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Women’s Soccer Knocks Off No. 1 Williams 2-1

Dani Milovanov tallied the game-winner (Steve McLaughlin).
Dani Milovanov tallied the game-winner (Steve McLaughlin).

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan women's soccer team (2-1-0, 1-1-0) knocked off defending National Champions, No. 1 Williams (2-1-0, 2-1-0) on Saturday afternoon. With the 2-1 victory, the Cardinals snapped the Ephs six-game unbeaten streak that dated back to November 4, 2018 and handed the Little Three rivals their first loss of the 2019 season. 

"I could not be more proud of our team's effort today," said head coach Eva Meredith. "This is a huge win for our program and it proves that we can play with the best in the country."

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Emily Ribatt took advantage of a penalty kick at the 14:16 mark, placing the ball in the bottom left corner to give the Cardinals a 1-0 edge.
  • Wesleyan continued offensive pressure, scoring 23:07 into the game to double the lead. Dani Milovanov one-timed a cross from Julia Meehan to tally her first career goal.
  • Williams had a great opportunity to score just 39 seconds into the second half when Alison Lu's redirected a cross from Aspen Pierson, but her header attempt went just wide.
  • At the 58:53 mark, the Ephs threatened again, but Wesleyan goalkeeper Sarah Hammond made a diving save to deny Rain Condie's opportunity.  
  • Williams broke through at the 85:56 mark when Victoria Laino one-timed a free-kick from just outside the box, cutting the deficit to one (2-1).
  • The Ephs looked to knot the game in the final two minutes of play, but Cardinal defensive pressure forced both attempts wide, as Wesleyan hung on for the win.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Hammond (2-1-0) picked up the victory in goal for the Cardinals, making six saves.
  • Whitney Lincoln (1-1-0) made five stops in goal for Williams.
  • The Ephs held an 18-8 advantage in shots and a 2-1 edge in corners.  

UP NEXT:

  • The Cardinals wrap up their four-game home stretch on Tuesday when they entertain Springfield at 5:00 p.m.