MIDDLETOWN,CT- The Wiliams Ephs (10-2, NESCAC 6-2) down the Wesleyan Cardinals (3-8, NESCAC 0-6) with a 3-1 win.
The Ephs began the first half with early offensive pressure on the Cardinals defense. In under 10 minutes, senior Alex Bennett and junior Meredith Wright had made two hard shots on goal at 6:50 and 7:02, both saved by the Cardinal goalie Delaney Wood. The Ephs maintained heavy possession of the ball, totaling 8 penalty corners in the first half, but a corner at 14:42 proved to be successful for the Ephs, with junior Julia Cochran netting a goal off a pass from senior Hannah Goodrick and Bennett.
After the first goal of the game, the Ephs kept the offensive pressure on, allowing no shots on goal for the Cardinals while shooting two more at 16:31 and 28:03 both saved by Wood.
In the second half, the Ephs amped up the pressure even more totaling 10 shots on goal before finding the back of the net on a ball by junior Libby Dolan at 59:45 assisted by sophomore Emma Ticknor. With a 2-0 lead, the Ephs did not let up, drawing 8 more penalty corners in the second half. Coach Alix Barrele noted how, "we turned our energy up in the 2nd half, we never felt like we had the game and we had to keep finding ways to push through."
After a hard shot from Bennett at 62:27 saved by Wood, freshman Molly Lohss snuck another goal under the goalie off a pass from Dolan at 62:55.
In the last 10 minutes, the Cardinals found a long ball down the field and Cici Frattasio netted a late goal at 65:01 off a quick pass from Maddie Shea. Following the goal, the Ephs and Cardinals fought for control of the ball proving no shots or goals for either side. Barrele stated on the game, " I was very proud of the way we were able to push through everything to win that game, Wesleyan's defense was hard to get through but we found ways to finish on top."
The Ephs next matchup will be away at Keene State at 7pm Tuesday evening.