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William & Mary celebrates its CAA women's soccer championship.


Courtesy: CAA
          Release: 11/06/2011
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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (November 6, 2011) – Junior Mallory Schaffer scored from 12 yards out just 2:13 into overtime to give top-seeded William & Mary a 1-0 victory over #2 VCU in the title game of the 2011 Virginia 529 CAA Women’s Soccer Championship Sunday afternoon at Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field in Williamsburg, Va.

It was the 10th CAA women’s soccer championship for the Tribe (17-2-2), but first since 2003. W&M earns the league’s automatic berth to the NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship, whose 64-team field will be announced on Monday. The Rams, who saw their 10-match unbeaten streak come to an end, dropped to 9-8-4 after losing for the first time since Sept. 25.

On the game’s deciding play, Tribe freshman Aly Shaughnessy headed a pass from just outside the box over the Rams’ defense. Schaffer settled the ball, and fired a 12-yard laser just inside the right post for the game-winner. It was the league-leading 17th goal of the year and sixth game-winner for Schaffer, who was the 2011 CAA Player of the Year.

“I honestly don’t know what happened,” said Schaffer of the game-winning goal. “Somebody headed it over the defense, I turned, and the ball dropped right in front of me. I got a one-time shot on net.”

VCU out-shot William & Mary 17-8 in the match, including 9-1 in the second half. In the 67th minute, sophomore Courtney Conrad dribbled down the middle of the field and found freshman Cristin Granados on the left side of the box. The freshman midfielder missed just wide of the right post from 12 yards out. With 12 minutes remaining, a Granados free kick from 20 yards out caromed off the left post.

“VCU was the better team today,” said W&M coach John Daly. “We weren’t connecting the way we can. With about 10 minutes to go we decided to push Mallory forward and then ended up being the difference. It feels very, very good to win the championship.”

The Tribe’s game-winning goal came on their first shot attempt since the 61st minute. It was also just the third goal scored against VCU in 11 games.

W&M goalkeeper Katherine Yount made four saves to earn the shutout while Kristen Carden stopped two shots for VCU.

W&M sophomore back Tara Connors was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Performer. She was joined on the all-tournament squad by teammates Yount, Dani Rutter and Shaughnessy. VCU was represented by Carden, Meaghan Dullea and Conrad. Also making the squad were Northeastern’s Paige Burnett and Veronica Napoli and Delaware’s Ali Miller and Tania Domingos.

Paige Burnett, Northeastern
Kristin Carden, VCU
Tara Connors, William & Mary
Courtney Conrad, VCU
Tania Domingos, Delaweare
Meaghan Dullea, VCU
Ali Miller, Delaware
Veronica Napoli, Northeastern
Dani Rutter, William & Mary
Aly Shaughnessy, William & Mary
Katherine Yount, William & Mary

Most Outstanding Performer: Tara Connors, William & Mary