Williams College claimed a 2-1 victory over Springfield College just less than 2 minutes into overtime. Emily Jablonski put it in net for Williams off the assist from Cary Hairfield.
Williams started off the game hot. They maintained possession on offense and kept the Pride from being too much of a threat on offense. It was a matter of time before Williams College put one in the net. Annie VanWagenen put Williams on the board at the 21:50 mark.
The Ephs continued to put pressure on the Springfield defense, but the Pride stayed strong and cleared the ball away from their own territory. Kelly Gallo started up an offensive spurt by ripping a shot that went wide left at the 10:17 mark.
With 7:45 remaining in the first half, Williams stormed down the field and forced Pride goalie Juliana Barrasso to move out of her goalie box. Williams sent the ball heading right to the net, but Pride defender MK Murray kicked the ball away from the net and stopped any more damage from happening.
Springfield started off the second half much stronger. It seemed to be a more fast-paced half with both teams exchanging possessions back and forth. It wasn’t until the 7:54 mark when the Pride knotted the game up at 1-1.
It all started off with sophomore forward Olivia Cabral taking a shot, which bounced off Williams’ goalkeeper Ariana Spiliotes. The Pride’s Taylor Friedman was there to put it in the net.
Despite the loss, Springfield College Coach Melissa Sharpe expressed how crucial Friedman’s goal was for the team.
“It was huge. We were knocking on the door all game,” said Sharpe.
The Pride defense remained consistent and played tough for the end of regulation. It was a quick start in overtime for the Ephs, and they took advantage.
Sharpe was pleased regardless of the outcome.
“It was the best we played all season, skill-wise. We had the heart and intensity for a consistent period of time,” Sharpe said.
The Lady Pride played a very smart second half. They just couldn’t execute enough to produce more goals. Sharpe emphasized the key aspects they will need to work on in practice this week.
“We just need to get better at finishing, scoring and passing,” said Sharpe.
With the loss the Pride fall to 1-7 and Williams improves to 3-5. Springfield now looks forward to a big NEWMAC game on Saturday against Wheaton College.
Greg Fitzpatrick can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org