NEW LONDON, Conn. – Sophomore Liam Noonan (Calabasas, Calif.) punched in his third goal of the season and first game-winning marker as a collegian to help lift the No. 18 Connecticut College men's soccer team to a 1-0 triumph over Williams on Saturday afternoon at Freeman Field. With the one-goal victory, the Camels remain undefeated and have outscored their opponents by a 19-1 margin through eight matches this season.
In the 34th minute, Noonan broke up an Eph clear attempt and executed a give-and-go play with freshman Augie Djerdjaj (Mahopac, N.Y.) by rocketing a shot over the head of goalkeeper Aaron Schein. Even though the Ephs had a 4-1 advantage in corner kick attempts and a slight edge in shot attempts, the Camels carried a 1-0 lead through 45 minutes of action.
Williams (4-2-1, NESCAC 2-2-1) tried to net the equalizer during a second half, but the defense along with sophomore goalkeeper AJ Marcucci (West Chester, Pa.) was able to hold its ground. A header off a free kick by Song in the 65th minute was stopped by Marcucci, and another free kick that made its way around a wall of Camel defenders was also saved to keep the Ephs off the board and preserve another shutout.
Marcucci registered his sixth clean sheet of the season by making five saves for Connecticut College, which has only yielded a goal on a penalty kick this fall and extended its current scoreless streak to 482:13. Schein of Williams redirected three shots and suffered the loss.
The match was also the Camel men's soccer program's annual Kick Away Cancer Game in which it partnered with the institution's Relay for Life division to raise money and awareness for the American Cancer Society.
Connecticut College (8-0-0, NESCAC 5-0-0) heads back on the road to face Eastern Connecticut State on Tuesday evening at 4 p.m.