HARTFORD, CT – The Williams College men's soccer team (2-0/NESCAC 1-0) rang up its second straight 2-0 win on the season downing NESCAC foe Trinity (2-1/NESCAC 0-1) on the road with goals from Mark Sisco-Tolomeo and Mohammed Rashid.
The Ephs netted one goal in the first half and one goal in the second half. The first Eph goal came off a cross from freshman Gregory Andreou that was re-directed past Trinity keeper Mateo Zalaba. Sisco-Tolomeo's goal, which turned out to be the game-winner was tallied at 20:50.
The hard fought contest in front of a large Trinity crowd was even statistically both halves. Williams had one more shot in the first half than did the Bantams, 7-6 and both teams fired off eight shots in the second half.
"It was our first NESCAC game and a somewhat hostile environment and our prior preparation was all about taking care of our own end," said Eph head coach Erin Sullivan. "We were persistent in our attack throughout the day, but credit Trinity for making things difficult for us. Our persistence was rewarded with a couple of flurries that led to goals."
Eph netminder Christian Alcorn denied eight shots on goal by the Bantams, while Trinity's Mateo Zabala stopped 10 of 12 shots by the Ephs.
Mohammed Rashid's goal came when he received a ball just inside the Eph defensive half and raced forward to the 18-yard box with Trinity defenders trailing him and he beat Zabala with a shot that banged in off the post. "Sheed's goal was a tremendous individual effort," noted Sullivan.
With the Rashid goal doubling the Eph advantage at 84:45 it powered the Ephs to control the game's final five minutes.
Of course pleased with a second straight win; Sullivan made a point of noting that his team "played well from front to back and we again got great performances from our bench."
Eph sophomore Mark Sisco-Tolomeo scored in his second consecutive game, while junior goalie Christian Alcorn authored his second straight clean sheet.
Williams returns to action on Sept. 15 when they host Skidmore on Cole Field in a contest slated to kickoff at 4:30 p.m.