Castleton, VT--No. 2 Williams (8-0-1) shutout the Castleton Spartans (3-8-0) 2-0 this afternoon. With the win, the Ephs remain undefeated on the road.
As has often been the case, Sydney Jones '21 scored the gamewinner at 46:10, her seventh goal this year. After failing to convert in the first half, the Ephs were aggresive early the second, marching steadily towards the opposing 18. A stealthy Aspen Pierson '21 worked her way to the left-side of the penalty box before sending a cross to Jones. Jones wasted no time, touching the ball once and then slamming it into the goal with her left foot. It was perhaps the cleanest play of the season so far.
In the 65th minute, Madison Feeney '19 added to the lead with her first goal of the season. After midfielder Victoria Laino '21 delivered a perfect through pass in between the Castleton defense, Feeney collected the ball and then buried it in the middle of the net.
Active play at midfield by the Ephs smothered the Spartan offense. In the first half, all three shots on goal by the Spartans were longshots, which were easily handled by Eph goalie Olivia Barnhill '19. In contrast, Williams dominated possesion and created an abundance of opportunities within the opposing penalty box. The game was scoreless at the half because of several spectacular saves by Castleton's goalie Loren Henderson. For example, in the 34th minute, Rain Condie '22 broke free of Castleton's backline and got a shot off from point-blank range, but Henderson made a diving stop to keep the game tied.
Of course, the Ephs broke through immediately in the second half when Jones scored. The early goal appeared to give confidence to the Ephs, as subsequently they played with energy and pep. Often, it was the trio Victoria Laino, Madison Feeney, and Georgia Lord '21 whose stellar passing at midfield lead to the most opportunities at the 18.
After Feeney scored the 65th minute, the Ephs substituted their starters and played competively for the rest of the second half to earn their eighth win of the season.
The Ephs tallied 32 shots on goal--their highest this season--and shot 10 corner kicks. The Spartans finished with three shots on goal.
Eph Olivia Barhill played 72 minutes and had two saves in the shutout. Whitney Lincoln '20 replaced Barnhill for the final 18 minutes but recorded no saves.
Castleton's Loren Henderson recorded 15 saves and allowed two goals.
The Ephs return to action October 6th on Cole Field at 12 P.M. to play Farmingdale State.