Ephs Suffer First Defeat of the Season 2-0 to Skidmore

Malcolm Moutenot '17
Malcolm Moutenot '17

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – The Skidmore College Thoroughbreds (3-1) scored a goal in each half and downed Williams College (2-1) 2-0 on the Ephs' Cole Field this afternoon.

In the high-energy contest offense was hard to come by, but Skidmore prevailed by capitalizing on two of their scoring opportunities to claim the win.

Skidmore opened the scoring with a long throw-in from the let side from Ben Caples that reached Nick Massiero in the middle of the 18-yard box, where it was headed into the goal just to the left of Eph keeper Christian Alcorn. Massiero's goal came at 7:32.

The goal by Massiero was the first shot of the game and marked the first time this season that Williams had trailed in a game.

Skidmore had a chance to double its lead in the first half when Augustine Okoye ripped a shot from the top of the box that just went over the crossbar to the left of the out-stretched hands of Eph goalie Alcorn.

The Ephs' best scoring opportunity of the first half came about midway through the opening session when Mark Sisco-Tolomeo headed down a ball in the box to an onrushing Malcolm Singleton. Singleton struck the ball well, but Kisselbach was able to get both hands on the ball leaping to his left and deflecting the ball out of the goal area.

Skidmore's Eli Kisselbach and the Ephs' Christian Alcorn both registered two saves in the opening half. The Thoroughbreds were called for eight fouls in the first 45 minutes, while Williams was whistled for two fouls.

Williams had the lone corner kick of the first half.

Williams came out with an energized attack to start the second half, but Kisselbach was up to the task on any testers that the Ephs were able to manufacture, posting four more saves in the second half for a total of six in the game in registering the clean sheet.

Just three minutes into the second half the Eph had a corner kick and Mohammed Rashid's left-footed in-swinger was punched away by Kisselbach and JC Bahr de Stefano passed the ball back to the top of the box, where Malcolm Moutenot stepped into a shot, but it went over the cross bar, maintaining the 1-goal Skidmore advantage.

In the 75th minute Skidmore's Nick Massiero received a through ball from Mario Hyman and got a step on the Eph defense but his one-timer slid off the right side of his foot and away from the goal.

With just under 10 minutes remaining the Ephs had consecutive corner kicks. Kisselbach punched away the first corner and on the second corner Bahr de Stefano's volley was wide of the goal.

At 87:18 Kevin Santos gave Skidmore a huge insurance goal. Augustine Okoye assisted on he score when ran onto a defensive lapse by the Eph backline and fed the streaking Santos on the left side. Santos carried the ball into the box ahead of an Eph defender and ripped a low shot into the right side netting past the Eph goalie, doubling the Thoroughbreds' lead.

"Credit Skidmore, they were first to the ball the entire game," said Eph head coach Erin Sullivan. "Right off the bat we were a bit concerned coming out of training yesterday. It was not our best training session. With a young team you find out how they respond on game day and today I think we mirrored our performance in training and that's going to have to change."

"We're getting good contributions off our bench, but I would've liked to see us be a little bit more composed when chasing the game," Sullivan stated.

The Ephs' Christian Alcon allowed two goals on the day and made two saves.

Skidmore will take a two-game win streak into their next contest on Sept. 19 at SUNY Plattsburgh, while Williams will head to Maine looking to return to the win column when they play at Colby on Saturday and at Bowdoin on Sunday.