Williamstown, MA--The Williams Ephs (4-0-0/ NESCAC 3-0-0) shutout Colby College (2-2-0/ NESCAC 0-2-0) 1-0. With the win, the Ephs remain perfect against NESCAC rivals.
Continuing her impressive early season run of scoring goals, Sydney Jones '21 scored the gamewinner at 10:12. A clearence from the Colby goalkeeper gave Williams possesion at midfield, where Natalie Turner-Wyatt collected it and made an incisive pass through the Colby backline. The agile Jones avoided the defenders, cut left to dodge the goalie, and buried the ball in the net.
"Our ball movement allows our target to get a lot of scoring opportunities," noted Eph head coach Michelyne Pinard. "And she [Jones] is doing an incredible job converting."
Tight passing and powerful runs on the flank established the Eph's offensive strategy. Eph foward Sydney Jones pressured Colby early, forcing them back to their own endline often. The strategy netted Williams eight corner kicks and 12 shots on goal in the first half.
A free kick late in the first half saw Colby's only real opportunity to score. An indirect free kick to Colby midfielder Mannon Frykholm gave her space to dribble near the penalty box. She drew Eph defenders and then sent a pass to teammate Katie Senechal, but Senechal's shot sailed high.
The second half was back and forth as both teams worked hard to establish control of the game. The Ephs persisted, however, and with finely tuned play they nearly doubled their lead. In the 85th minute, Georgia Lord '21 and Sydney Jones darted into the penalty box as the ball came loose. Lord pounded the ball towards the net, but Colby goalie Shannon Gray went to the ground to block the shot. The ball then riocheted to Jones who hammered it towards the middle, but Gray recovered and made a diving save. The outstanding saves by Gray kept Colby within one.
In the final minutes, the Ephs maintained possesion for long stretches to claim the 1-0 win.
Williams finished the game with an advantage in shots on goal (21-7) and corner kicks (11-1).
Colby goalkeeper Dani Lonati played the first 45 minutes, made one save, and allowed one goal. Shannon Gray played the final 45 minutes, made six saves, and allowed no goals.
Eph's goalie Olivia Barhill '19 played 90 minutes and had two saves in the shutout.
Tomorrow, the Ephs host Springfield College at 1 P.M. on Cole Field, while Colby plays at Trinity on September 22.