|Ephs Bump Off Defending National Champs|
|November 16, 2002|
|The Williams College men's soccer team (16-3) reeled off its most impressive win in years today as it posted a 4-1 victory over the defending Div. III National Champions from Richard Stockton. Junior Khari Stephenson was the hero for the Ephs, scoring a season-high three goals on the day as the Ephmen played the Ospreys off the field.
Stephenson got the Ephs rolling in the 11th minute of play when he received a pass from junior Romel Wallen and sent a blast into the upper corner of the goal to give the Williams an early 1-0 lead.
Following 30 minutes of heated soccer, Stephenson made it a 2-0 Eph advantage in the 41st minute of play on a beautiful header goal off a feed from senior Alex Blake. Blake's cross found Stephenson in the middle of the box and the giant junior sent it home for his second goal of the day.
The Ephs let their guard down at the end of the first half, however, and allowed Richard Stockton to tally a goal with 15 seconds remaining in the period when a shot from Jamie Nelson hit off the crossbar and Chris Meyrick sent the rebound past the Eph goalkeeper, first-year Nick Armington.
Despite the gaffe at the end of the first half, the Ephs came out swinging to start the second period, and it was Stephenson again who found the back of the net for Williams, with the assist credited to Wallen. As if to make up for the rebound goal at the end of the first half, Stephenson's shot ricocheted off the post before going into the net.
Blake put the game out of reach in the 75th minute of play when junior Bryan McCoy sent a pass to him in the middle of the box after charging down the right flank with the ball.
The Ephs have now advanced to the regional championship game of the NCAA Tournament where they will meet an Arcadia team (20-3) that advanced following a 1-0 victory over Keene State. The Ephs lost to the Owls of Keene State on Oct. 1 by a final score of 2-1.
Arcadia will play a much different and much improved Eph team than the one Keene played a month and a half ago, however. The Ephs have not only ironed out the kinks in what had been a spotty defensive unit, but they will enter play tomorrow winners of their last seven contests. Moreover, the past five wins have all come while the Ephs' season was on the line.
Tomorrow's game is slated to begin at 1 p.m.
1. Williams (10:10) - Stephenson from Wallen
2. Williams (40:53) - Stephenson from Blake
3. Richard Stockton (44:45) - Meyrick from Nelson
4. Williams (48:36) - Stephenson from Wallen
5. Williams (74:33) - Blake from McCoy
Shots: Williams - 21; Stockton - 19
Saves: Williams - 8; Richard Stockton - 8 (Brett Steinberg)
Corner Kicks: Williams - 4; Richard Stockton - 16