SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY – In the midst of a 3-game winning streak, the Ephs (6-3; NESCAC 3-2) travelled to Saratoga Springs to take on the Skidmore Thoroughbreds (8-2; Liberty League 1-0). After a hard-fought game on both sides, the Ephs came out on top.
Williams got off to a hot start, with a quick goal at 7:49. Off of a corner from Hannah Goodrick, Alex Bennett took a shot from the top of the circle. Just as Skidmore goalie Elizabeth Coughlin was about to save it, senior forward Rachel Brissette was able to deflect the ball past her. The goal provided a solid opening statement against a strong Skidmore team.
The Ephs continued to dominate opportunities on the offensive end after their goal, with 7 shots in the following 15 minutes. However, what Skidmore lacked in quantity they matched in quality of their shots. They hit both of their shots on goal during that time, and on the second one, they converted. Sophomore Gabby Hyman evened the score at 19:37 on a breakaway, earning her 14th goal of the season.
After Hyman's goal the game became much more defensively focused, with only two shots in the next 10 minutes. Alex Bennett attempted both of them, but she was not able to find the back of the net. From the 28th minute to the end of the half, however, it was all Skidmore. With 3 penalty corners and 4 shots, it was only thanks to the heroics of the defense and goalie Margaret Draper that Williams was able to keep the score even.
Skidmore continued to keep up the pressure at the start of the second half, creating chance after chance on penalty corners and shots. However, Williams defended their goal well, and when they finally got the chance to move play back to the attack side, they delivered. At 54:35, junior Maggie Shilling received a pass off a corner from Goodrick, who shot and scored, helping the Ephs to regain the lead with 15 minutes left in play.
Despite a valiant effort by the Thoroughbreds to match the score in the closing minutes, the Ephs held on. Just as it was before Shilling's goal, Skidmore was relentless on the offensive side, finishing the game with a massive 21 shots.
Williams ended the game with 8 shots on goal and 4 penalty corners, while Skidmore had 12 shots on goal and 11 penalty corners. Margaret Draper saved 11 shots, while Skidmore's goalkeeper Elizabeth Coughlin had 6 saves.
"Our entire team had an unbelievable performance today" said Williams coach Alix Barrale. "I'm so proud of how hard we fought to keep the lead. Draper made some key saves in the second half to stay on top. We earned that win against an outstanding Skidmore team."
The Ephs will take a week off before their next game, returning to NESCAC play. They will visit Hamilton on Tuesday, October 11.