Matt Horan and Olivia Cappoli co-wrote this article.
The Emerson women’s soccer team is headed to the NCAA Division III soccer tournament for the first-time ever after winning the NEWMAC championship on Saturday, November 5.
Emerson (12-3-5) will face the Westfield State Owls (15-3-1) in Scranton, Pennsylvania on Saturday, November 12 at 1 pm.
Seeded No. 3, Emerson defeated No. 4 Clark (12-6-2) in a 1-0 game played on Saturday at Rotch Field.
Caitlin Johnston, MA ’24 scored the lone goal of the game in the 77th minute, giving Emerson the NEWMAC championship. Johnston was assisted by Lauren Larking ’25 after she dribbled up the right side and crossed a shot into the box, which deflected off a Clark defender in front of the net, and Johnston quickly controlled the ball and flicked it into the net.
Emerson midfielder Cali Bruce ‘23 was named the Most Outstanding Player of the NEWMAC tournament.
Goalie Amara Schaub ’25 didn’t let in a goal on three shots with three stops.
The winner between Emerson and Westfield State would face the winner between Bowdoin and Scranton, which is also hosting the first-round games in Emerson’s bracket.
The full bracket of the women’s soccer DIII tournament can be seen on ncaa.com.
Men’s Soccer Team Falls to Babson
The men’s soccer program will not be advancing to the NCAA tournament after losing the NEWMAC championship on Saturday against the Babson Beavers, who won 1-0.
There was hope that the men’s team would get an invite to the NCAA DIII tournament, but they did not receive an at-large bid.
Against Babson, Emerson got three shots on goal, with all being turned back. Babson scored the lone goal in the 62nd minute when Ben Williams headed a pass past Emerson’s goalie Ethan Fitzsimmons ’25.