No. 4 Williams Edges No. 13 Women's Soccer In Battle of New England's Best

No. 4 Williams Edges No. 13 Women's Soccer In Battle of New England's Best

THE BASICS:

- Score: No. 4 Williams College 1, No. 13 MIT 0

- Records: No. 13 MIT (12-1-0); No. 4 Williams College (10-0-1)

- Location: Williamstown, Mass. (Cole Field)

- The Lead: A goal by Williams College freshman Victoria Laino in the 59th minute was the difference in today's match as the No. 4 Ephs handed the No. 13 MIT women's soccer team its first loss of the season by a 1-0 final on Sunday afternoon at Cole Field in Williamstown. Today's contest was not only a matchup of two of the top teams in the country, but Williams and MIT are currently ranked No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in the region. 

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Laino's goal came 58:03 into the game as she received the ball from Natalie Turner-Wyatt about 35 yards from the end line. Laino stepped up to the middle of the field and fired the ball into the upper left corner as Williams took the 1-0 advantage.

- With ten minutes to play, MIT got back-to-back corner kicks - one of which was taken by Claire O'Callaghan (Sherborn, Mass.) and the other by Emily Berzolla (Riverside, Conn.). Neither attempt resulted in a goal, but as time wound down the Engineers found themselves with one final chance. Berzolla lined up near the corner of the box for a free kick, but her shot sailed just over the crossbar.

- In the opening stanza, the home standing Ephs had three chances over the first 13 minutes at an open net, but the Engineers backline stood strong and cleared the ball away. The three chances were stopped by Jacqueline Simmons (Houston, Texas), Hailey Nichols (Boulder, Colo.) and Olivia Struckman (Scottsdale, Ariz.). The Engineers, however, found themselves with their best scoring chance of the first half when O'Callaghan drove towards the net and shot the ball just left of the post.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Williams held a 19-5 advantage shots and a 10-3 margin in corner kicks.

- MIT keeper Lily Mueller (Lakeville, Minn.) made five saves for the Engineers as her record moved to 11-1-0, while Williams starter Olivia Barnhill (10-0-1) did not come away with a save for the Ephs.

UP NEXT:

- MIT returns to New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Tuesday when the Engineers travel to Wellesley College for a 3:30 p.m. start, while Williams is off until Saturday, October 14 as the Ephs head to Wesleyan (Conn.) for a 12:00 p.m. New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) match.

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