The College with play Northeastern on Friday, October 9 at 6 p.m., before facing Hofstra on Sunday, October 11 at 1 p.m.
Scouting the Tribe
This past weekend, the William and Mary Tribe women's soccer team spit a pair of home matches, losing to Delaware, 1-0, on Friday, but rebounding to beat Drexel on Sunday, 1-0. The Green and Gold enter this weekend's matches with a 9-3 record overall and a 3-1 mark in CAA play, tying the College for second place with James Madison and UNC Wilmington.
In the Tribe's loss to Delaware, freshman Mallory Schaffer led the team with four shots, with two going on-goal, while classmate Erin Liberatore had three shots, with two also going on-frame. In the loss, junior goalkeeper Grace Barnard made two saves.
In the College's win over Drexel on Sunday, freshman Cortlyn Bristol scored the lone Tribe goal for the second time this season, while Barnard registered her fifth shutout of the season on the strength of two saves to lead the Tribe to a victory.
On the season, Liberatore continues to lead the team in goals with five, while senior Krissy Vornadore and freshman Katrina Smedley share the team lead with four assists apiece. In goal, Barnard has started all 12 matches for the Tribe this season, making 46 saves while allowing only 10 goals. Barnard has also registered five shutouts so far this season, which ties her for the most in the CAA.
Scouting the Huskies
The Northeastern Huskies enter Friday's match with the Tribe with an overall record of 7-3-1 and a mark of 2-1-1 in conference action. In CAA play, the Huskies have beat Drexel and Towson on the road, but have lost to George Mason and tied Delaware.
So far this season, Devin Petta leads the team and is second in the conference with nine goals scored, and also is tied for the team lead in assists with three along with teammate Sandra Magnusdottir. In goal, Stephanie Gordon has started all 11 matches for the College, making 54 saves while allowing only seven goals. Gordon, like Barnard, is tied for the CAA lead in shutouts with five.
Before the season, the Huskies were tabbed to finish in fifth place, garnering one first place vote, in a poll conducted by the conference's coaches. Also before the year, Veronica Napoli and Gordon were selected to the Preseason All-CAA team after their superb 2008 seasons.
Last season, Northeastern finished the season with a record of 13-9-2, which included a record of 6-5 in the CAA, earning the Huskies a sixth place finish.
In the short series between William and Mary and Northeastern, the series couldn't be closer, with the Tribe holding a 1-1-2 record against the Huskies. In last year's match, the Tribe came away with its first ever win against Northeastern, earning a 3-2 victory in Williamsburg.
Scouting the Pride
The Hofstra Pride enter its two matches this weekend atop the CAA standings with a 4-0 record in conference and a 7-3-1 mark overall. So far this year, the Pride has beaten CAA-rivals Towson, George Mason, Drexel, and Delaware.
On the season, Salma Tarik leads Hofstra with six goals scored so far, while Laura Greene is high on the Pride with five assists. In net, Krysten Farriella has started all 11 matches for Hofstra, making 49 saves while allowing 20 goals.
In the preseason, the Pride was picked to finish right behind the College in third place. For Hofstra, Courtney Breen, Tiffany Yovino, and Jess Crankshaw were all selected to the Preseason All-CAA team.
In 2008, the Pride finished with a record of 11-8-3 and a mark of 7-3-1 in conference, tying Old Dominion for fourth place in the CAA.
In the 10-match series between the College and Hofstra, the Tribe owns a 7-3 record over the Pride. In last year's regular-season match, the Green and Gold came away with a 1-0 victory in overtime, but in the CAA tournament, Hofstra defeated W&M, 3-2.
Tribe News and Notes
- In the Tribe's 1-0 win over Drexel on October 4, freshman Cortlyn Bristol scored the second game-winning goal of her short career. Bristol's two game-winners have both come in 1-0 victories for the College, with the first coming against UNC Wilmington on September 24.
- In the College's win over Georgia State, freshman Katrina Smedley had a career-high three assists. Smedley's three assists were the most for a Tribe player in one match since Lydia Sturgis tied the school-record with four against Howard on October 10, 2003.
- In the regional rankings released this week by the NSCAA, William and Mary is ranked fourth behind Charlotte, Dayton, and Hofstra.
- In the Tribe's 6-2 win over Georgia State on September 27, the College's freshmen helped lead the team to victory. Four of the Green and Gold's rookies combined for five goals and three assists.
- After posting a pair of 1-0 victories over Cornell and Long Island at the George Mason Tournament, senior Krissy Vornadore, junior Grace Barnard, and freshman Katrina Smedley were named to the All-Tournament team.
- Junior Brittany Lane scored the first game-winning goal of her career against Coastal Carolina on September 9. Lane took a great pass from senior Krissy Vornadore and beat the keeper to the left, scoring the first of the Tribe's three goals in its 3-0 victory over the Chanticleers.
- After its two wins over ranked opponents in early September, the Tribe entered the national polls for the first time this season. William and Mary was ranked #22 in the rankings released by Soccer America on September 8 and received votes in the NSCAA National Poll.
- William and Mary junior goalkeeper Grace Barnard was named CAA Player of the Week on September 7. Barnard recorded her first career shutout against #17 BYU on September 4 and then held the powerful #21 Utah offense to just one goal in the College's upset win over the Utes.
- Both junior Grace Barnard and freshman Erin Liberatore were named "Primetime Performers of the Week" by CollegeSoccer360.com on September 8. Barnard allowed only one goal in a pair of matches against #17 BYU and #21 Utah, while Liberatore scored a pair of goals during the week, including the game-winner against the Cougars in double overtime.
- The Tribe beat a pair of ranked teams in back-to-back matches for the first time since 2002 this week when the College beat #17 BYU and #21 Utah.
- A pair of freshmen scored the first goals of their William and Mary careers against Monmouth. Mallory Schaffer scored the first goal of the match against the Hawks, while classmate Erin Liberatore notched the Green and Gold's third goal.
- Junior Kaitlin O'Connor and sophomore Diana Weigel were each named to the Preseason All-CAA team through a poll of the conference's coaches. O'Connor, who was named to the All-CAA Third Team in 2008, had a great season for the Tribe. O'Conner was a great leader for the Tribe's defense and started all 21 games last season that she appeared in, helping lead the College to the CAA regular season championship. Weigel, who was named to the Soccer Buzz Freshman All-American Team, also earned All-CAA Rookie honors after her fantastic freshman campaign. Weigel notched four goals and also tallied four assists in her first season for the Green and Gold.
- In a poll of the Colonial Athletic Association's coaches, the Tribe was picked to finish second in the conference, just 14 points shy of James Madison who was picked to win the league this season.