WILLIAMSTOWN, MA -- The first round of the NESCAC tournament ended with an overtime win for the Williams College Ephs (9-4-2 / 6-3-1 in the NESCAC) over the Connecticut College Camels (10-5-1 / 5-4-1 in the NESCAC) with a score of 3-2, with 26 seconds left in the first overtime period.
In the 12th minute of the game, Rain Condie '22 dribbled down the middle of the field, and sent the ball diagonally down the left side of the field to Georgia Lord '21, who took a touch and then shot, putting the ball off the goalie and into the back right corner of the net, making the score 1-0, in favor of Williams.
Then, in the 17th minute of the game, a handball by Clare Tolliver '23 at the top of the box allowed for Connecticut College's Marielle McEnaney to take a free kick on the line of the box. Her ball got redirected, and landed in the back left of the net. The score was then tied at 1-1.
Shortly after, in the 24th minute of the game, a foul by Connecticut College's Kat Norton on Victoria Laino '21 ten yards outside of the box allowed Laino to take a free-kick. Laino's ball hit the underside of the cross-bar, and hit the ground behind the goal-line, putting Williams ahead 2-1 until the end of the half.
Six minutes into the second half, Connecticut College's Tori Kretzmer passed the ball to Norton, who shot from the top of the box, and put the ball into the top left corner of the Williams goal, tying the game at 2-2. The score remained tied for the following 51 minutes, as a result of strong defensive blocks by both teams. After 9 minutes and 34 seconds of overtime play, a cross by Lord was redirected by Connecticut College defender Erin O'Brien Powers and landed in the back of the Connecticut goal, ending the game, and making the score 3-2 in favor of Williams.
"I just think the effort that we put in today for this win was incredible," Coach Michelyne Pinard commented after the game. "I'm so proud of them. There's been a lot of ups and downs this season, and for them to stay so cohesive, together and resilient, is so awesome."
The Ephs will advance to the next round of the NESCAC tournament, where they will take on Middlebury on Saturday, November 9th at Tufts.