Just how good is women’s soccer this year? Pretty good.
Western Connecticut came to Cole Field with an undefeated record and a No. 9 national ranking in the latest Division III women’s soccer poll. The Colonials left Williams College with its ranking — but not the undefeated season.
Four different Ephs scored goals as they rolled over Western Connecticut 4-0 yesterday afternoon. The win improved Williams’ record to 5-0-0, while Western Connecticut falls to 4-1-1.
The visitors entered the game having moved up to the No. 9 ranking in the latest national poll. Williams was not ranked, but did receive some Top 25 votes.
Five minutes into the game, the Ephs scored a goal and made a statement that they belong in the poll. Williams netted three goals in the opening stanza.
“We have been starting our games strong and that has been very effective for us,” said Ephs coach Michelyne Pinard.
Williams’ Ana Sani had two goals, giving her a NESCAC-leading five for the year.
Longtime readers will recall that Sani appeared on the front page of the New York Times two years ago. Glad to see that her knee is feeling better!
By the way, another of my crazy ideas is to stop reserving the 1:00 PM time slot at Weston Field for the football team on Homecoming Week-End. Almost all alums come for fun and friends, not football. Attendance would be the same if, say, women’s soccer were playing.
So, instead of football, honor whichever team (male or female) has had the best fall season by giving them the 1:00 PM slot at Weston. If it isn’t football, then they could play either before or after. I realize that Weston is not (easily) set-up for soccer (or field hockey) but I am pretty sure that the players would rather be at the center of attention even if the field were sub-optimal.