Women’s soccer has home field advantage for NESCAC quarterfinals

The Connecticut College women's soccer team, which finished the regular season Wednesday with an impressive 13-2 record, will host a first-round New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) tournament game Saturday.

The game will mark the first time in the 15-year history of the tournament that the Camels have hosted. The team finished 8-2 in the NESCAC and is ranked third going into the tournament.

“It's really a dream come true,” said forward Grace Bilodeau '15. "Our team has set a new precedent for the years to come."

Bilodeau is one of only three seniors on a young team that has been anchored by its back line. Captain Morgan Cowie-Haskell '16, Cathy Higgins '17, Mackenzie Kingston '18 and Amanda Onofrio '16 have all contributed on defense, and goalie Bryanna Montalvo '17 led the conference with nine shutouts.

On Monday, Montalvo was honored as NESCAC Player of the Week. She registered a goals against average of 0.6 during the regular season and ranks fourth in the NESCAC with a .871 save percentage.

The team can score, too. With seven goals, rookie Michelle Medina '18 leads a team that has outscored its opponents 39-9 this season. She is tied for third in the conference with 19 points, while Astrid Kempainen '15 ranks first for assists with eight.

The Camels will take on the Trinity College Bantams Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on Tempel Green. The semifinals will be played Nov. 8.   

October 29, 2014