Ulmer's Goal, Smothering Defense Propel Women's Soccer To CACC Title Game

Ulmer's Goal, Smothering Defense Propel Women's Soccer To CACC Title Game

WATERBURY, Conn. – The Thomas Jefferson University women's soccer team (14-5) scored an early goal and played stifling defense the rest of the way for a 1-0 victory over Goldey-Beacom (11-7-2) in the semifinals of the CACC Tournament on Friday.

The Rams, the top seed in the conference playoffs, move on to the title game on Sunday, November 15 at 1 p.m. at Post University. They will square off with second-seeded Georgian Court. The CACC champion receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Division II Tournament.

The Rams pressured from the outset, forcing the Lightning goalkeeper to make a pair of saves in the opening seven minutes. After Jefferson had a corner kick opportunity in the 10th minute, the Rams got on the board in the 12th minute. Freshman Laural Erick had the ball on the right side near the end line. She was able to get a cross off into the middle of the goalmouth where senior MaryKate Ulmer was there to knock it in. It was Ulmer's team-leading 14th goal of the year and Erick's eighth helper, also a team high.

Jefferson continued to control play, peppering the GBC defense with another six shots in the half. The Lightning finally got a shot off in the 43rd minute but graduate student Erin Tinneny made the save. The Rams found another level defensively in the second half, shutting out Goldey-Beacom in the shot category for the last 45 minutes. Jefferson had seven shots but could not find an insurance goal. The Rams' back line ensured that they did not need one.

It was the Rams' 11th shutout of the year, which is tied for fourth-most in program history.
- Tinneny increased her career high for shutouts to seven.
- Jefferson will make its eighth CACC Championship Game appearance and first since 2015. The Rams won the conference title in 2006, 2014 and 2015.