WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Samantha Rizzo and the defense for the Colby College women’s soccer team needed a terrific shot from defending national champion and top-ranked Williams College in a 1-0 setback to the Ephs in NESCAC play.
The Mules dropped to 2-2 overall and 0-2 in the NESCAC. The goal by Williams (4-0, 3-0) was the first allowed by Colby in the field of play. The other goal allowed this year was a penalty kick in a 1-0 loss to Tufts.
Colby gave Williams all it could handle, with Rizzo making six saves and doing a solid job of controlling the box. Mule defensive starters Lindsay Ayers, Ally Ingraham, Georgia Lubrano, Nora Mabie, and Katherine Senechal battled through constant Williams pressure.
The Ephs had a 20-3 advantage in shots and a 13-1 margin in corner kicks. Colby, though, played to a 0-0 halftime draw before Sarah Kelly scored the lone goal at 63:47. Williams was putting on heavy pressure at the time and a clear went directly to Kelly, who took a dribble and ripped a 25-yard shot off the lower part of the crossbar and over the line. The referee did not immediately signal a goal on the play.
Rizzo’s best save may have come with about 32 minutes left in the second half. She made a diving stop to her right, barely got her fingertips on the ball, and was able to deflect the shot just past the left post.
Olivia Barnhill did not have to make a save for the Eph shutout.