WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - For the second-consecutive season, the top-seeded William and Mary women's soccer team will host the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament at Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field. Having already captured the league's regular-season title, W&M will begin its quest for the program's 11th CAA Championship when it hosts No. 5 seed Hofstra in a semifinal matchup on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
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|2012 CAA Women's Soccer Tournament|
|Where: Williamsburg, Va||Visiting Williamsburg Campus Map Weather|
|Venue:||Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field|
|Broadcast:||Live Stats Live Video|
Game Three: Friday, Nov. 2 - 5 p.m.
#2 Drexel vs. #3 UNCW
Game Four: Friday,
Nov. 2 - 7:30 p.m.
#1 William and Mary vs. #5 Hofstra
Game Five: Sunday,
Nov. 4 - 2 p.m.
*CAA Championship Match
Game Three Winner vs. Game Four Winner
Scouting the Tribe
The College finished the 2012 regular season sitting atop the CAA standings with an overall record of 14-5 and a league ledger of 8-2. With three games remaining on the regular-season schedule, home field advantage for the CAA tournament was still up for grabs. However, the Tribe secured the regular-season title by reeling off three consecutive wins over Northeastern (2-1), Hofstra (3-2) and Old Dominion (3-0). For the year, Seniors Mallory Schaffer and Cortlyn Bristol have each tallied 23 points. Schaffer has netted 10 goals and three assists, while Bristol has tallied 13 assists and five goals. Junior Dani Rutter's impressive season has included seven goals and three assists.
Defensively, the Tribe ranks second in the league in goals allowed (14), goals against average (0.72) and shutouts (10). Leading the College's stout backline are senior Kiersten Harpe and sophomore Emily Fredrikson. Between the posts at the back end of the unit stands freshman keeper Caroline Casey, who has turned in an exceptional first season for the Green and Gold. The Chesapeake, Va., native ranks second in the league with a save percentage of .837. Furthermore, Casey posted consecutive shutouts over Akron, Richmond, Auburn, Villanova, Seton Hall and Davidson.
In CAA Tournament quarterfinal action, Hofstra defeated Northeastern on penalty kicks and now faces the Tribe in Friday's second semifinal match. Against the Huskies, the Pride rallied late in the second half and tied the contest at 2-2 in the 84th minute. After two scoreless overtime periods, Hofstra downed Northeastern, 3-1, on penalty kicks. Freshman Leah Galton has tallied 26 points on 11 goals and four assists, while sophomore Sam Scolarici has accounted for nine goals and one assist. Pride goalie Emily Morphitis has recorded 59 saves and has allowed 29 goals in 18 starts for Hofstra. Seventh-year head coach Simon Riddiough is making his sixth-consecutive CAA Tournament appearance at the helm of the Pride program.
Before the Tribe and Pride compete for a spot in the championship match, the No. 2 seed Drexel Dragons and the No. 3 seed UNCW Seahawks will fill one piece of the puzzle in the first semifinal contest, which is slated to kickoff at 5 p.m. Drexel posted an overall record of 13-3-2 and CAA mark of 7-2-1 as it earned a first-round bye, while UNCW defeated Delaware on penalty kicks in quarterfinal action.
News and Notes:
- William and Mary and Hofstra will meet for the second time this season on Friday night. On Oct. 21, the College defeated the Pride, 3-2, in double overtime at Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field. In the second overtime session, senior Cortlyn Bristol one-timed the game-winner off sophomore Emory Camper's deflected shot in the 106th minute. Friday night's match will be the 15th meeting between the College and Hofstra, as W&M owns the series lead, 9-5.
- All-time in the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament, the Tribe owns a record of 26-4-3 and has captured eight tournament titles. Additionally, W&M owns a record of 10-3-2 as the tournament's No. 1 overall seed. Friday's contest between W&M and Hofstra will mark the fourth postseason meeting between the two teams, as the Tribe leads the series, 2-1. In 2003 and 2004, the Green and Gold defeated the Pride in semifinal action. However, HU defeated W&M, 3-2, in overtime in their last postseason meeting in 2008.
- In CAA Tournament semifinal matches, the College has posted a record 11-2-2. Last season, the Tribe defeated Delaware, 2-1, in semifinal play before winning the program's 10th CAA championship.
- Since the inception of the CAA Tournament in 1995, W&M has won eight tournament titles. In addition, the Tribe was crowned as the conference champion in 1993 and 1994 as regular season records determined the champion.
- On Monday, William and Mary junior forward Dani Rutter was named the CAA Player of the Week. On Oct. 24, in the College's match against Old Dominion, the York, Pa., native scored two goals in W&M's 3-0 rout over the Monarchs.