New London, CT--The Williams Ephs (7-0-1/ NESCAC 5-0-1) defeated the Connecticut College Camels (5-3-0/ NESCAC 1-3-0) 1-0. With the win, the Ephs continue to lead the NESCAC along with undefeated Middleberry. Connecticut College, meanwhile, falls to 8th place behind Bowdoin.
With only 20 seconds remaining in the first half, Eph Rain Condie '22 received a throw in from forward Sarah Scire '20. After tapping the ball passed her defender, Condie dribbled briefly along the right-side before shooting from 10 yards outside the penalty box. The ball sailed over the head of Connecticut goalie Sarah Williams and found the back of the net, giving Condie the gamewinner and her first collegiate goal.
The Ephs had several chances in the first half. At 19:10, Eph Victoria Laino '21 collected a blocked pass at the 18, cut to her left, and drilled a shot towards the left-side of the net. But her attempt was blocked by a diving Sarah Williams. At 22:08, Aspen Pierson got a shot on target off a free kick, but again Williams caught it. Finally, Condie's goal at 44:45 secured a 1-0 lead heading into the second half.
The Camels often developed the initiative by sending long passes over the Eph's backline. The tenacity of Connecticut's Kat Norton and Emmy McGoldrick allowed them to win possesion deep in Eph territory. Several of their attempts looked good, but three miraculous saves by Olivia Barnhill '19 kept the game scoreless. One save in particluar was impressive. A skirmish at the edge of the penalty box kept the ball hidden from Barnhill. Then, Connecticut's Kelly Brigham poked it forward towards the right-side of the goal. Barnhill leaped through the air and intercepted the ball, preventing a 1-1 tie.
Barnhill, a two-time National Champion, has allowed only two goals this season and was recently named NESCAC player of the week. Her leadership on field will certainly be a resource later in the season.
With only a minute remaining in the second half, the Ephs moved the ball to the corner to drain the clock, assuring a 1-0 victory.
The Ephs finished with a slim advanatge in shots on goal (13-12) and corner kicks (4-3).
Eph goalie Olivia Barnhill made seven saves in shutout, rasing her save percentage to 0.941.
Sarah Williams of Connecticut College played the first 45 minutes, made four saves, and allowed one goal. Katy Pelletier replaced Williams in the second half, playing the final 45 minutes. She made three saves and allowed no goals.
The Ephs return to action tomorrow at 1 P.M. to play Castleton.