HOBOKEN, NJ – Williams women's soccer won its first-round NCAA tournament game today behind a goal from Caitlyn Clark. The Ephs (11-4-3) defeated Virginia Wesleyan (18-4-0) 1-0 at host Stevens Institute.
The Ephs were aggressive offensively from the start. Carla Nicasio had the Ephs' first two looks at the goal in the opening ten minutes; one of her shots went wide while the other was saved by Marlin goalie Erica Keil. Hayley Cook, Brett Eisenhart and Hana Tomozawa all added to the Ephs' offensive action, but no one was able to find the back of the net. Finally, in the 27th minute, the Ephs got on the board when Tomozawa centered the ball, and Clark finished for her second goal of the year.
Said Coach Michelyne Pinard about Clark after the game, "Cait does so much through the whole field. It was just great to see her stepping up and finishing an opportunity. We needed that, and she delivered."
The Marlins looked to counter five minutes later with a good look from Krista Witmer, but Laura Wann was able to make the save to keep the Ephs up 1-0 going into the half.
While the Ephs totaled eight shots in the first half, they added only three in the second. Defensively, however, they held the Marlins to just three in the half and five on the day.
After the game, Coach Pinard added, "I thought it was an excellent game. I thought both teams played particularly well. I thought we did a great job of taking care of the ball."
The Ephs move on to play Westfield State tomorrow at Stevens Institute. The game will take place at 1:00.
Looking towards tomorrow, Coach Pinard said, "It's an NCAA game, so anything can happen."