WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - Looking for its 10th CAA title in program history, the No. 20-ranked William and Mary Tribe women's soccer team will face a familiar foe, the VCU Rams, in the Virginia 520 Women's Soccer Championship match on Sunday, November 6. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Martin Family Stadium in Williamsburg.
Live stats and live audio for Sunday's championship match can be found at TribeAtheltics.com. For fans not able to make the trip, a live video feed of the game is also available at TribeAthletics.com on a pay-per-view basis.
Scouting the Tribe
The No. 20-ranked and No. 1-seeded William and Mary Tribe earned its place in the championship match on Sunday with a come-from-behind win over No. 4-seeded Delaware on Friday. The Blue Hens took a 1-0 lead in to the half, but CAA Player of the Year Mallory Schaffer scored two second-half goals to propel the College to its 11th CAA Tournament final in school history. The Tribe enters Sunday's championship match with a record of 16-2-2, having lost only one time in its last 13 matches - a 1-0 setback at VCU on October 23.
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 2.49 goals a game, the Green and Gold entered the weekend ranked 10th in the country in scoring offense. Defensively, the Tribe has posted a goals-against average of 0.64, 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 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 11 assists while scoring seven goals.. Schaffer leads the conference this season with 38 points and 16 goals. Nationally, Schaffer entered the week ranked 18th in total goals and 23rd in total points. Classmate
Defensively, William and Mary has been no slouch. Led by goalkeeper Katherine Yount, the Tribe's defense has allowed just 13 goals all season. In goal, Yount has posted a league-best goals-against average of 0.64 while recording a conference-high nine 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 last Wednesday, while Fredrikson was honored as both a Second-Team All-CAA and CAA All-Rookie selection.
Scouting the Rams
Arguably the hottest team in the conference, the VCU Rams extended their unbeaten streak to 10 matches with a 1-0 win over the No. 6-seeded Northeastern Huskies on Friday. The title game appearance is the first for VCU since 2007, when the Rams lost to Hofstra, 1-0. After a scoreless first half against the Huskies on Friday, VCU's Meaghan Dullea scored on a corner kick to give the Rams their winning margin of 1-0.
Offensively this season, VCU has been led by CAA Rookie of the Year Cristin Granados, who has tallied a team-high 14 pointe on six goals and two assists. Courtney Conrad shares the team lead with six scores, while the aforementioned Dullea has put away four on the year. As a team, VCU is averaging 1.13 goals per game.
Defensively, the Rams rank only second behind the Tribe in the CAA. Led by CAA Defender of the Year Karol Sanchez, VCU is allowing opponents to score just 0.66 goals a contest. In goal, All-CAA First-Team keeper Kristin Carden has posted nine shutouts while making 70 saves.
In the 23-match history between the Tribe and the Rams, the College has posted a record of 17-3-3 over VCU. Earlier this season, the Rams handed the College its only CAA loss of the season, a 1-0 setback in Richmond on October 23. In the CAA Tournament, the Tribe holds a record of 5-1-1 over the Rams. The last time that the two teams met in the tourney was in 2007, when the two teams tied, with VCU advancing in a penalty kick shootout, 5-4.