Hartford, Conn. – Senior Katie Giberson (Valhalla, N.Y.) scored on a perfectly placed header pass from classmate, co-captain Jenny Ley (Warwick, R.I.), to lead the surging Trinity College Bantams to a 1-0 win over the visiting Oneonta State Red Dragons in women's soccer action this afternoon on Campus Field. Trinity improves to 3-0 on the season, the first time the Bantams have started their season 3-0 since 2008. Oneonta State falls to 1-3 on the season.
Giberson's goal -- her team-high fourth in three games -- came with just 3:10 remaining in the match after a scoreless battle with a strong visiting opponent. On a high kick from the backfield, Ley made a picture perfect header pass, setting up Giberson for a breakaway approximately 30 yards from the goal. The Oneonta defense quickly made up ground, forcing Giberson to get a deep shot off, as senior goalkeeper Amy Lusby (West Babylon) rushed out of the box to cut down Giberson's shooting angle. The well struck ball floated over Lusby's head and into the top right corner of the net, as the Bantams celebrated what would turn out to be the game-winning goal - their eighth score in three games.
Oneonta outshot the Bantams in a tightly contested battle, 9-8, and had some scoring opportunities late in the game, including a strong shot by senior Alanna Fisher (Suffern), which sailed just high of the crossbar with 8:10 remaining. Trinity senior co-captain Leigh Howard (Bethany, Conn.) hit the crossbar earlier in the match, and Trinity missed two opportunities on a corner kick late in the match, which resulted in a save by Lusby, and another by the Oneonta defense.
Trinity senior Lily Pepper (Princeton, N.J.) earns a two-save shutout, after sharing a shutout on Wednesday against Manhattanville. Lusby made four saves in the match for the Red Dragons.
Heading into the season, Oneonta was ranked No. 16 in the country, after a strong 2010 season in which the Red Dragons finished 17-5-2. Before today's 1-0 loss, two of Oneonta's first three games had gone to overtime.