Women’s Soccer Endures 2-0 Defeat at Connecticut College

Photo by Steve McLaughlin
Photo by Steve McLaughlin

NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Wesleyan University women's soccer team concluded its 2017 season on Tuesday evening with a 2-0 setback against NESCAC Conference-rival Connecticut College, as the Camels scored 11 seconds into the game and then added an insurance goal during the 70th minute in New London, Conn.  

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • The Camels (12-2-1, 7-2-1 NESCAC) went on the attack right off the opening kickoff, as senior back Alex Bukovac sprung freshman forward Kat Norton, who netted her team-high seventh goal of the season. Norton, who hails from Hampton, Conn., also leads Connecticut College with four game winners.
  • There was only a total of six shots on goal throughout the game, as rainy and windy conditions affected the transition game for both teams. The Cardinals sustained some pressure in the offensive zone after the initial goal, with junior captain Lauren Goetzman, who has four goals and one assist on the year, sending a shot wide of the goal in the 11th minute. Junior standout Liz Young, who leads the group with five goals, 11 points and three game winners this fall, sent a drive toward the goal in the 18th minute, but the Camels' defense was able to block it.
  • Freshman midfielder Emily Ribatt has showcased her immense skill set in the offensize zone all fall with her quick agility moves and ability to play dangerous balls in the box. The Chestnut Hill, Mass. native tried to even the score in the 24th minute off a corner kick by freshman midfielder Carly Bechtloff, but senior goalkeeper Bryanna Montalvo came up with a stop for the hosts.  
  • Senior midfielder Lauren Steele was ready to give the Camels a two-goal cushion during the 22nd minute with a shot over the head of Cardinals sophomore goalkeeper Zoe Cassels-Brown, but the shot connected with the crossbar.
  • Early in the second half, Goetzman tested Montalvo in the 52nd minute, but the Cardinals were not able to solve the Camels goalkeeper.
  • In the 70th minute, Connecticut College damaged Wesleyan's hope of a comeback on a goal by senior Michelle Medina (fourth of the season), assisted by junior Alex Baltazar.   

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Goetzman and Ribatt compiled two shots, respectively, for Wesleyan, while Medina, Norton and senior Mackenzie Kingston each fired two shots for Connecticut College.
  • The hosts and visitors each fired a total of eight shots, as Montalvo improved to 11-2-1 on the year with a two-save showing in 72 minutes, 56 seconds of game time.  
  • Cassels-Brown (5-4-0) was tagged with the loss, competing in 84 minutes, 33 seconds of the contest, and senior captain Meg Hanan, who was competing in her final collegiate game, slammed the door shut in the final five minutes, 27 seconds, making one save.
  • Wesleyan controlled the corner-kick statistic, 5-1, and Connecticut College committed 16 fouls and Wesleyan was called for 12 infractions.
  • The Cardinals are now 14-19-3 all time against the Camels, as Connecticut College is riding a two-game winning streak in the rivalry. Wesleyan's last win in the series was a dramatic 2-1 double-overtime triumph during the 2015 season.