Williamstown, MA -- A relatively anticlimactic match ended in a very climactic way as Williams goalie Christian Alcorn rose to the occasion stopped a penalty kick with 37 seconds remaining, preserving a 1-0 victory for the Ephs.
Alcorn leaped to his left to deflect the penalty shot away from the goal and it resulted in consecutive corners for Babson, but the Eph defense stood tall and maintained the clean sheet.
Williams runs its record to 4-1-0 (2-0/NESCAC ), while Babson drops to 2-4-1 (0-1/NEWMAC).
Eph head coach Erin Sullivan (a former Williams keeper) was still riding the excitement after the match, saying, "...it's a big ask in that moment but [Alcorn] stepped up and delivered...this is part of the growth of his career, and he's at an all-time high in terms of form."
Babson started the game mounting all of the offensive pressure in the first five minutes. The Ephs struggled to find their offensive rhythm in the opening minutes.
However, the Ephs immediately reversed this momentum in the 4th minute, when midfielder David Madding got the ball on the right corner of the box and played inside to forward Mohammed Rashid, who kicked it straight past Babson goalie James Takami for the early score.
Less than two minutes later, Rashid almost added to the score with a low to the ground snipe, but Takami gathered the ball again to keep the deficit at one. The Beavers got their best opportunity of the first half in the 28th minute when sophomore forward Noah Wright gathered the ball on top of the box on the left side and lifted a ball just high and right of the net. However, for the most part, this was a half fought between the boxes, with strong midfield and defensive play ruling the first 45 minutes.
Blocked shots and corner kicks abounded for much of the second half, with neither team putting together a solid possession until the 62nd minute, when Williams forward Mark Sisco-Tolomeo ran up the middle and played a ball to his right where Rashid was waiting and narrowly missed a shot to the right.
With less than 25 minutes to go, Babson ramped up the intensity forcing Williams to play conservatively, even in Babson's half. It seemed a Beaver player was always on or around the ball, disrupting the Eph attack.
Williams was almost able to beat the Babson defense though in the 79th minute, as senior defender Brandon Dory seemingly headed in a ball to give the Ephs a two-goal lead, but this was controversially called back because of a foul. This no-goal made possible the climactic ending to the match.
With less than one minute to go, a ball came into the Williams box, where both Babson midfielder Noah Parker and Alcorn ran to gain control and collided. A foul was called on Alcorn, resulting in a penalty kick to tie the match.
Having won a game earlier this season on a penalty against Brandeis, Parker and Babson had great reason to have confidence. However, while Parker hit a great ball, Alcorn was better, batting it behind him, resulting in an immediate corner kick. After a second Babson corner, Williams was able to kick the ball away from the goal area over midfield where the final whistle ended the contest. The Ephs survived a tough late-game challenge for their fourth win in five games.
On the match, both Takami and Alcorn recorded four saves.
Williams finishes its six game homestand on Wednesday, hosting RPI at 4:30 p.m., while Babson goes home to host Lesley at 4 p.m.