#14 Williams College 3, Connecticut College 0
Camels (8-6-1) Complete Season with Program´s Best Record Since 1997
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.--A memorable season of Connecticut College men´s soccer came to an abrupt end Sunday when second seeded and 14th ranked Williams College (12-2-1) defeated the seventh seeded Camels (8-6-1) 3-0 in a NESCAC Championship Quarterfinal game played on Cole Field.
The Camels were able to stick with the Ephs for most of the game and were winning the battle in the midfield in the latter stages of the first half. Junior forward Charles Romero (Mansfield, Mass.) had a goal and a pair of assists to lead the Ephs to the victory.
Romero opened the scoring in the 25th minute of action when he got a leg on a header from Pierre-Meloty Capella (Redwood City, Calif.) and one-timed inside the left post for the goal. Connecticut College freshman Nick Maghenzani (Allendale, N.J.) was impressive in his first post-season start. Maghenzani made smart decisions throughout the game with short passes, combinations, and made a nice move to snap off a shot from 30 yards out with 6:45 remaining that was saved.
The Camels continued to stick with the Ephs in the second stanza. Andrew Lee (Darien, Conn.) was able to break up a scoring chance for the Ephs with 36:30 remaining. But in the 55th minute of play, the Ephs extended their advantage. Alex Martland (Marblehead, Mass.) made a diving stab on a powerful blast from Romero but the ball caromed back out in front of the goal and Gaston Kelly (Hingham, Mass.) got a head on it for a goal to make it a 2-0 game.
The Camels continued to battle the Ephs step-for-step but the hosts added an insurance goal in the 67th minute of play on a corner to pull away en route to their 3-0 win. Martland finished with eight saves for the Camels. Senior Andrew Graham (Northbrook, Ill.) had one save in the shutout for the hosts.
Each of the six members of the Connecticut College senior class played in their final game. The Camels finished the regular season with their first winning record since 1997 and the program´s first winning record in the NESCAC since the league aligned to create a Championship format in 2000.
November 1, 2009