Colleges: Williams women's soccer advances to NCAA D-III semifinals


GENEVA, N.Y. >> The Williams women's soccer team is all too familiar with postseason penalty kick situations.

This time, though, the Ephs were the ones coming out on top.

Williams bested William Smith in the NCAA Division III Elite 8 on Sunday to head back to the Final Four, advancing 3-0 on penalties after the teams played out a 1-1 game.

Olivia Barnhill, Williams' freshman goalkeeper, was the extra time hero, as she saved every Herron shot put her way in penalties.

For the Ephs, Mia Mitsuyama, Kristi Kirshe and Natasha Albaneze all converted their penalties.

Audrey Thomas scored for Williams in the eighth minute of the contest, finishing off a pass from Kirshe. The Herrons tied the game up in the 86th minute, with Shay Callahan scoring the goal.

In net, Barnhill had eight saves for the Ephs.

Williams now gets a lengthy break before the semifinals. The Ephs will play Centre College on Dec. 4 at 2:30 p.m. in Kansas City, Mo.

Women's Basketball


In Williamstown, the Williams women's basketball team turned a one-point deficit heading into the fourth quarter into a 52-47 win over Babson on Sunday.

Williams outscored Babson 17-11 in the final frame to seal the win.

Amanni Fernandez and Lauren McCall each had 11 points for the Ephs in the win, while Katie Litman and Devon Caveney each chipped in with nine.

Litman led the team with 13 rebounds, and Kristin Fechtelkotter had three steals off the bench.

Giovanna Pickering led all scorers with 18 in the contest for Babson.

The Ephs move to 2-0 with the win, and the team returns to action on Nov. 24 at Springfield.


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