Oct 4, 2012

Tribe Women Host UNCW Thursday

courtesy of TribeAthletics.com
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The William and Mary women's soccer team continues its league slate hosting UNCW on Thursday, Oct. 4.  Kickoff from Martin-Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field is scheduled for 7 p.m.   The Tribe enters the match with an overall record of 9-3 and a CAA mark of 3-0, while the Seahawks own a season ledger of 7-5-1 and a league record of 2-2.  Fans can follow the action online at TribeAthletics.com with live video and stats.

Scouting the Tribe
Last weekend, the College recorded a pair of CAA wins by defeating George Mason 1-0 and Towson 5-0.  In the match at George Mason, senior Cortlyn Bristol's goal in the 60th minute propelled the Green and Gold to its 19th victory all-time over the Patriots.  Two-days later, five W&M players registered goals in the decisive 5-0, victory at Towson.  Once again, Bristol led the way, as the Chantilly, Va., native  netted the game winner just eight minutes into the affair.  Senior Mallory Schaffer and junior Audrey Barry connected on scores, while senior Jackie Blake-Hedges and freshman Samantha Cordum netted their first career goals.  Schaffer leads the Tribe with 18 points coming on eight goals and two assists, while Bristol has produced fours goals and six assists.

Scouting the Seahawks
In its last outing, UNCW dropped a hard-fought, 1-0 decision to league foe Delaware on Sept. 30.  Prior to its match against Delaware, the Seahawks were riding a two-game winning-streak, which included victories over Northeastern and Drexel.  Senior Stephanie Rose leads UNCW with 18 points coming on six goals and six assists, while senior Kim Currie and freshman Morgan Leyble have tallied nine points coming on three goals and three assists each.   The Seahawks own a NSCAA Mid-Atlantic regional ranking of No. 5. 

News and Notes
Thursday's match will mark the 20th meeting between the Tribe and the Seahawks, as W&M leads the all-time series 19-0.   Last year,  the College cruised to a 3-0 victory at Wilmington, behind goals from Mallory Schaffer (2) and Cortlyn Bristol.

- After an outstanding week on the pitch, Tribe senior Cortlyn Bristol was named the CAA Player of the Week on Monday.  The Chantilly, Va., native netted the game-winning scores against George Mason and Towson.  The preseason All-CAA selection also recorded an assist against the Tigers.  The Player of the Week distinction was the second of Bristol's career and first this season.

- In this week's NSCAA poll, the Tribe is the first team receiving votes and is on the cusp of breaking through into the Top 25.  In the publication's regional rankings, the Green and Gold is ranked No. 1 among Mid-Atlantic teams.  The Tribe is ranked 35th in the country according to TopDrawerSoccer.com's weekly poll of the nation's Top 64 teams.

- Since 1981, W&M has played four matches on Oct. 4, and owns a record of 3-1 on that date.  In its four contests on the fourth day of the month, the Tribe has outscored its opponents, 9-2.

- In CAA action, the Tribe is the only team in the league that hasn't yielded a conference goal.  W&M started CAA play posting shutouts over James Madison (2-0), George Mason (1-0) and Towson (5-0).  For the year, the Green and Gold has scored 24 goals, while allowing just seven.