Women's Soccer falls to Trinity College 3-1 in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) action this afternoon. In the loss, the Cardinals drop to 5-6-2 overall and 2-4-2 in the league, while the Bantams snap a two-game losing skid and improve to 9-4 overall and 5-3 in the NESCAC.
After a scoreless first half that saw the teams combined for just three shots on goal in on-and-off snow flurries, Wesleyan junior Sarah Sylla (Ardsley, N.Y.) scored unassisted 2:29 into the second half. Trinity broke a 163-minute scoring drought with some help from the Cardinals, as a Wesleyan defender deflected a pass into the box intended for Bantam first-year forward Taylor Kirchgessner (Bethesda, Md.) into her own goal to the score at 101 in the 58th minute.
In the middle section of the second half, Trinity goalie Monica DiFiori preserved the home team's lead with a key save on a header by Cardinal senior midfielder Madeline Keane (Newtown, Conn.) off a Wesleyan corner to keep the contest tied.
Andi Nicholson one-timed the clinching goal from 12 yards away with 10:13 remaining. Nicholson converted on a pass by junior midfielder Laura Nee from the right of the post to the goalkeeper's left. The Bantams beat out several Cardinals to head the ball past Cardinal goalie Meghan Hanan on a bounce in the 86th minute, as Bantam junior midfielder Kendra Lena served up a perfect ball off a corner kick.
DiFiori finished with five saves and Hanan had three. Trinity clinches a post-season bid with the win and moves into sole possession of second place in the NESCAC with two league games left to play.
Wesleyan next travels to Amherst in a NESCAC and Little Three matchup on Oct. 24.