Women's Soccer Drops Heartbreaker To Williams - To Host Tourney Game Sunday

October 30, 2009

Middlebury dominated Williams for 90 minutes, but it wasn't enough, as the Ephs scored late to sneak away with a 1-0 victory over the Panthers. Williams, ranked second nationally and #1 in New England, improve to 14-0 on the year and clinch the top spot for the upcoming NESCAC Tournament. Middlebury, ranked third in New England, has earned the third seed and will host sixth-seeded Bowdoin in a quarterfinal game on Sunday at 12:00 p.m.

The Panthers controlled play throughout the game, but could not find the back of the net. Middlebury ended the game with a 15-5 shots advantage, as goalkeeper Lauryn Torch was forced to make just two saves all afternoon.

Middlebury kept the ball in the Williams end for much of the first half, but were unable to generate any great scoring opportunities.

The second half looked much the same, with the Panthers finding themselves with some quality chances to score. Annie Rowell and Drew Smith worked a give-and-go in the 62nd minute, as Smith's shot went just wide of the post. Rowell had another chance just over a minute later, but her header on a Caroline Downer cross sailed just over the crossbar. In the 75th minute, Rowell struck a low hard crossing pass that was cut off by Eph keeper Lauren Sinnenberg (7 saves) as Lindsay Walker was charging with a good look at the goal.

The game's lone goal came at 87:41 as Sarah Walmsley netted her fourth of the season. Annelise Snyder chipped a ball up to Walmsley on the right wing, as she sprinted 10 yards to gain some space. Walmsley then ripped a shot into the top left side of the net on the far post to give the Ephs the 1-0 victory.

Williams (14-0, 9-0) vs. Middlebury (10-2-2, 7-2)
Date: Oct 30, 2009 Attendance: 135

Goals by period 1 2 Tot
Williams............ 0 1 - 1
Middlebury.......... 0 0 - 0

1. 87:41 WILWS Sarah Walmsley (Annelise Snyder)

Shots: Williams 5, Middlebury 15
Saves: Williams 7 (Lauren Sinnenberg 7), Middlebury 2 (Lauryn Torch 2)