WATERVILLE, ME. — First year Patrick Gordon scored in the game's 65th minute Saturday, helping the Williams College men's soccer team open its season with a 1-0 victory at conference rival Colby College.
Williams (1-0 overall, 1-0 NESCAC) hosts Westfield State Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. in its home opener.
"I think we're relieved — and happy of course," Ephs head coach Mike Russo said. "It's a long bus ride and a tough place to play. Colby was very good, very competitive. Peter Morrell played very well in goal, while Dan Lima and Luke Pierce were solid defensively. We'll take it."
The two teams played a very back-and-forth pace for the first 35 minutes of the contest, but the Ephs began to gain control of the midfield over the final 10 minutes, leading to several scoring opportunities. Still, the game was scoreless at the half.
"We've been working hard on our flank service," Russo said. "I thought we did a nice job with the service, but we could not finish."
Not until the 65th minute, when first year Gordon ran onto a loose ball at the top of the box and ripped a low liner into the far corner of the goal, past Colby keeper Cody Funkhouser, who had a strong day in goal with nine saves.
Less than a minute after Gordon's unassisted tally, Colby nearly netted the equalizer off a close-range direct kick whose rebound bounded around the box. A shot came out of the chaos, but Miller was there to block and clear the ball.
Conder also had a big stop, this when the game was still scoreless when he closed very quickly to block what appeared to be a scoring shot from just inside the box by a Colby player.
Matt Muralles led the Ephs with six shots. The Ephs outshot Colby 20-13 and had 10 corner kicks to the Mules three.
Next the Ephs will play thier first home game of the season on Wednesday when they host Westfield State on Cole Field at 4:30 PM.