WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – On a beautiful Tuesday afternoon the Williams College Ephs welcomed the Hamilton College Continentals to Williamstown for the first regular season matchup between the two teams. Williams got off to a fast start scoring three goals in the first twenty minutes of the first half and cruised to a 4-0 victory.
The Eph's quick start pleased head coach Michelyne Pinard who commented after the game, ""we have not started very well in recent games so that was definitely a focus and goal of ours. We did a really good job of finding each other and finishing on our offensive third."
Scoring first for the Ephs at the 7:17 mark was Hayley Cook who got behind the Continental defense and put the ball past Melanie Miller to give the Ephs the 1-0 lead.
The Ephs would strike again just 1:49 later when Cait Clark played the ball over the head of Hamilton's center back to a streaking Brett Eisenhart who as able to loft the ball over Miller for the second goal of the afternoon.
Clark and Eisenhart would connect again with 28:13 to play as Clark collected the ball on the right side of the field and found Eisenhart nicely positioned just outside the six-yard box. Eisenhart tactically played the ball into the low right corner of the net to bring the Ephs lead to three.
With 34:10 to go in the second half Hamilton would get their best opportunity to score but Eph midfielder Carla Nicasio stepped in front of an open goal to block a shot. Hamilton would have another opportunity when Alexandra Rimmer blasted a shot off the crossbar.
Hamilton would keep the pressure up for much of the second half but the Ephs' back line of Sachi Siegelman, Chelsea Davies, Alex McInturf, and Christine Nakada stood tall to help keep the Continental attack at bay.
Hannah Von Wetter finished with three saves, all coming in the second half, while her Continental counterpart, Melanie Miller, finished with five saves.
While Pinard was pleased with her team's effort she knows their best soccer is still ahead of them, "We have yet to put a full ninety minutes together, but I think we are ready to that and hopefully it will happen against Amherst this weekend."
The victory bring the Ephs record to 6-1-1 (3-0-1 in NESCAC) while the Continentals fall too 5-4 (3-3 in NESCAC).
The Ephs will be back in action this Saturday when they welcome archrival Amherst to Williamstown. The contest is scheduled to get underway at noon.