Ephs Play to 0-0 Draw against Amherst

Ephs Play to 0-0 Draw against Amherst

Amherst, MA--The Williams Ephs (5-0-1/ NESCAC 3-0-1) fought the Amherst Mammoths (4-1-1/ NESCAC 1-1-1) to an 0-0 draw in 110 minutes of play. With the draw, Amherst halted the Ephs winning streak.

Both teams opened the contest with scoring opportunities. At 2:57, Amherst's Natalie Landau fired a corner kick into the goal box. Her teammate, Jordan Bailey, jumped and headed the ball towards the net, but the ball sailed wide right. At 7:57, Hayley Roy of Amherst pounded a shot directly at Eph goalie Olivia Barhill '19, who made the save comfortably. In the 20th minute, the Ephs had their best opportunity to score. Eph midfielder Georgia Lord 21' sent a corner kick into the goal box where Victoria Laino '21 scissor-kicked it off the crossbar. 

The game then settled down considerably. Tight defensive prevailed against offense. Eph Maria Chapman '22 played a great game as she often had to guard the Mammoth's senior forward Rubii Tamen, who had a considerable size advantage. Her speed and quickness prevented Tamen from breaking through and getting one-on-one with Barnhill.

In overtime, both teams were betrayed by their legs. Although Amherst had several shots on goal, most landed on a hop to Barnhill, who handled them with ease. A desperation shot by llana Albert '21 from 25 yards outside the penalty box was as close as the Ephs got to a golden goal.

The clock eventually ran out, and the Ephs had to settle for a draw.

The Ephs were participating in the "Play with Pride" week, in which college teams across the country wear rainbow laces in support of athletes and coaches of all sexual orientations. United Soccer Coaches, in conjunction with LGBT coaches and Allies Member Group, started the initiative in 2017 to raise awareness.

Eph Olivia Barnhill '19 had 11 saves in the draw, her most so far this season. Amherst's Antonia Tammora had four saves in recording the clean sheet.

The Ephs finished with an advantage in corner kicks (7-5) but were edged by Amherst in shots on goal (18-4).

The Ephs return to action tomorrow against Bates at 12 P.M., while Amherst hosts New England College at 2 P.M.