WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Midfielder Emma Lynch '23 gave the Ephs the lead in the 32nd minute, and Williams took a 2-0 win from Farmingdale State in a physical match Wednesday on Cole Field.
In a match that totaled 31 fouls, the Ephs controlled the possession game, finishing with a 15-6 edge in shots. Goalkeepers Leyla Kamshad '23 and Chelsea Taylor '22 each played a half as No. 24 Williams (7–2–1/5–2–0 in the NESCAC) shut out Farmingdale State (7–4–2/4–0–0 in the ECAC).
The Ephs strung together some long bouts of possession early on, but the Rams kept the match scoreless for the first half hour. Farmingdale State goalkeeper Daniella Ford came off her line often to prevent Williams from capitalizing on its early chances.
Williams tri-captain Sarah Scire '20 had the game's first real chance in the 16th minute. Scire dribbled in from the left wing and dodged two defenders. Her shot grazed along the goal line but bounced off the post and stayed out of the net.
Lynch opened the scoring when an attempted clearance fell at her feet in the penalty box. She took a touch to her left and drilled a shot into the bottom-right corner.
A Farmingdale State own goal in the 44th minute brought the score to 2-0 at the break.
Lynch shifted into the role of playmaker in the 67th minute, nearly setting up a third Williams goal. Her through ball found the feet of forward Jasmine Moore '23, but Ford rushed out to close down the angle, making the stop with her body.
Moore saw another chance in the 71st minute. A one-two between Victoria Laino '21 and Avery Mohan '23 brought Mohan into space deep on the right wing. Mohan picked out Moore with a cross, but Moore sent the header wide.
Farmingdale State saw two of its best chances in the game's final 15 minutes.
In the 79th minute, the Rams caught the Ephs off guard with a quickly taken corner kick. Edasia Martinez found space for a shot, but her powerful attempt went wide.
The visitors nearly grabbed a goal in the 90th minute, with Elizabeth Dasilva hitting the crossbar with a shot. The rebound bounced to Julissa Martinez, but Martinez's shot landed wide.
Ford, a First Team All-ECAC selection last year, finished with 5 saves in the contest. Kamshad saved the only shot on goal she faced, and Taylor dealt with several crosses and through balls but did not face a shot on goal.
Williams returns to Cole Field tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. for a non-conference matchup with No. 10 MIT (9–1–2/3–0–0 in the NEWMAC). The teams tied 1-1 in their matchup last year, with goals coming from Scire and MIT's Sophia Struckman.