MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan women's soccer team has earned the seventh seed in the NESCAC Tournament and will head to second-seeded Middlebury on Saturday for a noon game. The Cardinals are coming off their best regular-season performance since 2011 with a 9-4-2 overall record and a 4-4-2 conference mark. This season, Wesleyan set a new program record for longest unbeaten streak in a season with eight (6-0-2), surpassing the previous record of six that was set by the 1993 and 1981 teams. The Cardinals also won their third Little Three title and first since 1982.
Wesleyan has qualified for the NESCAC Championship for the second-straight season and is making its eighth appearance overall. The Cardinals have two tournament victories, advancing to the semifinals in 2011 and 2012.
CARDINALS AT A GLANCE:
- Wesleyan has been led by first-year Grace Devanny who finished the regular-season tied for first in the conference in goals (10) and tied for second with points (22).
- Rookie Kate Hausladen has contributed heavily in her first season, as she is second on the team in points (14) and goals (6), while also recording two assists.
- Defensively, the team has relied on first-year Cheyanne Ollie and captain Mackenzie Mitchell to anchor the back line. Mitchell has started in every game this year, while Ollie has started all but one, a midweek non-conference bout. The duo has contributed to a 0.84 goals against average which is fourth in the conference.
- Goaltender Sarah Hammond has been exceptional in net this year, recording 60 saves over 1326:42 minutes between the posts. She has been consistently in the top-five in several goalie statistical categories and has recorded seven shutouts this season.
- Wesleyan and then-No. 1 Middlebury opened the season on Jackson Field, where the Panthers came away with a 2-0 victory. The Cardinals responded to the deficit with an eight-game unbeaten streak.
PANTHERS AT A GLANCE:
- Middlebury, the second seed and No. 10 team in the country, boasts an 11-1-3 overall record with a 6-1-3 conference mark.
- The Panthers saw their 12-game unbeaten streak come to and end on October 20th, with their lone loss of the season (2-0) to Amherst.
- Middlebury is the No. 2 seed for the second year in a row and has qualified for the NESCAC Championship every year since 2000. The Panthers have advanced to the semifinals five times in the last six years and were last year's NCAA Division III runner-up. The title bout was an all-NESCAC affair, as Middlebury fell to conference rival Williams in penalty kicks.
- This year, the Panthers are led by Simone Ameer who has 16 points with eight goals. Olivia Miller and Ellie Greenberg have also been key offensive contributors, recording 11 and 10 points, respectively.
- In goal, Ursula Alwang has played the majority of minutes with a 7-1-2 record. She is tied for second in the conference with the fewest goals allowed (5), is second in goals against average (0.46) and has recorded five shutouts.
- Eva Shaw has also seen time in net this year, as she has a 4-0-1 mark with two shutouts.
2019 NESCAC WOMEN'S SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE:
Quarterfinals - Saturday, November 2
at Higher Seeds
No. 8 Bowdoin at No. 1 Tufts - 12:00 p.m.
No. 7 Wesleyan at No. 2 Middlebury - 12:00 p.m.
No. 6 Connecticut College at No. 3 Williams - 12:00 p.m.
No. 5 Hamilton at No. 4 Amherst - 12:00 p.m.
Semifinals - Saturday, November 9
at Highest Remaining Seed
Lowest Remaining Seed vs. Highest Remaining Seed - 11:00 a.m.
Other Quarterfinal winners - 1:30 p.m.
Championship - Sunday, November 10
at Semifinals Host
Semifinal winners - 12:00 p.m.