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Liberty League Womens Soccer 2022
« on: April 11, 2022, 11:28:56 am »
Looking at the Liberty League statistics for 2021, 8 of the overall statistical leaders in offensive categories were fifth year players. An additional 5 players are fourth years with one year of eligibility left, whose return for a fifth year is uncertain. With the departure of this offensive talent, it looks like 2022 will likely be a year of major transition for most teams in the Liberty League.  Will this transition year loosen William Smith’s grasp on the Liberty League title in 2022?  Here is a look at how graduation will affect each team in the League.

#1 William Smith is losing Juila Keogh (D3soccer.com and LL POY) as well as 3 of their top offensive leaders (Adams, McQuillian and Hinrichs). They also may lose Gray (3 goals) and Kneike (3 goals), who were also in the top ten in some of the League’s statistical categories. Definitely returning are Blakely-Armitage (#4 in team pts, 9 goals), Katrine Berg (#6 in team pts, 4 goals), Emma Faso (#8 in team pts, 4 goals) and Julia Berg (#9 in team pts, 4 goals). With their deep bench, it will be interesting to see which other player may step up to replace the offensive power that is leaving the team.

#2 Ithaca is losing their top two offensive leaders in Epifani and Espenhorst  as well as Megan 0’Reilly (#5 on team for pts). There is a question whether Buttinger (LL top ten in GWG,4 goals) will return for a fifth year. Definitely returning are Delaney Rutan (LL top 10 in shots, 2 goals), Rosey Bostian (LL top ten in shots and shots on goal, 4 goals) and defender Richards (LL top 10 in GWG)

#3 Union is losing their top offensive player O’Shea, Dworkin (#4 in team pts) and, if she decides not to return for a 5th year, Schleimer (#2 in team pt, 5 goals). Definitely returning is Friedman (#3 in team pts, 4 goals) and Sgueglia (#5 in team pts, 4 goals).

#4 RIT is returning Cataldo-Smith, their top offensive player for past 2 years (2019 LL ROY, 2021- #2 in LL goals, game-winners and pts) but is losing McHale (#2 in team pts). Also returning are Allor (#3 in team pts, 3 goals), Williams (#4 in team pts, 3 goals) and Schock (#5 in team pts, 3 goals).

#5 Skidmore is losing their top offensive player Eljaeik as well as Craft (#2 in team pts) and Allen (#4 In team pts). Definitely returning is Stone (#3 in team pts, 3 goals) and Dunn (#5 in team pts, 2 goals)

#6 Vassar is losing their top offensive player Herrera-Ross (5 goals) and Rubinelli (#4 in team pts, 2 goals). Definitely returning is Morrison (#2 in team pts, 4 goals) and Monnelly (#3 in team pts, 2 goals).

#7 St Lawrence could possibly lose their top offensive player O’Hara,(5 goals 6 assists) if she does not return for a fifth year. They are also losing Isabel (#2 in team pts). Definitely returning are Potter (#3 in team pts, 5 goals) and Reynolds (#4 in team pts, 3 goals).

#8 RPI is losing their top two offensive players, Winsom  and Emma Barnes  They are returning Gwen Barnes (1goal, 3 assists) ,Nambior (2 goals) and several other players scoring 2 goals or less.

#9 Clarkson is returning their top 4 offensive players,  Hodge (4 goals), Fahrenkrug (4 goals)  , Cascone (1 goals, 4 assists) and Kohls (3 goals).

#10 Bard may be losing Dickson (1 goal) if she doesn’t return for a fifth year. Definitely returning are Peet and Randall, who both scored a goal last year.


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Re: Liberty League Womens Soccer 2022
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2022, 11:58:00 am »
Having connections to RIT, I have always looked forward to the upcoming seasons to see if another team could supplant William Smith as League champion for the first time in 13 years. In the past 3 years, Ithaca and RIT have shown that potential but not gotten over the hump. Certainly, the League overall would benefit from consistently having more than two teams in the NCAA playoffs. In the past seven years, the League has had the following # of teams in the NCAA playoffs: only Willima Smith in 2016, 2017 and 2019; two teams (WS and Ithaca) in 2015 and 2021; and four teams (WS, Ithaca, RIT and Vassar) in 2018.

Now that the commitment period has closed, I was wondering if any parents from the League teams were willing to share their impressions of the recruiting season and identify key players to watch in the fall. I realize that many will be unable to draw conclusions until midway through the pre-season but would welcome your feedback when you can do so.

Realizing that William Smith was losing most of their offensive scorers to graduation, I posed that question to  another poster with connections to William Smith. I will share a portion of his comments to me:

"In terms of the focus of the Fall 2022 offense, I suspect Ella Reish, a rising sophomore, to emerge as the top goal scorer - from her play on the development team, she appears to have the mentality and skill set - she is a baller. The only reasons she wasn't varsity are named Keogh, McQuillan and Adams. I think Blakely-Armitage will be asked to step up, especially at first, and Emma Faso will contribute, as you suspect. The Berg sisters roles may evolve again. Initially Julia Berg was a defender and played midfield in 2021, while Kat Berg was a forward, who played midfield and some defense in 2021. They could end up anywhere. Other player roles will evolve as well, such as Marissa Mastracco, who as a first year in 2021, IMO found herself lost as a midfielder and was moved back to defense so she could see the game better. She may end up a forward/winger and pick up either McQuillan's or Adams' role. I am high on rising junior Emma Kirts, she could end up being the DMid in front of the back four, or a centerback. Rising junior Taylor Ashe will find a spot in the midfield, I think."

IMO, there will not be a huge dropoff by William Smith.

RIT hopes to challenge William Smith as the only team in the League returning the majority of its strongest offensive players. Keep an eye on their main scorer Cataldo-Smith (2019 ROY, 2021 -2d in LL goal and points) to have a bounce back year after scoring less goal that her freshman year due to injury. They expect an impact from having Madison Corso return up top at full strength and further development from Emma Schock in her 2d year. They are excited to add a redshirt freshman (Sam ?) along with incoming recruits Elena Onadera and Jillian Antol, who have each demonstrated speed and strong ball skills. The RIT defense will be led by Lauren Zeglen (who was having strong 2021 season until an ACL tear) and Erin Allor who had led the midfield since her freshman year.

Looking forward from your feedback.



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Re: Liberty League Womens Soccer 2022
« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2022, 04:24:35 pm »
The schedules for Liberty League play have been largely released.  Some early non-league matchups worth watching are:

9/4   William Smith v. Carnegie Mellon  and  9/10  William Smith v Messiah:  Facing significant offensive turnover from 2021, William Smith has scheduled 4 pre-season matches to help their players settle into their new roles. These 2 early regular season matches should give us an idea as to how effective their offense will be this season.

9/10 Vassar v Scranton and 9/14 Vassar v Western Conn State. These 2 matchups against 2021 NCAA playoff teams should help determine whether Vassar will be a threat this season.

9/7 RIT v Geneseo and 9/10 RIT v Otterbein: These matches against quality teams will show whether RIT has added any impactful players to their offense.
 
Some pivotal Liberty Leagues matchups among likely League playoff teams to watch:
9/21  William Smith v RIT
9/24   Vassar v RIT
9/28 William Smith v Ithaca
10/25 Ithaca v RIT
10/29 Ithaca v Vassar

With so much turnover on most of the teams in the League, it should be an interesting season to watch.

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« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2022, 09:23:44 am »
I was able to stream the game on 9/4 between 15th ranked Carnegie Mellon (CM) against the 5th ranked William Smith (WS). This game was the first test of how William Smith would respond to the loss of four 5th year players plus 2 other seniors to graduation. WS had a prior game against the Univerity of St Joseph, a less skilled team, with WS winning 8-0 but without a single player having more than 1 goal. This was the first game of the season for Carnegie Mellon and it showed in the first half.

The first half seemed to be mostly mired in the midfield with neither team making any dangerous plays. However WS had the better of play, outshooting CM 6-4. WS broke through with a goal in the 27th minute off of a corner kick deflection. However, CM seemed to settle down afterwards. In the second half, CM took control, outshooting WS 11-5. CM had a number of dangerous opportunities to tie the game but were unable to finish. WS was able to tack on a second goal against the run of play and then held on by its fingernails for the win. After 4 pre-season games and a gimme first match, it is difficult to argue that the WS players are still trying to figure out their new roles. WS definitely looks less dangerous offensively than in past years and the door may be more open to a new League champion than in the past. The next match for WS is against Messiah on 9/10. WS will definitely have to up its game if it intends to win that game.

I was also able to stream the RIT matches against Denison on 9/2 and Kenyon on 9/3. RIT won both matches by scores of 2-1 and 2-0 respectively. RIT showed both speed and control, significantly outpossessing its opponents in both matches. Swinging the ball back and forth across the field and then attacking through the gaps they created. This style of play seemed to wear down its opponents and allowed RIT to control the second half. In the Denison match, Denison forward Callie Davis was the offensive creator who scored the first goal in the 15th minute. Re-watching the game, Davis was offsides on the play but the refs missed it. Davis managed two shots on goal in the first 7 minutes of the match and had 4 total shots in the first 15 minutes. However, the RIT defense wore Denison down, allowing only one shot for the rest of the game. In the Kenyon match, RIT controlled most of the match, outshooting Kenyon 7-3 in the first half and 11-5 in the scond half. At no point did it feel that Kenyon was in the match.

Last night RIT went up against its first serious challenge, playing #25 Geneseo. This is always a tough match for RIT, who won last year's match 1-0 on a rebound off of a PK by Cataldo-Smith. Candidly, this was the best that I have seen RIT play over the 3 years that I have followed them. Geneseo generated only 2 shots and 3 corner kicks in the first half. RIT continued with its style of play, looking for quick attacks through the gaps and had 7 shots against them. In the second half, RIT shut down Geneseo completely, not allowing a single shot or corner kick. Meanwhile, RIT put away 2 goals in a span on one minute (67th and 68th minutes respectively), generating 12 shots and 4 corner kicks.

My pre-season question as to whether RIT added any dangerous players to supplement their offense has been answered positively. Six different players have scored the 6 RIT goals in these 3 matches. Freshman Roberta Moger has shown dangerous speed on the outside while red-shirt sophomore Sam Halligan is currently leading the team in shots and points. Senior Madison Corso has been busy in front of the net and scored her first goal off of a deflection on a Halligan shot. While their top scorer from prior years (Cataldo-Smith) has yet to score a goal, she continues to draw attention from the opponent's defense and made a beautiful chip shot over the goalie that lead to Halligan's goal in the Geneseo game. Their defense has been solid and has limited scoring opportunities throughout these matches. Sophomore Amber Flynn (who never saw the field last year) is now starting on the back line and has been an eye-opening defender. Jessica Gomez has been outstanding in the midfield, challenging for balls and getting the ball up to the forwards in dangerous spots. As you can tell, I'm a little excited about the prospects of their season and think William Smith should be a little worried. Their next match is against Otterbein on 9/10.

 

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Re: Liberty League Womens Soccer 2022
« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2022, 11:03:38 am »
The Liberty League as a whole seems to have gotten off to a great start. There are 5 teams that have yet to lose this season. William Smith's only loss is against Messiah. Vassar has had some notable results.

SCHOOL         OVERALL           PCT.           STREAK          NOTABLE WINS/LOSS/TIES
RIT                 4-0                   1.000   W4                  2-0 win v #25 Geneseo

Union              4-0                    1.000   W4                 

Clarkson          4-0-1                     .900   W2                  0-0 Tie with Cortland

St. Lawrence    4-0-1                     .900   W1                   0-0 Tie with Nazareth

Ithaca               3-0-1             .875   T1                     2-2 tie v Fredonia   

Skidmore           2-1                     .667   W1

William Smith    2-1                     .667   L1                    2-0 win v #15 Carnegie M;
                                                                                        2-1 v #17 Messiah

Bard            1-2-1             .375   L1

Vassar              1-2-1                     .375   W1                     1-0 win v #10 Scranton; 0-0 tie v NYU

RPI                   0-3-1             .125   L2





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Re: Liberty League Womens Soccer 2022
« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2022, 10:20:09 am »
Some highlight games involving Liberty League teams this week:

Tuesday, 9/20 @ 7pm: Vassar v #10 Wesleyan:   
https://athletics.wesleyan.edu/sports/2022/8/26/womens-soccer-stream.aspx

Wednesday, 9/21 @ 4:30 pm: #6 William Smith v. RV  Rochester Institute of Technology
https://hwsathletics.com/watch/?Live=1329&type=Live

I'll post the links to Saturday's highlight games later this week.

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« Reply #6 on: October 21, 2022, 10:58:34 am »
Been a little while since I posted because I was waiting for the dust to settle a little. Some thoughts on the race for the Liberty League playoffs.

William Smith is currently 6-0-1 in the League and  11-1-2 overall. With 2 remaining matches against Vassar and St. Lawrence, they have essentially locked up the Liberty League regular season title. While their overall record look like years past, this team is not the powerhouse it usually is and is beatable. It will be interesting to see which team claims the fourth seed. Their first playoff game could be a re-match against Skidmore, the only team in the League to tie them this season.   

Ithaca is 4-1-1   in the League and  9-2-3 overall with 3 remaining games against RPI, RIT and Vassar. Ithaca is second in the League for goals scored. Their last 2 games will determine whether they hold on to the second position and secure a playoff bye.   

RIT is 3-2-1 in the League and 9-2-2 overall with 3 remaining matches against Bard, Ithaca and Union.
RIT was looking dominant until they took on William Smith and lost their most dangerous forward for the season with an ACL tear. Although William Smith won 4-1 off of counter-attack goals, RIT looked like the more dangerous team, out-possessing and controlling the game against William Smith. It clearly took a while for RIT to adjust to losing their top forward as RIT did not score a goal in their next 3 matches. Yet they walked away with 2 ties and 1 loss during that period. Since that time, RIT has not lost. The game against Ithaca should determine who holds second place in the League.

Vassar is 3-2-1 in the League and 7-4-3 overall with 3 matches remaining against William Smith, RPI and Ithaca. Vassar has been inconsistent, pulling off ties against NYU and Wesleyan, beating Scranton and West. Conn and RIT. However, the win against RIT can be discounted a little since it was the RIT's first match after losing Cataldo-Smith and RIT just couldn't find the back of the net. Despite these good results, Vassar also had losses against College of Mt St Vincent, Union and Clarkson and a tie against Skidmore. Which team shows up in the League Playofffs will decide how far they advance.

Skidmore is 2-1-3 in the League and 7-2-3 overall with 3 remaining matches against St. Lawrence, Union and Bard. Skidmore is the only League blemish for William Smith (0-0 tie) and also secured ties against both Vassar and Ithaca. Skidmore has a stingy defense and is tied for League lead for fewest goals against. Skidmore should hold on for the fifth spot in the League playoffs.

There is currently a tie for the final position in the League playoffs between Union, Clarkson and St. Lawrence. Clarkson controls their own destiny since they play both Union and St. Lawrence in the upcoming weeks. 

Union is 2-3-1 in the League and 8-4-2 overall with 3 remaining matches against Clarkson, Skidmore and RIT. Union started off strong winning their first 7 games but have only won once since. They have not scored more than 2 goals in any game this season and have given up nearly as many goals as they have scored.   

St. Lawrence is 2-3-1 in the League and 6-4-2 overall with 3 remaining matches against Skidmore, Clarkson and William Smith. IMO, they have the toughest remaining schedule of the three and are unlikely to advance.
 
Clarkson is 2-3-1 in the League and 7-5-2 overall with 3 remaining matches against Union, St. Lawrence and RPI. Clarkson led the League with the most shots, goals and points through the first seven games of the season but the stats fell off after League play started. With the exception of the 4 goals against Bard, Clarkson has only scored 1 goal in their six other games.

RPI and Bard have no chance of making the playoffs.
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Re: Liberty League Womens Soccer 2022
« Reply #7 on: October 28, 2022, 10:09:03 am »
Going into the final slate of games on Saturday, I read the playoff situation as William Smith and Ithaca with byes; Skidmore, RIT, Clarkson, and Vassar in the playoffs with seeding to be determined. I'm not a betting man, but Skidmore-Vassar and RIT-Clarkson seems the most likely first round.

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« Reply #8 on: October 29, 2022, 11:15:04 pm »
So the playoff picture is set. William Smith and Ithaca with first round byes. RIT hosts Vassar and Skidmore hosts Clarkson. Good luck to all qualifiers.

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« Reply #9 on: November 02, 2022, 09:22:10 am »
The quarterfinals are complete.

Clarkson upsets 3rd seed Skidmore and advances to the semi-final match against Ithaca. Clarkson stormed to a 2-0 lead in the first half only to have Skidmore even the match in the second half. Neither team seemed to have any serious threats in the double overtime. Clarkson advanced on PK's 5-4. Summary of the game is below.

https://clarksonathletics.com/news/2022/11/1/womens-soccer-knights-advance-to-liberty-league-semis-on-penalty-kicks-versus-skidmore.aspx

4th seed RIT gets revenge for regular season loss to Vassar and advances to semifinal match against Williams Smith. As noted previously, RIT's 1-0 loss to Vassar in the regular season was the first game following the loss of RIT's lead forward and it took 3 games before their offense re-claimed their footing and returned to scoring goals. RIT was determined to show that the loss was a fluke. Sophomore Sam Halligan assisted the first goal and scored the next 2 goals to lead RIT to a 3-1 victory. Summary of the game is below:

https://ritathletics.com/news/2022/11/1/womens-soccer-beats-vassar-in-liberty-league-quarterfinal.aspx

Looking ahead to the semifinals, I ask the following:

Can RIT defeat William Smith for the first time in their history? Williams Smith has a record of 43-0-2 against RIT. There have been times over the past 3 years that it felt like RIT could go head-to-head against William Smith, only to face defeat. This season William Smith has shown itself to be vulnerable, giving up 3 ties in League play. Yet they defeated RIT in the regular season 4-1 on the success of their counter-attack. Can RIT adjust their play to prevent that from occuring again?

Can Clarkson reverse the trend and defeat Ithaca? Clarkson won its first ever match against Ithaca in 2017 but has lost every match against Ithaca since. Ithaca won 2-0 in the regular season.  The #6 seed Knights pulled the upset against Skidmore. Can they continue the magic?

Your thoughts?

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« Reply #10 on: November 08, 2022, 01:16:02 pm »
The Liberty League playoffs were competitive this year with the majority of games headed into overtime.
 
In the first semi-final, William Smith controlled possession for the first 15 minutes of the match but the RIT defense offered them few shots. RIT then settled down and began to pressure William Smith. The first half ended in a 0-0 tie with each team mustering 5 shots. However RIT had more shots on goal (3-2) than William Smith. The second half seemed to be a mirror of the first half but William Smith outshot RIT 7-2. Regulation ended in a 0-0 tie. Neither team made any serious threat in the two overtimes and the teams went to penalty kicks. RIT stopped the first PK but misfired their first shot off the crossbar. William Smith advanced on pk's 4-3.

In the second semi-final, Ithaca controlled much of the game, outshooting Clarkson 6-2 in the first half and 10-1 in the second half but could not find the back of the net. Regulation ended in a 0-0 tie. About 3 minutes into the first overtime, Delaney Rutan scored the only goal of the game and Ithaca advanced to the conference finals.

The conference finals started evenly with William Smith outshooting Ithaca 5-3 but only getting 2 shots on goal. In the second half, William Smith put more pressure on Ithaca's goalie, outshooting them 11-4. However Claire Reader made five saves in the second half and three in the overtime periods to force the game to penalty kicks. Ithaca substituted Grace Hickey into goal for the PK's and was rewarded with a save on the second kick of William Smith. Ithaca claimed the Liberty League title 5-3 on PK's.

Ithaca claimed the automatic bid to the NCAA's while William Smith and RIT both claimed at large bids. All three teams have solid defenses with William Smith ranked #5 in goals against average (.325), #3 in shut out % (.778) and #14 in save % (.887). RIT ranked #21 in goals against average (.549), #16 in shut out % (.667) and #99 in save % (.821). Meanwhile, Ithaca was ranked #67 in goals against average (.771), #74 in shut out % (.526) and #42 in save % (.848).

Ithaca received the toughest bracket with a first round match against Capital followed by the possibility of facing undefeated and #4 ranked Case Western Reserve in the second round.

RIT faces Johnson & Wales- Providence in the first round with the possibility of facing #8 ranked Amherst in the second round. RIT gets the advantage of hosting the first and second round matches.

William Smith has an easy first round match against SUNY-Delhi with the possibility of facing #22 Tufts in the second round. William Smith gets the advantage of hosting the first and second round matches.
 
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« Reply #11 on: November 15, 2022, 11:44:14 am »
For those who were unable to watch, the Liberty League represented itself well in the NCAA playoffs.

FIRST ROUND MATCHES:

William Smith had an easy match against SUNY Delhi, winning 12-0. The link to the game summary is:
https://hwsathletics.com/news/2022/11/12/william-smith-soccer-speckhart-herons-race-past-broncos-in-ncaa-1st-round-match.aspx

RIT defeated Johnson & Wales by a score of 3-1. The link to the game summary is:
https://ritathletics.com/news/2022/11/12/womens-soccer-beats-johnson-wales-in-first-round-of-ncaa-tournament.aspx

Ithaca defeated Capital by a score of 1-0. The link to the game summary is:
https://athletics.ithaca.edu/news/2022/11/12/womens-soccer-cascones-first-half-goal-leads-ithaca-past-capital-university.aspx

SECOND ROUND MATCHES:

William Smith won a competitive match against Tufts by a score of 1-0. The link to the game summary is:
https://hwsathletics.com/news/2022/11/13/william-smith-soccer-6-herons-down-22-jumbos-advance-to-sectional-round.aspx

RIT lost a close match to #8 ranked Amherst by a score of 1-0. After giving up a goal in the first half, RIT took over the second half but could not secure the tying goal. The link to the game summary is:
https://ritathletics.com/news/2022/11/13/womens-soccer-loses-to-amherst-in-second-round-of-ncaa-tournament.aspx

Ithaca had the most difficult challenge, losing to undefeated and #4 ranked Case Western Reserve by a score of 6-0. The link to the game summary is:
https://athletics.ithaca.edu/news/2022/11/13/womens-soccer-ithaca-womens-soccer-falls-to-no-4-case-western-reserve-university-in-second-round-of-ncaa-s.aspx

THIRD ROUND MATCH:

William Smith faces off against Amherst on Saturday 11/19 at 1:30pm