Ephs Defeat Skidmore 3-0

Ephs Defeat Skidmore 3-0

--Following the game plan from yesterday's 3-1 win over Trinity, the Williams Ephs (3-0-0) got off to another hot start in the first half against the visiting Skidmore Thoroughbreds (3-1-0).

Sydney Jones '21, who had two goals against Trinity College, scored at 10:15 off an assist from Aspen Piersen '21 to give the Ephs an early lead. The goal set the tone for a dominant first half in which the Ephs had seven shots on goal and Skidmore had one.

A set piece by Skidmore late in the first half nearly tied the game. With 30 seconds left, Melissa Haas of Skidmore found space near the corner of the penalty box and sent a cross to Emily Mendes. Mendes was blocked by a defender but made a nice move to her left, allowing her to shoot. Her attempt sailed only a few feet high over the crossbar. 

Williams doubled their lead in the second half in the 54th minute when Natalie Turner-Wyatt '19 received the ball off a corner kick and hammered it into the goal box. Jones slid and toe-tapped the ball into the net, her fourth goal in only two games. Jones has scored in all three Eph wins to open the season and has notched the game winner in each contest.

The final goal of the game came at 72:29 when sophomore midfielder Mikayla Kappes scored her first collegiate goal off an assist from Georgia Lord '21. With a commanding 3-0 lead the Ephs continued to control both the tempo and possesion of the ball over the final 11 minutes.

The Ephs' head coach Michelyne Pinard was coaching against her former Williams assistant, Lacey Largetou, the Skidmore head coach. "Lacey spent three years here...and she's an incredible coach." Head coach Pinard said. "She knows what our attacking scheme is, so their team made it challenging for us to get in behind."

The Ephs had a 18-3 advantage in shots on goal and a 7-0 advantage in corner kicks.

Olivia Barnhill '19 and Whitney Lincoln '20 (who replaced Barnhill in the 79th minute) combined for a shutout, finishing with no saves and no goals allowed.

Skidmore also used two goalies. Ava Keller played the first 45 minutes, allowed one goal, and recorded no saves. Vivian Montgomery-Walsh played the final 45 minutes, allowed two goals, and recorded no saves.

The Ephs return to action next Saturday when they host NESCAC foe Colby at 11 A.M. and then host Springfield the following day at 1 P.M.