Short-handed Ephs play Conn. College to scoreless draw

Short-handed Ephs play Conn. College to scoreless draw

WILLIAMSTOWN, MASS. – At the 65th minute, Williams' Nick Ranieri sent the ball into the box from the left side with pace, where Nathan Song headed it to teammate Demian Gass. Gass, sprinting, tried to take the shot on his path but did not make good contact, and the ball sliced off of his foot. Andrew Mathew recovered the ball on the right side of the pitch and sent it back in to Will Felitto, who directed the ball towards the goal. Camel keeper AJ Marcucci lunged to make the save and clear the ball. This opportunity was one of the game's most promising, but ultimately, it did not see the back of the net. In the end, the game ended in a 0-0 tie, even overtime unable to separate the two competitors. With the draw, Williams' record became (3-3-2/2-2-1 NESCAC) and Connecticut College's record changed to (5-1-2/3-1-2 NESCAC).

The game kicked off to an exciting start with the Ephs' and Camels' first threatening opportunity coming in the first 15 minutes. In the 8th minute, Williams' Eli Petrick dribbled the ball past a defender and rocketed the ball towards the bottom right corner, where it was pushed wide by Camel keeper AJ Marcucci. Three minutes later, Camel Matt Butera t wound up and fired a strong shot from outside the box. It looked as if it would sail into the top left corner, but Eph keeper Michael Davis had other ideas. He leaped to his right and punched the ball, which hit the post and bounced out of danger.

The rest of the half passed with a few good opportunities from each team, though neither looked to be dominating the game. At halftime, the Ephs had 6 shots, while the Camels had 2, but apart from this, the game was relatively even.

4 minutes into the second half, Eph Justin Adams made a rash challenge on Camel Liam Noonan and was shown his second yellow card. Ousted from the game with a red, Adams was forced to watch his team play the rest of the game with one less man. 

The loss of the body did not shake the Ephs, however, and they remained strong, defending thoroughly and attacking aggressively. In the 65th minute, the Ephs' biggest chance of the game yielded no goal, but it showed that they were very much in the game despite their disadvantage. In the 89th minute, the Camels saw their best opportunity, when Augie Djerdjaj got the ball in Williams' six-yard box and shot it towards the goal. Eph Andrew Mathew courageously threw himself in front of the ball and prevented the attack, sending the two teams into overtime.

Tired from 90 minutes of hard play and games from the day before, the two teams started up in overtime. There was little action in both overtime periods and much of the play centered in the middle of the pitch. Ultimately, neither team was able to score, and the game concluded in a 0-0 tie.

In the end, Williams had taken a total of 9 shots (6 on target) and Connecticut College had taken a total of 10 (2 on target). Eph keeper Michael Davis recorded 2 saves during the game and Camel keeper AJ Marcucci recorded 6.

The Ephs look to recuperate after a tough weekend and prepare for their next game against Colby, which is on Saturday, October 5.