WATERVILLE, Me. — Williams College sophomore Hannah Goodrick scored with 16:02 left in the second half Saturday as the 18th-ranked Ephs' field hockey team held on for a 3-2 win over Colby College.
"Overall I was pleased with our performance," Ephs' head coach Alix Barrale said. "I think we made some mistales that Colby took advantage of, but I was impressed with how we persevered and pulled out the win."
Williams moves to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in NESCAC play heading into Sunday's 1 p.m. road game at Bowdoin College. The Mules, 2-2 overall and 0-2 in league play, play host to Connecticut College on Sunday at noon.
Williams scored its first and third goals on penalty corners. The first gave the Ephs a 1-0 lead at halftime. Hannah Goodrick's corner pass went directly to Annie VanWagenen, who dished to Alex Bennett on the left for the score.
Bennett displayed some talent with a nice run to score the second goal just 51 seconds into the second half. She started on the right side near the Williams bench and moved directly to the middle of the field for a hard run toward goal.
"I thought Alex Bennett did some very nice things for us offensively," Barrale said, "and Draper had a great game. Claire Swingle and Katie Pattison gave us a spark off the bench and helped solidify the midfield for us, but I also think we relaxed when we got up 2-0 and Colby used its speed to take advantage of that."
The Mules refused to give up and Misha Strage scored at 38:31 from first-year Anna Rudinski. Strage and Rudinski got some space on the left side and Rudinski was able to slide the ball over to Strage for the goal.
Strage showed perseverance in tying the game at 48:26. She had two shots saved by Williams goalie Draper, but was able to lift her third shot into the left corner of the cage. Draper had charged Strage and smothered her first shot and then saved another quick shot before Strage got her own rebound and tallied.
On the game-winner, Goodrick took the penalty corner and came back into play and scored on a close shot..
Colby goalie Sarah Evans made 15 stops.