CLINTON, N.Y. – Junior Katie McKillop posted the game-winning tally with 37 seconds left in the first overtime session for the Hamilton College women's soccer team during a 1-0 win over visting Welseyan University on Friday in Clinton, N.Y.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Continentals (4-3-1, 2-3-1 NESCAC) began to increase their pressure in the extra session, holding a 6-1 advantage in shots. Hamilton fired three shots in the opening 2:25 of the overtime period, with Cardinals senior goalkeeper Meg Hanan turning away a drive by freshman Cat Gambino in the 93rd minute.
- Sophomore Kristin Hughes set up the game-winning tally for Hamilton on a corner kick in the 100th minute, and then McKillop gained possession and blasted a shot from inside the 18-yard box, which hit the bottom of the crossbar and crossed the goal line.
- Hanan (1-1-1) was strong in net and quick off her line all game, making a tremendous read on a corner kick by Hughes in the 55th minute, as she prevented the ball from getting to the head of senior Amanda Becker deep in the box.
- Junior Jessie Murray nearly put the Continentals ahead in the 69th minute, but her shot went just wide of the right post, and then Hanan, who turned away five shots in the contest, made a great deflection save off a free kick from distance on the left attacking side by McKillop in the 71st minute.
- Junior captain Lauren Goetzman (four shots on goal) and sophomore defender Nicole Brodkowitz (three shots on goal) led the Cardinals (4-3-1, 0-3-1 NESCAC) with strong offensive performances, but Continentals senior goalkeeper Emily Dumont (4-3-1) stood in the way of all the attempts, compiling a game-high nine saves. Goetzman had a great opportunity in the 25th minute with a long-distance drive, and Dumont left her feet to keep the shot from going into the back of the net.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Hamilton held a 20-12 edge in shots, while Wesleyan compiled a 9-6 advantage in shots on goal. The Continentals held a commanding 10-4 lead in corner kicks and were whistled for 11 infractions, while the Cardinals were called for 14 fouls.
- Becker led the hosts with a game-high five shots, while Gambino and senior Katie Kreider attempted a trio of shots, respectively. Junior defender Kayla O'Brien was active in the offensive zone for the visitors, sending two of her three shots on target.
- Next on the radar for the Cardinals will be a 6:30 p.m. NESCAC Conference tilt on Tuesday at Trinity (Conn.). Wesleyan will return home for an 11 a.m. game against Colby on Saturday, Oct. 7, at Jackson Field.