Williams and Springfield Play to a 1-1 Tie

Williams and Springfield Play to a 1-1 Tie

WILLIAMSTOWN, MASS. --  The Williams College Ephs (0-0-1) and the Springfield College Pride (0-2-1) battled to a 1-1 tie over 110 minutes this afternoon on Cole Field.

Williams defender Nick Ranieri's 37-yard left-footed direct kick off a foul by a Springfield player came from the left of Springfield keeper Chris Prizio with 1.5 seconds in remaining in the second overtime. The shot eluded the grasp of Prizio and settled into the back of the net, however, the goal was disallowed because the ball had not crossed the goal line before the clock reached 0.0 seconds.

Williams managed to fire eight shots on goal in the first half and held the Pride to no shots on goal. At 41:13 Williams defender Jules Oberg lofted a pass from 26 yards out from directly in front of the goal to a streaking Chris Fleischer on the left side of the box. Fleischer was able to head the ball past the outstretched arms of Springfield goalie Clayton Knibbs for the first goal of the game.

Springfield did threaten in the 28th minute when forward Sajan Harvey danced along the end line to the left of Eph goalie Rader, but he was denied by Jules Oberg who forced a corner by poking the ball out of bounds

Eph goalie Teddy Rader, making his first Varsity start, was not called on to make a save in the first 45 minutes.

Springfield substituted Chris Prizio into goal for the second half and he made three saves through the second half and the two overtime sessions. 

In the 57th minute Springfield's Aiden Casinghino ripped a shot from the left side of the penalty box to Rader's left side, but the Eph goalie was able to dive and make a two-handed catch and deny the goal. 

Just over five minutes later the Ephs' Demian Gass lasered a shot from dead on to the top right corner of the goal that Prizio collected with a leap to his left.

Springfield knotted the score at 71:30 when Aiden Casinghino converted off a crossing ball into the box from Jack Rosenberg. Casinghino charging forward elevated and with his right foot drilled the shot just inside the right post.

In the 93rd minute the Ephs' Chris Fleischer fired a shot from the top of the box on Prizio's  left, but Prizio was able to deny the attempt with a catch. 

Moments later the Pride made a bid for a game-winner when Andrew Ma streaking down the right side got around the last Eph defender, but his rolling shot from the top of the box from Rader's left went just outside the left post. 

Rader made two saves on the day. Williams outshot the Pride 18-7 and the Ephs held a 7-2 advantage in corner kicks.

Eph head coach Erin Sullivan was disappointed that his team was not able to close out the game today in their season opener. "Super disappointed to put a goal in before the half and potentially have a stranglehold on the game," Sullivan stated. "I think we just invited too many Springfield opportunities in the second half and that really changed the flow and momentum of the game."

Commenting on the waving off of the Ranieri goal Sullivan said, "Really it's about not leaving the game to the final play."

Next up for the Ephs is a home game against NESCAC foe Tufts at 2:00 PM on Saturday, while the Pride will next be in action Saturday when they host Westfield State at noon.