Middlebury edges Ephs on late goal, 1-0

Liz Webber '20
Liz Webber '20

MIDDLEBURY, VT. — Anna Glovin's goal with 7:14 remaining Tuesday sent the No. 3 ranked Williams College women's soccer team to its first defeat of the season via a 1-0 result at Middlebury.

Glovin's goal was set up by a foul called on the Ephs just outside the box. Glovin lined up the free kick from 20 yards out and sent a drive that Williams keeper Whitney Lincoln appeared to her fingers on but rattled off the bottom of the crossbard and into the goal. 

Williams fell to 13-1-1 with the loss, its first conference defeat since Oct. 27, 2015. Middlebury improved to 11-2-2. Both teams will be in action Saturday as the NESCAC Tournament gets underway. The Ephs have clinched the top spot and will be home against an undetermined opponent. Middlebury will also be at home, opponent TBD. Pairings will be announced Wednesday night. Williams has won more NESCAC titles than any other insitution with nine. 

The Ephs' irst scoring opportunity of the game came on in the eighth minute on a direct kick for the Ephs' Jackie Simeone one yard outside the box and slightly to the left of Middlebury goalie Ursula Alwang. Simeone's shot was just over the cross bar. In the 13th minute the Ephs Victoria Laino received a long ball into the box, but Alwang was able to come out and smother Laino before she could shoot. One minute later, Natasha Albaneze's corner kick headed wide by Natalie Turner-Wyatt.

Middlebury's first shot came in the 22nd minute when Emma Shumway lofted a shot from outside the penalty box and it went over the left corner of the goal and out of bounds. In the 38th minute, Eph first-year Aspen Pierson collected a ball about eght yards out and fired a shot, but Alwang dove to her right and deflected the ball away. With just over a minute remaining in the half, Eph sophomore Alison Lu fired a shot from 16 yards out that banged off the left post. 

Williams came out strong in the second half and nearly scored 10 minutes in when Turner-Wyatt directed a header toward the goal that Alwang dove to stop. Minutes later, Alwang made a key stop on a Sarah Kelly bid. Williams had a good look to get the equalizer with 4:38 on the clock, but Victoria Laino's shot from the right side sailed wide of the near post. 

Alwang made eight saves in the first half, and 13 for the game. Eph sophomore Whitney Lincoln made her first collegiate start and finished with two saves. 

The Ephs finished the game with a 24-7 edge in shots, including 16 first-half shots to the Panthers' four. Williams had four corner kicks to Middlebury's two.