Williams College men and women reach NESCAC soccer finals
WILLIAMSTOWN -- Cole Field will be soccer central today, as both Williams College teams will be playing for NESCAC titles.
The top-seeded and ninth-ranked Williams men played No. 4 seed Tufts to a scoreless draw, but won in penalty kicks. The Ephs will face second-seeded and No. 2 Amherst, after the Lord Jeffs beat No. 3 Wesleyan 1-0.
Both Williams and Tufts made their first two penalty kicks. Matt Muralles gave Williams an advantage when he buried a shot into the upper left corner.
Tufts’ Maxime Hoppenot was the next shooter but goalie Than Finan guessed correctly and smothered a low shot. Tufts did get one more chance to tie the score, but Finan made a save on Ben Ewing’s shot, sending the Ephs into the final.
The second-seeded and 22nd-ranked Williams women got a tie-breaking goal from Hannah Levin with 10 minutes remaining to reach the final with a 2-1 win over No. 8 Wesleyan.
The Cardinals’ Kaylin Berger and the Ephs Samantha Vilaboa traded first-half goals before Levin scored at 79:23 to give Williams the win.
Fourth-seeded Bowdoin upset No. 3 seed and sixth-ranked Amherst on penalty kicks, after the game was tied 3-3.
NEW LONDON, Conn. -- Williams fell in the semifinals to top-seed Connecticut College. The No. 5-seeded Ephs lost 25-21, 25-19, 25-16.
Conn. College reaches its first-ever finals.
Emily Doll led the Ephs with seven killls, four blocks and 14 digs.