Ephs Beat Springfield 1-0

Olivia Barnhill '19 makes a stop
Olivia Barnhill '19 makes a stop

Williamstown, MA--Victoria Laino '21 scored the game winner at 51:57 after Sarah Kelly '20 sent a beautiful pass from 20 yards outside the penalty box to within five yards of the goal. There, Laino slid and volleyed the ball into the net to give Williams a 1-0 victory over the Springfield College Pride (5-1-1). 

Williams created two scoring opportunities early in the first half. At 2:51 and 6:45, Sydney Jones '21 ran by several defenders to get two open shots, but both attempts were blocked by Springfield goalie Jackie Davis. The two shots by Jones turned out to be the only scoring opportunities of the half. Timely headers and clutch saves by Springfield kept the game scoreless. 
"It was a tale of two games in many ways," said Eph head coach Michelyne Pinard. "Things weren't working for us in the first half, and I think we were feeling a little sorry for ourselves. It was nice to see our fight in the second half."
Bolstered by a pep talk at halftime, the Ephs took control early in the second half. Fullbacks Liz Webber '20, Maria Chapman '22, and Sarah Kelly suffocated Springfield's offense, allowing the rest of the team to blitz the opposing defense. In the 50th and 51st minutes, Sarah Kelly sent two perfect passes into the goal box, one of which resulted in a Williams goal. At 56:17, Jones nearly scored after dodging defenders to get one-on-one with Davis, but again Davis made a nice save. Although the Ephs did not add to their lead, the difference in play was noticeable. 
In the final minutes of the game, Springfield seemed to finally develop meaningful counterplay as the Pride earned a pair of indirect free kicks off two Williams fouls. Springfield shot both into the goal box, but one was cleared by a Williams defender, while the other went wide right of the goal. The Ephs stalled for the last few seconds to earn their fifth victory. 
The Ephs finished with 16-7 advantage in shots on goal.
Springfield goalie Jackie Davis played 90 minutes, allowed one goal, and had 9 saves. Eph goalie Olivia Barnhill '19 played 90 minutes and had two saves in the shutout.
The Ephs return to action September 22 at Amherst.