Ephs advance in NCAA play, defeat Rams 2-0

Ephs advance in NCAA play, defeat Rams 2-0

NORTON, MA – The Williams women's soccer team defeated Farmingdale State College (13-8-0) 2-0 today in the first round of the NCAA tournament.   Currently ranked ninth in the country, the Ephs (13-3-2) got a goal from Caitlyn Clark and Lindsey Vandergrift in the victory. 

The Ephs got on the board in the 26th minute when Carla Nicasio rocketed the ball inside from the left corner.  Clark controlled the pass and finished past Ram goalie Breanna Blair for her third goal of the year.

The Ephs added their second goal with just over ten minutes to play in the game.  Bridget Gallagher crossed the ball into the box, and Vandergrift one-timed the ball into the back of the net.  The goal was her second of the year. 

Hannah Van Wetter turned away three shots for the Ephs today, and Blair had four saves.  Williams outshot the Rams by a tally of 15-8 in today's matchup.

Said Coach Michelyne Pinard after the game, "Anytime you get a win in the NCAA tournament, it's exciting.  Today was no different.  Farmingdale is a great team.  Anytime you have two teams that don't really know each other, the first part of the first half is feeling each other out, and that certainly happened today.  I was pleased that we were able to get behind on the flanks.  Overall we got better throughout the game, and that's reassuring moving on to tomorrow."

Added Pinard about Clark's goal that got the Ephs going offensively, "Caitlyn is one of our most composed players, and she got a great ball in from Carla.  She took it down and found a corner, and that's what she does best.  That was certainly nice to get in the first half; it settled us down a little bit and allowed us to start playing a little bit more calmly and controlled."

Looking ahead, Pinard commented, "[Today] was a great game.  I thought we played well.  I think we still have more in us, and we're excited to play Wheaton tomorrow. I'm pleased with our performance and look forward to being even better tomorrow."

With the win, the Ephs advance to the second round of the tournament.  They will take on host Wheaton tomorrow at 1:30 PM.  The Ephs will be looking to avenge a 2-1 loss to the Lyons earlier in the year.  
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