After scoring just 19 goals all of last season, the Williams College Ephs are well on their way to making an offensive course correction, scoring four goals in the first 45 minutes of a 5-0 opening day shutout of the Trinity Bantams.
With the win, Williams stays a perfect 1-0/NESCAC 1-0, while Trinity falls to 1-1 (0-1 NESCAC) in the early goi
With the addition of new assistant coach Nick Thompson, a decorated former forward for Messiah College, coach Erin Sullivan and the Ephs were looking to attack early and often, and unlike last year, frequently converted on those chances today.
Powerful, bruising runs from junior forward Demian Gass set the tone for Williams' offensive strategy, and incisive, deep passes from veteran midfielder Greg Andreou '19 and defender Scatt McDonald '19 helped the Ephs continually gain possession in Trinity's half
Williams took advantage of these opportunities right away, as poaching forward Bobby Fabricant took a touch off a deflection from the left wing, dribbled once, and buried it in the top right corner of the net in the 13th minute. He added one more goal off an assist from sophomore midfielder Eli Patrik just three minutes later to double the Ephs' lead, and Williams was off and running. A 23nd minute header from junior Chris Fleischer and a sharp curler from Gass in the 25th doubled the Ephs' lead once more, and all of a sudden, Williams led by four heading into the half.
The second 45 minutes were considerably less eventful, but saw both of Trinity's best opportunities threaten to make a dent in the scoreboard. Bantam forward Henry Farr '20 took a penalty kick in the 54th minute, which was blocked by Williams goalie Aaron Schein, and a 79th minute goal from freshman defender Aaron Shea was negated due to an offside call. Schein was relatively unbothered throughout the match due to outstanding play by his back line and midfield, but rose to the occasion when necessary.
The lone goal of the second half was netted by the Ephs' Chris Fleischer who tallied unassisted at 63:20.
Trinity goalie Andrew Clark played the first 64:40 and made seven saves and allowed five goals. Griffin Patterson played the final 25:20 and was not called on to make a save.
Eph netminder Aaron Schein made three saves in recording the clean sheet.
After the terrific season opener, Sullivan was understandably feeling quite upbeat and said that "These guys have been a little bit unbridled these past couple days, and sometimes, you have to let them run, and today they unleashed it a bit."
Trinity travels to face Eastern Connecticut State on Wednesday, while Williams will host Colby next Saturday at 1:30 p.m.