: 8-1-2
Liberty League record: 7-1-0 (Conference Champions)
NSCAA Division III Rank: 8
How They Reached the NCAA Tournament: Automatic Bid
NCAA Tournament Appearances (Most Recent): 23 (2011)
NCAA Tournament Record: 41-18-10
National Championships: 1 (1988)
Head Coach: Aliceann Wilber, 33rd year, (456-124-53)
Goals: 37
Goals Allowed: 11
Leading Scorers: Madeline Buckley (9), Whitney Frary (8)
Assist Leaders: Renee Jensen (9), Frary (6)
Starting Goalie: Chelsea Dunay (0.59 GAA, .857 save percentage, 13-2-3, 8 sho)

PENN STATE BEHREND
Location: Erie, Pa.
Overall record: 12-8-0
Record on the road: 4-4-0
Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference record: 8-1-0 (Conference Champions)
NSCAA Division III Rank: N/A
How They Reached the NCAA Tournament: Automatic Bid
NCAA Tournament Appearances (Most Recent): 5 (2011)
National Championships: None
Head Coach: Patrick O'Driscoll, 8th year (99-53-16)
Goals: 38
Goals Allowed: 27
Leading Scorers: Julia Schroeck (9), Valerie Wagner (8)
Assist Leaders: Wagner (9), Melissa Huff (5)
Starting Goalie: Taylor Troyan (1.37 GAA, .727 save percentage, 12-8-0, 7 sho)

CORTLAND
Location: Cortland, N.Y.
Overall record: 11-4-5
Record on the road: 3-3-2
SUNYAC record: 5-2-2 (Conference Champions)
NSCAA Division III Rank: N/A
How They Reached the NCAA Tournament: Automatic Bid
NCAA Tournament Appearances (Most Recent): 12 (2011)
National Championships: Two (1992, 1980)
Head Coach: Heidi Woodcock, 9th year (99-60-24)
Goals: 34
Goals Allowed: 23
Leading Scorers: Stacey Wood (6), Emma Whittle (6)
Assist Leader: Kelly Knight (8)
Starting Goalie: Taylor Hudson (1.01 GAA, .774 save percentage, 9-4-5, 6 sho)

SPRINGFIELD
Location: Springfield, Mass.
Overall record: 13-4-2
Record on the road: 5-2-1
New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference record: 8-1-0 (Conference Champions)
NSCAA Division III Rank: N/A
How They Reached the NCAA Tournament: Automatic Bid
NCAA Tournament Appearances (Most Recent): (2011)
NCAA Tournament Record: 4-5
National Championships: None
Head Coach: John Gibson, 13th year, (165-74-21)
Goals: 33
Goals Allowed: 15
Leading Scorers: Nina Vital (10), Nicole Fowler (6)
Assist Leaders: Ashley Carresi (5), Vital (4)
Starting Goalie: Erin Greenstein (0.58 GAA, .805 save percentage, 13-4-2, 9 sho)

 


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