Trinity Women's Soccer Drops Final NESCAC Game Against Wesleyan
Hartford, Conn. – The visiting Wesleyan University Cardinals took advantage of their opportunities to take a 2-0 victory against the Trinity College Bantams in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women’s soccer action this afternoon. Trinity drops to 4-8-1 overall with its second loss in a row and extends its winless streak to five games, while the Cardinals improve to 6-7-1 overall with their first win in three games. The Bantams close the 2012 NESCAC schedule with a 3-7 mark, and will qualify for the league tournament for the eighth time and the fifth time in the last six years if Colby loses its home game tomorrow against Bates. Wesleyan, also 3-7 in the league, will qualify for the post-season with a Colby win or tie against Bates.
Wesleyan senior forward Laura Kurash (Voorhees, N.J.) assisted freshman forward Isabel Clements (Lyme, Conn.) in the 62nd minute to break a scoreless tie, and added an insurance goal when she converted on a high cross from the right by senior Mikaela Curtin (Wellesley, Mass.) in the 76th minute. Trinity peppered Wesleyan’s second-half keeper Rachel Hobert (Chicago, Ill.) with 12 shots after the break, but failed to score.
The game had been played fairly evenly through a scoreless first half with Trinity holding a 7-5 shot advantage. Bantam first-year forward Abbey Lake (Westport, Conn.) took a hard blast from the upper right corner of the box just under three minutes into the game, but Wesleyan sophomore goalie Jessica Tollman (Brookline, Mass.) made a diving stop. Fellow Bantam rookie Kelsey Thomas (Stonington, Conn.) nearly scored on a rocket that caromed off the cross bar later in the opening period. Trinity first-year GK Monica DiFiori (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) totaled three saves, while Tollman made four saves and Hobert added six for the Cardinals.