Williamstown, Mass. - The visiting Trinity College Bantams drew a 1-1 tie against the Williams College Ephs in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) men'soccer action this afternoon on Lamb Field. Trinity is now 0-1-2 overall and 0-0-2 in the NESCAC, while the Ephs, ranked No. 14 in the nation, move to 2-0-1 overall and in the league.
The game was physical from the outset, as the teams combined for 11 fouls in the first half. Trinity create several chances in the opening half with four corner kicks in the half. Williams sophomore goalkeeper Pete Morrell leaped to stop a Trinity volley from the top of the box off of a corner kick in the 26th minute. In the 47th minute, Trinity senior captain goalie Grant Schonberg (Mendham, N.J) flew up into the the upper 90 yards and tipped the ball into the cross bar before his defender cleared it away.
The Ephs controlled the play throughout the next 20 minutes of the half, opening the half with six consecutive shots before Trinity had an opportunity off a free kick in the 63rd minute. Trinity regained its foothold in the game thanks largely due to strong play in the middle by senior captain Joe Buckley (Shrewsbury, Mass) and sophomore Anthony El-Hachem (Vernon, Conn.), as the next ten minutes saw both teams go back-and-forth without creating a shot.
In the 78th minute, Trinity broke the tie. A ball played from midfield made it over the heads of the Williams center-backs, and the attempted clear from Williams came to the right side of the box. Morrel and two Williams players surrounded the ball, but Trinity senior forward Chris Binnie (Kingstown, Jamaica) beat them to the ball. He slotted it across the goal to sophomore Graham Goldstein (Mill Valley, Calif.), who poked the ball into the back of the Williams net to make the score, 1-0, with less than 12 minutes to play.
With less than three minutes left in regulation time, Williams sophomore Doug Weinrib took a throw from the right-hand side of the Trinity 18-yard box. Schonberg came out to meet the throw at the corner of the six-yard box, and deflected the ball, but Eph sophomore Dan Lima ran onto the ball in the center of the six and volleyed it off of a Trinity defender and into the goal. Schonberg saved a shot by Williams senior Nick Pugliese in the last 30 seconds before overtime, after Pugliese had gotten open with space in the box.
Neither team was able to take control of the first overtime. There were calls from Trinity for a penalty in the 97th minute, as senior captain forward Dan Mayernick (Gladwyne, Pa.) was tripped in the box on a breakaway after the ball was tackled away, but the play went for a corner. Williams' best opportunities came in the following three minutes off of two Weinrib throws. Neither team was able to create a significant opportunity in the second overtime, and the game ended in a draw.