WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The William and Mary women's soccer team will take its four-game conference winning-streak to Georgia State on Sunday, Oct. 7. Kickoff from the Georgia State Soccer Field is slated for 1 p.m. W&M enters the contest with an overall record of 10-3 and a CAA ledger of 4-0, while the Panthers are 4-7-1 on the year and 1-4 in league play. Fans can follow the match online at TribeAthletics.com
Scouting the Tribe
On Thursday night, behind three unanswered goals, the Tribe defeated UNCW, 3-1, as it started conference play 4-0 for the second consecutive season. Senior Cortlyn Bristol netted a career-high three assists, while junior Dani Rutter scored two goals in the decisive victory over the Seahawks. Senior Mallory Schaffer connected on her team-high ninth goal of the season in the 26th minute against UNCW. Schaffer leads the Tribe with 20 points on nine goals and two assists, while Bristol has accounted for a team-leading nine assists and four goals. In her 13 appearances on the year, Rutter has tallied four goals and three assists, while freshman Nicole Baxter has netted three goals and one assist.
Scouting the Panthers
In its last match, Georgia State earned its first CAA victory of the season with a 4-3 overtime triumph over Old Dominion. Sophomore Whitney Ravan connected on the game-winner against the Monarchs in the 95th minute. Ravan leads GSU with three goals and two assists, while junior Jewel Evans has netted four points coming on two assists and one goal. Derek Leader is in his first season as the Georgia State head coach.
News and Notes:
- Sunday's match will be the eighth meeting between W&M and GSU, as the Tribe owns a 5-2 record against the Panthers. Last season, seniors Mallory Schaffer and Erin Liberatore along with junior Audrey Barry each netted goals en route to W&M's, 3-0, victory over Georgia State.
- The College is off to its second consecutive 4-0 start in CAA play, having defeated JMU, George Mason, Towson and UNCW by a combined score of 11-1.
- Prior to the UNCW match, the Green and Gold ranked second in the nation with a shutout percentage of 0.75, while its goals against average of 0.575 stood at 17th best.
- In the CAA, the Tribe's ranks first in goals (27), assists (25) and goals allowed (8). Individually, Senior Mallory Schaffer ranks first in the CAA with 20 points, while classmate Cortlyn Bristol is tied for fourth with 17 points. Schaffer leads the league in goals (9), points per game (1.54) and goals per game (0.69), while Bristol headlines the conference with nine assists. Freshman keeper Caroline Casey sits atop the CAA with goals against average of 0.64, while her six shutouts rank second.
- Seniors Mallory Schaffer and Cortlyn Bristol continue to climb the Tribe record books. Schaffer's 40 career-goals rank in a tie for sixth all-time with former W&M standout Whitney Cali ('97), while her 93 career points stand at eighth most. Bristol's three assists against UNCW pushed her career total to 24, which is sixth most in W&M history.
- After an outstanding week on the pitch, Tribe senior Cortlyn Bristol was named the CAA Player of the Week on Monday. The Chantilly, Va., native netted the game-winning scores against George Mason and Towson. The preseason All-CAA selection also recorded an assist against the Tigers. The Player of the Week distinction was the second of Bristol's career and first this season.
- In this week's NSCAA poll, the Tribe is the first team receiving votes and is on the cusp of breaking through into the Top 25. In the publication's regional rankings, the Green and Gold is ranked No. 1 among Mid-Atlantic teams. The Tribe is ranked 35th in the country according to TopDrawerSoccer.com's weekly poll of the nation's Top 64 teams.