Four different players score to advance Williams past Elms 4-0
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Goals from four different players saw Williams (12-6) sweep aside Elms (11-9) by the score of 4-0 in the first round of the NCAA tournament at Cole field.
In the 21st minute, the Ephs were able to break the deadlock off a corner. Conder once again sent the ball in from the right side off a corner onto the back post where Luke Pierce was waiting. Pierce flicked the ball back across the face of the goal right onto the head of senior Matt Kastner, who had no trouble nodding the ball past Christian Kostka.
The Blazers did well to prevent the floodgates from opening, as they managed to keep the deficit at just one goal going into halftime.
Chris Conder took a free kick and placed it perfectly on the top of the six-yard box where Westling was able to connect his head to the ball and send it into the back of the net.
From there, the Ephs' attack began to flow more freely, since the Blazers were forced to throw more attackers up the field to stay in the game.
Just nine minutes after the Ephs' second goal, they found a third through freshman winger Malcolm Moutenot. Moutenot won a 50-50 ball on the right side of the midfield and was off to the races, streaking down the right side of the field all by himself. He cut into the box and had the option to pass to a teammate on the left side but instead took it himself, slotting his shot perfectly under the right arm of Kostka.
Just for insurance, the Ephs found their fourth and final goal through senior Dan Lima around 10 minutes later, sealing the Ephs' spots in the second round. Lima pressured a Blazer throw-in and managed to intercept the pass. He then drove into the Blazer box, sidestepping a pair of defenders, and rocketed his shot into the left panel of the goal, leaving absolutely no chance for Kostka to keep the deficit at three.
The Ephs outshot the Blazers by a margin of 28-5, with 15 shots on target to the Blazers' 0. The Ephs also had nine corner kicks to the Blazers' two, but they also totaled 18 fouls to just the 13 of the Blazers.
The Ephs return to the field at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the second round of the NCAA tournament, playing Western New England.