Brunswick, ME -- In the second of two weekend road games, the Williams Ephs won a 1-0 squeaker over Bowdoin on a 75th minute goal by back Greg Andreou. Williams now improves to 3-2 on the season (2-1 NESCAC), while Bowdoin drops to 2-2 (1-2 NESCAC).
Williams started out the game strong thanks to their attacking game and combo play. By the end of the first half, the Ephs had taken six shots and had consistently pressured the Bowdoin back line.
However, as the second half started, it looked like Bowdoin was starting to find their groove, passing fluidly and finding their way past the midfield for two on target shots in the first fifteen minutes, but the Polar Bears ran into the stone wall that was Williams goalie Christian Alcorn, who made some key saves throughout the second half.
Unlike yesterday's match, Williams' offensive play did not decline much after halftime. The Ephs kept up the pressure and showed desire and toughness in and around the penalty box. This pressure reached a high point in the 75th minute when senior Mohammed Rashid took a free kick in Bowdoin territory which tipped off a Bowdoin defender and onto the foot of Greg Andreou, who tapped in his first collegiate goal.
After Andreou's goal, it was up to the Williams defense to preserve the lead and they did not disappoint. Alcorn showed his mettle over the last 15 minutes, making four terrific saves to keep Bowdoin scoreless, securing the win for Williams and posting a clean sheet. On the day Alcorn denied six Polar Bear attempts, while Bowdoin goalie Steve Van Siclen stopped three of four Eph shots on goal.
Eph head coach Erin Sullivan was extremely pleased after today's big win, saying, "Tremendous response from our entire team today. It's always difficult to respond after an overtime loss, but credit our leaders and players for quickly turning the page and summoning a gritty performance and a pivotal result."
This upcoming Wednesday the 23rd, Bowdoin travels to take on Bates at 8:00 p.m. , while Williams hosts archrival Amherst Saturday the 26th at 1:00 p.m.