WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – The Williams women's soccer team (8-1-2, 5-1-1) defeated the Tufts Jumbos (6-5, 4-4) today 3-1. The first goal was scored in the first half by Eph freshman Audrey Thomas. During the second half, the Jumbos' Anya Kaufman equalized. But the Ephs scored two goals in a 90-second span in the game's final 11 minutes to claim the victory.
Abby Morrs got the go-ahead goal for the Ephs at 79:19 off a feed from Mai Mitsuyama and freshman Katie Wardlaw socred an unassisted goal 1:26 after the Morrs tally to make the final score 3-1.
The Williams offense was very strong today and began taking multiple shots early on in the game. During the 13th minute, Junior Hana Tomozawa attempted to score, but was blocked. After the ball was deflected, Audrey Thomas shot once more and landed the ball into the goal, getting Williams onto the scoreboard first.
With 16 minutes left in the first half, the Williams offense continued to play strong as Junior Lilly Wellenbach took a shot, which rebounded off the crossbar. Wardlaw then took the rebound and shot again, but was blocked by a Tufts defender. The ball then went back to Wellenbach who took the third shot, which landed wide.
Minutes later, the Jumbos came very close to scoring a goal as first year Katie Coyle came from the left dribbling the ball and crossed it over to the left side of the box right in front of Kaufmann who attempted to shoot. However, Williams goalkeeper Hannah Van Wetter got to it first and protected the ball.
The first half concluded with a corner kick in the last 15 seconds by the Ephs. Junior Mai Mitsuyama took the kick. The ball sailed into the box, but because of the Jumbo's strong defense and Tufts goalkeeper Kristin Wright's skill, no one on Williams could score.
During the second half of the match, the Jumbos ran onto the field with much more energy and enthusiasm. By the 56th minute, they had gotten onto the scoreboard. The goal was scored by Kaufmann, who ran in from the right side and scored with no assist. This tied the game for the next 20 minutes.
With 17 minutes left on the clock, Eph junior Ali Magruder made some dangerous shots towards the goal. As she shot, the ball was deflected by Wright. But this did not stop Magruder from shooting again. Her attempt at the goal was once again thwarted by Wright, who made multiple strong saves throughout the game.
After being tied for about 20 minutes, Mitsuyama assisted Abby Morrs in making the second goal for the Williams as she took a corner kick. The ball flew into the box and Morrs leaped up and headed it into the goal.
Moments later, Wardlaw got possession of the ball in the middle of the box and kicked it into the right side of the goal.
Head coach Michelyne Pinard stated, "It really showed today that we have one of the toughest leagues in the country… But people just kept working, kept plugging, kept digging it out, and sometimes we just have to gut out wins and so I am very pleased."
Pinrd further added, "knowing that everyone on this team can contribute to a win… from freshman to senior, it is a team. And this is what contributes to the great energy and the great results like this today."
Next the Ephs will travel to Middlebury this Tuesday October 22nd to take on the Panthers at 3:00 PM.