UW-Whitewater Faces Wheaton in NCAA Sectional Semi
UW-Whitewater, 14-4-3, will play host Wheaton College, 20-1-2. The other sectional semi-final matches Washington University, 17-4-0, and the College of Saint Benedict, 13-6-3. The winners of Friday's matches will meet for the sectional title Saturday. The sectional winner will join three other teams at the final four, December 2-3 at Blossom Soccer Stadium in San Antonio, Texas.
In the Polls
Wheaton College is ranked 6th in the national NSCAA III poll, and Washington University is 12th. UW-Whitewater is fourth in the NSCAA III North Region, and the College of Saint Benedict is fifth in the North.
Saint Benedict: 1990-1997-1998-2002-2007-2011, 3-5 record, best finish third place
Washington: 1995-1997-1998-2003-2004-2006-2007-2008-2010-2011, 16-9-5 record, best finish second
Wheaton: 1997-1998-1999-2000-2001-2002-2003-2004-2005-2006-2007-2008-2009-2010-2011, 36-8-5 record, national champions 2004, 2006, 2007
UW-Whitewater women's soccer coach, Greg Henschel has an overall record at UW-W of 126-89-13. This is Henschel's 12th year coaching women's soccer at UW-Whitewater, leading the team to first place finishes in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference the last two years. Henschel was named WIAC Coach of the Year (actually, for women's and men's soccer, so twice) this week. Wheaton College women's soccer head coach, Pete Felske, is in his 24th season at Wheaton College. Under Felske's direction Wheaton has won 15 CCIW championships, eight regional championships and Wheaton won the 2004, 2006, and 2007 NCAA Division III national championships. He has an all-time record of 383-94-26 and has been named the CCIW Coach of the Year 11 times. Felske received the National Soccer Coaches Association (NSCAA) Division III Coach of the Year Award in 2004, 2006 and 2007.
UW-Whitewater Notes (14 - 4 - 3)
The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is making the most out of its first NCAA III tournament appearance. The Warhawks, back-to-back champions of the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, are 14-4-3, setting a school record for wins.
The Warhawks, who enter sectional play on a streak of twelve games without a loss, have exactly doubled opponents in scoring (2.38 goals average vs. 1.19) and corner kicks (129-65 … okay, one off). The offense is led by senior Emily Gerber and sophomore Christina Tooren. Gerber, twice WIAC Player of the Year, owns school records for season assists (10 in 2011), season points (49 in 2008), career goals (54) and career points (129). Tooren, who played in just eleven games because of an early season injury, is second on the team with 11 goals and 25 points. Gerber and Tooren are also 1-2 on the team with five game winning goals and four, respectively.
Whitewater's defense is anchored by Kelsey Finn, a junior, and freshman keeper Jordan Myers. Myers, who has been between the posts for all but 300 minutes this season, has compiled a 1.12 goals against average, .800 save percentage, and posted four shutouts.
Note: The All-WIAC team will be announced Friday afternoon.
Head coach Greg Henschel is UW-W's soccer coordinator, serving as head coach of both the men's and women's teams. Henschel directed both to WIAC titles and NCAA tournament berths in 2011. He has compiled a 126-89-13 (.581) record in his twelfth season as the women's head coach.
Whitewater By the Numbers
Starting Lineup: 2 seniors, 2 juniors, 4 sophomores, 3 freshmen
Goal Leaders: Emily Gerber 13, Christina Tooren 11, Riley Kirchoff 4
Assist Leaders: Emily Gerber 10, Alyssa Chamberlain 6, Pamela Lisowe 4
Game Winning Goals: Emily Gerber 5, Christina Tooren 4, three players with 1
Percent of Shots on Goal: Becky Plese .733, Christina Tooren .614, Pamela Lisowe .581
Leading Goaltender: Jordan Myers, 10-4-3, 1.12 GAA, .800 save percentage, 4 shutouts
Wheaton College Notes (20 - 1 - 2)
Wheaton enters the game with a streak of six matches without a loss. Like UW-W, Wheaton officially tied in their conference tournament championship match, with Wheaton earning the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin's automatic berth on the basis of a shootout with Illinois Wesleyan. The Thunder's only loss was to Elmhurst College, 2-1 in two overtimes. WC began the season by going sixteen matches without a loss. You get the feeling that the teams had the same schedule maker. Common opponents include Loras (WW lost 3-2, WC won 3-1), North Park (WW won 5-1, WC won 4-0), Illinois Wesleyan (WW lost 3-1, WC won 3-2 and tied 2-2), Aurora (WW won 2-0, WC won 2-0), Augustana (WW won 3-1, WC won 3-2 in 2 OT), UW-Eau Claire (WW won 2-1, WC won 3-0), and UW-Stevens Point (WW won 3-2 and 3-2, WC won 3-0). That should burn out a few score comparison soccer sabremetric calculaters.
Wheaton By the Numbers
Starting Lineup: 5 seniors, 3 juniors, 2 freshmen
Goal Leaders: Jaime Orewiler 12, Keri Shannon 12, Anna Seaboldt 10
Assist Leaders: Jaime Orewiler 14,Keri Shannon 12, Katelyn Kishkunas 10
Game Winning Goals: Keri Shannon 6, Anna Seaboldt 3, Sarah Guidera 3
Percent of Shots on Goal: Katelyn Kishkunas .630, Jaime Orewilder .593, Anna Seaboldt .590
Leading Goaltender: Kelsey Graham, 12-1-2, .061 GAA, .824 save percentage4, 4 shutouts
What's Coming Up
More of the NCAA III tournament, with sectional finals Saturday and the final four December 2-3.