Final Four Teams Determined for NEAC Women's Soccer Tournament

Final Four Teams Determined for NEAC Women's Soccer Tournament

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – With a pair of games ending in dramatic fashion, four teams have advanced to the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Women’s Soccer Final Four. The semifinal and final round of the tournament will be hosted by NEAC Regular Season Champion and top-seeded Penn State Berks on Nov. 4-5.

After the conclusion of Tuesday’s divisional matchups, the four teams remaining were reseeded. The first semifinal game will feature No. 4 Bryn Athyn College versus No. 1 Penn State Berks on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. The second semifinal will follow at 5 p.m. with No. 2 SUNY Poly meeting No. 3 Penn College. The winners of the semifinal matchups will meet in the championship game on Sunday at 2 p.m. The tournament champion will receive an automatic berth to the 2017 NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer Tournament.

North Division

Game 1: No. 4 Morrisville State College 1, No. 1 SUNY Poly 3

Boxscore / Recap (Provided by SUNY Poly)

After a 1-1 first half, SUNY Poly’s McKenna Hungerford (Morris, N.Y.) broke the tie with a goal in the 73rd minute to give the Wildcats a 2-1 lead. Nakeya Stedman (Sauquoit, N.Y.) netted her second of the game with 10 minutes left to extend the lead to 3-1 and lock up SUNY Poly’s spot in the Final Four. Madison Shoemaker (Caledonia, N.Y.) scored the lone goal for the Mustangs and Brianna Sorriento (Wynantskill, N.Y.) made three stops in the loss. SUNY Poly improves it overall record to 13-3-1 while Morrisville State ends the year with a 6-10-1 mark.

Game 2: No. 3 Penn College 0, No. 2 Keuka College 0 (2OT), Penn College advances on penalty kicks

Boxscore / Recap (Provided by Penn College)

Scoreless after double overtime, Penn College and Keuka College needed penalty kicks to determine an advancing team Tuesday night. The Wildcats won the shootout, 3-1, to move on to their second NEAC Semifinal in as many years. Hanna Williams (Marion, N.Y.), Hailee Hartman (Lampeter, Pa.) and Olivia Murgo (Hazlet, N.J.) each converted their penalty kick attempts for the Wildcats. Nicolette Keith (Lindenwold, N.J.) was the lone player the Wolves to find the back of the net in the shootout. Penn College improves to 9-7-4 on the year, while Keuka College falls to 8-7-2. 

South Division

Game 3: No. 4 Penn State Abington 0, No. 1 Penn State Berks 9

Boxscore / Recap (Provided by Penn State Berks)

Penn State Berks cruised to a 9-0 win over Penn State Abington behind a hat trick and an assist from junior forward Caitlin Golden (Lumberton, N.J.). Sophomore Melissa Martin (Shillington, Pa.) was also an impact player in the quarterfinal win with a goal and three assists. Megan Jardine (Mohrsville, Pa.) added two goals and an assist while Gabby Crawford (Cherry Hill, N.J.) tallied a pair of goals. Penn State Abington’s Greta Sheridan (Horsham, Pa.) and Samantha Friend (Philadelphia, Pa.) combined for 16 saves. Penn State Berks marches on with a 13-5-1 overall record while Penn State Abington closes out the year with a 6-11-1 mark.

Game 4: No. 3 Bryn Athyn College 0, No. 2 Lancaster Bible 0, Bryn Athyn College Advances on Penalty Kicks

Boxscore / Recap (Provided by Bryn Athyn College)

Despite Lancaster Bible controlling much of the play with a 33-4 advantage in shots, including all seven shot attempts in overtime, this matchup ended in a 0-0 draw. Bryn Athyn advanced to its first-ever NEAC Semifinal after outscoring the Chargers, 3-2, in the penalty kick shootout. Bryn Athyn’s sophomore goalkeeper Allie Warren (Tower City, Pa.) had an outstanding game, recording 12 saves in the shutout. The Lions improve to 9-6-1 as they move on while the Chargers see their season come to a close with a 7-9-3 record.

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The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has fourteen NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Bryn Athyn College, Cazenovia College, College of St. Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Pennsylvania State University – Abington, Pennsylvania State University – Berks, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Morrisville State College, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Wells College, and Wilson College.  Associate members are: Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), D’Youville College (M Volleyball), Hilbert College (M&W Lacrosse, M Volleyball), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse, M Volleyball), Pennsylvania State University – Altoona (M Volleyball), and Rutgers University – Camden (M Golf). The NEAC has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sports of field hockey and men’s tennis. For more information, please visit: www.neacsports.com.