HARTFORD, Conn. – The Wesleyan University women's soccer team drew first blood in the 50th minute on Tuesday evening, but Trinity (Conn.) responded with back-to-back goals, including the game-winning tally in the 102nd minute during a 2-1 double-overtime win in Hartford, Conn.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Junior midfielder Sophia Linguiti made an incredible effort on the Cardinals' goal, stealing the ball in the middle of the field, and then making a great run through traffic down the right side of the pitch. The Philadelphia, Pa. native then sent a perfect ball into the 18-yard box, with junior defender Kayla O'Brien (two goals on the season) heading the pass into the left corner of the goal, giving the Cardinals a 1-0 lead in the 50th minute. Linguiti has four helpers on the season, which leads the team and is tied for the second most within the entire NESCAC Conference.
- The Bantams (4-5-1, 3-3-0 NESCAC) generated the equalizer in the 72nd minute. Freshman Samantha March sent a cross from the right attacking side into the box, with a Wesleyan defender inadvertently kicking the drive into the back of the net.
- Less than two minutes into the second-overtime session, freshman Blake Crawley placed a through ball from just outside the box into the feet of freshman Amelia Kroschwitz, who sent the game-clinching tally into the bottom right corner of the net. Freshman Cami Beath also tallied an assist on the play, starting out the rush with a pass to Crawley.
- Wesleyan (4-4-1, 0-4-1 NESCAC) almost found its way onto the scoreboard in the first minute, as freshman midfielder Carly Bechtloff sent a perfectly executed lead pass to freshman midfielder Emily Ribatt inside the penalty box. Ribatt was able to get off a solid shot, but Bantams senior goalkeeper Julia Pitino was able to deflect the attempt.
- During the 23rd minute, March weaved through numerous Wesleyan defenders during a run up field, and then sent a bullet off the right attacking post from the edge of the box.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- The Cardinals, who controlled the play for the majority of the contest, held an 11-8 advantage in shots and a 7-4 lead in shots on goal, with Trinity applying a great deal of pressure over the last 15 minutes of regulation.
- Junior captain Lauren Goetzman led all players with a total of seven shots and four shots on net, while O'Brien and Ribatt chipped in with two shots, respectively. Sophomore Tricia Pollock finished with a team-high three shots for the hosts.
- Trinity was whistled for 13 fouls and Wesleyan was tagged with 10 infractions, and each team attempted a pair of corner kicks. Pitino (2-4-1) earned the win for the hosts with a game-high six saves, and senior captain and goalkeeper Meg Hanan (1-2-1) was tagged with the loss during a two-save outing.
- The Cardinals will be back in action with a two-game weekend at Jackson Field, starting on Saturday with an 11 a.m. showdown against NESCAC Conference rival Colby. The squad will then square off against Middlebury on Sunday at 11 a.m. in Middletown, Conn.