WILLIAMSTOWN, MA -- The Williams Ephs were unable to maintain the ridiculous offensive pace they set for themselves last Saturday, playing a full 110-minute match and picking up a point in a 0-0 draw with the Colby Mules.
With this result, Williams remains undefeated at 1-0-1/NESCAC 1-0-1, while Colby's record stands at 1-2-1/NESCAC 0-1-1.
Despite scoring five goals in the first match of the season, including four in the first half alone, Williams found itself locked in a defensive struggle with the Mules, especially in the first half. Outstanding play by both back lines saw little forward movement, and whatever offensive progressions each team made would soon be offset by a header, clearance, or deflection out of danger. Due in large part to the work of pacey senior forward Jeff Rosenberg, Colby made several inroads towards goal in the first 45, but none gifted any tangible success. Each squad left the pitch at halftime wanting more.
The Eph offense started to pick up early in the second half, as sophomore midfielder Eli Petrik came close to scoring on several occasions within the opening minutes, but to no avail. However, in the 54th minute, Colby had its best chance of the day, as senior forward Wyatt McDonald put his foot on a cross with an open net directly in front of him. However, he took slightly too long to gather himself, enabling goalie Aaron Schein to recover and pounce on the ball, denying the Mules a chance at denting the scoreboard. Outside of a desperate cross to Eph forward Bobby Fabricant '20 in the 90th minute, neither team made much offensive noise for the remainder of the half, setting the stage for overtime.
While neither team scored in the extra periods, it was easily the 20 most eventful minutes of the match. In the 94th minute, Williams forward Demian Gass '20 gained control of the ball right in front of the net, surrounded by defenders, and rocketed the ball high, while in the 95th minute, Colby's Lucas Pereira's shot was blocked by an Eph defender just feet away from Schein. Both teams were able to finally take advantage of worn-down defenders and make more runs upfield, but due to various factors, nobody was able to convert.
Colby goalie Dan Carlson recorded five saves in the match, while Eph netminder Aaron Schein made three saves in recording the clean sheet.
After the match, an unsatisfied Eph coach Erin Sullivan seemed to acknowledge that this game was the flip side of last week's glorious result, saying, "We forced some chances during times when we could have been a little more precise, whether that was overpowering a chance or just bad timing on some end-line sequences, and I think that's disappointing. We were in good areas, some of the same areas as last week, but playing Colby required some quality that we just didn't have today."
Colby will host the University of New England on Tuesday, while Williams will host Babson tomorrow at 2 PM.