NCAA WOMEN'S SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP - FIRST ROUND
NCAA Virtual Program
Nov. 12, 2011
7 p.m. ET
University of Louisville
Game Notes - PDF
Dayton Virtual Guide
The University of Dayton women’s soccer team will take on Louisville in the first round of the 2011 NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship Saturday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. ET at Cardinal Park in Louisville, Ky.
Tickets for Saturday night's first round game will be $7 for adults, $5 for students (with ID), senior adults and children and $4 for groups of 10 or more. Group tickets must be purchased in advance through the U of L ticket office and will not be available at Cardinal Park on game day.
DAYTON AND THE NCAA
By winning the 2011 Atlantic 10 Tournament Championship, the University of Dayton earned an automatic bid to the 2011 NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship.
• UD has appeared in the NCAA Tournament seven times before this season. (2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 1999, 2009, 2010.)
• The Flyers have a 4-7-1 record in the tournament and advanced as far as the Sweet 16 in 2001.
• Last season, Dayton earned an automatic berth to the tournament by winning the A-10 Tournament. In the NCAA Tournament they defeated Virginia Tech in the first round 3-0 but fell to Ohio State in penalty kicks in the second round. The Buckeyes went on to the Final Four.
The Cardinals enter the NCAA Tournament as an at large team. This is their first NCAA appearance since 2007. UofL is hosting an NCAA match for the first time in the program’s history and the Cardinals are making their third NCAA Championship appearance overall. Lousiville reached the Big East title game but fell to West Virginia 2-0. This stopped an eight-game winning streak. The Cardinals will lean on the Big East Offensive Player of the Year Christine Exeter. She has 14 goals on the year with 31 points scored.
Dayton leads the all-time series 11-0 against Louisville. This is the first ever post season meeting between the two teams. The last time they met was 2002 where UD earned a 3-0 win.
The winner of Saturday’s Louisville-Dayton match will advance to a second round game against either No. 4 seed Memphis or Tennessee-Martin.
DAYTON’S A-10 BACKGROUND
• Dayton has won the A-10 Tournament Championship more than any other team in the conference: eight times (1996, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2011).
• UD has also won or shared 10 A-10 Regular Season titles (1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010). The next closest is Massachusetts with five.
• The Flyers are 22-7 all-time in the conference tournament. Their .750 winning percentage is the best in the conference.
• Dayton has reached the finals nine times and is 8-2 in the championship game.
• The Flyers are 19-3-0, and 8-2-0 in the Atlantic 10.
• Dayton leads the A-10 in shots (420), points (173), goals scored (58) and in assists (57). UD has outscored opponents 58-18.
• Junior Colleen Williams leads the Flyers with 47 points (16 goals and 15 assists). Her 47 points are first in the Atlantic 10 and are 5th in the nation. She is also second in the nation in assists. Freshman Kesley Smigel isn’t too far behind with 13 goals and five assists, and sophomore Juliana Libertin rounds out UD’s triple threat with 10 goals and 10 assists. Dayton is the only NCAA D-I program to have three players with double-digit goals. The Flyers are one of two teams that have two players with double-digit assists. Penn State is the other.
• Sophomore goalkeeper Jordin Melchert is 9-0 this season with a .66 GAA.
LAST TIME OUT
Dayton captured its third consecutive and eighth overall Atlantic 10 Women’s Soccer Championship with a 5-1 victory over UMass Nov. 6 at Baujan Field in front of a record 1,674 fans. Dayton’s Colleen Williams, a junior forward, was named the Most Outstanding Player of the championship after registering four goals and three assists. She had a hat trick in the win over UMass. Sophomore midfielder Juliana Libertin, freshman forward Kelsey Smigel and sophomore Jordin Melchert were all selected to the All-Championship team for the Flyers. In addition to Williams’ three goals, senior Emily Kenyon and sophomore Stephanie Emery each scored a goal in the championship game.
Senior defender Kathleen Beljan, junior midfielder Alexis Garcia and junior forward Colleen Williams all earned Atlantic 10 First Team honors. Freshman Kelsey Smigel was named a Second Team forward and to the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team. The Flyers tied for the most players on the A-10 All-Academic Team with four selections: seniors Kathleen Beljan and Emily Kenyon, junior Colleen Williams and sophomore Juliana Libertin.
SEVEN ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT SELECTIONS
Dayton had seven players named to the 2011 Capital One Women’s Soccer Academic All-District 5 Teams as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. The Flyers’ seven all-district selections is the most of any NCAA D-I university in the country.Senior defender Kathleen Beljan and junior forward Colleen Williams led the way for the Flyers as First Team honorees. Senior defender Emily Kenyon was named to the Academic All-District Second Team. Sophomore midfielder Sarah Senoyuit, sophomore defender Megan Scharer, senior forward Josie Grant and sophomore forward Juliana Libertin earned Third Team Academic All-District distinction.
VOTE FOR KATHLEEN
University of Dayton women’s soccer player Kathleen Beljan was one of 10 student-athletes selected as a finalist for the 2011 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award in collegiate soccer. Fans can vote once a day for Kathleen here: http://www.seniorclassaward.com/vote/
You can also vote once daily on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/LowesSeniorCLASSAward
The University of Dayton women’s soccer team is continuing Willy’s Wish –Dollars for Dayton for the second consecutive season. Last year the Flyers fundraised more than $1,000 for a family in Dayton. Individuals are asked to donate just $1. The UD women’s soccer team will be collecting the $1 donations at their remaining four home games (Oct. 21, 23, 28 & 30). Willy’s Wish collection boxes will be located at both entrances of Baujan Field. Fans can also send donations to: University of Dayton, c/o Willy’s Wish - Women’s Soccer, 300 College Park, Dayton, OH 45469-1220.
The Flyers wear neon green shoe laces to support research in curing pediatric cancer. The shoelaces were provided by the Go4theGoal Foundation, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing support to children and their families affected by cancer, with the ultimate goal of curing cancer by funding innovative research and providing financial support to patients and their families.
LAST REGULAR SEASON GAME
The Flyers defeated Charlotte 3-1 in their final regular season game, Sunday, Oct. 30 at Baujan Field. Kelsey Smigel scored two goals and had an assist, while junior Colleen Williams dished two assists and scored a goal.
THE JERSEY SCORE
Junior forward Colleen Williams, a native of Titusville, N.J., leads the Atlantic 10 in assists (15) and assists per game (0.71). She is also first in points (47) and tied for first in goals (16). Last season she was tied for second in the nation in points (48).
The Flyers (19-3-0) moved back to No. 1 in the NSCAA Mid-Atlantic Region rankings. The Flyers have been ranked No. 1 for eight of 11 times this season. UD reached as high as No. 15 in the NSCAA National Rankings. Dayton is currently receiving 53 votes and comes in at No. 26. UD is ranked No.21 in the TopDrawerSoccer Tournament 64 Rankings. The Flyers are No. 21 in the latest NCAA RPI (Nov. 8).
A BALANCED DIET OF GOALS
Thirteen different Flyers have scored goals this season, and junior Colleen Williams leads the way with 16. Freshman Kelsey Smigel has 13 goals, sophomore Juliana Libertin has scored 10 and senior Josie Grant has put away four. Freshman Haley Keller and sophomore Alexis Garcia each have three. Sophomore Steph Emery has two. Seniors Emily Kenyon and Kelsey Owen, junior Alysha Mallon and sophomores Katrin Loo, Andrea Todak and Sarah Senoyuit have one goal each.
Seniors Kathleen Beljan, Emily Kenyon and Kelsey Miller have been a staple of the Flyer defense. In their four years, they have helped post 45 shutouts, including a program single season record of 15 in 2009 and 14 in 2010. They have seven shutouts this season.
RECORDS KEEP FALLING
Junior Colleen Williams has 36 assists, breaking the record for most career assists in UD history! She moves into first all-time for career points with 118. Williams broke the single season assist record this season with 15. The old record of 13 was held by Megan McKnight (2001). Williams also has 41 career goals, surpassing First Team All-American Mandi Back (2006-09). Missy Gregg (1999-2000) has 45 career goals and the leader is Karen Kazmaier with 52.
- Junior goalkeeper Katherine Boone has 19 career shutouts - third all-time on Dayton’s career list. She needs one shutout to take over second and 10 to tie with Stephanie Weisenfeld’s 29 clean sheets (1999-2002).
Sophomore outside mid Juliana Libertin, a member of the 2010 Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team, has already scored 10 goals this year, eclipsing her two goals scored in her freshman season. She is currently the third leading scorer on the team (10 g, 10 a, 30 pts). Her golden goal against Northwestern on Aug. 28 led the Flyers to the Lakeside Classic Championship. She also scored the game winner against Kentucky on Sept. 17. She is currently fourth in the A-10 for points.
ONE OF THE NATION’S BEST
University of Dayton junior forward Colleen Williams is among 42 female athletes named to the Missouri Athletic Club’s Hermann Trophy Watch List for the 2011 season. She was also one of 25 players selected as a Soccer America Preseason All-American. The MAC Hermann Trophy is the highest individual award in intercollegiate soccer. Her 15 assists are ranked second in the nation. Williams is averaging 2.14 ppg which is 11th best in the nation. She is also third in the NCAA in assists per game (.68) and fifth in total points with 47.
Dayton’s freshmen have already made an impact. Kelsey Smigel has notched 13 goals and five assists in 21 games with 14 starts. Haley Keller has scored three goals, including two game-winning goals, and also added an assist in 19 games played with one start. Amanda Sivic (14 gp) and Lacey Engle (5 gp) have put in solid minutes as well on the offense, while Ally Klinefelter and Chelsea Rose have contributed defensively, playing in 17 and four games, respectively.
The Flyers have consistently won year in and year out. UD’s senior class owns the eighth best winning percentage in the country at .811 (69-13-8). The 69 wins is the most by any UD women’s soccer senior class. The only teams ahead of them are: Stanford (.938), North Carolina (.844), Portland (.842), Notre Dame (.835), Oklahoma State (.815), UCLA (.813) and Denver (.809). Information courtesy of CollegeSoccer360.com.
By winning percentage, the Dayton junior class is the secod best in the country. The juniors were 16-1-6 as freshmen, 19-3-1 as sophomores and 19-3-0 this season. That’s an .846 winning percentage (53-7-7). Only Stanford’s junior class is higher at .951.
The Dayton women’s soccer program owns an overall record of 378-153-40 (.696) since it became a varsity program in 1984. The Flyers made NCAA Tournament Appearances in 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010 and 2011, advancing to the second round in both 2009 and 2010 and to the Sweet Sixteen in 2001.
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