Troy, NY – The Williams men's soccer turned their season around in a big way today, beating 8th ranked RPI on the road thanks to a 74th minute goal by freshman Greg Andreou.
Overall, Williams improves to 4-4-1 (2-3-1 NESCAC), while RPI drops to 8-2-3.
Neither team was able to put together a solid run down the field for the majority of the first half, as both defenses were playing aggressively and fast.
In the 31st minute, Williams created two great chances off of shots by Harrison Fyke and Greg Andreou, but RPI goalie Ryan Nealon recorded two equally as excellent saves to keep the Ephs at bay. Just before the half, the Engineers went on a similar run, using crisp passing to record two on target shots in the final six minutes of the half, however, Ephs goalie Christian Alcorn was able to stave off the threat.
The second half started off markedly different from the first, as both teams came out firing on offense. In the 63rd minute, Williams captain Geoff Danilack hit the post with a screamer, and in the 68th minute, RPI recorded three shots in eight seconds, but the score stayed deadlocked at zero.
In the 73rd minute, Williams made a critical substitution, inserting Greg Andreou for Sean Dory. Just over a minute later, Andreou won the game for the Ephs, heading in a goal off of a free kick from Noah Grumman that was flicked on by Tom Young. Both Grumman and Young were credited with an asssit and their first points of the season on the Andreou game-winner.
Williams was able to play a complete 90 minutes, keeping strong defensive pressure and not allowing a single shot on target in the entire second half to record the upset.
RPI goalie Ryan Nealon stopped 2 of 3 shots by the Ephs on the night, while the Ephs' Christian Alcorn stopped both of RPI's attempts.
Eph head coach Erin Sullivan commented after the win, "We grinded out a tough road result tonight against an excellent attacking squad in RPI. We had great energy on both sides of the ball and played simple, quick, effective soccer. Several players stepped forward and made big plays in key moments and our defensive effort was much better from front to back. That is essential to our success."
This Tuesday, Williams will travel to Endicott College for a 6 P.M. match, while RPI will play an away game at St. Lawrence at 4 P.M. next Friday.