Cardinals Come Ever So Close to Ending Drought vs. Williams but Fall Short in Opener, 1-0

In a game dominated by midfield play and featuring a lot of back-and-forth activity, the visiting Ephs pulled out a 1-0 victory in the season-opener for both squads Sat., Sept. 8. The win allowed Williams to extend its winning streak vs. Wesleyan to 22 games (since a 4-4 tie in 1985) and its unbeaten string to 25 games (24-0-1) since Weseyan last won by a 1-0 count in 1982. Despite the number of games in Williams' favor of late, a majority (12) have come by just one goal. The deciding goal in this last meeting came with 17:13 showing on the game clock in the second half. Play was relatively even throughout the contest with Williams holding a slim 8-6 edge in shots. Two of the Cardinals' shots came off the foot of Taylor Stevenson '10 (#6, photo) while one, a 35-yard blast on a free kick by Becky Malik '09 in the second half, was Wesleyan's best chance to score as it got over the Eph netminder but rang off the crossbar and bounced back onto the field. The Cardinals will be in action again Wed., Sept. 12 with a visit to Mount Holyoke.