Women's Soccer Sectional Preview

Women's Soccer Sectional Preview


The University of Chicago was selected to host the 2017 NCAA Division III Sectional Round Friday-Saturday, Nov. 17-18, at Stagg Field in the Windy City.

No. 4 Chicago (19-1) and No. 18 Wheaton (Ill.) (15-4-3) will square off in the first game Friday at 11 a.m., followed by No. 5 WashU (17-1-1) and No. 15 UW-La Crosse (19-1-3) at 1:30 p.m. The advancing teams of Friday's contests will meet Saturday at 1 p.m. for a berth into the Final Four.

All three games will be broadcast live at no cost and live stats will also be available on the Chicago Athletics website - athletics.uchicago.edu.

Friday, November 17
11 a.m. - #4 Chicago vs. #18 Wheaton (Ill.) – LIVE VIDEO | LIVE STATS
1:30 p.m. – #5 WashU vs. #15 UW-La Crosse – LIVE VIDEO | LIVE STATS

Saturday, November 18
1 p.m. – NCAA Sectional Championship – LIVE VIDEO | LIVE STATS

• The Maroons are in the NCAA Tournament for the fifth-straight season and 17th time in school history. In 2016, Chicago advanced to the NCAA Semifinals for the fourth time. The Maroons have a 25-14-5 all-time record in the NCAA Tournament. 

• Junior midfielder Jenna McKinney was named the University Athletic Association (UAA) Most Valuable Player for the second-straight year, while freshman forward Katie Jasminski won UAA Rookie of the year honors.

• The Maroons reached the Sweet 16 for the 11th time in school history with victories over St. Catherine (3-0) and No. 21 Hope (4-0).

• Senior midfielder Mia Calamari leads the UAA with 18 assists, and ranks first in school history with 58 in her career. Calamari has 16 goals and 58 assists for 90 points in 84 games.

• Head coach Amy Reifert is in her 27th year at Chicago, compiling an overall record of 350-129-47 (.710). She picked up her 350th career win vs. Hope Nov. 12.

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

• WashU is making its 12th-consecutive and 17th overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament. WashU has a 35-13-8 all-time record in NCAA Tournament play, and was the 2016 NCAA Division III National Champion.

• The Bears blanked Dominican (Ill.) (5-0) and Wittenberg (1-0) to reach the Sweet 16 for the sixth time in the last seven seasons and for the 13th time in school history.

Jim Conlon is the winningest coach in school history with a 169-34-16 (.808) 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 UAA in goals scored (16) and points (37). Cohen has 22 goals and 11 assists for 55 points in 38 career games.

• WashU and Wheaton tied 2-2 in double overtime on Sept. 23 in St. Louis.

• WashU and Wisconsin-La Crosse have split a pair of all-time meetings, and will meet Friday for the first time since 2005.

• The Thunder are making their 20th appearance in the NCAA Tournament, and have a 51-13-5 overall record and have been to the Final Four seven times. Wheaton won the 2004, 2005 and 2006 titles under head coach Pete Felske.

• Felske has a 488-122-35 (.784) overall record in 30 seasons. He is the only coach in the program's history, and is the sixth-winningest active coach in NCAA Women's Soccer. Felske led the Thunder to their 19th CCIW Championship in 2017.

• The Thunder extended their winning streak to 10 matches with wins over Knox (2-0) and Loras (1-0) to advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2013.

• Junior midfielder Madison Peebles was named the CCIW Player of the Year, while freshman midfielder Isabelle Oliver earned CCIW Newcomer of the Year accolades. Peebles has five goals and four assists for 14 points, while Oliver leads the team with 16 goals and three assists for 35 points.

• Friday's matchup between Wheaton and Chicago will be the second contest of the year between the two teams. The Maroons defeated Wheaton Sept. 26 in the Windy City.

• The Eagles are in the NCAA Tournament for the second time in school history, and have a 2-1 overall record in postseason play.

• UWL advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time in school history with wins over St. Scholastica (2-0) and St. Thomas (1-0).

• Junior midfielder Margaret Harings was named the 2017 WIAC Offensive Player of the Year, while junior midfielder Maya Schmitt was selected the 2017 WIAC Defensive Player of the Year.

• Head coach Jason Murphy is in his fourth season at UWL, recording a 50-21-15 (.669) overall record. Murphy picked up career win number 50 against St. Thomas Nov. 12.

• Murphy has guided the Eagles to back-to-back single-season school record win totals – 2016 (14) and 2017 (19).

• WashU Associate AD for Varsity Programs Sara Burton posted a 173-149-31 (.534) record in 20 seasons as head women's soccer coach at UWL. Burton's 173 wins rank first in school history and third in the WIAC, and a total of 32 players earned All-WIAC honors under Burton's tutelage. She also spent two years as an assistant at Chicago under Reifert.