Ephs fall to Trinity 2-0

Alison Magruder '15
Alison Magruder '15

HARTFORD, CT – The Williams women's soccer team fell to the Trinity Bantams (3-0, 2-0 NESCAC) today 2-0. The Bantams scored both goals in the second half to hand the Ephs (1-1-1, 1-1 NESCAC) their first loss of the year.

The Ephs looked strong in the first half as they outshot Trinity eight to four.  Alison Magruder tried to get things going for the Ephs as she had three nice looks at the net, but her chances all fell wide. The Ephs' only real test of Bantam goalie Monica DiFiori came with just over three minutes to play in the opening frame. First-year Gabz Amos-Grosser put her shot on goal, but DiFiori scooped up the save to keep the game scoreless. None of the Bantams' first-half opportunities were on net. 

The Ephs came out of the break looking for their first goal. Their opening shots of the half both went wide, but the Ephs continued to push. It looked like they might take the lead in the 67th minute with a pair of chances from Audrey Thomas and Kristi Kirshe; however, DiFiori came up with both saves.
Down the other end, the Bantams finally converted.  Laura Nee took the ball to goal and finished past Eph goalie Tressa Palcheck in the 69th minute. Her goal was unassisted.

Despite the Ephs' attempt to bounce back, the Bantams struck again just under six minutes later. Andi Nicholson threw the ball into Abbey Lake, who put the ball in the back of the net for the 2-0 lead.  While the Ephs fought until the end, they had no more shots on goal in the remaining time.

Palcheck had two saves for the Ephs in the second half. Junior goalie, Hannah Van Wetter, saw no shots on goal in the opening frame. DiFiori turned away all four of the Ephs' opportunities for the Trinity shutout.  The Ephs outshot the Bantams by a total of 16-12, but they had an even number of looks in the second half with eight apiece.

After the game, Eph head coach Michelyne Pinard commented on the Ephs' inability to finish as a factor in the loss. "[Trinity's] a very good team.  They're a very solid team all around. I thought we started slow, but we really had chances in both halves that we didn't finish. They probably had two or three chances, and they finished two of them. This game at the end of the day is really about finishing chances, and they did that, and we didn't."

The Ephs return to the field tomorrow to play Oneonta State at 12 PM.  The game will be their first home matchup of the year.

Said Pinard about getting the team ready for tomorrow, "I think there's nothing like a loss to grab your attention, and I think our attention is gotten. At the end of the day, we just need to be tougher at both ends of the field and work harder in between." She added, "I think we're a good team. We just have to earn it every day, and we'll have to earn it tomorrow."
About the matchup being played on Cole, she said: "No doubt being at home will be great, but the field certainly wasn't a factor today.  We just didn't finish our chance, and I'm hoping we do that tomorrow."
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