Hartford, Conn. – Sophomore back Tara Lyons (Levittown, N.Y.) had a goal and an assist to lead the visiting SUNY-Farmingdale Rams to a 2-1 victory over the Trinity College Bantams in women’s soccer action this evening. The game was the season opener for the Bantams and the first game ever played on the new Trinity Soccer Field after rainouts of a Trinity men’s game on Tuesday night and of last night’s originally-scheduled match between the Rams and the Bantams. Farmingdale State improves to 1-1-1.
Trinity outshot the Rams 10-to-3 in the first half and 10-to-2 after halftime but all three goals in the game came on set pieces and Farmingdale scored on two of them. After Trinity had several near misses early, including a shot by junior midfielder Taylor Kirchgessner (Southampton, N.Y.) that was just saved by Ram sophomore goalkeeper Daniella Ford (Elmont, N.Y.) and one by Bantam rookie forward Samantha March (Glastonbury, Conn.) from the right flank that sailed past Ford but just wide of the far post, Lyons booted the ball from 40 yards away on a direct kick that skipped on the wet grass past Trinity senior tri-captain Julia Pitino (Littleton, Mass.) and into the goal in the 20th minute. March had another hard blast from the right wing hit the cross bar in the 40th minute and Trinity sophomore midfielder Elizabeth Dognazzi (Hyde Park, Mass.) had a lofting shot from just outside the box do the same moments later.
Trinity almost scored right out of halftime, but Ford stopped a bouncing shot by Trinity senior tri-captain back Sarah Connors (Winnetka, Ill.) off a corner kick just four minutes after the break. Farmingdale took a 2-0 lead when Lyons fed freshman Brittney Starzee (West Babylon, N.Y.) from the left wing after a Bantam foul, and Starzee one-timed the ball past Pitino from straight-on at the 50:54 mark. The Bantams cut their deficit in half in the 53rd minute, as Kirchgessner connected on the first Trinity goal on its new pitch off a long feed up the middle by sophomore midfielder Rhone O’Hara (Woodstock, Conn.) after a Ram yellow card. Kirchgessner nearly tied it less than two minutes later, but Ford denied the bid from the top of the box with a leap and a tap of the high shot that pushed the ball over the cross bar. Pitino kept Trinity within a goal with a diving stop against Farmingdale State rookie Alexandra Johnson (Franklin Square, Pa.) in the 60th minute for her only save of the game, but Ford made four stops in the last 24 minutes, finishing with 13 overall, to preserve the road win for the Rams.
Trinity opens New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) play on Saturday at noon against No. 7-ranked Williams College whom the Bantams edged on penalty kicks on the road in last fall’s NESCAC Championship Semifinals. Farmingdale State plays Rochester Tech at Misericordia on Saturday at 1 p.m.