Over the weekend, both Hobart and William Smith soccer teams captured the 2017 Liberty League Tournament titles earning them both automatic bids into this year’s NCAA Tournaments that begin on Saturday, Nov. 11.
This was the 11th straight Liberty League Tournament Championship for the Herons (17-1-0), who are riding a 14-game winning streak, and the first time the Statesmen (10-4-4) have secured the championship since 2009. Hobart last saw NCAA Tournament play in 2011. Both teams won the title with a 2-0 win over Vassar College’s women’s and men’s soccer teams.
For William Smith, it was their 13th shutout this fall. Junior Veronica Romines stopped the lone shot she faced to secure the shutout in goal. Fiona Walsh made eight saves in all 90 minutes in goal for the Brewers.
Senior defender Theresa Lohr was named the Liberty League Tournament MVP. Senior Evie Manning, junior Megan Barwick, first-year Julia Keogh and junior Sarah Olick-Sutphen joined Lohr on the All-Tournament Team.
At 35 minutes into the match, Olick-Sutphen gave the Herons a 1-0 advantage. She scored from right in front of the goal line. First-year Shelia McQuillen earned the assist on what proved to be the game winner. Just 2:50 into the second half, Barwick added the insurance goal. Her blast from 22 yards out came off a rebound of a blocked shot by Manning.
The Herons finished with a 23-2 advantage in shots and a 3-1 lead in corners. William Smith is one of 16 hosts for the first and second rounds of the NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer Championship. The Herons will take on Lasell at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11. That contest will be followed by Swarthmore vs. Susquehanna at 1:30 p.m.The winning teams will meet on Sunday, Nov. 12 at 1 p.m. Tickets are $6 for general admission, $3 for senior citizens, military personnel and students (ages 13-College), children ages 3-12 are $2. Children under 3-years-old are admitted free.
For the Statesmen, junior Alex Weisbein scored both goals and was named the Liberty League Tournament MVP. Junior Alec Kaminer, senior Joseph Escamilla, senior Adrian Colmenares and senior Hunter Critchlow joined Weisbein on the all-tournament team. Kaminer made six saves in goal for Hobart.
Weisbein opened the scoring with a header goal in the 29th minute. First-year August Martini sent a free kick in from about 15 yards outside of the box. He found Weisbein out in front, who notched his first goal this fall. It was Martini’s first collegiate point. In the 63rd minute, Weisbein struck again. This time he scored from just inside the box, stopping an attempt by the Brewer defense to clear the ball out of the zone. He drilled his shot through traffic in front of the goal.
Hobart finished with a 6-5 lead in corners. Hobart will travel to take on No. 22 Buffalo State in the first round of the NCAA Division III Men’s Soccer Championship on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m. The Bengals will also host a first round game between No. 3 Messiah and Castleton on Saturday at 5 p.m.. Saturday’s winner will meet in Buffalo on Sunday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. The price of admission at Coyer Field will be $6 for adults, $3 for students and senior citizens, and $2 for children.
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