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Women's soccer falls in battle of unbeaten teams

WATERVILLE, Maine -- In a battle of unbeaten teams, the fourth-ranked Williams College women's soccer team scored an unusual first-half goal on the way to a 3-0 victory over Colby College on Saturday in NESCAC play.

Williams improves to 4-0 overall and 3-0 in the conference, while the Mules drop to 2-1-1 overall and 0-1-1 in the league.
Game highlights
* Natasha Albaneze had one goal and two assists to play a part in all three goals.
* Albaneze scored what will be one of the stranger goals of the year at 12:51 of the first half. She was taken down in the penalty area and most of the players froze anticipating a call by the referee. No call came and Albaneze got to her feet and hit a low shot that went off goalkeeper Dani Lonati for the score.
* Albaneze assisted on Alison Lu's goal at 52:57 on a cross from the right side. Lu, battling with a defender, was able to get control of the ball and score from about seven yards out.
* Lonati made a nice diving stop on a shot, but Albaneze chased down the rebound on the left side of the goal. Albaneze pushed a pass back to Ilana Albert, who ripped a shot off the crossbar and had the ball deflect downward across the goal line.
By the numbers
* Lonati made seven of her nine saves in the first half for Colby.
* Olivia Barnhill played 67:28 and made no saves for the Ephs. Whitney Lincoln went the final 22:32 and stopped one shot.
* The Ephs had an 18-3 shot advantage and a 4-2 margin on corner kicks.
Next on the schedule
* Williams heads to Bowdoin College for a 1:30 p.m. start Sunday.
* Colby plays host to Connecticut College at 11 a.m. Sunday. The new Colby Soccer Field will be dedicated along with Bill Alfond Field in a ceremony at 10 a.m.