NESCAC roundup: Williams women's soccer team advances to championship

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WILLIAMSTOWN — At halftime, the top-seeded Williams women's soccer team trailed Amherst by a goal.

Were that score to hold up, it would have ended a 65-game unbeaten streak on Cole Field and knocked the Ephs out of contention for a NESCAC title.

Four second-half goals turned the tide, and after beating the seventh-seeded Mammoths 4-2 on Saturday, Williams will play for a NESCAC title Sunday. The Ephs will play Tufts. The fourth-seeded Jumbos beat No. 6 Hamilton, 3-2.

The last time Williams lost on Cole was Oct. 24, 2012, against Middlebury.

Despite holding a 10-3 shot advantage at halftime, the Ephs trailed 1-0 on Sasha Savitsky's first goal of the game.

Williams tied the score on Sarah Scire's goal just 1:08 into the second half.

After trailing 2-1, Amherst tied the score on Savitsky's second goal at 54:36.

Williams broke the tie in the 71st minute on Kristina Alvarado's goal. Sydney Jones assisted, and then made it 4-2 on her goal in the 81st minute.

The Ephs have now given up seven goals this year, and four of them were scored by Amherst.

In the second game, Sophie Lloyd's second goal of the contest broke a tie and gave the Jumbos a hard-fought win.

Williams beat Tufts 3-0 at Cole back on Oct. 21.

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MIDDLEBURY, Vt. — Williams sent its NESCAC semifinal against Trinity into overtime, but it was the fifth-seeded Bantams that came out on top.

Alex Bennett tied the game with two second-half goals, the second from the top of the circle with nine minutes left in the second half. Trinity's Kelcie Finn's goal 1:08 into overtime gave the Bantams a 3-2 win over the third-seeded Ephs.

With the loss, Williams is 12-5, and will await a possible NCAA Division III tournament berth. The Ephs were seventh in the nation and second in New England, but are now planted on the bubble.

Early in the overtime, Trinity's Kendall Brown sprung Finn on a breakaway. She came in, deked goalie Abby Lloyd and put the ball into the net. It was Finn's third goal of the game and 26th of the season.

The Berkshire Eagle sports staff can be reached at sports@berkshireeagle.com or 413-496-6250.


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