WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The No. 20-ranked William and Mary Tribe women's soccer team will look to capture its 10th CAA title in program history when it hosts the 2011 Virginia 529 CAA Women's Soccer Championship at Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field this week. The tournament gets underway on Thursday, November 3 with quarterfinal matches.
On Friday, November 4, the Tribe will play the winner of the Delaware/Hofstra match at 7:30, while the No. 2 seeded VCU Rams will play the winner of the George Mason/Northeastern game at 5 p.m. The championship match will be held on Sunday, November 6 at 1 p.m. at Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field.
Fans will be able to follow along with all five matches of the Virginia 529 CAA Women's Soccer Championship at TribeAthletics.com. For all of the Tribe's matches, fans will be able to listen live for free or watch a live, online broadcast for a charge. All other matches of the tournament will be available to watch online that will also feature live audio for a charge. Live stats will also be available for all five matches for free at TribeAthletics.com.
Scouting the Tribe
After winning the regular season CAA title, the Tribe enters the Virginia 529 CAA Championship as the No. 1 seed. On the year, the College has posted an overall record of 15-2-2 and is ranked No. 20 in the latest Soccer America national poll. In league play this year, W&M posted league record of 10-1, winning the regular season title by an impressive nine points.
Led by CAA Co-Coach of the Year John Daly, the 2011 season has been a fantastic one both offensively and defensively for the College. The Tribe led the CAA in almost every significant category and ranks highly nationally. Averaging 2.58 goals a game, the Green and Gold ranks 10th in the country in scoring offense. Defensively, the Tribe has posted a goals-against average of 0.617, ranking the College 17th in the nation.
Individually, the Tribe has been led offensively by CAA Player of the Year and First-Team All-CAA honoree Mallory Schaffer. Schaffer led the conference this season with 34 points and 14 goals. Nationally, Schaffer ranks 18th in total goals and 23rd in total points. Classmate Cortlyn Bristol was also a first-team all-conference honoree this season, scoring seven goals and dishing out eight assists. Sophomore Dani Rutter has also been a standout on the offensive end this year, leading the CAA with 10 assists while scoring seven goals.
Defensively, William and Mary has been no slouch. Led by goalkeeper Katherine Yount, the Tribe's defense has allowed just 12 goals all season. In goal, Yount has posted a league-best goals-against average of 0.62 while recording a conference-high 10 shutouts. Helping lead the College's defense this season has been senior Diana Weigel and freshman Emily Fredrikson. Weigel was named to the All-CAA First Team for the third-straight season on Wednesday, while Fredrikson was honored as both a Second-Team All-CAA and CAA All-Rookie selection.
Scouting the VCU Rams
After posting an overall record of 8-7-4 and a league mark of 8-7-4, the Rams earned the No. 2 seed in this week's tournament. VCU is unbeaten in its last nine matches, including a 1-0 win over William and Mary in Richmond on October 23. The Rams are led offensively by CAA Rookie of the Year Cristin Granados and All-CAA Third Team honoree Courtney Conrad, who have each scored six goals and tallied one assist this season.
Scouting the George
The George Mason Patriots earned the No. 3 seed in this week's Virginia 529 CAA Women's Soccer Championship after posting an overall record of 8-6-5 and a conference record of 5-3-3. The Patriots have been on a roll as of late, winning five of their last eight matches. The Patriots have been led by Second-Team All-CAA honoree Tiana Kallenberger, who has notched six goals and dished out eight assists. Earlier this season, the Tribe defeated George Mason, 3-1, thanks to a pair of goals from Schaffer.
Scouting the Delaware
The Delaware Blue Hens had a successful season in 2011, posting an overall record of 9-6-4 and a CAA conference mark of 5-3-3 to earn the No. 4 seed in the tournament. The Blue Hens went unbeaten in their last three matches, beating Towson and UNCW. Offensively, UD has been led by First-Team All-CAA forward Amy Pickard, who scored 10 goals and tallied seven assists this season. On October 9 of this year, the Tribe defeated Delaware, 2-1, on goals from Rutter and Schaffer.
Scouting the Hofstra
After winning four-straight matches to end the regular season, the Hofstra Pride earned the No. 5 seed in the Virginia 529 CAA Women's Soccer Championship. The Pride posted an overall record of 10-7 on the season, including a 6-5 mark in conference play. Led by First-Team All-CAA honoree Laura Greene, the Hofstra offense has been potent. Greene led the team with 13 goals and four assists on the season. Earlier this year, the Tribe took down the Pride, 1-0, on a Bristol game-winning goal.
Despite dropping three of their last four regular season matches, the Northeastern Huskies were able to earn the No. 6 seed in the tournament this week. On the year, the Huskies had an overall record of 9-9-1 with a CAA conference record of 5-5-1. Northeastern was led offensively this season by First-Team All-CAA honoree Veronica Napoli, who has scored 10 goals and tallied six assists this year. On October 16 this season, the Tribe notched a 3-1 win over NU in Boston, thanks in part to a pair of goals from Schaffer.
For complete information on William and Mary Tribe women's soccer and the 2011 Virginia 529 CAA Women's Soccer Championship, be sure to go to TribeAthletics.com.