Posted: Oct 30, 2019
HADLEY, Mass. – Tufts is the top seed in the 2019 NESCAC Women’s Soccer Championship which begins with quarterfinal action on Saturday, November 2 on the campus of the higher seeds. The four quarterfinal winners will square off in the semifinal round on Saturday, November 9 at the highest remaining seed and the championship game is set for Sunday, November 10 at the site of the semifinal matches.
Tufts (11-2-2, 7-2-1 NESCAC) is the No. 1 seed for the fourth time in program history and the first time since 2010. The Jumbos are making their seventh straight appearance and have missed the NESCAC Tournament only once since 2000. Tufts will host a quarterfinal match for the fourth year in a row when it meets No. 8 Bowdoin (7-7-1, 3-6-1 NESCAC) in a rematch of the regular-season finale. The Jumbos have advanced to the semifinals in back-to-back years and most recently played in the championship game in 2017, as they look to add to the NESCAC title they won in 2002. Bowdoin has appeared in every NESCAC Tournament field and advanced to the semifinals in 2015, the same year it played in the NESCAC Championship game for the third time. Tufts is 2-2-2 against Bowdoin in the NESCAC Tournament which includes a 3-0 Jumbo victory in the last meeting between the two teams in the 2015 quarterfinals. Tufts pulled out a 1-0 overtime win against the Polar Bears on October 29.
Defending NESCAC Champion Middlebury (11-1-3, 6-1-3 NESCAC) won its fourth NESCAC title last season and is the No. 2 seed for the second year in a row. The Panthers, who have qualified for the NESCAC Championship every year since 2000, have advanced to the semifinals five times in the last six years. Middlebury will host a quarterfinal match for the fourth consecutive season when it faces No. 7 Wesleyan (9-4-2, 4-4-2 NESCAC). The Cardinals have qualified for the NESCAC Championship for the second straight season and are making their eighth appearance overall. Wesleyan has two NESCAC Tournament victories, advancing to the semifinals in 2011 and 2012. Wesleyan won the lone NESCAC Tournament match against Middlebury, a 2-0 victory in the 2012 quarterfinals. This season, the Panthers recorded a 2-0 win over the Cardinals on September 7 in the NESCAC opener.
Williams (8-4-2, 6-3-1 NESCAC), last year’s NESCAC Runners-up, has competed in every NESCAC Championship since 2000 and is the No. 3 seed for the first time since 2011. Williams and Amherst both finished the regular season with 19 points. In head-to-head competition, Williams defeated Amherst, 2-1, on September 28 to earn the No. 3 seed. The Ephs have won eight NESCAC titles, their last coming in 2017, and have advanced to the semifinals 12 consecutive years. Williams has played in the NESCAC Championship game 11 times in the last 12 seasons. The Ephs will host a quarterfinal game for the 15th straight season when they face No. 6 Connecticut College (10-4-1, 5-4-1 NESCAC). Hamilton and Connecticut College finished the regular season with 16 points each, but the Continentals defeated the Camels, 2-0, on October 26 to win the head-to-head tiebreaker and earn the No. 5 seed. Connecticut College is the No. 6 seed for the first time in program history. The Camels have qualified for the NESCAC Championship for the third time in four years and are making their eighth appearance overall. Connecticut College’s last semifinal appearance was in 2014, the same year it won its lone NESCAC title. Williams is 1-0-1 against Connecticut College in the NESCAC Tournament. The two teams last played in the 2014 NESCAC Championship game with the Camels winning in a penalty kick shootout. This season, Williams earned a 1-0 victory over the Camels on September 29.
The final quarterfinal match features No. 4 Amherst (11-3-1, 6-3-1 NESCAC) hosting No. 5 Hamilton (10-4-1, 5-4-1 NESCAC) in a quarterfinal rematch from last season. The Mammoths have played in every NESCAC Tournament since 2000 and are the fourth seed for the first time since 2014. Amherst won its fourth NESCAC title in 2016 and has advanced to the semifinals in each of the last three years. The Mammoths will host a quarterfinal game for the fifth time in six years when they play the Continentals. Hamilton is making its third straight NESCAC Tournament appearance and sixth overall. The Continentals are the fifth seed for the second time in program history (2012). Hamilton earned its lone NESCAC Tournament win in 2017 to advance to the semifinals. Amherst owns a 1-0-0 record against Hamilton after posting a 1-0 quarterfinal win last year. This season, the Mammoths also earned a 1-0 victory over the Continentals on September 14.