WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—The Williams women's soccer team defeated the Connecticut College Camels (0-4-1, 0-4-0 NESCAC) today 1-0 in a hard-fought battle that came down to the final ten minutes. Alison Magruder finished in the 82nd minute to keep the Ephs (4-2-0, 4-0-0 NESCAC) undefeated in NESCAC play.
While there were opportunities throughout the first half, both teams saw their best chances with just under ten to play. The Ephs were awarded a free kick after a foul occurred just outside the box. Caitlyn Clark put the ball on net for the Ephs, but Connecticut goalie Amy Lowitt made a great diving save to her right to keep the game at 0-0. Down the other end moments later, Laura Wann made a great save on the post for the Ephs on a shot that resulted from a short corner. The rest of the half passed uneventfully.
The second half started with the Camels looking fiery on attack. Hannah Van Wetter, however, was strong in goal for the Ephs. The Camels looked like they might get a goal just five minutes in when Grace Bilodeau was on a breakaway to goal. Van Wetter fell on the ball to stop a goal. Less than a minute later, she just got her foot on a cross to keep the ball out of the net.
The Ephs fought back and saw some nice opportunities of their own, but neither team was able to convert for much of the half. Finally, the Ephs finished with just over eight minutes to go. Abby Morss passed a through ball to Magruder just inside the left side of the box. Magruder sailed the ball over Lowitt's head into the right corner of the net for the only goal of the game.
The Ephs outshot the Camels by a tally of 20 to 10. Lowitt posted four saves for the Camels, while Wann and Van Wetter combined for seven saves for Williams.
After the game, Coach Michelyne Pinard commented on her goalkeepers' phenomenal play: "Like our team, our keepers have been getting better and better and more and more confident. We have pushed them to extend their range a little bit to just take over that space, and they've just done a great job with that. They're unbelievable goalkeepers and it's nice to see them coming into their own."
Said Pinard about her attack, "We're depending on a lot of young players to be goal scorers, and they've all come through. Ali is just so dynamic. She loves to score goals; she's really good at it. It's nice to see her taking ownership of that goal-scoring role."
Pinard went on to say, "We were pleased with what we created in the first half but we knew that more shots does not equal a win. We knew we needed to finished on the opportunities we got. This team wants to win. We're finding our competitive selves. I think that showed this weekend and hopefully we can keep going with that."
The Ephs return to the field on Wednesday to take on Springfield. The game will be played away at 7 PM.