Williamstown gains some payback

Williamstown's Ashley Engler (right) battles for the ball with Kingsway's Kerri Burns . Engler scored both goals for the Braves.
Williamstown's Ashley Engler (right) battles for the ball with Kingsway's Kerri Burns . Engler scored both goals for the Braves. (CHARLES FOX / Staff Photographer)
Posted: October 31, 2013

Kingsway outlasted Williamstown for the Tri-County Conference Royal Division title last year in girls' soccer, and the Braves refused to allow it to happen again.

In a physical and emotional game between fierce rivals, Williamstown came out on top Tuesday, edging the host Dragons, 2-1, to clinch the division title.

Both of the Braves goals came in the first half from sophomore Ashley Engler.

"It's a big win for us, really big," Engler said.

The victory left Williamstown at 16-2-1 overall and 9-0 in the Tri-County Royal. Kingsway fell to 14-3-1 and 7-2-1.

"Kingsway did a great job last year and took it from us, One of our goals was to get it back to Williamstown," Braves coach Dan Torcasio said.

Engler scored on two of Williamstown's four first-half shots.

The second, and game-deciding, one came with eight minutes left in the half. Williamstown was leading, 1-0, when sophomore Mary Kate Ulmer played a cross into the box from the left side. The ball went off Kingsway goalkeeper Maria Kirby, and Engler scored on the rebound.

"Ashley Engler's been opportunistic all year," Torcasio said. "Last year, she had two varsity goals, and today was her 15th and 16th. She's just been fantastic up top."

Kingsway did not go away quietly.

Five minutes after Engler gave the Braves a two-goal lead, senior Lindsey Thomas answered with a goal off an assist from junior Gab Griffs to close the gap to 2-1.

The Dragons continued the physical play in the second half and had several chances to even the score.

Corinne Almeida took a shot that nicked off the crossbar. Another player had an open lane to the net but shot high, and Braves keeper Taylor Bynoe stopped a corner kick with two minutes remaining.

"We were able to hold them off with our speed," Engler said.

Williamstown 2 0 – 2

Kingsway 1 0 – 1

Goals: W-Ashley Engler 2; K-Lindsey Brown.

Saves: W-Taylor Bynoe 7; K-Maria Kirby 6.


rhagerty@phillynews.com

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