Nov. 23, 2008

From Williams Athletics

Williamstown, Mass. –
The #25 Ithaca women’s soccer team lost 2-0 to the #1 Williams Ephs (19-0-1) in an NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer Championship quarterfinal Sunday at Williams. It was Ithaca’s second consecutive trip to the national tournament’s round of eight and the Bombers concluded their season with a 17-3-2 record.

Williams opened the scoring in the 33rd minute when Gabrielle Woodson ran onto a pass from Sarah Wamsley and lofted a shot from 20 yards out that beat Ithaca sophomore goalkeeper Alyssa Sotomayor (New Brunswick/New Brunswick, N.J.).

Ithaca’s best sustained pressure came in the opening 10 minutes of the second half when the teams switched ends after halftime. A strong wind blew from north to south and was at Ithaca’s backs in the second half. After a corner kick in the 51st minute, a clearance fell to junior midfielder Liz Masucci (New Providence/New Providence, N.J.) at the corner of the penalty area and she fired a shot that just sailed over the upper-left corner of the net.

Ithaca outshot Williams 15-6 in the second half and 18-17 in the game.

Williams added a second goal in the 60th on their first venture into the Ithaca end of the field. A foul against the Bombers gave the Ephs a free kick that was chipped into the box. A loose ball was gathered by Sara Wild and she found enough room to get a low shot inside the left post and double the lead.

The Bombers’ best scoring chance of the first half was a driven shot from 25 yards by junior Winnie Adrien (Blairstown Academy/Selden) that was snared by Williams keeper Lauren Sinnenberg. Another long shot from Ithaca senior Chelsey Feldman (Lynbrook/Hewlett) went over the bar in the final minute of the first half.

Williams advances to the national semifinals Dec. 5-6 in Greensboro, N.C. Ithaca made its 19th appearance in the NCAA Tournament, the most among any Division III women's soccer program, and won its sixth Empire 8 title in the last seven years.

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