WATERVILLE, Maine — In a battle of unbeaten teams, the fourth-ranked Williams College women’s soccer team scored an unusual first-half goal on the way to a 3-0 victory over Colby College on Saturday in NESCAC play.
Williams improves to 4-0 overall and 3-0 in the conference, while the Mules drop to 2-1-1 overall and 0-1-1 in the league.
Natasha Albaneze had one goal and two assists to play a part in all three goals.
Albaneze scored what will be one of the stranger goals of the year at 12:51 of the first half. She was taken down in the penalty area and most of the players froze anticipating a call by the referee. No call came and Albaneze got to her feet and hit a low shot that went off goalkeeper Dani Lonati for the score.
Albaneze assisted on Alison Lu’s goal at 52:57 on a cross from the right side. Lu, battling with a defender, was able to get control of the ball and score from about seven yards out.
Lonati made a nice diving stop on a shot, but Albaneze chased down the rebound on the left side of the goal. Albaneze pushed a pass back to Ilana Albert, who ripped a shot off the crossbar and had the ball deflect downward across the goal line.
Lonati made seven of her nine saves in the first half for Colby.
Olivia Barnhill played 67:28 and made no saves for the Ephs. Whitney Lincoln went the final 22:32 and stopped one shot.
The Ephs had an 18-3 shot advantage and a 4-2 margin on corner kicks.