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Playoff Preview: Fourth Seeded Wilmington Women’s Soccer Begins CACC Tournament With Home Game on Tuesday

Playoff Preview: Fourth Seeded Wilmington Women’s Soccer Begins CACC Tournament With Home Game on Tuesday

Copyright 2015; Wilmington University. All rights reserved. Photo by James Jones.

NEWARK, Del. - - The Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Women's Soccer Tournament begins on Tuesday and the Wilmington University women's soccer team hosts Caldwell at the WU Athletics Complex with a 2:00 p.m. start.

The Wildcats earned the fourth seed in the CACC Tournament and the right to host a CACC Tournament First Round game. They square off against the fifth seeded Cougars from Caldwell.

First year head coach Jeff Zoyac has led the Wildcats to the fourth seed this season after the Wildcats earned the eighth seed in each of the past two CACC Tournaments. Tuesday is a rematch of a game between these two teams on October 3, as the Wildcats came out with a 1-0 victory in front of their home crown on Homecoming. Chandler Lages scored the game winner in the 62nd minute.

Tickets/Admission for CACC Tournament:

Adults: $6.00
Children and Senior Citizens: $3.00
Children under the age of three: Free
Wilmington University students with valid student ID: Free

Links to Follow the CACC Tournament:

Live Stats/Video vs. Caldwell:
CACC Tournament Bracket:

Scouting the No. 4 Wilmington University Wildcats:

The Wildcats had the biggest jump in the regular season, finishing fourth in the standings after being picked to finish seventh in the CACC Preseason Poll at the beginning of the season.

Redshirt sophomore Loran Wyrough leads the Wildcats, as she was tied atop the CACC leaderboard with 17 goals this season. She is also is second in the conference with 38 points, but leads the CACC with 15 goals and 34 points against CACC competition. Sophomore Chandler Lages is fifth in the CACC in recording six assists. Lages is second on the team with 14 points (4G, 6A) while Carin Essex-Arline is the only other Wildcat in double digits with 10 points (3G, 4A).

Goalkeeper Kierstyn Williams ranks third in the CACC in making 96 saves this season and carries a 1.80 goals against average in the CACC Tournament. She ranks second in the conference with 10 wins and fifth in the league with five shutouts.

As a team, the Wildcats are fourth in the CACC in scoring 32 goals this year while ranking third with 33 assists. Against CACC opponents only, the Wildcats rank fifth with 26 goals and second in tallying 27 assists.

Scouting the No. 5 Caldwell University Cougars:

The Cougars come into the First Round of the CACC Tournament on two-game losing streak, falling to Georgian Court, 4-0, and at Felician, 1-0, in the regular season finale. That snapped a five-game winning streak for the Cougars and knocked them to fifth overall in the CACC Standings.

Caldwell also has three student-athletes with double digit points, as Sarina Soriano leads the team with 12 points (6G). Kelly Folk and Emily Valerian has each tallied 11 points while Folk has scored four times and added three assists and Valerian has scored five goals and added an assist.

The CACC Rookie of the Year is Caldwell's netminder Mary Kanzler, as she has played every minute in goal as a freshman. She is second in the CACC with seven shuouts and carries a 1.13 goals against average into the CACC Tournament. She has made 73 saves on the season, ranking fifth in the conference. She has only allowed nine goals against CACC competition and has a 0.73 GAA against league foes.

As a team, Caldwell is ranked fifth in the CACC in scoring 28 goals this year. Of their 204 shots (sixth), the Cougars have put 108 of them on goal, ranking sixth in the league. They've added 13 assists on the season as well, ranking seventh in the CACC.

Wilmington in the CACC Tournament:

2004 (0-0-2): #2 Wilmington tied #3 Caldwell, 0-0 (Wilmington advances on PKs, 4-3); #4 Dominican tied #2 Wilmington, 0-0 (Dominican wins CACC Championship, 3-0, on PK's)
2005 (1-1): #5 Wilmington def. #4 Dominican, 3-2; #1 Holy Family def. #5 Wilmington, 4-1
2007 (0-1-1): #4 Wilmington tied #5 Dominican, 2-2 (Wilmington advances on PKs, 4-2); #1 Holy Family def. #4 Wilmington, 1-0
2009 (0-1): #4 Holy Family def. #5 Wilmington, 1-0
2010 (1-1): #1 Wilmington def. #8 Felician, 6-3; #4 Holy Family def. #1 Wilmington, 3-0
2012 (3-0): # 1 Wilmington def. #8 Felician, 2-1; #1 Wilmington def. #4 Georgian Court, 4-0; #1 Wilmington def. #2 Philadelphia, 1-0
2013 (0-1): #1 Holy Family def. #8 Wilmington, 2-1
2014 (0-1): #1 Philadelphia def. #8 Wilmington, 2-0

Overall: 5-6-3

Season Records vs. CACC Tournament Participants:

#1 Georgian Court University Lions (14-2-2, 11-0-1 CACC): 2015 – L 2-0
#2 Holy Family University Tigers (11-5-1, 9-2-1 CACC): 2015 – L 4-2
#3 Post University Eagles (9-6-1, 9-2-1 CACC): 2015 – L 2-1 (OT)
#4 Wilmington University Wildcats (10-7, 9-3 CACC)
#5 Caldwell University Cougars (9-8-1, 8-3-1 CACC): 2015 – W 1-0
#6 Philadelphia University Rams (8-8-1, 7-4-1 CACC): 2015 – W 2-1 (2OT)
#7 Felician University Golden Falcons (7-9, 7-5 CACC): 2015 – W 2-1
#8 Goldey-Beacom College Lightning (8-9, 5-7 CACC): 2015 – W 3-2

2015 CACC Women's Soccer Tournament Game Schedule:

Quarterfinals (Tuesday)
#8 Goldey-Beacom at #1 Georgian Court (2 p.m.)
#7 Felician at #2 Holy Family (2 p.m.)
#6 Philadelphia at #3 Post (2 p.m.)
#5 Caldwell at #4 Wilmington (2 p.m.)

Semifinals (Thursday)
GCU/G-B Winner vs. WilmU/Caldwell Winner
HFU/Felician Winner vs. Post/PhilaU Winner
Highest remaining seed will play the 11 a.m. match; followed at 1:30 p.m. by the second semifinal contest

Championship Final (Saturday)
Semifinal #1 Winner vs. Semifinal #2 Winner (1:30 p.m.)

Semifinals & Final will be held at LaMoy Field on the Post University campus in Waterbury, Conn.