NCAA Second Round: Williams 2, Stevens 1

NCAA Second Round: Williams 2, Stevens 1

Courtesy of Williams Sports Information

Williamstown, Mass. - Williams women's soccer continued its NCAA Tournament run, defeating Stevens Institute of Technology Ducks (16-3-0), 2-1. First-year Sydney Jones broke a 1-1 tie in the 83rd minute, ending an emotional second half comeback. 

After falling behind 1-0, the Ephs gained some momentum late in the second half, after both teams went to their locker rooms for an injury break (Sarah Scire was injured in the 71st minute and did not return). 

In the final 18 minutes, the Ephs roared to life as runs from Jones created chances on the flank. Stellar defense in the backfield closed off any offensive lanes for Stevens and in the 73rd minute, the Ephs forced a corner and netted the equalizer. 

 

Aspen Pierson took the corner, curving the ball into the back of the box, where Sarah Kelly dished it back to the left side. Georgia Lord blindsided the defense and scored to even the match, 1-1. 

 

The Ducks had been dominate in the first 72 minutes of the match. Julia Panko and Misha Brewster lead the offense, each posting two shots on goal.  

In the 49th minute, Panko delivered a corner kick into the heart of the box, where Brynn Budka struck the ball off the crossbar, Misha Brewster got a shot on goal, and Ally Wanzor finally put the ball in the back of the net.
 
Trailing 1-0, Williams still could not muster any offense. A run from Sydney Jones in the 70th minute looked promising, but she was called offsides.
 
Of course, the tide turned in the 72nd minute, and in the final 18 minutes, the Ephs struck five shots on goal while earning three corner kicks.
 
 Barnhill finished with six saves for the Ephs, while Izzy DiDario had six saves for Stevens.