2017 Women's Soccer NCAA Final Four Preview

2017 Women's Soccer NCAA Final Four Preview

Game Schedule

  • Friday, Dec. 1 @ 11:00 AM (ET) – University of Chicago vs. The College of New Jersey
  • Friday, Dec. 1 @ 1:30 PM (ET) – Hardin-Simmons University vs. Williams College
  • Saturday, Dec. 2 @ 2:30 PM (ET) – NCAA Division III Championship

 


No. 4 UChicago Maroons

  • Season record: 21-1 overall / 6-1 UAA (University Athletic Association)
  • NCAA appearances: 17
  • NCAA postseason record: 27-14-5
  • Best NCAA result: National Runner-Up (2003)
  • 2017 NCAA Results: W 3-0 vs. St. Catherine; W 4-0 vs. Hope; W 2-0 vs. Wheaton; W 4-0 vs. Wisconsin-La Crosse
  • Top Scorers: Jenna McKinney (M, Jr.) – 15 goals, 6 assists / Mia Calamari (M, Sr.) – 6 goals, 18 assists / Katie Jasminski (F, Fr.) – 8 goals, 6 assists
  • National stat rankings: 3.59 goals per game (12th) / 0.27 goals-against average (4th)
  • Notes: UChicago has outscored its four postseason opponents by a combined 13-0 margin … The Maroons have shattered the school records for wins (21), shutouts (17), goals (79) and assists (68) … UChicago has not allowed a goal in the first half this year while scoring 38 of its own … Mia Calamari's 18 assists are the second-most in NCAA Division III, and her 58 career assists doubles the previous school record (29).


No. 1 TCNJ Lions

  • Season record: 21-0-1 overall / 9-0 NJAC (New Jersey Athletic Conference)
  • NCAA appearances: 27
  • NCAA postseason record: 62-22-5
  • Best NCAA result: National Champions (1993, 1994, 2000)
  • 2017 NCAA Results: W 3-0 vs. Roger Williams; W 3-0 vs. Virginia Wesleyan; W 5-0 vs. Lynchburg; T 1-1 vs. Messiah
  • Top Scorers: Christine Levering (F, Sr.) – 16 goals, 5 assists / Jessica Goldman (M, Sr.) – 6 goals, 10 assists / Elizabeth Thoresen (M, Sr.) – 8 goals, 4 assists
  • National stat rankings: 3.41 goals per game (17th) / 0.18 goals-against average (2nd)
  • Notes: Head Coach Joe Russo became the fourth women's soccer coach to reach the 500-win plateau with a victory in the NJAC Tournament Final … TCNJ boasts the second-stingiest scoring defense in NCAA Division III, have shut out 19 opponents and only allow 3.9 shots per game … The Lions have qualified for the postseason 27-straight years.


No. 3 Hardin-Simmons Cowgirls

  • Season record: 23-0 overall / 12-0 ASC (American Southwest Conference)
  • NCAA appearances: 17
  • NCAA postseason record: 24-12-9
  • Best NCAA result: National Champions (2010)
  • 2017 NCAA Results: W 3-1 vs. Methodist; W 3-2 vs. Trinity (Texas); W 1-0 vs. Carnegie Mellon; W 1-0 vs. Ohio Northern
  • Top Scorers: Kenne Kessler (F, Jr.) – 37 goals, 9 assists / Kirsten Parrish (D, Sr.) – 14 goals, 9 assists / Josey Meyer (M, Jr.) – 1 goal, 24 assists
  • National stat rankings: 4.78 goals per game (3rd) / 0.30 goals-against average (7th)
  • Notes: Hardin-Simmons boasts the nation's top goal scorer (Kenne Kessler – 37) and assists leader (Josey Meyer – 24) … The Cowgirls have scored 110 times while only allowing seven. They have tallied at least four goals in a game on 12 occasions this year … Hardin-Simmons has converted 43 corner kicks into goals, with center back Kirsten Parrish accounting for 13 scores in those scenarios.


No. 6 Williams Ephs

  • Season record: 20-1-1 overall / 8-1-1 NESCAC (New England Small College Athletic Conference)
  • NCAA appearances: 19
  • NCAA postseason record: 36-16-6
  • Best NCAA result: National Champions (2015)
  • 2017 NCAA Results: W 2-0 vs. Lesley; W 3-0 vs. Brandeis; W 4-0 vs. Cal Lutheran; W 3-0 vs. Johns Hopkins
  • Top Scorers: Natasha Albaneze (F/M, Sr.) – 9 goals, 10 assists / Alison Lu (F, So.) – 11 goals, 5 assists / Natalie Turner-Wyatt (M, Jr.) – 7 goals, 8 assists
  • National stat rankings: 2.50 goals per game (76th) / 0.36 goals-against average (8th)
  • Notes: Danielle Sim became the first defender to ever earn NESCAC Player of the Year honors … Williams has limited teams to only seven goals this year en route to 16 shutouts … The current senior class is the first in school history to make the NCAA quarterfinals all four years, and their 80 wins in that time is also a new program record.