Courtesy of Williams Athletics
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Williams scored twice in the first half to kick off the 2019 NCAA Tournament with a 2-0 victory over Gettysburg at MIT.
Williams (10–5–2) got an early lead from a Claire Tolliver goal, and Brianna Binder doubled the advantage just before halftime. Goalkeeper Chelsea Taylor saved each of the three shots on goal she faced from Gettysburg (13–5–1) in the shutout victory.
Tolliver put Williams ahead in the fourth minute. Midfielder Aspen Pierson chipped a pass ahead to Tolliver, whose first touch took her behind the Gettysburg backline. Tolliver ran clear and slotted a left-footed finish into the far corner.
The first-year forward was on the ball again in the 10th minute, and she created another Eph chance, dribbling around multiple defenders in the penalty box. Tolliver cut the ball back to Pierson, but a defender cleared for Gettysburg.
The Bullets' best chance of the half came in the 12th minute, off the foot of senior defender Tatum Lareau. Lareau got behind the backline with her first touch, but Taylor saved cleanly for the Ephs.
Gettysburg goalkeeper Maddie Cunningham made a nice save in the 19th minute on a low, driven shot off the left foot of Pierson. On the ensuing corner kick, Pierson's delivery found the head of Victoria Laino, but the shot went over the bar.
Williams threatened again in the 34th minute, but Gettysburg defender Naomi Joseph cleared a shot from Alison Lu '20 off the line. Lu had rounded the keeper, but Joseph sprinted back to keep the ball out.
The Ephs doubled the lead minutes later, however. In the 36th minute, Liz Girvan sent a ball into the box from a corner kick, and after a touch from midfielder Emma Lynch, Binder put the ball into the net. Gettysburg cleared the shot, but the referees ruled that the ball had crossed the goal line.
The best chance of the second half came in the 63rd minute, when the Ephs had a series of opportunities following a corner kick. Kappes sent the ball in for the corner, and after a tussle for the ball, forward Rain Condie hit the left post with a shot. Another scramble for the ball ensued, and midfielder Georgia Lord hit a curling shot that bounced out off the other post. The ball bounced back out to tri-captain Erika Jung, but Cunningham made the save.
Williams dominated possession for much of the match, outshooting Gettysburg 24-6 and Cunningham finished with 10 saves in the match.
Williams faces MIT (20–1–2), the host for the regional, in the second round at 1 p.m. MIT topped Johnson & Wales 3-0 earlier on Saturday. MIT defeated the Ephs, 3-1, on Oct. 13 earlier this season.