Williamstown, MA- For the second day in a row, the Williams Ephs showcased their improved defense, blanking Eastern Connecticut State 1-0 in a possession-oriented battle.
The Ephs continue their strong start at 2-0 (1-0) while Eastern Connecticut State falls to 1-3-1 (0-0).
Ephs coach Erin Sullivan was impressed by his team's effort in the second day of a back-to-back, saying, "Both teams were coming off a draining Saturday match…we were looking for a faster tempo, and it took us a little while to get into it, but when we did we were able to create some better opportunities."
This match was relatively low on drama, especially in the first half, as both defenses showed up in top form. However, Williams did have a few relatively high quality chances. In the third minute, senior midfielder JC Bahr de Stefano found space outside the box and rocketed a ball towards the goal, but Warriors goalie Ryan Murphy had plenty of time to clear it away. Additionally, in both the 24th and 26th minutes, forward Mohammed Rashid was able to get off shots; first, a low lying line drive from far outside the box that was easily picked off by Murphy and soon after, a run towards the inside of the box resulted in Rashid attempting to loft the ball over Murphy's right shoulder, but it was tipped away to preserve the shutout.
The second half saw much more action. In the 68th minute, soon after being substituted in, Eph defender Sean Dory slid into a Warrior and was immediately shown a yellow card. Undeterred, Williams continued to march into Eastern Connecticut State territory and Dory redeemed himself, getting the ball right in front of the net and kicking it sideways to Bahr de Stefano, who slotted it right past Murphy for his first goal of the season and Williams' first goal of the match. The Ephs held firm in possession for the rest of the match, surviving a scare in the last minute, when a cross by freshman back Nick Starkowski landed right in front of the net, but Alcorn picked up with less than 30 seconds on the clock to seal the win.
On the match, Murphy recorded three saves, while Alcorn took his clean sheet to the extreme, recording zero saves.
On Wednesday, Williams hosts Endicott at 4:30 p.m., while Eastern Connecticut State hosts Massachusetts-Dartmouth on Saturday at 1 p.m.