Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Women’s soccer bends but doesn’t break, remains undefeated



The Trinity women’s soccer team continued their torrid run this past week, defeating Albertus Magnus and two tough New England College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) in Bates and Tufts. The Bantams dominated the game against the visiting Albertus Magnus College Falcons, giving the team five wins, matching their total from the last year.

The Bantams controlled the ball for the entirety of the first half, but was held scoreless despite 11 shots, until late in the period. Forward Rachel Zanko ’17 dribbled the ball towards the outside of the box and ripped a shot that bounced off the top of the crossbar that looked to be headed out of bounds. Luckily, Zanko was surprised as she watched the ball fall straight down in front of the net and produce enough backspin to bounce off the fallen goalkeeper and into the back of the net, giving Trinity a leg up headed into intermission, 1-0.

The Bantams carried their momentum into the second half, mounting three goals on ten shots, courtesy of defenders Julia Leahy ’16 and Kelsey Thomas ’16 and star forward Abbey Lake ’16. Trinity’s dominant defense continued in this game as they only allowed Albertus to get four shots. However, the Falcons were able to take advantage of a corner kick to break the shutout. This was only the second goal the Bantams had allowed in their first five games. Goalkeeper Monica DiFiori ’16 grabbed four saves in her fifth win of the season.

Saturday’s matchup against the Bates College Bobcats was not as one-sided as their game on Tuesday. Forward Karyn Barrett ’15 opened the scoring in the game as tri-captain midfielder Elisa Dolan ’15 sent a through ball forward in front of the goal. Barrett beat the defense to the ball as she snuck the ball past the goalkeeper at the 17:34 mark. Bates was able to score the equalizer in the 58th minute as sophomore Leah Humes rocketed the ball passed goalkeeper Difiori. Trinity was able to notch the game-winning goal when midfielder Kendra Lena ’17 blasted the ball passed the diving Bates goalkeeper to keep the Bantams undefeated on the season, moving to 6-0.

In Sunday’s matchup versus the Tufts University Jumbos, the Bantams took the lead early in the game and never relinquished it. Just three minutes into the game, Trinity took the lead, 1-0, after midfielder Laura Nee ’17 made a short corner kick pass to Dolan at the edge of the box, which she then put in the top right-hand corner of the net, for her second goal of the season. Four minutes later, the Bantams struck again, as Barrett and Lake worked a give-and-go in the middle of the field for Lake’s team-high fifth goal of the season and second in the NESCAC.

Tufts came charging back in the latter half of the first period as Carla Kruyff lofted a 30-yard free kick into the upper left-hand corner of the net past a diving DiFiori. Tufts almost tied the game five minutes later as Katie Coyle ‘15 had space in front of the box, but was blocked at the last second. Trinity regained their two-goal lead when Dolan made a beautiful dribbling combination in the penalty box that drew the goalkeeper. As the goalkeeper was charging, Dolan delivered an easy pass to forward Andi Nicholson ’17 who scored on an empty net.

The Bantams remain undefeated with a record of 7-0. They maintain sole possession of first place and have moved up to the 5th ranked spot in Division III schools in New England. The Bantams will face Westfield St. on Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 4 PM, before they face NESCAC foe Bowdoin on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 12 PM.

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