Ephs Play to 1-1 Draw against MIT

Ephs Play to 1-1 Draw against MIT

Williamstown, MA--In a hard fought match, the Williams Ephs (9-0-2) played to a 1-1 draw against the MIT Beavers (9-2-2). Sarah Scire '20 scored early off a corner kick to give the Ephs a promising 1-0 lead. But MIT countered in the 78th minute with a goal from Sophia Struckman. The game then went into double overtime, where neither team could convert on their opportunities.

Perhaps energized by the win on Saturday, the Ephs took command of the game early, marching downfield to earn a corner kick. Georgia Lord '21 curved the ball directly into the goal box where it was initially saved by a defender, but Scire fought for possesion and put the ball through a tight window to score her first goal of the season. 

In the second half, MIT recovered some momentum. At 54:20, MIT's Allie Hrabchack passed the ball around a Williams defender towards Amy Apostol, who evaded the Eph's backline to get one-on-one with Olivia Barnhill '19. She took the shot just inside the 18 but her attempt sailed inches over the crossbar. Then, at 78:33, MIT broke through, with Sophia Struckman scoring from just outside the goal box.

The Beaver's continued to pressure. Amy Apostol again broke away from the defense in the 82nd minute, threatening another one-on-one with Barnhill. But Eph Brianna Binder '22 recovered and made an excellent slide tackle to eliminate the threat. 

With the game tied at the end of the second half, Williams hoped to win their second straight game with a golden goal. Powerful runs by Scire in the first overtime roused the hometown crowd. A header by Ilana Albert in second could have ended it. But the clock eventually ran out, and the Ephs settled for their second tie of the season. 

Despite not getting the win, the Ephs hope to use the game as a motivator. "I think it showed that we have another level in us," said Eph head coach Michelyne Pinard. "The only the way the end of the season is going to be fun, let alone successful, is if we can get to that level. The team's been tasked with figuring out what they can do to make sure we get there."

Williams finished with an advantage in shots on goal (16-15) and corner kicks (8-3). 

Eph goalie Oliva Barnhill played all 110 minutes, had three saves, and allowed one goal. MIT's Lily Mueller recorded an identical stat line, making three saves while allowing one goal. 

The Ephs return to action October 13th at 12 P.M. on Cole Field to play Wesleyan. 

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