Williams knocks off Emory in 2OT
Eagles take big hit with first loss of season
GENEVA, N.Y. -- No. 20 Williams scored 6:37 into the second overtime period to edge No. 5 Emory 1-0 in an NCAA sectional semifinal played Saturday on Cozzens Field.
William Smith and Williams met in the sectional final on Cozzens Field in 2010, and the Herons came away with a 1-0 victory. The Eagles suffered their first loss of the season, and wrapped up the year with an impressive 17-1-2 mark.
The Ephs broke through in the 107th minute of play. At 4:44 into the second overtime, Emily Feldman drilled a shot towards the goal that was blocked by an Emory defender, which resulted in a corner kick for Williams. The Ephs could not capitalize, but earned another corner kick. This time sophomore Haley Cook sent the ball into a crowd in front of the goal. Senior Brett Eisenhart took a shot that was saved by Emory keeper junior Kaele Leonard, but Leonard was unable to hang on to the ball. Eisenhart found the ball again and fired a shot into the back of the goal to give the Ephs the victory. Eisenhart leads Williams with 11 goals this season.
After a scoreless first half, Emory seemed to control the ball for most of the second half. Overall, the Eagles outshot the Ephs 27-9. In the first overtime, Emory held a 5-0 advantage in shots. Sophomore Veronica Romero and Emily Feldman both put shots on goal early in the first overtime, but first-year Laura Wann came up with the saves for Williams. In the second overtime, junior Merrill Bachouros broke through the Eph defense for a scoring chance. She drilled a shot at the goal, but Wann was right there to make the save.
Emory also held a 7-5 advantage in corner kicks. Erica Stein played the opening half in goal for the Eagles and made two saves. Leonard played the final 61:37 and stopped two shots. Wann played all 106:37 in goal for Williams and finished with 11 saves.