Women's Soccer Sectional Preview

Women's Soccer Sectional Preview

Washington University in St. Louis has been selected to host the 2019 NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Sectional on Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 23-24, at Francis Olympic Field in St. Louis. 

This marks the second-consecutive season and fifth time in school history WashU has hosted Sectional play.

No. 3 WashU and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps square off in the opening match Saturday at 11 a.m., while No. 8 Pomona-Pitzer and No. 16 Chicago meet in game two at 1:30 p.m.

The winners meet in the Sectional Championship Sunday at 1 p.m. for a berth in the 2019 NCAA Division III Semifinals, held Friday-Saturday, Dec 6-7, at UNCG Soccer Stadium in Greensboro, N.C.  

All three games will be broadcast live on the WashU Sports Network and live stats will also be available on the WashU Athletics website.

SCHEDULE
SATURDAY, NOV. 23
11 am - No. 3 WashU vs. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
1:30 pm - No. 8 Pomona-Pitzer vs. No. 16 Chicago

SUNDAY, NOV. 24
1 pm - NCAA Sectional Championship

TICKETS
Tickets will be $7 for adults, $5 for seniors (65 & up), military, students and children (3-17), and kids under 3. Gates will open one hour before kickoff.

NCAA INFORMATION
NCAA BRACKET | WASHU PROGRAMUNITED SOCCER COACHES RANKINGS | D3SOCCER.COM RANKINGS | WASHU VISITOR'S GUIDE | FRANCIS OLYMPIC FIELD

TEAM CAPSULES
CHICAGO NOTES
• Head Coach Amy Reifert is in her 29th season leading the Maroons. Her career record stands at 380-137-51 (.714).

• UChicago has qualified for seven-straight NCAA tournaments and 19 overall in program history.

• Senior midfielder Hanna Watkins ranks fourth in school history in goals (35), fifth in points (89) and ninth in assists (19).

• The Maroons are 14-0-3 this year when scoring at least one goal.

• UChicago has outscored opponents 28-4 in the first half of games this season

CMS NOTES
• CMS has matched its deepest tournament run in NCAA history. The Athenas also reached the sectionals in 2008 after defeating Hardin-Simmons and UC Santa Cruz before falling 1-0 to Carleton in the sectionals.

• CMS finished fifth in the SCIAC this season and did not qualify for the conference tournament, but earned an at-large bid on the strength of non-conference wins over NWC champion Pacific Lutheran and CCIW champion Illinois Wesleyan.

• The top four scorers on the Athenas are all seniors, led by Rhiann Holman, who has led the team in scoring for each of the last three seasons, earning first-team All-SCIAC honors all three years.

• Head Coach Jennifer Clark is in her third year of her second stint as the CMS head coach. She also coached the Athenas from 2000-03 and is the daughter of Bobby Clark, who won a Division I national championship as the head coach of the Notre Dame men's soccer team in 2013.

POMONA-PITZER NOTES
• The 19-1-1 overall record is a program record for wins and win percentage for the Sagehens.

• The 18 shutouts this season is the most in program history, and Pomona-Pitzer leads NCAA Division III in shutout percentage (0.857).

• Senior midfielder Bria VarnBuhler has set the new single season goal record with 21.

•  The Sagehens have been to the Elite 8 once in program history and fell to Chicago in PK's in 2016

• Pomona-Pitzer swept the three major conference awards: VarnBuhler: SCIAC Athlete of the Year; freshman Hannah Mandell: SCIAC Newcomer of the Year; Jen Scanlon: SCIAC Coaching Staff of the Year. 

WASHU NOTES
• WashU won its fifth-straight University Athletic Association (UAA) title to earn the league's automatic bid. The Bears are unbeaten in UAA play the last two years (13-0-1).

• The Bears advanced to the NCAA Sectional Semifinal for the eighth time in the last nine seasons and for the 15th time in school history. WashU has a 41-15-8 (.703) record in NCAA Tournament play.

Jim Conlon is the winningest coach in school history with a 207-37-18 (.824) record in 12 seasons. Conlon has led the Bears to four Final Fours (2009, 2015, 2016, 2018), nine UAA titles and 12 trips to the NCAA Tournament. Overall he has a 303-94-23 (.749) record in 20 seasons as a collegiate head coach.

• Sophomore back Gabbie Cesarone earned UAA Defensive Player of the Year honors to highlight six Bears named to the all-UAA Team. Joining Cesarone on the first team was senior Taylor Cohen, while juniors Kristen Reikersdorfer and Katy Mockett earned second-team accolades. Sophomore Erin Flynn and junior Emma Greenfield rounded out the honorees by earning honorable-mention honors.