Connecticut College 2, Coast Guard 1 Preston Scores Difference Maker for Camels in 71st Minute

Connecticut College 2, Coast Guard 1 Preston Scores Difference Maker for Camels in 71st Minute

NEW LONDON, Conn.--Chelsea Preston (Lake Placid, N.Y.) scored the difference making goal in the 71st minute of play to lift the Connecticut College women's soccer team to a 2-1 victory over the Coast Guard in the latest meeting of this Whaling City Rivalry.

The Camels improve their record to 2-1-2 with the victory while the Bears slip to 3-6. 

Rebecca Raymond (Lowell, Mass.) had a goal and an assist in the victory. Rookie net-minder Bella Hall (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) finished with four saves for the winning side.

"It was an amazing feeling to get that goal for us," Preston said. "That was my first collegiate goal." 

Coast Guard senior forward Kristen Euchler (Clarksburg, Mass.) supplied a first half goal for the visitors. Junior Holly Moore (Pittsfield, Mass.) made five stops in the setback.

The Camels opened the scoring in the 21st minute of action. Lilly Cannon (West Hartford, Conn.) delivered a low cross to Raymond, who chipped it in for her team-leading third score of the year. 

But the Bears responded with the equalizer just 2:19 later. Euchler was able to come away with a loose ball in the center of the box and she unloaded with the 15 yard blast that evened things up at one.

In the second stanza, the Bears applied some heavy pressure on Hall and the Camel defense. With  41:09 remaining, Terry Netusil (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) challenged Hall and forced the keeper to  come all the way out to the top of the box to make a diving save. Then, with 39:20 to play, sophomore Sarah Hills (Brooklyn, N.Y.) unloaded with a shot that smashed off the crossbar. 

But the Camels recovered and in the 71st minute of action, the hosts were in an opportunistic position with a set piece from 25 yards out of the goal.

Raymond delivered a perfect ball through the box to the far post side of the goal. Bianca Muscato (Peabody, Mass.) controlled the ball to Preston, who chipped it in for what proved to be the game-winner. 

The Bears had another chance with a set piece of their own. Lindsay Duplessis (Rye, N.H.) lifted a shot from 20 yards out but Hall was able to elevate and make the save, knocking the ball out of play.

"We fought hard and we've had to overcome a lot of injuries," junior defender Ali Cline (Newbury, N.H.) said. "They are a tough team to beat. Hopefully we can carry this momentum we built in the second half into our next NESCAC game against Williams.

The Camels out-shot the Bears 12-to-10 in the contest

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