WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williams women's soccer team defeated the Endicott Gulls (8-5-2) 2-0 today behind a pair of second-half goals. Senior Caitlin Clark converted a free kick in the 62nd minute and first-year Abby Morss found the back of the net with just over ten minutes to play to give the Ephs (9-2-1) the victory.
The first half began evenly, but the Ephs started to keep the ball in their attacking end as the game went on. Both teams posted four shots in the opening frame with their best opportunities coming towards the end. With just under nine minutes to play, Bridget Gallagher crossed the ball inside to Hana Tomozawa from the right sideline. Tomozawa's attempt flew over the goal. Endicott's strongest opportunity came with just over a minute on the clock. Audrey Parolin and Madison McKinley had a nice give-an-go in the middle of their attacking end that resulted in a shot from Parolin from 25 yards out. Eph goalie Laura Wann was able to drop to her knees to make the save and keep the game at 0-0 going into the break.
Out of the break, the Ephs started the second half with a good look at the net from Alison Magruder on the left side. She sailed the ball perfectly over the keeper's head from 30 yards out. The ball, however, flew off the left post.
Just over ten minutes later, Endicott had a great look at the net. Lexi Dussi kicked the ball ahead to Michaela Hogan in the box. Williams keeper Hannah Van Wetter slid to stop the ball. When Hogan stuck with it to get a shot off, Van Wetter managed to hold onto the ball between her legs amid the collision.
The Ephs' finally found the back of the net with just over 28 minutes to play. Magruder was fouled just outside the center of the box. Clark lined up to take the kick and rocketed into the right net just inside the post. The goal was the senior captain’s first of the year.
In the 80th minute, the Ephs added their second goal. Samantha Vilaboa passed ahead to Morss who carried the ball to the top left corner of the box. She kept her shot on the ground as she placed it past Endicott goalie Katie Donnelly's outstretched arms into the bottom right corner of the net. The Ephs were able to hold the Gulls for the last 10 minutes as they walked off the field with the win.
The Ephs outshot the Gulls by a tally of 13-10. Wann posted three saves for Williams and Van Wetter added a pair of saves in the second half. Donnelly had five saves for the Gulls.
The Ephs return to the field next Saturday at Colby. Game time is set for 1:30 in Waterville, Maine.