A trio of Massachusetts Division III women’s soccer teams earned spots on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) preseason poll yesterday, including Williams College, which earned the top spot following a 1-0 national championship victory last fall against Washington University in St. Louis.
The Ephs captured their sixth New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) championship with a 2-0 win over Bowdoin College en route to claiming the program’s first-ever women’s soccer title last December. As noted in last year’s championship release, the Ephs’ title was the first national championship won by a member of the NESCAC.
Williams begin its title defense on Wednesday, September 7 when they travel to Hamilton College for a 4:30 p.m. kick-off.
Brandies University and Amherst College checked in 13th and 19th, respectively. Both teams met in the NCAA Tournament last fall with the Judges prevailing in penalty kicks. Michaela Friedman netted the game-winning goal during the shootout, which sent the Judges to the Round of 16.
The Judges’ initial game of the 2016 season is slated for Thursday, September 1 when they host MIT at 7:00 p.m. The Purple and White begin their campaign on Tuesday, September 6 when they entertain Mount Holyoke at 7:00 p.m.