Williams Ephs defeat Springfield Pride 2-0

Alison Magruder '15
Alison Magruder '15

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—The Williams women's soccer team (4-1-2) defeated the Springfield Pride (6-3-0) 2-0 today. Freshman Katie Wardlaw and junior Alison Magruder both scored one goal each, the first in the first half, and the second in the second half, respectively.

Williams started off strong with multiple shots in the first few minutes of the game.  The Williams women's soccer team walked onto the field with lots of energy and played aggressively throughout.

But it was not until the 25th minute that Wardlaw came in from the left and shot the ball in, getting the first goal of the game. Wardlaw continued to play strong and take advantage of every opportunity she had, taking many other shots throughout the rest of the game.

The Springfield Pride also made some great moves subsequently as Nicole Fowler made a beautiful shot that just barely sailed over the crossbar. She shot once again minutes later.

Not only were Nicole Fowler's shots on the field great, but so were her throw ins. Her front flip throw in added to the energy that Springfield brought with them today.

A few minutes into the second half, Springfield even got a free kick only just a few yards away from the goal box. However, defender Lilly Wellenbach cleared the ball.

During the 58th minute, Williams obtained their second goal by Ali Macgruder, who made a beautiful shot and was assisted by Katie Wardlaw.

Audrey Thomas took one a Williams corner kick a few minutes later. The kick sailed into the box as a cluster of players attempted to head it. But it was the Springfield Goal Keeper Sarah Myers who thwarted the others' attempts by jumping above all the other players and catching the ball.

With just 7 min left in the game, the Pride continued to fight. Springfield's Mariah Ferrara attempted to shoot, but was blocked by Williams' goalkeeper Hannah Van Wetter. Nonetheless seconds later, Ferrera shot again. Even though the shot was wide, it was one of Springfield's best moments of the game. 

The Ephs outshot the Pride 23-9. Van Wetter made 2 saves for Williams today, while Myers made a total of 7 saves.

Eph head coach Michelyne Pinard was very proud of her victorious team today as she said, " Couldn't have been more pleased with our play in the first half; I just thought we were creating really dangerous opportunities and we wished that we really could have finished some of those opportunities, but overall, we were playing a very high level of soccer."

Coach Pinard also acknowledges that: "Springfield was going to come out in the second half and be better, but we still handled their pressure very well."

With two great goals today, Pinard happily reflects on her players abilities. She adds that, "Katie has a lot of range, so she can really cover a lot of ground and get into the box. And Ali has always just been knocking on the door so I was really happy for her, and happy for us that she could get on the scoreboard."

The Ephs will return to Cole Field on Saturday to take on Farmingdale State at 1:30 PM EDT.