WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – With first place in the standings on the line, the 18th-ranked Connecticut College women's soccer team battled hard but was dealt a heartbreaking 1-0 loss in double overtime against No. 4 Williams on a cold and rainy Saturday afternoon at Cole Field.
Both teams failed to create any major scoring opportunities in the first half with the weather limiting movement. Williams went into halftime with a 6-3 advantage in total shots, and none of the nine combined attempts between the nationally-ranked programs were on target.
After Connecticut College's best opportunity fell through when a shot by freshman Kat Norton (Hampton, Conn.) was blocked at the edge of the box by an Eph defender in the 42nd minute, Williams made its best effort to break the stalemate in the 57th minute of action. Alison Lu fired a shot from the top of the box following a failed clear by the Camels, but her attempt bounced off the left post and was cleared away.
Connecticut College had a key opportunity during the first overtime when a handball gave the visitors a free kick from 25 yards away. The ensuing shot by senior Lauren Steele (Westford, Mass.), however, sailed over the crossbar. Williams then earned the sudden victory in the second extra frame when Natasha Albaneze curved a ball inside the near post during the 102nd minute.
Olivia Barnhill picked up the shutout win between the pipes without having to make a save for Williams (7-0-1, NESCAC 6-0-1), which outshot the Camels by a 16-6 margin and held a 4-1 advantage in corner kicks. Senior Bryanna Montalvo (Rocky Hill, Conn.) turned away two shots in the setback.
Connecticut College (7-1-1, NESCAC 4-1-1), which remains in second place in the league standings, will next travel to Eastern Connecticut State on Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 7:00 p.m.