WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – In their first home matchup of the season, the Williams College Ephs (3-0) scored two second half goals to down Mt. Holyoke (2-3) 2-0.
After a scoreless first half that featured a lot of back and forth action but little in scoring opportunities the Ephs elevated their offensive attack in the second half. "We were expecting Mt. Holyoke to bring an aggressive, high-pressure game, which always throws us off a little bit," said Williams' head coach Alix Barrale. "The first half, to me, seemed a bit frantic – we would get the corners and it wouldn't work out and our frustration was showing."
At 49:19, however, Eph senior Annie VanWagenen tallied the first goal of the game when she collected a pass from sophomore Hannah Goodrick off of a corner. VanWagenen received the ball at the top of the circle and blasted a shot past the Lyons goalie Liz Dicesare. It was VanWagenen's 4th goal of the season.
At 51:56, Eph junior Brigid Bruno got possession of the ball in the circle, where she made a move around her defender and passed the ball off to freshmen Meredith Wright. Wright, in close to the goal, redirected the ball strategically between the goalie's pads and the inside post to notch the second goal of the game and giving Williams a 2-0 lead.
Responding to these goals, Mt. Holyoke increased their pressure in both halves of the field, which resulted in more scoring chances. In the 54th minute Eph goalie Margaret Draper made a diving save rejecting the Lyons' Charlotte Wagner's shot on goal. Draper's impressive save was followed by several other saves, which kept Mt. Holyoke from getting on the scoreboard. "Draper was the most steady, most consistent player of the game," commented coach Barrale. By denying all eight shots on goal, Draper earned her second shutout of the season.
Mount Holyoke's Liz Dicesare turned aside 18 Eph shots on the night. The Ephs held a decisive advantage in shots (31-15) and in penalty corners (18-9).
Barrale closed her remarks by saying, "When you come off two big wins against Keene State and Trinity, you're feeling pretty good about yourself, but a game like this puts it in perspective that there is no ceiling on improvement."
Next up for Mount Holyoke is home contest on Saturday versus Thomas College. Williams will take to the road this weekend and play NESCAC contests at Colby on Saturday and at Bowdoin on Sunday.