Oct 06, 2018
Williamstown, MA -- The Williams Ephs (9-0-1) beat Farmingdale College Rams (8-3-1) 1-0 in OT. Sydney Jones '21 scored the game-winner unassisted at 97:07.
In the 96th minute, Sarah Kelly '20 sent a cross towards the Farmingdale goal line, but her attempt was intercepted by the Ram's goalie Daniella Ford. The ball appeared to come loose; so Jones, who was in front of Ford, deftly stripped the ball from her hands, cut left, and buried it in the net to secure the 1-0 victory.
In the first half, the Ephs pressed early, earning several corner kicks. However, it wasn't until the 30th minute that Ephs began to find real opportunities to score. At 30:20, Madison Feeney '19 belted a sizzling shot towards the net. At 34:28, Sarah Hollinger '19 worked around defenders and nearly rolled the ball into the right corner of the net.
The second half saw more offensive opportunities for the Ephs after making adjustments. They tallied 12 shots on goal and two more corner kicks. At 81:01, Sarah Scire '20 got a shot off but was blocked by a defender. The ball soared high in the air and came down close to the goal box. Jones headed it only a few feet wide.
Farmingdale, despite limited offensive opportunities, congested the Eph's offense around the penalty box. A season high 11 saves by Daniella Ford kept the game tied through two halves.
In OT, neither team could muster offense. In fact, the block by Ford in the 96th minute suggested that the game would succumb to a second overtime. Jones's smart play in the 97th minute ended the game unexpectedly.
The game was gritty, but the Ephs resilience showed throughout. "It's great to have these opportunities to play good teams that put pressure on us and make us work for the result," said Eph head coach Michelyne Pinard. "It absolutely helps in the long run, and what I'm proud of is that the team stays positive and stays together."
The Ephs finished with a 22-7 advantage in shots on goal and a 5-0 advantage in corner kicks.
Farmingdale goalie Daniella Ford played 97:07 minutes, had 10 saves, and allowed one goal.
Williams goalie Olivia Barnhill '19 played 97:07 minutes, had one save, and allowed no goals.
The Ephs return to action tomorrow at 12:30 P.M. on Cole Field to play MIT.