LEWISTON, MAINE -- Coming back from a 0-0 draw with Amherst, the Williams Ephs (6-0-1/ NESCAC 4-0-1) scored three goals to beat NESCAC foe Bates (2-5-0/ NESCAC 0-5-0).
Georgia Lord '21 scored the game-winner at 3:55 after a failed clearence by Bates, leaving the ball perfectly placed at the edge of the penalty box. Lord ran towards the ball and blistered a low laser passed Bates goalie Katherine Nuckols. It was Lord's first goal this season. The goal was only offense needed by the Ephs, as their aggressive play ensured that Bates would have few opportunities to score.
Bates's only opportunity came late in the first half when Laura Jarry sent a cross to Sarah Dipillo, who shot a burner through the grass. But Olivia Barnhill '19 made a diving save to stop the threat.
Even with a 2-0 lead and only a few minutes left in the game, the Ephs continued to press. A powerful run by Eph forward Sydney Jones '21 in the 85th minute nearly resulted in her 7th goal on the season, but her shot was blocked by a sliding defender. Seconds later, Dawn Penso '19 dribbled down the left side in Bates territory and sent a high looping pass towards the goal box. The pass was offline, however, and went directly in the goal to give Penso her first goal on the season.
After the tough 0-0 draw against Amherst, it was refreshing to see the Eph offense come to life in the second half. They showed no hesistation in pushing the ball forward and creating dynamic plays. Where other teams might fixate on possesion, the Ephs marched on, using their athleticism and speed to exploit their opponents.
The Ephs finished with an advantage in shots on goal (17-4) and corner kicks (3-1).
Eph goalie Olivia Barhill made three saves in her fourth shutout of the season. Bates goalie Katherine Nuckols made seven saves and allowed three goals.
The Ephs return to action at 12 P.M. next Saturday against Conneticut College. Bates plays the same day at 11 A.M. against Trinity.