Ephs hold on to defeat Jumbos 3-2

Alison Magruder '15
Alison Magruder '15

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA -- The Williams College women's soccer team defeated the Tufts Jumbos (3-6-3, 1-6-1 NESCAC) today 3-2.  After going down early, the Ephs responded with a pair of goals from Abby Morss and a third from Alison Magruder and were able to hold off a late surge from the Jumbos.  With the win, the Ephs, who are currently ranked 22nd in the country after a stellar performance last weekend, stay undefeated in the NESCAC at 7-0-1.  The Ephs move to 8-2-1 overall.  They remain atop the league standings with two league games left to play. 

Tufts got on the board first in just the thirteenth minute. After forcing a corner, the Jumbos rocketed the ball into the box.  Eph goalie Hannah Van Wetter, however, was able to punch the ball out.  Tufts managed to keep the ball inside, though, and Allie Weiller finished from the left side into the right corner of the net to give the Jumbos the early 1-0 lead.

The Ephs responded on the shoulders of Morss. With the ball free in the box, Jumbo goalie Kristin Wright went down to break up the play.  After she lost control of the ball, Morss got a foot on it and finished in the top left corner of the net to tie the game up at 1-1 with 24 minutes to play.

Just under six minutes later, Morss added another goal.  Chloe Kuh rocketed a corner into the box from the right side where Hana Tomozawa kept it in play and got a shot off.  After her shot was blocked, Tomozawa kept with the play and crossed the ball from the left post to Morss on the opposite side, who was just yards outside the net.  She got a foot on it and finished for her fifth goal of the year.

The second half started off very back and forth, but the Ephs started to take control towards the end.  With just over twelve minutes to play, Carla Nicasio dished the ball ahead to Maguder on the left side of the field.  Magruder carried into the box and kept the ball low as she put it past Wright to give the Ephs the 3-1 lead.

The Jumbos, however, refused to give up and found the back of the net in the 86th minute.  After forcing a corner, Nicole Campellone served the ball into the box where Anya Kaufmann got a body on it and finished to pull within one.  Despite the late surge of momentum, it proved too little too late, and the Ephs walked off the field with the hard fought victory.

The Ephs outshot the Jumbos by a tally of 17-10.  Wright posted four saves for the Jumbos while Phoebe Hanley added one.  Neither Van Wetter nor Laura Wann posted a save for the Ephs.

Said Coach Michelyne Pinard after the game about Morss's recent play (She had two goals last weekend against Amherst as well), "I think she is just such a dynamic, dangerous player.  She's hard for her defenders to deal with because she's pretty unpredictable and [because] of her ability to finish.  Goal scorers often end up in the right place at the right time, and that's what she's been doing.  She's been finishing her opportunities, and that's been great."

Added Pinard about the play of her bench in today's game, "Our depth is absolutely a strength, and our ability to show that today was great.  Our younger players getting experience and giving a rest to everyone is a huge asset especially when you play Saturday [and] Sunday, so that we're ready to go for tomorrow."

The Ephs return to Cole tomorrow to take on Endicott. Game time is set for 12 PM.

Said Pinard about the Ephs' future, "More than anything, we want to control our own destiny.  We know to do that we need to take care of not only our next two NESCAC games but tomorrow as well. We cherish the time we have on Cole and our time together, so I think we're going to keep doing everything we can to make sure we're still playing in November."

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