NEW LONDON, Conn.--The first day of the inaugural City of New London women's soccer classic tournament is in the books
Connecticut College opened the season with a 5-1 triumph over UMass-Dartmouth in the second match of the day. In the noon-time contest, the Coast Guard Bears scored a convincing 5-0 victory against Mitchell College.
Coast Guard will meet UMass Dartmouth Sunday afternoon at noon at the Coast Guard Waterfront Turf Field.
Sophomore Lilly Cannon (West Hartford, Conn.) and first year forward Leah Salituro (Fanwood, N.J.) both had a goal and an assist to lead the Connecticut College Camels in their 5-1 triumph.
"It really felt great getting the win today," Cannon said. "We want to be aggressive and look for our shots."
Rebecca Raymond (Lowell, Mass.), Libby Thomas (Cumberland, Maine) and Steph Gettings (Greenwich, Conn.) chipped in with goals for the winning side.
Annie Higgins (West Hartford, Conn.) added an assist with some stellar play at central midfield.
Rookie net-minder Bella Hall (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) made two saves in the triumph.
UMass-Dartmouth senior Tori Pierce (Tiverton, R.I.) contributed a second half score on a direct kick for the visitors.
Rookie net-minder Nicole Butts (Milford, Mass.) made four saves in the contest for the Corsairs.
Cannon accounted for the only goal of the opening half in the 19th minute of play. Right at the 18 yard line, Cannon was able to beat a pair of Corsair defenders and unload for the goal.
The score would stay the same until the 53rd minute of action. Salituro was able to redirect a Higgins shot at the right post side of the goal. Raymond tacked on another goal with a direct kick in the 56th minute of action and the Camels continued to pull away for the 5-1 win.
"Astrid Kempainen predicted that I was going to score so it was a nice feeling," Raymond said. "Now we have to focus our attention on Middlebury."
Coast Guard out-shot Mitchell College 28-to-0 in the first contest. Caroline Eastman (East Granby, Conn.) scored twice to lead the Bears.
"Caroline is doing some great things for us," Coast Guard coach Susan Grant said. "We definitely pushed through to the end today."
The Mariners started just eight field players in the game. Shirley Palmer (St. Albans, N.Y.) collected 11 of her 12 saves in the opening half to keep the Mariners in contention in the early going.
"Shirley did awesome today," Mitchell Head Coach Damian Houlden said. "We showed a lot of character out there."
But in the 28th minute of play, Sarah Hills (Brooklyn, N.Y.) broke free and buried a 16 yard blast from the middle of the box into the back of the netting.
In the 32nd minute of action, the Bears doubled their lead. Hanna Jansson (Haworth, N.J.) delivered a long lead pass down the right sideline and Eastman beat Palmer from the right side of the box to make it a 2-0 contest.
The Bears added two more goals in the opening half were able to close out the 5-0 win.