SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Goals from first year Hanna Kaeser and sophomore Audrey Thomas sent the No. 21 Williams College women's soccer team to a 2-0 shutout victory at Springfield College Wednesday evening at Brock-Affleck Field.
The Ephs improve to 7-1 in the 2014 season. Williams held a narrow 15-13 margin in shots, while putting 10 on net to Springfield's three. The Ephs also held a 10-6 advantage in corners. With the loss, the Pride fall to 4-3-1 overall,
Williams goalkeeper, senior Hannah Van Wetter finished the contest with three saves, preserving the clean sheet and picking up the victory for the Ephs.
With 13:58 remaining in the first half, Natasha Albaneze gained control of the ball at the midfield and fired a ball into Springfield territory, only to have Hannah Kaeser win the foot race to the ball, and fired a shot on cage the Gillett dove and blocked, but the rebound bounced right back to Kaeser who tapped the ball into the empty net to give the Ephs a 1-0 advantage.
With 27:11 remaining in the contest, Maddie Swarr fired a ball through the Springfield back line, and Audrey Thomas quickly out ran the Springfield defense and Gillett to the ball. After the sophomore took a shot on Gillett that was deflected but carried toward the net, Thomas sprinted to the ball before it went out of bounds and found the back of the net to push the Williams lead to two.
Williams is off until Sunday, when they host New England College on Cole Field. Game time is 12 p.m.
Springfield will return to Brock-Affleck Field on Saturday when it will host Babson College in a crucial New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contest. The game is set to begin at 1 p.m.