Ephs thump nation's No. 9 team
Four different Ephs scored goals as they rolled over Western Connecticut 4-0 yesterday afternoon. The win improved Williams' record to 5-0-0, while Western Connecticut falls to 4-1-1.
The visitors entered the game having moved up to the No. 9 ranking in the latest national poll. Williams was not ranked, but did receive some Top 25 votes.
Five minutes into the game, the Ephs scored a goal and made a statement that they belong in the poll. Williams netted three goals in the opening stanza.
"We have been starting our games strong and that has been very effective for us," said Ephs coach Michelyne Pinard.
Williams' Ana Sani had two goals, giving her a NESCAC-leading five for the year. She scored the game winner at 4:31, converting Sara Wild's corner kick. Brianna Woolfson made it 2-0 at 17:52, as she took a through ball from Kaolin McEvoy and hit a hard shot into the upper right corner of the goal. Woolfson made her chargd down the middle of the field, running past a defender and taking a shot on the pass from McEvoy in midstride.
Five minutes later, Sani made it 3-0, which is how the first half came to an end.
Sarah Walmsley scored in the second half for the Ephs. Wild had two assists for the Ephs.
Eph goal keeper Lauren Sinnenberg did the rest. Sinnenberg had to make four saves against the ninth-ranked Colonials after having made five in her earlier outings. Sinnenberg now has not given up a goal in 371 minutes and 24 seconds.
Williams outshot Western Connecticut 17-8 and had four corner kicks to one for the visitors. Jenna Cappellieri had five saves for Western Connecticut.
The Ephs hit the road this weekend, and put their perfect 2-0 NESCAC record on the line at Bowdoin. The Polar Bears are 3-0, 1-0 in conference play, and had the first NESCAC women's soccer player of the week for 2007 when Ann Ziegler won the award two weeks ago.
On Sunday, Williams travels to Endicott.
"Bowdoin and Endicott are both good teams," said Pinard. "On any given day you never know what can happen, but we are ready to play every day and that gives me and the team a lot of confidence."
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