MIDDLETOWN, CT -- Kristi Kirshe scored the first goal of her career when the Ephs (6-1-2, 4-0-1 NESCAC) needed it most. The first-year's goal gave the Williams women's soccer team the 1-0 overtime win today against Wesleyan (1-6-3, 0-4-2 NESCAC).
Despite aggressive play from the Ephs, the Cardinals were able to hold the game scoreless through regulation. The Ephs outshot Wesleyan 11-3 in the first ninety minutes. However, in the overtime period, Kirshe led the Ephs' offensive attack.
About halfway through the overtime period, Kirshe looked to put it away for the Ephs. As Wesleyan keeper Jessica Tollman came out on the play, Kirshe rocketed it over her head. The ball hit off the middle of the crossbar and back into play, where a Wesleyan defender was able to clear it.
Just minutes later, though, Kirshe finally found the back of the net for the Ephs. An Eph pass went off the head of a Wesleyan defender. Kirshe one-touched the ball into the net to end the game in the 98th minute.
The Ephs outshot Wesleyan 14-4 today. Hannah Van Wetter posted two saves for the Ephs - including a key stop in overtime. Tollman had six saves for the Cardinals.
Said Coach Michelyne Pinard after the game about her goal scorer, "Anytime she's played, she's been dangerous… [A goal] was going to come sometime, and certainly it was a great time for it to happen."
Added Pinard about the team's efforts, "I think Wesleyan is really good at taking space away and making it really difficult to move the ball – which is frustrating to play against. I was really pleased with our ability to just keep working, just keep getting forward and getting behind them… We needed it today, and we'll need it tomorrow."
The Ephs travel to Bowdoin tonight to take on the Polar Bears at 1 PM tomorrow.
Pinard commented on tomorrow's matchup: "Driving four hours in between game[s] where they played three hours before us [today] – I think you couldn't get a more challenging situation. I think our team loves challenges…There's no doubt in my mind that this team will be ready and focused and play a hard ninety minutes – if not more – tomorrow."