WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Her first year in the Purple Valley senior women's soccer captain Chelsea Davies (New York, NY) played behind All-American back Kara Duggan, appearing in 11 of 20 games. After that first year Eph head coach Michelyne Pinard could not and would not take Chelsea Davies off the field.
Only in games the Ephs held a big lead would Pinard even think of taking Davies out.
So if you were wondering what makes a First Team National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-American all you had to do was watch Chelsea Davies grow as a player over her four years on the Eph backline.
Davies appeared in the final 61 consecutive games the Ephs played over her final three years through her hard work, perseverance and an ability to overcome injuries. "There were times Chelsea couldn't walk after games, but nobody would know it because she just kept going, working, competing because that is just what Chelsea does," commented Eph head coach Michelyne Pinard.
Davies' presence on the Eph backline this past fall, when the Ephs played with three or four in the back, was a large factor in Williams allowing just 17 goals in 19 contests and advanced to the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament.
"Chelsea was the rock of our back three or four and served as the organizer of our back 1/3," added Pinard. "She never stopped guiding and directing from the back and always, always gave everything she had," noted Pinard.
In her four years in the Purple Valley Davies played on four Eph teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament, won three NESCAC titles and two Little Three titles, while amassing a cumulative record of 60-14-7 (.784).
"There hasn't been a back younger than Chelsea who hasn't said at the end of the year…'I want to be/play like Chelsea next year. That's my goal,' To me, there isn't a better compliment than that'" stated Pinard.
Earlier this fall Davies was named First Team All-NESCAC and First Team All-New England by the NSCAA.