AMHERST, Mass. --- The Colby College women's soccer team earned the sixth seed in the New England Small College Athletic Conference Tournament, but even playing the third seed is a tough challenge in the powerhouse conference.
Colby (8-6 overall, 4-6 NESCAC) will play at third-seeded Amherst College in a quarterfinal game Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
The Jeffs are hardly your typical third seed and have the credentials of a top seed. Amherst is ranked eighth in the country, stand at 12-1-1 overall and 8-1-1 in the league, and have won five straight games. The team also has a 4-0 win against Colby at Amherst on October 13.
Amherst, Middlebury College, and Williams College all finished with 8-1-1 records in the NESCAC. The Jeffs lost tiebreakers to the other two teams and were given the third seed. Middlebury is ranked 11th nationally and Williams is 18th.
Colby's defense of Kat McCarrick, Kate Pistel, Grace Dickinson, and Emma Marjollet must be tough in front of sophomore goalkeeper Emily Brook, who has four shutouts. Amherst has scored 42 goals this season and has allowed just eight goals in 14 games, making a low scoring game a priority for Colby.
Colby junior forward Annie Papadellis has been strong in NESCAC games this season. She has five of her seven goals and two of her three assists in league contests. Papadellis had both goals in a 2-0 win against Bates on Wednesday.
Crysti Tsujiura (3 goals, 2 assists), Maddie Tight (3 goals, 1 assist), and Kate Laxson (2 goals, 2 assists) are other leading scorers for Colby.
Kathryn Nathan has five goals and 10 assists to lead Amherst's offense. Megan Kim (6 goals, 4 assists), Amanda Brisco (5 goals, 6 assists), Sarah Duffy (6 goals, 2 assists), and Chloe McKenzie (6 goals, 1 assist) also have 13 points or more.
Amherst, which has allowed just two goals in the opening half of games this year, has Holly Burwick in net with a 0.60 goals against average.
2012 NESCAC WOMEN’S SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP
Saturday, October 27at Higher Seeds
#8 Wesleyan at #1 Middlebury – 12:30 pm
#7 Connecticut College at #2 Williams – 12:30 pm
#6 Colby at #3 Amherst – 12:30 pm
#5 Hamilton at #4 Bowdoin – 1:30 pm
Saturday, November 3
at Highest Remaining Seed
Semifinal Games - 11:00 am | 1:30 pm
Highest Remaining Seed vs. Lowest Remaining Seed
Remaining Quarterfinal Winners
Sunday, November 4
Semifinal Winners – 12:00 pm -