Ephs bounce back to blank Castleton 4-0

Ephs bounce back to blank Castleton 4-0

CASTLETON, VT — In an attempt to bounce back from being shutout by arch-rival, Amherst, on Saturday afternoon, the Ephs finished off their first away weekend of the 2014 season with a trip up Route 7 into Vermont to face off against the Castleton Spartans.

The Ephs managed to claim their first road win of the season through a 4-0 win over the Spartans with each goal coming from a different player, sophomores Audrey Thomas and Katie Wardlaw and then freshmen Hanna Kaeser and Natasha Albaneze.

Thomas scored her sixth goal of the season along with the only goal of the first half, just past a quarter of an hour into the game in the 19th minute. Thomas received a smart pass from senior Alison Magruder, before she took care of business, putting the ball past Spartan keeper Jessica Binkowski to ensure that the Ephs would not remain scoreless for the second straight game.

In the second half, Katie Wardlaw was able to give the Ephs a two-goal cushion, as she volleyed home her second goal of the season, and the Ephs' second goal of the day. Wardlaw's volley got  past Binkowski after Wardlaw received  a pin-point cross from freshman Evan Gancedo, whose good industry of late was rewarded. 

With time winding down in the final minutes a pair of Eph freshman, Kaeser and Albaneze, put an exclamation point on the victory, as they rattled off a goal each in just under thirty seconds to make the score 4-0.

First, it was Kaeser, whose solo effort driving toward the near post ended in her smashing the ball past Binkowski to also score her second of her thus-far young career as an Eph.

Then, just 27 seconds later, it was Albaneze who wrapped up the scoring, as she elevated over her defender to nod home an inch-perfect cross from senior Natalie Weyerhauser for what was also her second goal of the year. 

The Spartans and the Ephs both have the week off and return to conference action next Saturday, with the Spartans facing off at home against Thomas College at 4:30 PM EDT, while the Ephs once again take to the road, as they travel to Connecticut College for a 12 PM EDT kickoff tfr a matchup with the undefeated Camels, who are off to a perfect 5-0 start to the season, and own wins over Middlebury and Hamilton in conference play.

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