NORTHAMPTON, MA – The Williams College field hockey team visited Smith College in its second away game of the season. After it was all said and done, Williams shut out Smith in a 3-0 victory.
The beginning of the game went in the Ephs' favor. At 4:51, junior Alex Bennett scored to give the Ephs a 1-0 lead over the Pioneers. From then on in the first half, the game was primarily played on the Pioneers' end of the field. Williams played stellar defense and constantly kept pressure on Smith, preventing them from moving the ball up the field. However, Williams was not able to do any more damage before the half ended, as Smith's defense held firm within their circle. The Ephs nearly scored near the end of the first half, but Smith goalkeeper Cameo Tietje made a fantastic save, deflecting the ball to the side of the cage.
The second half looked more even than the first, as possession was about split. Smith had the potential to tie the game in the 45th minute, when Williams conceded a penalty corner. A shot came in from the top of the circle, but Williams goalie Margaret Draper saved the shot. Williams then worked the ball back into the opposing end of the field, and in the 46th minute, they got a shot on goal: however, Tietje was there to save it. Off the rebound, though, junior Hannah Goodrick was able to score, and extended the Ephs' lead to two goals.
In the 54th minute, déjà-vu ensued, as Williams again got a shot off, and it deflected off Tietje's leg. As soon as the ball was free again, the Ephs swarmed the cage and came away with their third goal. Alex Bennett was again the scorer, improving her total to two goals on the night.
The Pioneers offense was revitalized in the second half, with a shot total of 7, but the combined efforts of Draper and the defense prevented them from scoring. At the end of the game, Williams totaled 15 shots on goal and 2 penalty corners, as opposed to Smith's 7 shots on goal and 3 penalty corners. Smith goalie Cameo Teitje had 12 saves, while Williams' Margaret Draper recorded 7 saves and her second clean sheet of the season.
"We had a great start to the game with a goal by Alex in the first 5 minutes" said Williams coach Alix Barrale. "Smith played incredibly strong defense, and didn't allow us any penalty corners in the first half. We stepped up in the second half and were able to finish in front of the net."
The Ephs will next play at Amherst at 11 a.m. this coming Saturday.