WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Erin Sullivan's Williams College men's soccer team (9-5-2) is headed to Amherst Saturday to play Hamilton (9-6-1) in a NESCAC Tournament semifinal.
The Ephs and the Continentals will square off at 1:30 PM after fourth seed and host Amherst plays eighth seeded Colby at 11:00 AM. Amherst the fourth seed in the tournament is the first fourth seeded team to host the semifinals and finals.
Saturday's winner will meet on Sunday at noon at Amherst to determine the 2018 NESCAC champion and the team that will receive the NESCAC's automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.
This is the Ephs' first appearance in the NESCAC semifinals as the sixth seed and they have qualified every year for the NESCAC Tournament since 2000.
The Ephs punched tier ticket to these semifinals with a 1-0 win over third seeded Middlebury in a game played at Middlebury in a steady rain. Scoreless at the half the game was delayed an additional 90 minutes at the break due to lightning.
Just 11 minutes after the game resumed Eph senior forward Eric Hirsch pounced on a loose ball in the box that came off a direct kick from senior back Scatt Macdonald and boomed a shot into the goal to provide the game-winner.
On the day the Ephs held Middlebury without a shot on goal and senior goalie Aaron Schein earned a clean sheet without having to make a save.
Schein has fashioned six shutouts on the year. He owns a save percentage of .744 and a goals against average of 0.76 in 1,413 minutes.
The Ephs are led in scoring by senior back Greg Andreou and junior midfielder Chris Fleischer who each have four goals. Fleischer is the team leader in points with 11 as he also has assisted on three goals.
This will be the first ever meeting of the Ephs and the Continentals in the NESCAC Tournament.
In the 2018 regular season match played at Hamilton on October 17 Williams emerged victorious, 1-0. Schein stopped five Hamilton shots to earn the win.
The game-winning goal came off the head of Andreou who converted off a direct kick from Scatt Macdonald. The Ephs tested Hamilton goalie Thomas Benson throughout with 12 shots on goal.