Posted: Oct 13, 2018
In the 9th minute Wesleyan scored to grab an early lead. It happened when Liz Young broke away from her defender to get one-on-one with Eph goalie Olivia Barnhill '19. Barnhill was forced to come forward to try and block the shot, but Young slipped the ball by her into the net.
The goal must have frustrated the Ephs because Williams failed to convert numerous early scoring opportunities. Twice Sarah Scire '20 crashed through Wesleyan's backline, drawing out Wesleyan netminder Sarah Hammond. One of her shots struck the crossbar, rebounding to Aspen Pierson '21 who headed it just above the cross bar.
At 42:44, Sydney Jones '21 and Rain Condie '22 delivered redemption. Jones was dribbling near the left corner of the goal box when she found a window. She blistered a shot towards the net, which was blocked by Hammond. Hammond's block ricocheted back to Jones who unselfishly passed it to Condie for the easy goal.
Wesleyan had a serious scoring opportunity in the 18th minute. After bringing the ball deep into Williams territory, the Cardinal forwards found space near the goal box. They got off three shots in quick succesion. Kayla O'Brien's first shot was blocked by a defender but rebounded to her teammate, Liz Young. Her second shot went off the left post, but again the ball found Andy Wiley, but her attempt went wide left.
After Condie's goal, Williams appeared to gain momentum and dominated possession throughout the second half.
"No doubt that goal helped our momentum," said Eph head coach Michelyne Pinard. "Soccer can be a cruel game. I think that goal helped us get through a tough first half. Certainly I was pleased with the adjustments we made."
With more scoring opportunities, the Ephs took the advantage. In the 47th minute, a blocked corner kick found the foot of Lauren Brown, who sent a cross into the goal box. The ball pin-balled in the goal box for a few seconds, eventually finding Georgia Lord who buried the game winner in the middle of net.
With sharp passing and skilled defensive plays, the Ephs prevented Wesleyan from scoring an equalizer and earned their 10th win of the year.
The Ephs finished with an advantage in shots on goal (23-8) and corner kicks (11-1).
Wesleyan goalie Sarah Hammond played 90 minutes, had seven saves, and allowed two goals. Williams goalie Olivia Barnhill played 90 minutes, had one save and allowed one goal.
The Ephs host NESCAC foe Bowdoin tomorrow at 12 PM, while Wesleyan travels to play Middlebury.