The Ephs (19-0-1) will play the Wheaton College (IL) Thunder (21-3-2) at 5 PM EST on Friday in Greensboro in the NCAA Women’s Soccer Final Four. 

According to their local paper, one Wheaton player is out battling cancer and several others have sustained season-ending injuries. Nonetheless, they are quite a formidable team. The defending national champions, Wheaton has won the championship three times (2004, 2006, and 2007) in the previous four years, losing only to Messiah College in 2005. (Messiah, last year’s runner up, is in this year’s Final Four, playing William Smith in Friday’s other semifinal.)

Williams, too, is extremely formidable. Undefeated this season, they are 36-1-1 in their last 38 outings, and are ranked #1 nationally.

The live free video should be here. If that does not work, try linking up through the Williams sports page. UPDATE: You need to download Silverlight.2.0(2).dmg ahead of time for the NCAA broadcast to work on your computer.

 If you are in Williamstown, go to Paresky to see the game on the big screen, thanks to arrangements made by Will Slack ’11. And if you are anywhere near Greensboro, please try to go out to support the team.

Lots of background information about the teams here.

GO EPHS!

team photograph copyright Williams College

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