After falling behind 0-1 in the Liberty League Men’s Soccer Championship game with an NCAA tournament bid on the line, Hobart College relied on a bit of Waring magic to even things in the second half.
In the 63rd minute, Waring alumnus Nick Wigglesworth ’16 launched a pass from the 50-yard line to the opposing box. There to receive it was fellow Waring alumnus Kyle Patrick ’16 who blasted the ball into the back of the net.
Hobart would later take a 2-1 lead to win the championship and earn an automatic bid into the NCAA DIII Men’s Soccer Tournament–Hobart’s second bid in the past three years.
For his two goals and fantastic play in the Liberty League Conference Playoffs, Patrick received the Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player Award.
For his strong play all season, Wigglesworth was voted All-Liberty League honorable mention. Nick started all 20 games for Hobart and was a key piece in their defensive unit that posted ten shutouts and allowed a league-low 14 goals all season.
Hobart faces Montclair State University this Saturday, November 16, in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
Winning the Liberty League Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player Award for women’s soccer was Waring alumna Amanda Adams ’17.
Adams led William Smith College, the No. 2 nationally ranked team, with all-around great play throughout the league tournament, assisting the game-winning goal in the semifinals and controlling the midfield during the championship game when William Smith didn’t allow a shot and dominated time of possession en route to a 1-0 victory.
William Smith’s tournament title was their 13th consecutive Liberty League championship.
Earlier this week, Adams was also named Liberty League Offensive Performer of the Week and collected second team all-league honors.
William Smith will host Utica College in the first round of the NCAA DIII Tournament this Saturday, November 16.
Photos credits: William and Smith Colleges.