William & Mary knocks UNCW women’s soccer out of conference tournament

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The University of North Carolina Wilmington women’s soccer team fell 1-0 to William & Mary in the semifinals of the Colonial Athletic Association tournament in Hempstead, N.Y. Friday afternoon.

Tribe senior forward Katie Johnson scored early in the second half off a header from a corner kick and the Seahawks were never able to notch an equalizer. The loss ends a four-game winning streak for UNCW, ending regular season play with a 14-6-1 record.

The season may not be over for the Seahawks, but it would take an at-large bid to the 64-team NCAA tournament. Before the loss, the Seahawks were ranked 37th in the NCAA’s power rankings.

The team’s 14 wins was the most in school history. Head coach Paul Cairney was voted the CAA coach-of-the-year by the league’s other coaches. Seniors Maddie McCormick, Stephanie Bronson and Morgan Leyble were voted to the All-CAA First Team while senior Karissa Smith was named to the conference’s All-Academic Team. Senior Katrina Guillou was named to the second-team and junior goalkeeper Carolyn Huddy earned third team honors.

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