Williamstown, Mass. - September 16, 2018 - The Springfield College women's soccer team dropped a non-conference contest to top-ranked Williams on Sunday afternoon at Cole Field.
With the loss, the Pride is now 5-1-1 to start the season, while the Ephs, which were ranked No. 1 in the United Soccer Coaches Division III National Rankings coming into the contest, improve to 5-0 overall.
In net, Jackie Davis (Ringoes, N.J.) had a career-best nine saves in 90 minutes of action, while her counterpart, Olivia Barnhill (New York, N.Y.), made two stops for the Ephs. Williams finished with 16 shots compared to the Pride's seven, while neither side was awarded a corner kick throughout the contest.
Davis was tested early in the contest as she made two saves in the first 10 minutes of the game, turning away a pair of shots from Sydney Jones (Boca Raton, Fla.), before Springfield's Amanda Wright (Pittsfield, Mass.) put a shot on cage that was stopped by Barnhill 11:40 into the contest. Davis would go on to make two more stops in the first half to finish with four saves at the break.
Early in the second half, Williams applied pressure on the Springfield College back line and finally got onto the scoreboard in the 51st minute when Victoria Laino (Charlotte, Vt.) buried a chance that was set up by Sarah Kelly (Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J.).
From there, the Ephs kept up with the pressure on the attacking end, but the Pride's defense held tough and Davis made five more stops to keep it a one-goal game.
Next, Springfield College will return to New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Saturday, September 22 when it takes on Emerson in Boston, Mass.