Trinity Women's Soccer Loses To Williams In First NESCAC Match

Shannon Kennedy '20
Shannon Kennedy '20

Hartford, Conn. - The visiting Williams College Ephs downed the Trinity College Bantams, 2-0, in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women's soccer action this afternoon on Trinity Soccer Field.  Trinity drops to 0-2 with the conference-opening loss, while the No. 7-ranked Ephs improve to 2-0 overall and in the NESCAC while avenging its elimination from the 2016 NESCAC Playoffs by the Bantams in the last meeting between the teams.

The first half ended scoreless and without a great deal of offensive pressure by either squad.  The closest chance before the break was a shot by Williams freshman Georgia Lord (Manchester, Vt.) from inside the box that was deflected by the Bantam defense and eventually saved on a bounce by Trinity senior tri-captain goalkeeper Julia Pitino (Littleton, Mass.).  Pitino had four saves and Williams junior goalie Olivia Barnhill (New York, N.Y.) had one.

The visitors broke through in the 48th minute when sophomore Alison Lu (Palo Alto, Calif.) found herself behind the Bantam defense after a quick pass by senior Natasha Albaneze (Northport, N.Y.) and beat Pitino one-on-one.  Pitino kept Williams at one with a save on a hard shot from close by Lu moments later, but the Ephs took a 2-0 lead on a penalty kick by senior Evan Gancedo (Pasadena, Calif.) after a Trinity foul inside the box.  Trinity first-year midfielder Cami Beath (Kennebunk, Maine) got off a clear shot from straight-on off a corner kick in the 77th minute, but Barnhill stopped the bid.  Pitino came out to deny Eph junior forward Sarah Hollinger (Essex Fells, N.J.) one-on-one inside the final two minutes, and for the last of her eight saves.  Barnhill recorded the shutout with four stops.  Williams finished with a 13-to-7 shooting edge and both teams had three corner kicks.