Oct. 3, 2009

Courtesy of Williams

AMHERST, MA. – Last season, a 1-1 tie with Amherst was the only blemish on an otherwise perfect regular season of soccer.  This year, third-ranked Williams (8-0, 4-0 in the NESCAC) traveled to fourteenth-ranked Amherst (5-2, 3-1), handing the Lord Jeffs a 3-0 loss to give the Ephs a one-up in the all-time series at 14-13-8 and to preserve their undefeated record.

The win gives Williams the Little Three title, as the Ephs defeated Wesleyan in their season opener on September 12, 5-0.

The Amherst defense managed to keep Williams to their lowest shot total of the season at 19, but the Ephs converted when it mattered to tally the win.  Williams scored at 30:22 to establish a 1-0 first-half lead after Annie Neil fed Annelise Snyder a long ball from the center of the field.  Snyder brought her scoring total on the season to eight, scoring the first and third goals of today’s contest.  

Williams and Amherst both took six shots in the first frame, statistically on par for the first forty-five minutes of play.  The Lord Jeff's had a great look at goal in the first half, off a shot that grazed Ephs' keeper Lauren Sinnenberg's hands and nicked the post.  Fortunately for Williams the shot narrowly missed and the Lord Jeffs couldn't muster another opportunity to score.

As a result, the Ephs came out in the second half hungry to expand their margin.  Tyler Rainer scored her first goal of the season just five minutes into the second half, nailing one off the post at the 50:09.

Snyder added the third goal under the five minute mark at 86:49 to seal the deal for the Ephs.

Williams will return home next weekend to host Bates and Trinity.  Game time on Saturday versus Bates is at 11:00 a.m. on Cole Field.