Connecticut College 3, Albertus Magnus College 1

Connecticut College 3, Albertus Magnus College 1

Tribelli, Gittings & Fagan Supply Scores for Camels

NEW LONDON, Conn.--The Connecticut College women's soccer team  opened the 2014 season with a 3-1 victory against Albertus Magnus College in front of 200 fans on Freeman Field.

Alexa Tribelli (Cranston, R.I.), Steph Gittings (Greenwich, Conn.) and Abby Fagan (Westport, Conn.) supplied first half goals for the winning side.

Bryanna Montalvo (Rocky Hill, Conn.) stopped two shots in her first collegiate start in goal.

Kaitlyn Fedemunti (Stratford, Conn.) buried a 30 yard bomb on a free kick in the second stanza to account for the Falcon scoring.

Junior net-minder Maria Case (West Haven, Conn.) made 12 saves to keep the Falcons (1-2) within reach of the Camels.

The hosts held a 30-to-7 advantage on the shot chart while enjoying a 3-to-1 edge in corner kicks.

"Our possession was the best I've seen in three years," Fagan said following the win. "The depth of our bench was incredible. We had every single person that was available play today and I don't think the level of our play went down."

Tribelli opened the scoring in the seventh minute of action when Rebecca Raymond (Lowell, Mass.) delivered a through ball that led her into a one-on-one situation versus the keeper for a score.

Later on in the half with 7:24 remaining, the Camels doubled their advantage.  Grace Bilodeau (Harvard, Mass.) delivered a ball into the center of the box and Gittings re-directed it past Case for the score.

With 4:42 remaining, the Camels executed with a set piece to build a three-goal advantage. Astrid Kempainen (Chazy, N.Y.) unloaded with a corner from the right side and Fagan was able to get a leg on it for the one-timer.

In the second half, the Camels continued to pressure but the Falcons would not go away.

Fedemunti got the Falcons on the board when she unloaded with a free kick from yards out with 36:16 to play.

Later on in the half, Acacia Nelson (Bridgeport, Conn.) drove to the goal for another scoring chance with 6:55 remaining but Amanda Onofrio (Greenwich, Conn.) was able to come up with a break-up to get a piece of a shot that sailed wide right.

Libby Thomas (Cumberland, Maine) unloaded with a blast from point blank range with 2:55 to go but Case was able to hit the deck to make the diving stab.

But the Camels were able to close out the 3-1 victory.

Sophomore Amanda Proulx (Smithfield, R.I.) was impressed with the team's effort in its home opener.

"We've been working on switching the ball throughout the pre-season and possessing the ball up the field and that's what worked today," Proulx said. "We were working the ball from the backs to the forwards and then we finished well with our opportunities."

The Camels will host Johnson & Wales University Sunday afternoon for a 4:00 p.m. game in New London.