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Williams 2, Tufts 0

At Williamstown, MA
Saturday, October 20, 2007

Game Box Score

WILLIAMSTOWN -- With a 2-0 win over conference opponent Tufts (10-3, 6-2) this afternoon at home, Williams women's soccer (13-0-0, 8-0) secured the top spot in the NESCAC standings and clinched the number one seed for the NESCAC tournament. Starting forwards Gabrielle Woodson and Brianna Wolfson, leading the Ephs with twenty-four and twenty points respectively, continued to produce on the offensive end with one goal each.

Tufts entered today's match sitting right below the Ephs in the NESCAC standings. With a win by the Jumbos both teams would have one loss in conference play, but Tufts would overtake the Ephs in the standings.

Just seven minutes into the game, Williams had the advantage. Rookie Sara Wild played a perfect cross off the right side to Woodson who let the ball bounce once in front of her. Woodson, playing the ball off the bounce, kicked a hard line drive off her left foot in the left side of the net. Jumbos' keeper Kate Minnehan (Hopkinton, NH) had to guess in which direction Woodson would play the ball, and moved right as the ball bounced, leaving an open net on the left side for Williams to tally the early goal.

Fifteen minutes into the second half Williams doubled their lead to go ahead 2-0 off a quick goal in transition. Woodson, playing in center field, quickly found Ana Sani storming down the right side. Sani received the pass, immediately turned to find Wolfson charging towards the goal, and laced a clean pass to her teammate. Wolfson collected the pass, with Tufts' keeper coming out of net to meet the ball, and tapped the ball into the net before Minnehan could dive on top of the ball.

The Jumbos narrowly outshot the Ephs 11-10, but many of their opportunities to score came after Williams' fouls. The Ephs committed 20 fouls. Both goalkeepers notched four saves, while Williams' keeper Lauren Sinnenberg recorded her ninth shutout of the season.

Tufts finishes its regular season next Saturday at Connecticut College, and will then begin play in the NESCAC Tournament on Sunday. Williams will host archrival Amherst College next Saturday at 11:00 a.m., and with a win will close out the regular season with an undefeated record.