Women's Soccer NCAA 1st & 2nd Round Preview

Women's Soccer NCAA 1st & 2nd Round Preview

Washington University in St. Louis was selected to host 2017 NCAA Division III First and Second Round action Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 11-12, at Francis Field in St. Louis.

No. 5 WashU (15-1-1) and Dominican University (17-0-4) will square off in a first round game Saturday at 5:30 p.m., followed by Thomas More College (15-4-1) and Wittenberg University (8-6-3) at 8 p.m. The advancing teams of Saturday's contests will meet Sunday at 7 p.m. for a berth into the Sectional Semifinals.

All three games will be broadcast live on the WashU Sports Network and live stats will also be available on the WashU Athletics website.

Saturday, Nov. 11
5:30 p.m. – #5 WashU vs. Dominican (lll.)  – LIVE VIDEO | LIVE STATS
8 p.m. – Thomas More vs. Wittenberg – LIVE VIDEO | LIVE STATS

Sunday, Nov. 12
7 p.m. – NCAA Second Round – LIVE VIDEO | LIVE STATS

Ticket prices are $7 for adults, $4 for students, seniors and children ages 3-12. WashU undergraduate students with an ID will be admitted free courtesy of Student Union, Student Affairs, and the Department of Athletics. The box office will open each day one hour prior to kickoff each day.


• Dominican is making its first NCAA Division III Tournament appearance after claiming the 2017 Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC) Tournament Championship for the first time in program history.

• Head Coach Carlos Carrillo is in his fourth season as the Stars' head women's soccer coach.  Prior to taking over the women's program, Carrillo served as an assistant coach with the men's program for nine seasons, including during the Stars 2009 run to the NCAA Division III Semifinals.

• Sophomore Josseline Williams was named the NACC Offensive Player of the Year. Williams has collected 31 goals—two shy of the Dominican single-season record—and four assists for a total of 66 points. Williams currently ranks second in DIII women's soccer in goals (31) and points (66), while she is tied for the national lead in game-winning goals (9).

• Thomas More won its seventh-straight President's Athletic Conference (PAC) title with a 2-0 victory over Grove City on Nov. 3.

• First-year head coach Kim McGowan came from Olivet College, where she posted an 11-6-3 overall record in one season. McGowan played collegiately four seasons at Ohio Northern University.

• The Saints have a 7-6 overall record in six-previous trips to the NCAA Tournament.

• Sophomore forward Olivia Nienaber leads the team in goals (7) and points (17). Nienaber has 21 goals in 39 career games played.

• WashU secured a share of its 12th UAA championship with a 2-1 victory at No. 1-ranked University of Chicago Nov. 4 to earn the league's automatic bid. 

• The Bears are making their 12th-consecutive and 17th overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament. WashU has a 33-13-8 (.685) all-time record in NCAA Tournament play, and was the 2016 NCAA Division III National Champion.

Jim Conlon is the winningest coach in school history with a 167-34-16 (.806) record in 10 seasons. Conlon has led the Bears to three Final Four (2009, 2015, 2016) trips, seven UAA championships and 10 trips to the NCAA Tournament.

• Sophomore forward Taylor Cohen leads the league in goals scored (13) and points (31).

• Wittenberg won its fifth NCAC Tournament Championship, claiming their first tournament title on the road in a 1-0 win at Kenyon College.

• This is the Tigers seventh appearance in the NCAA Tournament, and the first time making back-to-back appearances since making it in consecutive seasons from 2006-09.

• Wittenberg is 3-3 in NCAA First Round games with a 4-6 overall NCAA Tournament record. 

• Head coach Katie Robinson won the NCAC Tournament in her first season at the helm.