Hartford, Conn. – The Trinity College Bantams came up a goal shy in their first game on their new field, falling, 2-1, against the visiting Williams College Ephs in the season opener for both teams this afternoon on Trinity Soccer Field. First-year back Henry Belt (Brookline, Mass.) scored the first Bantam goal on the new pitch, cutting the Williams lead in half in the 86th minute, while junior back Sean Dory (Troy, N.Y.) and freshman Eli Petrik (Austin, Texas) scored in the first half for New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) rival Williams.
With the home team down two goals, Belt gave the Bantam life when he settled a pass from near the right end line from sophomore Max Cottrell (Dover, Mass.) and knocked the ball past Williams senior goalie Bon Schneiderman (Livingston, N.J.) from straight-on. Trinity first-year midfielder Nigel Gustave (Baltimore, Md.) had started the play with a lofting pass to Cottrell from midfield after an Eph foul. The play was intense for the final minutes but the Williams defense held Trinity without a shot.
Williams had started the scoring when Dory blasted it in from 18 yards away after a long pass had been headed backwards in the 33rd minute. Eph sophomore forward Bob Fabricant (Summit, N.J.) fed Petrik for the second goal of the game 4:59 before halftime. The Ephs held an 11-to-3 shooting edge at the break, but the Bantams had more offensive opportunities in the second frame. Junior midfielder William Baker (Los Angeles, Calif.) nearly scored on a rocket from just outside the box in the 54th minute, but Schneiderman leaped and got a hand on the ball to poke it over the cross bar. Bantam senior tri-captain Cody Savonen (Orleans, Mass.) put one shot on goal in the 82nd minute and shot just wide of the far post from the left wing.
Trinity senior tri-captain Mateo Zabala (Paterson, N.J.) was active, as he had to leave his feet for several of his seven saves, while Schneiderman finished with two stops. The Ephs outshot the Bantams, 19-9, and the teams committed 14 fouls each and combined for five yellow cards in a physical contest. Trinity, which had its original season opener rained out on Tuesday against Rivier, will host league foe Hamilton next Saturday at 2 p.m. Williams is at Rensselaer on Tuesday night.