NEW LONDON, CT- A 34th minute goal from sophomore forward Liam Noonan lifted the 18th-ranked Connecticut College Camels to a 1-0 victory over the Williams College Ephs.
With this result, Williams drops to 4-2-1/NESCAC 2-2-1, while Connecticut College improves to 8-0/NESCAC 5-0.
Going into this match, Connecticut College had only allowed one goal all season, and with such a stout defense, Williams needed to be flawless on the attack, or else the Camels would capitalize. Unfortunately for the Ephs, the latter situation proved to be the case on this Saturday. Imprecise passes and faulty footwork led to several unforced errors, and potent early-half runs deep into Williams territory by freshman forward MT Tshuma showed Williams that the Camels were nationally ranked for a very good reason.
That chance came in the 34th minute, when sophomore forward Liam Noonan won the ball back after a missed touch, worked a nice give-and-go with freshly-minted substitute Augie Djerdjaj, and kicked the ball over Eph goalie Aaron Schein's head to put Connecticut College up one goal going into halftime.
Entering the second half, the Ephs were in a tough spot, down one goal to a nationally ranked squad that had allowed just one score all season, but despite a defensive-minded strategy from the Camels, Williams managed to create several worthy chances in the second half. Speedy substitute Nathan Song '22 headed a ball off a free kick that was saved by Connecticut College's AJ Marcucci in the 65th minute, and 10 minutes later, senior midfielder Greg Andreou curled a free kick around a wall of Camel defenders, but that attempt was also thwarted by the sophomore.
Connecticut College's AJ Marcucci saved all five Eph shots on goal, recording his seventh clean sheet of the season, while Williams netminder Aaron Schein recorded three saves on the day.
After the match, Williams coach Erin Sullivan was complementary of his team's form but lamented their lack of finishing, saying that "We played well in stretches today and created enough chances to pull something out of the match, but we simply didn't capitalize."
Williams travels to Skidmore on Tuesday at 7 PM, while Connecticut College travels to in-state rival Eastern Connecticut State Tuesday at 4 PM.