Hartford, Conn. – Junior forward Katie Marlow-Benedick (Weston, Mass.) scored the Trinity College goal and sophomore goalkeeper Taylor O’Connor (Danvers, Mass.) made 13 saves to lead the Bantams to a 1-1 tie against the visiting Connecticut College Camels in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women’s soccer action this evening at Trinity Soccer Field. Trinity is now 4-6-3 overall and 2-5-2 in the NESCAC, while the Camels are 7-5-1 overall and 2-5-1 in the league. Both teams snap two-game losing skids with spirited efforts in a game that featured 47 combined shots and an equally-impressive 28 combined saves by the goalkeepers.
O’Connor and Connecticut College junior Sarah Williams (Sherborn, Mass.) took turns keeping the game scoreless in the first half with numerous close calls among their combined nine saves. O’Connor denied Camel sophomore Kat Norton (Hampton, Conn.) in the 12th minute on a shot from close and later dove to stop a low bid by junior Kelly Brigham (Norwich, Vt.) in the 33rd minute. Williams made a similar effort to stop a hard shot by Bantam rookie Duun O’Hara (Woodstock, Conn.) in the 29th minute. Trinity junior Rhone O’Hara (Woodstock, Conn.) hit the cross bar on a direct kick from straight-on just outside the box, and Williams made a save against Trinity first-year forward Whitney Hoban (Winnetka, Ill.) on the rebound to keep the score at 0-0 at intermission.
The Bantams finally broke the stalemate with nifty passing between Duun O’Hara and junior back Kelly Lucas (Ludlow, Mass.) that ended with a nice finish by Marlow-Benedick past Williams 3:32 into the second half. Trinity junior back Maeve Rabbitt (Concord, Mass.) almost scored on a high shot that Williams leaped to get a hand on early in the second half, and Williams added another save on a blast by Marlow-Benedick from the left flank in the 67th minute. The Camels tied the game in the 79th minute on a high shot by junior tri-captain midfielder Zoe Stublarec (Rockfall, Conn.), who placed the ball perfectly into the upper right corner from 35 yards after a long ball from the Connecticut College defense had deflected off the Trinity defenders.
In the first extra session, sophomores Cami Beath (Kennebunk, Maine) and Amelia Kroschwitz (Byfield, Mass.) both had decent looks saved by Williams, while O’Connor made a game-saving stop on a high attempt by Camel senior tri-captain forward Alex Baltazar (Ludlow, Mass.) in the 98th minute. Williams made another clutch stop on a Duun O’Hara shot in the second overtime, and Rhone O’Hara prevented a Camel goal on a rebound after an O’Connor save in the 106th minute. Trinity finished with a slight, 26-to-21 shooting edge, while the Camels had six corner kicks to the Bantams’ five. Williams finished with 15 saves for the visitors, who will play next at NESCAC rival Bowdoin on Saturday at 1 p.m. The Bantams play their final home game of 2018 against Eastern Connecticut on Sunday at 2 p.m.