Williams Wins Big Match on the Road Edging Wesleyan 1-0 in 2OT

Mark Sisco-Tolomeo '18
Mark Sisco-Tolomeo '18

Middletown, CT – After 100 minutes of hard-nosed soccer, Mark Sisco-Tolomeo slotted home a rebound shot off of Mohamed Rashid's crossbar chance to give Williams a 1-0 victory over Wesleyan on the road.  

Williams improved to 5-4-2 (3-3-1 NESCAC), while Wesleyan drops to 7-4-1 (3-3-1 NESCAC).

Eph head coach Erin Sullivan was pleased after the match, saying, "It's great to get a result on the road in the league and a pivotal one at that. Our seniors were tremendous today and led a gritty defensive effort that secured a vital three points."

The first half was scoreless, but the first 45 minutes were not without chances, as Eph striker Mohamed Rashid and midfielder Troy Ritter each had good looks within three minutes of each other, recording two of Williams' five first half chances. Wesleyan took eight shots in the first half, none better than Brandon Sousa's 37th minute blast that glanced off of the crossbar and away from the net.

Wesleyan had two great chances in the second half off of the strength of sophomore Taylor Chin, who squeezed his way through the Williams defense twice in three minutes to take two screaming shots, each of which bounced of the crossbar, keeping the match at a stalemate.

The midfields traded blows for the rest of the half, as each team marked well and prevented offensive runs. For the sixth time this year, the Ephs went to overtime, and of course, the match was certainly still far from a conclusion. 

The first overtime proved uneventful, as both teams continued their strong defensive play, but 39 seconds into the second overtime, Sisco-Tolomeo scored his third goal of the season to send Williams home with its fifth win of the season.

Christian Alcorn of Williams stopped four shots on the day, while Wesleyan's Jack Katkavich finished with eight saves.

Sullivan did leave room for improvement, saying, "We will need to play and possess much better moving forward but we hope this result is the start of some genuine momentum."

Tomorrow, Williams goes to Wellesley to face Babson at 1:00 PM, and Wesleyan will next play at Trinity on Wednesday at 3:00 PM.