WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Backed by two goals from Natalie Turner-Wyatt '19, No. 4 women's soccer (9–0–1, 6–0–1 in the NESCAC) topped Farmingdale State 2-0 this afternoon on Cole Field.
Turner-Wyatt put the home side up early with a fifth-minute goal. After receiving a pass from forward Alison Lu '20, Turner-Wyatt feinted a defender and powered a shot past the goalkeeper.
In the 22nd minute, a weak back pass by the Eph defense nearly led to a chance for the Rams. Farmingdale State forward Brittney Starzee raced goalkeeper Olivia Barnhill '19 to the ball, but Barnhill arrived just in time to clear the danger.
The Rams threatened in the 40th minute as well, when Edasia Martinez chipped a brilliant through ball for Tara Lyons. Barnhill came off her line to cut off Lyons' angle, however, and the Eph goalie blocked the shot at the edge of the penalty area.
Williams finished the first half with a 1-0 lead. The Ephs held a 6-3 advantage in shots in the first 45 minutes, while the Rams led 3-1 in corner kicks.
Turner-Wyatt doubled the Eph lead 3:07 into the second half. Defender Liz Webber '20 sent a ball in to Lu, who headed it on for Turner-Wyatt. The midfielder hit a first-time lob over the keeper that went in off the crossbar.
Tri-captain Evan Gancedo '18 created an opportunity for Williams in the 51st minute. Gancedo chipped a pass to Natasha Albaneze '18 in the box, but Farmingdale State goalkeeper Daniella Ford intervened. The ball bounced out to tri-captain Jacqueline Simeone '18, who sent in a shot from the edge of the box. Ford saved Simeone's effort, and Albaneze's headed a try from the rebound that Medina Mulic cleared off the goal line.
The Ephs continued to try to create from wide areas, but the Rams' defenders blocked shots and cut out crosses. In the 57th minute, lana Albert '21 beat her defender and managed to connect with Lu in the box, but Lu's shot was blocked.
Farmingdale State saw its best chance of the game in the 64th minute. Lyons made a strong run down the left side of the box and found Cristina Ferrara in front of the goal with a low cross. Barnhill, however, saved Ferrara's shot.
After 90 minutes, the final score stood at 2-0 Williams. The Ephs totaled 16 shots in the game, while the Rams had five. Barnhill made two saves, and Ford made five for Farmingdale State.
Head coach Michelyne Pinard was pleased with her team's defensive performance.
"We didn't allow them many opportunities until the second half," she said. "Our one-on-one defending was better and helped keep their attack at bay."
She added that the team's distribution was promising but inconsistent.
"We had spurts where we were really spraying the ball around," Pinard said. "We're most effective when we're able to attack the flank space and not just down the middle. When we did that, it was great. When we didn't, we got stuck a ltitle bit.
"They're a tough team, and I'm happy with the result."
Williams returns to Cole Field tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. to take on No. 15 MIT in a showdown between the two top-ranked teams in New England.
"It's a great opportunity for us to play a team that's super tough," Pinard said, "and we're excited to play at that level."