Earning their fourth tie of the season, the Rensselaer women’s soccer team played against the Williams College Ephs from Williamstown, Mass., at 12 pm at the East Campus stadium on Saturday. Following the game, RPI’s season score stands at 5-5-4. Ranked No. 2 in NCAA Division III women’s soccer, Williams now has a season score of 9-0-1, with Rensselaer giving them their first tie of the season. The Engineers’ prime defense is to thank for this tie that held off a loss and in the process gave the No. 2 ranked team in the country a bit of a scare.
Despite attempting a total of 22 shots, seven of which were on target, the Ephs never managed to score during the game. 13 shots were made by the Engineers, only one of them aimed at the opposing goal. Consequently, as the 0-0 final score would suggest, the RPI goalkeepers performed a total of seven saves and the Ephs’s goalies performed one.
Sophomore Dali Alarian issued the sole kick toward Williams’ goal almost an hour and 50 minutes into the game, but it was goalie Tressa Palcheck of Williams that denied her point. For Rensselaer, sophomore goalie Tori Riopelle served her team well by saving all seven shots attempted by Williams. Particularly notable was her sliding stop in the double overtime period preventing a loss.
The magnitude of shots made throughout the game may have favored Williams, but RPI managed to defend their goal nonetheless. Audrey Thomas of the Ephs had eight shots, more than any of her teammates, and senior Cowley Mowder made five shot attempts for Rensselaer.
Coming up on Friday, the women will compete against the St. Lawrence University Saints at 4 pm at ECAV Stadium. Immediately following on Saturday, there will be a match against the Golden Knights of Clarkson University, also at ECAV Stadium at 4 pm.