WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – The Castleton women's soccer team was unable to find its offensive rhythm Sunday afternoon as nationally-ranked Williams scored early and never looked back en route to a 5-0 victory in a non-conference matchup at Cole Field.
Following the loss, Castleton fell to 4-6-1 overall. No. 4 Williams improved to 8-0-1 with the win.
Williams was on the board 31 seconds into the match as Alison Lu scored her first of two goals on an assist from Natasha Albaneze. Natalie Turner-Wyatt finished an assist from Liz Webber less than seven minutes later to stretch the Ephs' lead to 2-0. The Spartans, anchored by four saves in the first half from Rachel Shambo, held the Ephs in check over the next 30-plus minutes but a goal from Sydney Jones in the 40th minute gave the home squad a 3-0 lead at halftime.
Shambo was strong in the second half with five more saves but Lu and Turner-Wyatt notched their second goals of the match as the Ephs secured the 5-0 victory.
Shambo finished with nine saves in the loss. The Spartans' offense was held at bay as Rylee Nichols issued Castleton's lone shot on goal in the 64th minute. The Ephs held an advantage in corner kicks, 6-0, while fouls finished at four apiece.
The Spartans will have a short break before returning to action Saturday, Oct. 7, to face Thomas on the road in a North Atlantic Conference matchup at 1 p.m.