Hartford, Conn. – First-year forward Amelia Kroschwitz (Byfield, Mass.) scored the game-winning goal in the 101st minute with assists credited to fellow rookies Blake Crawley (Laguna Beach, Calif.) and Cami Beath (Kennebunk, Maine), as the Trinity College Bantams edged the visiting Wesleyan University Cardinals, 2-1, in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women's soccer action this evening at Trinity Soccer Field. Trinity, which forced the overtime thanks to an own goal in the 71st minute, improves to 4-5-1 overall with its second win in a row and evens its NESCAC record at 3-3 after an 0-3 start. Wesleyan drops to 4-4-1 overall and 0-4-1 in the league with its second NESCAC loss in five days and its fourth consecutive setback against the Bantams
Wesleyan started fast and nearly scored 19 seconds into the game, but Trinity senior tri-captain goalkeeper Julia Pitino (Littleton, Mass.) dove to save a shot by Cardinal freshman Emily Ribatt (Chestnut Hill, Mass.). Trinity first-year forward Samantha March (Glastonbury, Conn.) knifed her way through the Cardinal defense and shot Wesleyan senior tri-captain goalkeeper Meg Hanan (Sammamish, Wash.) from 20 yards out on the right side in the 22nd minute, but her shot caromed off the post. The Cardinals, which doubled up the Bantams shooting, 6-3, in the first half, had a shot by junior back Kayla O'Brien (Wilton, Conn.) saved by Pitino late in the first half and another by junior midfielder Lauren Goetzman (Hidden Hills, Calif.) sailed just wide of the far post inside the final two minutes before intermission. Crawley got off a shot from the top of the box in the final minute of the opening stanza, but the attempt also went wide.
Wesleyan scored its goal 4:40 after the break when O'Brien headed the ball into the upper left corner of the goal after a long pass into the box by junior midfielder Sophia Linguiti (Philadelphia, Pa.). Neither team took a shot for over 20 minutes after the game's first marker, but March sent a rolling ball toward the front of the net from the end line on the right side, and a Cardinal defender kicked it in to net to tie the score at the 71:37 mark. Trinity sophomore midfielder Tricia Pollock (Beverly, Mass.) got off two decent looks from straight-on down the stretch, but the first was saved by Hanan and the second was wide.
In the second overtime, Bantam senior back Alexa Barbaresi (Newport Beach, Calif.) sent a ball to the middle of the field outside the box from the left flank that was settled by Beath who passed it quickly forward to Crawley. Crawley touched it up to Kroschwitz through two Cardinal defenders, and Kroschwitz beat Hanan low and to the left for the golden goal. Wesleyan finished with an 11-to-8 shooting advantage, while Pitino made six saves and Hanan had a pair of stops. Trinity hosts NESCAC rival Bowdoin on Saturday at 11 a.m.