WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The No. 14-ranked William and Mary Tribe women's soccer team will travel to Chapel Hill, North Carolina on Saturday, November 12 to face the No. 18-ranked North Carolina Tarheels in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. with live stats available at TribeAthletics.com.
Scouting the Tribe
This past weekend, the William and Mary Tribe claimed their 10th CAA title in program history, beating VCU, 1-0, in overtime to claim the championship. Heading in to the NCAA Tournament, the Tribe's record stands at 17-2-2.
Leading the College this season has been CAA Player of the Year Mallory Schaffer, who ranks eighth in the country with 17 goals and 12th in the nation in total points with 40. After scoring 14 goals during the regular season, Schaffer scored three goals in the CAA Tournament to lead the College. Sophomore Dani Rutter has also been fantastic this season, ranking 11th in the country with 11 assists while also scoring seven times. First-Team All-CAA honoree Cortlyn Bristol and CAA All-Rookie Team selection Emory Camper have also scored seven goals apiece this season.
As impressive as the Tribe has been offensively this season, ranking 14th in the country, the College's defense has also been stellar. Led by senior Diana Weigel - a First-Team All-CAA honoree - and freshman Emily Fredrikson - a Second-Team All-CAA and CAA All-Rookie Team selection - the College has allowed just 0.606 goals a game this year, ranking 16th in the country. Goalkeeper Katherine Yount has also been solid, posting nine shutouts.
Scouting the Tarheels
The North Carolina Tarheels are in uncharted territory entering the 2011 NCAA Tournament. The most storied program in women's soccer comes in to Saturday's match with the Tribe with an 11-5-1 record, having lost three straight matches. This past weekend, North Carolina lost in the ACC Tournament for the first time ever, dropping a 1-0 decision to Florida State.
The three-game skid is the longest in Tarheels history, while the five losses are tied for the most in UNC history. In their history, North Carolina has won 20 NCAA Championships, making the tournament 30 times.
Offensively, the Tarheels rank 40th in the country, averaging 2.0 goals a contest so far this season. UNC has been led by senior Courtney Jones, who leads the team with 17 points on five goals and seven assists. Jones shares the team lead in assists with junior Amber Brooks, while sophomore Kealia Ohai leads UNC with six goals on the season. Defensively, UNC is surrendering 0.79 goals a game. Three players have seen time in goal for the Tarheels, combining for seven shutouts.
In the 22-match history between the Tribe and the Tarheels, North Carolina owns a 20-1-1 record over William and Mary. The one loss, however, came the last time these two teams met back on September 16, 2007 at the VCU Invitational. In that match, All-American Claire Zimmeck scored in the 85th minute to give the Tribe its first win over North Carolina.
Saturday's match will mark the seventh
time that the two squads have met in the NCAA Tournament, with the Tarheels coming
out victorious in all previous six matches.
The last time the two teams met in the NCAAs was back in 2004.
Tribe Claims 10th CAA Title in Program History
The William and Mary Tribe claimed its 10 CAA title in program history this past weekend, defeating VCU, 1-0, in overtime. After playing 90 minutes of scoreless soccer, CAA Player of the Year Mallory Schaffer scored the match winner in the 93rd minute off a pass from freshman Aly Shaughnessy. The title was the first for the Tribe since 2003.
CAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player
Sophomore defender Tara Connors was named the CAA Tournament's Most Outstanding Player after helping lead a stout Tribe defense in the tournament. Goalie Katherine Yount, sophomore Dani Rutter, and freshman Aly Shaughnessy joined Connors on the CAA All-Tournament Team.