Women's soccer advances past Williams

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: October 29, 2006
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. --- Meggie Herlihy scored her third goal of the season against Williams College and Laura Williamson added what may have been her biggest goal ever at Colby College as the fifth-seeded Mules took a 2-1 win over fourth-seeded Williams College in a New England Small College Athletic Conference quarterfinal game Sunday.

Colby (9-2-3) will play third-seeded Middlebury College in a semifinal game this Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Amherst College. Middlebury took a 3-1 win over Bowdoin on Sunday. Bates, a 2-1 upset winner over second-seeded Tufts on Sunday, will play top-seeded Amherst at 11 a.m. The NESCAC final will take place Sunday at noon at Amherst.

Williamson set the all-time goal scoring record at Colby with her game-winning goal with 23:53 left in the contest. Williamson has 44 goals and 15 assists for 103 career points. She was tied at 43 goals with Christine O'Donnell '03.

Liza Benson also came up big in the second half for Colby, stopping five of her seven saves over the final 45 minutes. Williams had a 26-5 advantage in shots and an 8-0 margin in corner kicks. Williams goalkeeper Sarah Ginsberg was credited with just one save.

Herlihy scored her third goal of the year against the Ephs (8-3-3) at 15:11 of the opening half. She had both goals when the two teams battled to a 2-2 tie at Colby during the regular season.

Williams tied the game with 6:30 left in the first half on a goal by Jessie Freeman.

Colby, now 5-1-1 this season in away games, beat Williams for the first time ever in a road game. The Mules are in a NESCAC semifinal game for the second straight year.

Colby 2, Williams 1

Colby            1#1----2

Williams        1#0----1

Scoring: 1: Colby: Meggie Herlihy, 15:11; Williams: Jessie Freeman (Brianna Wolfson), 38:30; 2: Colby: Laura Williamson, 66:07

Shots: Colby 5, Williams 26. Corner kicks: Colby 0, Williams 8. Goalies: Liza Benson (Colby, 7 saves); Sarah Ginsberg (Williams, 1 save).

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