Hartford, Conn. - Three Bantam goals separated less than five minutes apart in the second half gave the Trinity College women's soccer team a 3-0 victory over the Emerson Lions on Thursday afternoon in Hartford. Trinity improves to 2-1-2 overall while Emerson drops to 2-5 on the season.
The Bantams put 12 shots on goal compared to just three from the Lions as Trinity's defense held strong in front of junior goalie Julia Pitino (Littleton, Mass.) who saved all three Emerson shots she faced. Trinity had seven corners on the afternoon as well, while Emerson earned just one.
The two teams went into the half tied, 0-0, despite a handful of scoring opportunities for the Bantams. Sophomore Taylor Kirchgessner (Southampton, N.Y.) had a great scoring opportunity early in the half as she ripped a shot from about 10 feet out but missed the net, wide left, to the relief of Lion goalie Melanie Escobar (Torrington, Conn.). Later in the half, a cross into Trinity's offensive zone landed at the feet of senior Nicole Stauffer (Cheshire, Conn.) who sent a shot toward the net, however the ball sailed high of the goal to keep the game scoreless.
Kirchgessner scored her first of two second half goals just three minutes after the break as she buried the ball in the right bottom corner of the net from the top, left side of the box. Less than three minutes later, Kirchgessner had the ball as she raced towards the net and got a shot off that Escobar turned aside, however senior Andi Nicholson (Charlotte, N.C.) corralled the rebound and found the back of the net on a sliding shot to give Trinity a 2-0 advantage. Two minutes later, Stauffer kicked the ball high over her shoulder into Emerson's defensive zone to first-year Tricia Pollock (Beverly, Mass.) who passed it to Kirchgessner for the assist on Kirchgessner's second goal of the game. Lion first-year Chiara Bernardi (Santa Barbara, Calif.) had a solid scoring chance at the 81st minute but her shot found the arms of Pitino for the reigning New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Player of the Week's third save of the day.
Trinity returns to action on Saturday when they host conference opponent Colby at 11 a.m. on Family weekend.