|Dakota Sikes-Keilp scored her second game winning goal of the year.|
Parts of this recap courtesy of Williams College
WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Senior Dakota Sikes-Keilp scored her second game winning goal of the season as the No. 15 Tufts Jumbos topped host and No. 20 ranked Williams in NESCAC field hockey action on Saturday afternoon. Sikes-Keilp scored on a corner just over one minute into overtime to give the Jumbos their seventh conference win of the season.
With the win the Jumbos are now 10-4 overall with a 7-2 mark in NESCAC play. Williams falls to 10-4 with the loss with a 6-3 mark in NESCAC play.
With consistent back and forth play, both teams remained scoreless for almost the entire first half. Although the Jumbos outshot the Ephs in the first half, it was Williams who would strike first. After some offensive pressure by Williams, including several scoring chances and shots on goal, Hannah Goodrick was awarded a penalty stroke at 31:25 into the first half. Goodrick placed her shot to the right side of the net where she hit the post before the ball was directed into the back of the net. Leading the team in both goals and points, this goal was Goodrick's sixth of the season.
The Jumbos came out strong in the second half, getting two shots on net early on before tying the score at one with a goal by first-year Hanaa Malik and an assist by senior tri-captain Maggie Chapman at 41:00. Chapman passed Malik the ball just inside the circle, where she dribbled slightly closer to the cage and then lofted a shot over Eph goalie, Margaret Draper, and into the net.
The remainder of regulation proved to be scoreless for both sides, despite corner opportunities and multiple shots on goal. When the clock ran out, Tufts was awarded a penalty corner, which gave them one last scoring opportunity to end the game and avoid overtime. Even though a second penalty corner was called based on a defensive error on the first, the Williams defense was able to hold off Tufts, bringing the game into overtime.
Because Williams got a yellow card with less than a minute to play in the second half, the card carried over into overtime forcing the Ephs to play six-on-five. Off of a corner at 71:19, senior Alexandra Jamison received the ball centered at the top of the circle and passed to her left to classmate Dakota Sikes-Keilp. Sikes-Keilp wound up and blasted a shot from just inside the circle, which landed directly in the back of the net giving Tufts the win.
At the end of the game, the Ephs tallied eight shots on goal and give penalty corners where the Jumbos had 14 shots on goal and seven penalty corners. Margaret Draper had 12 saves for Williams and first-year Emily Polinski had seven saves for Tufts.
The Ephs will play their last regular season game this Wednesday away at Middlebury at 6pm. The Jumbos will take the field again on Wednesday when they host No. 2 nationally-ranked Bowdoin for a 7 pm start.