Women's Soccer Draws First Blood vs. Williams in NESCAC Semi on Goal by Kaylin Berger '13, but Ephs Prevail, 2-1
Kaylin Berger '13 (#14, right side photo) pounded home a left-footed shot into the upper right corner of the net in the 19th minute to spot the visiting Cardinals a 1-0 lead over host Williams, but the Ephs knotted the count before halftime and scored the winner in the 80th minute to come away with a 2-1 NESCAC semifinal win Sat., Nov. 3. The Cardinals ended their year with a 7-8-1 overall record.
Laura Kurash '13 (#8, left side photo) set up the Wesleyan goal as she controlled the ball in the midfield and served ahead to Berger slightly on the right. Berger took a couple of touches before pulling up at the 18-yard line and rocketing a shot for her first goal of the season. For Kurash, the assist was her fourth to go along with a team-leading nine goals. The recently named CoSIDA/Capital One District II academic All-American ended her four years with 37 goals and 14 assists for 88 career points, ranking second all-time at Wesleyan in both goals and points.
Williams got its tying goal in the 40th minute by converting a direct kick just outside the box on a low shot through a wall to the right of Cardinal keeper Jess Tollman '15. The deciding goal came with 10:37 to play following a Williams corner kick. Thiough the ball was cleared to the sideline, a centering pass by the Ephs from the right side was tapped into the nest past second-half keeper Rachel Hobert '16, who had one save during her 45 minutes minding the net. Tollman made three saves over her 45 minutes of action as the 22nd-ranked nationally Ephs had a slim 11-9 margin in total shots.
Joining Kurash and Berger as seniors playing their final game for Wesleyan were defender Jen Brewer '13 and midfielder Mikaela Curtin '13. Curtin became the first Wesleyan woman to see action in more than 60 contests as she played in every game over her four years, covering a span of 61 games.