Game 1 recap written by #15 Allie Holle
Williams 2 – Keene St 3
On Tuesday night, the WCFH team was excited for our very first game together this season. Our hopes were high, as were our expectations, after lots of hard work during preseason and the strength and cohesion we demonstrated during our two scrimmages.
The 3-2 loss was a disappointment as we fell short of our first victory. However, we did meet most of the goals that we had set as a team beforehand, in terms of offensive and defensive corners and shots on goal. As a senior, I was very impressed by how three of our freshmen players battled through their first game at Williams College with poise and determination. I cannot wait to see how the newest members of the team continue to step up with every new opportunity!
Although a loss never feels good, I am grateful that we were able to learn what we did, both individually and as a team, so early on in the season. With certain technical improvements in the back of our minds, we are more than ready to take on (and take down) Trinity on Saturday and have our first NESCAC win.
Achieving our goal will take effort every single minute in the seventy minute game—resilience every step of the way.
Let’s go, Ephs!
Keene St. Game Notes: Williams outshot Keene St 21-16 and held advantage on corners 9-3. Draper made 12 outstanding saves, but the Ephs were unable to regain the lead. Alex Bennett and Hannah Goodrick each recorded unassisted goals. Bennett lead the team with 8 shots.
Game 2 recap written by #24 Meredith Wright
Williams 4 – Trinity 3
After a tough loss to Keene State last Tuesday, the Ephs bounced back and defeated Trinity 4-3 for their first NESCAC win of 2016. Every player had a part in getting the W, whether they were on the field or not. During the win, the team focused on marking players, scoring early, and communicating.
Everyone was hustling all over the field, being sure to keep an eye out for numbers 17 and 6, who are Trinity’s top forwards. Katie Gallop made every effort to step up to the ball, and she cut off a lot of passes that helped get the ball up-field. Caroline Taverna was also helpful in getting the ball into scoring territory by using her amazing aerial skills.
However, the team let a Trinity goal get past Draper, giving them a 1-0 lead. Not too long after, the team answered back with their first goal: a backhanded shot into the net by Meredith Wright, assisted by Rachel Brissette to tie it up at one goal apiece. Kit Rosen and Hannah Goodrick were working their hardest to get the ball into Trinity’s circle for the forwards to grab a piece of throughout the first and second halves. Julia Cochran and Alex Bennett continued to get shots on Trinity’s keeper. Later in the first half, Rachel tied it up again at 2-2 with a great tip from Alex’s shot on a penalty corner. Alex soon after put one in on her own with a perfectly executed shot into the right corner of the net on another penalty corner.
Going into the second half of the game being up only 3-2, we knew we had to do more to keep the lead and get another goal. Draper faced more shots and Trinity player Chandler Solimine put another one in for her team, which tied the score up again at 3-3. Less than 2 minutes later, on a penalty corner drawn by Hannah Goodrick, Rachel scored her second goal and the team’s fourth goal by tipping it into the net off of Alex’s shot. With about 17 minutes left in the game, the team had to dig deep and hold the lead. When the buzzer finally sounded, the team celebrated in congratulating Draper on her great saves and each other on their first NESCAC win. Next up: we travel to Mount Holyoke Wednesday evening for a 7pm start. We hope to get another NESCAC win!
Trinity Game Notes: Alex Bennett and Rachel Brissette lead the charge against Trinity with a combined 9 shots. Brissette notched two goals including the game winning goal to capture the Ephs first NESCAC win! Meredith Wright and Alex Bennett each added a goal. Margaret Draper and the defense faced 11 shots. Draper recorded 5 saves and Katie Gallop contributed with a defensive save.