With this result, Williams improves to 4-1-1/NESCAC 2-1-1, while RPI drops to 3-5-1/Liberty 1-0-0.
With Williams veteran striker Demian Gass '20 sidelined due to an injury, the Ephs started freshman Will Felitto for the first time in his college career, and it didn't take long for the young forward to validate his coaches' belief in him. Just over six minutes in, Felitto ran onto a ball on the left side of the box and crushed a shot that just went over the cross bar, and two minutes later, served up a point-blank shot that was stuffed by RPI goalie Matt LaBranche.
However, RPI would soon start to gain offensive momentum as well. In the 12th minute, Austin Betterly worked his way around an Eph back and made it to the end line, but his crisp cross was kicked out of play by the Ephs' Liam Bardong, and 15 minutes later Dylan Confair headed a looping cross over the top of the goal.
After a fairly uneventful first half, the action started to flow more quickly. In the 50th minute, RPI's Trevor McCaughey possessed the ball right in front of net, but turned to shoot before gaining full control, so the ball flew out of bounds. However, just minutes later, the Engineers would roam towards the Williams net again, with freshman forward Billy Chissoe playing a nice ball to sophomore midfielder Michael Harten, who hit the ball high, and junior midfielder Matt Menendez crossing to Betterly, who knocked it wide right.
In the 55th minute, Chris Fleischer '20 worked his way down the right side of the pitch until he stood parallel with the goal, turned inside, and passed to a streaking Felitto, who poked the ball in for his first career goal and the first goal of the match. After drawing first blood, the Ephs looked to put the match out of reach, and maintained an aggressive style.
In the 60th minute, Fleischer worked a nice give-and-go with Eli Petrik '21, who hit the ball just right of goal, and sophomore forward Nathan Song stretched the RPI defense in numerous directions with several fast and efficient runs. Williams would double the score in the 83rd minute when Bobby Fabricant '20 sprinted down the left side, drawing LaBranche out of his goal. Fabricant then played a through ball to Jules Oberg '22, who back-heeled the ball to Henry Osborn '22, who feasted on the empty net for his first college goal.
RPI's Matt LaBranche recorded two saves on the day, while Williams netminder Aaron Schein had one save in recording his fourth clean sheet of the season.
After the match, Eph coach Erin Sullivan praised his squad's ability to win while not playing its best match, saying that "This team is just trying to find a killer instinct and do the little things right more consistently, and when other teams drop an assignment, we're going to punish them."
Williams travels to face Connecticut College on Saturday at 2:30 PM, while RPI hosts Skidmore on Saturday at 2:00 PM.