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Sani ’08 Scores

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.

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#1 Comment By frank uible On September 23, 2007 @ 12:22 pm

Another brick in the road to elimination of inter-collegiate football at Williams. The road ought to be complete about, say, 2057.

#2 Comment By Will ’11 On September 23, 2007 @ 2:31 pm

The Women’s team won both games this weekend, though Bowdoin proved to be the hardest match of the season. Both games were 1-0. Only one goal has been scored on the Ephs so far this season, and that was against the non-starting goalie.

#3 Comment By Abby On September 23, 2007 @ 5:19 pm

The Women’s soccer team, the cross-country team, the volleyball team, and many other fall teams, have very strong first-year players. It seems that the class of 2011 is, at least for the fall sports, a very athletic class.

On the 1:00 slot at Weston, traditions will never die. Even if football were to take less prominence, though, there would be logistical challenges: games are scheduled so far in advance that it would be nearly impossible to grant a team a slot based on performance earlier that season.

#4 Comment By Anonymous On September 23, 2007 @ 7:17 pm

Dumbest idea ever. Did a football player take your lunch money in high school? You certainly don’t hide your general disdain for football very well. When will you learn that homecoming football and Taconic Golf Course are the two things that keep alums — especially donors — connected to the college? And this is not a bad thing at all. I wish that you could retroactively transer to Swarthmore… that way you would have to find something else to complain about.

#5 Comment By Ben Fleming On September 23, 2007 @ 10:38 pm

“The” two things? That’s almost so dumb it doesn’t bear dignifying with a response. It would certainly be news to the rest of the athletic department, the theater groups, everyone involved with, you know, academics, etc. In other words … no.

David’s urge is understandable given the limited role the actual football actually plays in Homecoming for non-football alums. As it stands, the crowd is already split between Weston and Cole, depending on the import of the 1 p.m. soccer game; this is relatively unaffected by whether Homecoming features Williams or Amherst, since soccer has plenty of its own steady fans and a key NESCAC game is going to draw plenty more no matter what’s going on at Cole. That said, I don’t think they’re planning on sizing the new Weston turf surface for soccer — there’s another turf field right next door, for one thing, so it would be overkill. And given that the entire enterprise is based around a set start time on that field, I don’t think there’s any way for it to work.

All of this is mostly whistling past the graveyard, of course; the college has already done its best to neuter Homecoming, and it won’t take more than a few generations to see the effects.

#6 Comment By jht On September 24, 2007 @ 1:39 am

“When will you learn that homecoming football and Taconic Golf Course are the two things that keep alums — especially donors — connected to the college?”

Actually, if you take a look at which seniors are getting all these high-paying jobs lately at Williams, in the coming decades the high-net-worth alums might be more interested at convening at the math department.

#7 Comment By frank uible On September 24, 2007 @ 5:33 am

Let the alums convene where, when and for what purpose they and the College desires, provided the traditional dates, times and places for the Little Three and other varsity football games and practices remain in place – which dates and times don’t necessarily have to coincide with those of Homecoming. That proviso should not much cause interference with congregations relating to soccer, math or other interests. If indicated, Homecoming (featuring, say, the Octet) could occur on Weston Field during any of the numerous non-conflicting periods. David, defecating on the doorstep of Williams football for the sake of defecating is damn petty, among other things.

#8 Comment By Ben Fleming On September 24, 2007 @ 7:47 am

David, defecating on the doorstep of Williams football for the sake of defecating is damn petty, among other things.

You may have jumped the gun on this one, Frank. But do be sure to let us know if it actually does happen, O.K.? That would make for a pretty exciting Photo I.D. …

#9 Comment By Anonymous On September 24, 2007 @ 9:09 am

Give them a chance to settle down and turn it around before you start suggesting taking away their prime playing times. The jump to the funereal was unseemly.

#10 Comment By David On September 24, 2007 @ 4:14 pm

So much misconception, so little time.

1) My proposal has nothing to do with football’s opening loss. I have been suggesting this idea for years.

2) I am not anti-football. I like football! I watch it all the time. I have even seen a bit of Williams football on TV on the New England Fox Sports network. Go Ephs!

3) The vast, vast majority of alumni care no more about the football team than they do about any other team at Williams. This is delusional.

When will you learn that homecoming football and Taconic Golf Course are the two things that keep alums — especially donors — connected to the college?

Alums don’t come to Weston because of football. They come to see their friend, eat some food and drink some beer. 99% of them would still come even if it were a field hockey game. We are not too far away from the day that half of all alumni are female. Think that female Ephs follow the fortunes of the football team after graduation? Think again.

4) I would fight hard against any proposal to eliminate football, as Swarthmore did several years ago. I think that admissions gives too much preference to football players, but that is a separate debate.

#11 Comment By Anonymous On September 24, 2007 @ 5:06 pm

David: I am not suggesting that “Alums come to Weston BECAUSE of football,” but rather that homecoming football and Taconic provide them with a reason (or excuse) to come back. That football homecoming happens to provide alums with the optimal atmosphere for such congregation is, in my opinion, a reality. For better or worse, I firmly disagree with you that 99% of alums would still come back even if it were a field hockey game. And if even one less alum were to come back, then we would be missing the main point of homecoming — which is certainly not the football game. Maybe we should agree to disagree, but I think that YOUR contention is “delusional.” File this DKane proposal in the “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” category.

Ben: I misspoke (misblogged?). Certainly not “the” two things. Certainly “two of the things.”