Although Williams soccer has an amazing tradition of excellence, 2009 represents, arguably, a new pinnacle for the Ephs, considering the ridiculous success of both current students and alumni:
- Women’s soccer, of course, won its third straight NESCAC title, going undefeated yet again in doing so. Brianna Wolfson ’10 was awarded NESCAC player of the year, and five other players made all conference. Williams won two home games this weekend to earn a spot in the Sweet 16 for the third straight year. They next face a difficult opponent on Saturday in the College of New Jersey, which dominated Amherst on Sunday, 4-0.
- Men’s soccer bounced back from its first NCAA miss in years to win the NESCAC title in dramatic fashion. Conor Smith ’10 was named NESCAC player of the year, and three others made all conference. The Ephs took two NCAA games this weekend, including a road win at RPI in Sunday, to earn a spot in the Sweet 16 on Saturday, where they will be a slight underdog against perennial power and fellow top-10 team York (PA), which easily knocked off Amherst on Sunday.
- Erin Sullivan ’96 coached his Western New England squad to yet another conference championship, earning his sixth straight NCAA bid in the process. Sullivan, the TCCC coach of the year, is featured in this great story. WNE won its first round NCAA game on the road, but fell just short to Wesleyan in the second round, losing in penalty kicks.
- Dan Calichman ’90 coached the CMS men’s soccer squad to a suprising win in the SCIAC tournament, earning an NCAA bid in the process. CMS likewise upset host UC Santa Cruz in the first round of the NCAA tournament, but fell just short in the second round.
- Khari Stephenson ’04’s pro soccer career is still going strong, and he helped his team secure the Norway Cup last week. For those, like me, who prefer their sports news from the original source material, you can read about it in Norweigian here.
- The future of Eph soccer looks secure as well, given the numerous underclassman Ephs among the all-conference honorees and NESCAC scoring leaders. Of course, it always helps to have high school stars like Noah Cadet [’14?] interested in coming to Williams.