WILLIAMSTOWN, MA - An immediate retaliation goal by Williams College junior forward Georgia Lord lifted Williams (2-0-0/2-0-0 NESCAC) to a 2-1 win over visiting Tufts University (1-1-0/0-1-0 NESCAC) on Cole Field.
The Lord goal answered Tufts' goal at 73:45 by Liz Reed. The Reed goal was assisted by Sophie Lloyd.
It took the Ephs just 19 seconds to answer the Reed tally when Aspen Pierson sent a cross to Georgia Lord who trapped the ball in the center of the box and sent it into the back of the net, putting the Ephs on top 2-1.
Excited about the result, Eph head coach Michelyne Pinard emphasized how she appreciates the opportunity that Tufts offered for her team to learn from their own mistakes this afternoon. "Early September, we have to know we won't be perfect," Pinard said. "We won't be playing our best soccer, but we can be excited about getting better."
Throughout the scoreless first half, the ball was back and forth, with both the Tufts and the Williams offense keeping defenders on their toes with dangerous plays near the goal. Williams defenders co-captain Sarah Kelly and Maria Chapman played strong, physical defense, shutting down the Tufts attackers.
Neither team was able to notch a goal in the first 45 minutes, however, Eph forward Rain Condie opened the scoring in the contest when she scored unassisted just 52 seconds into the final 45-minute session, putting the Ephs on top 1-0.
Condie scored out of some confusion in the box after Tufts' goalie Hayley Bernstein punched away a crossing pass from Georgia Lord that ended up in the box with a host of players trying to gain possession. When the ball ended up on Condie's foot she quickly deposited into the goal.
The Jumbos fought back to tie the game at one when Liz Reed '21 put the ball into the right side of the net from the left side of the box, after receiving a pass from her teammate Sophie Lloyd '21.
Despite consistent offensive pressure from the Jumbos, the Ephs kept Tufts off the scoreboard and secured their second win of the season.
Tufts outshot the Ephs 24-9 on the day and Eph goalie Whitney Lincoln stopped eight of the nine shots the Jumbos fired on goal, while the Jumbos' Hayley Bernstein stopped four of the Ephs' six shots on goal.
"I think the team is sitting in a place where getting better is exciting, not daunting, and I'm excited to carry that message and that feeling into next week," coach Pinard remarked, excited to move forward toward their next contest.
Next up for the Ephs is home contest next Saturday at 12:00 PM when they will host Little Three rival Wesleyan.