Williams College 3, Connecticut College 0
Camels Will Host UMass Dartmouth Wednesday
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.(Williams College Sports Information)--An impressive ensemble performance carried the Williams men's soccer team to a 3-0 win over Connecticut College at Cole Field on Sunday. The result lifted Williams to 5-0-1 (4-0-1 NESCAC), while the Camels fell to 1-2-2 (0-2-2 NESCAC).
The Camels largely controlled play for the game's opening 15 minutes but failed to create any serious scoring chances, thanks in part to the work of goalkeeper Pete Morrell, whose aggressive play precluded several Connecticut crosses from finding their intended target. In the 19th minute, Morrell was finally tested by the game's shot on goal and proved himself more than up to the task, diving to his right to stop a tough shot by the Camels' Nick Maghenzani. And while the Camels continued to press in Williams' end for much of the half, possession gradually evened out after Williams brought on its high-powered offensive trio of User Kushaina, Mohammed Rashid, and Patrick Ebobisse in the 17th minute.
Moments before the horn sounded at the end of the first half, the Ephs jumped out to a 1-0 lead courtesy of an own goal. The play began when Michael Madding's excellent dummy along the right sideline sprung forward User Kushaina deep into Connecticut territory. As he drew near the touchline, Kushaina sent a low cross into the box for Mohammed Rashid, only to see it deflected on goal by a Camel defender. The unexpected redirection caught goalie Casey Marini moving the wrong way, and the Ephs finally had the breakthrough that had eluded them in their previous match against Wesleyan.
The goal seemed to galvanize the Ephs, who came out flying in the second half and quickly doubled their advantage in the 47th minute. A knifing run by Rashid that took him past multiple defenders drew Marini out of the goal, a move that allowed Rashid to slide a simple but elegant ball through the box to a wide-open Kushaina,, who drilled the ball into the unguarded net and notched his second tally of the season.
Williams put the game away in the 69th minute. A sustained bout of pressure deep in the Camels' end yielded a corner kick, which was taken by Rashid. Rashid's high, looping cross found its way to the back post, where Noah Grumman sent a header into near corner to put the game out of reach. It was the first collegiate goal for the freshman, who had re-entered the game as a substitute seconds before the corner.
That was more than enough for Morrell, who made two saves to pick up his first shutout of the season. Marini made one save for the Camels in his third start of the season.
After a weekend full of NESCAC action, each team will face a non-conference opponent next. The Ephs will remain at home to face Utica College, while the Camels will return to New London to face UMass Dartmouth for their third game in five days.
September 23, 2012