SPRINGFIELD, MASS. Williams and Springfield played to 1-1 draw Sunday in Springfield, Mass.
Sarah Scire '20 put No. 1 women's soccer (2–1–1/2–1–0 in the NESCAC) on the scoreboard first, but the undefeated Springfield Pride (4–0–1/0–0–0 in the NEWMAC) equalized before the end of the half on a goal by Sydney Wine, assisted by Kaleigh Dale. The Ephs threatened late in the second half but could not score, and goalkeeper Whitney Lincoln '20 contributed 9 saves to keep the match level.
"Overall I'm hopeful that we can work through some early season disappointments and build on the positive components of the weekend," head coach Michelyne Pinard said. "I'm eager to see how this team evolves competitively and tactically."
Each team registered 7 shots in the first half, but while Williams put only two shots on goal, Springfield forced 5 saves from Lincoln.
Pinard praised the play that led to the opening goal. "Scire's goal came from really dynamic flank play," she said. "And it was a great finish."
In the second half, Georgia Lord '21 used her speed to get behind the Springfield back line on a few occasions. She had a chance in the 68th minute, but Pride defenders closed down quickly to take away her shooting angle, and the shot landed wide of the far post.
Springfield had its best chance of the half in the 76th minute, when forward Sarah Swetland dribbled in from the left side and sent a powerful shot wide.
The Ephs dominated possession for much of the half, although the Pride's defensive players – including Wine, the goalscorer – made some key interceptions. Williams continued to push on, however, and Mikayla Kappes '21 whizzed a shot inches wide in the 79th minute.
It looked like Williams had found its breakthrough a minute later, but a goal was called back for offside. While the Ephs dominated shots 11-4 in the half, the end of regulation came with the score still knotted at 1.
Overtime brought few chances, but Springfield's Adalia Malick sent a hard and low shot on goal in the 91st minute. Lincoln, however, reacted quickly to collect. In the 96th minute, Kappes found Liz Girvan '22 in the box, but Girvan's header was caught by Springfield keeper Emma O'Sullivan.
After 110 minutes, the score stood level at 1-1. The Ephs finished with a 21-14 edge in shots.
Williams will return to conference play on Saturday, Sept. 21, when the team travels to face No. 24 Trinity (1–3–0/0–1–0 in the NESCAC) in Hartford, Conn.
"We are ready to work hard to get where we want to be," Pinard said.