Ephs blank Skidmore 2-0, improve to 11-0-1

Ephs blank Skidmore 2-0, improve to 11-0-1

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.Kristi Kirshe scored a goal in each half to lead third-ranked Williams College past the Skidmore College women's soccer team, 2-0, Wednesday night at Wachenheim Field.

The Ephs improve to 11-0-1. They will travel to Wesleyan University Saturday for an 11 a.m. contest.

Williams wasted no time establishing its presence, jumping out to a 1-0 lead 3:13 into the game on Kirshe's seventh of the season. Kirshe delivered a ball behind the Skidmore defense, picking out Audrey Thomas, and continued her run to the penalty spot unmarked. Thomas then slid the ball back across the face of goal, finding Kirshe for the finish into the empty net.

Skidmore nearly equalized in the 25th minute as Nicole LoRusso sent a strike from 35 yards crashing off the crossbar. The Thoroughbreds put two more shots on frame before the end of the half, forcing Williams goalkeeper Tressa Palcheck into her only two saves of the game to keep the score at 1-0 at the break.

Kirshe doubled visitor's lead 11:31 into the second stanza, running on to Jacqueline Simeone's long feed down the right wing and dribbling past a defender before firing a shot from 12 yards in off the right post.

The Ephs managed to hold Skidmore to a single shot over the final 34 minutes, securing their eighth shutout of the season and their sixth in the last seven games.

Williams outshot Skidmore 11-9, while the Thoroughbreds held a 6-2 edge in corner kicks. Thoroughbreds goalkeeper Alyssa Rollins finished with six saves, including five in the second half, in her first start of the season.

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