Williamstown, Mass. -- September 29, 2011 -- Despite a lengthy rain delay, the Ephs of Williams College were able to defeat the Pride of Springfield College, 2-0, tonight behind two second half goals – one from senior Brett Eisenhart and the other from freshman Alison Magruder. The Ephs move to 5-1-1 on the year, while the Pride falls to 4-3-1.
Both teams had good scoring opportunities in the first half, but failed to convert. With 32:47 on the clock, Eph forward Eisenhart flew ahead of defenders and had a good look at the goal. Springfield goalie Erin Greenstein came out to make the play, though, to keep the score at zeroes early on. With 16 left to play, the Pride saw a chance of their own when Erica Donnelly sprinted to keep the ball from going over the right end line. She crossed the ball to Ashley Carresi who had a look at the net, but first-year Williams goalie Hannah Van Wetter was able to make the save.
With the two teams evenly matched, the rest of the half passed uneventfully until it was forced to end with 2:08 on the clock due to thunder and lightning. The two teams experienced an hour and fifteen minute rain delay before being allowed to return to the field with 47:08 on the clock for the second half.
Both teams looked ready to play at the sound of the whistle. The Ephs, however, were the first to take advantage of the time to rest their legs. In the 48th minute of the game, Kristine Nakada carried the ball into the box towards the left goalpost. Just before hitting the goal, she had a short cross to Eisenhart, who was near the center of the box. Eisenhart just got a foot on the ball to give the Ephs the 1-0 lead.
About 20 minutes later, Eisenhart, who was at the right of the box, received a pass from Caitlin Clark. Eisenhart crossed the ball to Magruder cutting in, who finished for the first goal of her career.
Springfield looked to get a goal back with 14 to play when Bobbi Bergstrom beat three defenders to a through ball. By herself in the box, she fired at the net, but Laura Wann made the save.
The Pride found another offensive opportunity with just over four to play when it forced a corner kick. Carresi had a perfect strike into the box, but an Eph defender hit the ball out of bounds, causing another corner kick. Carresi took the resulting corner as well, but the Ephs were able to clear for SC's last best chance.