Connecticut College 6, JWU 1 Kempainen Contributes Goal, 2 Assists in Offensive Uprising for Camels

Connecticut College 6, JWU 1 Kempainen Contributes Goal, 2 Assists in Offensive Uprising for Camels

NEW LONDON, Conn.--Astrid Kempainen (Chazy, N.Y.) scored a goal and assisted on two others to lead the Connecticut College women's soccer team to a convincing 6-1 victory against Johnson & Wales University on Freeman Field at Tempel Green in New London Sunday afternoon.

First year players Michelle Medina (Hartford, Conn.), Alexa Tribelli (Cranston, R.I.), Livi Block (New York, N.Y.) and Caroline Kelleher (Holden, Mass.) tacked on second half scores for the Camels, who enjoyed a 24-to-4 advantage in shots.

Bryanna Montalvo (Rocky Hill, Conn.) collected three saves to earn the victory in goal.

Connecticut College Head Women's Soccer Coach Norm Riker was pleased with the team's execution in its two home wins this weekend.

"Over the course of the weekend we've had two great team efforts where everyone who was available to play took part in the win." Riker said.  "I feel really encouraged and proud of the way the players have been getting after it and competing by playing quick, playing smart and enjoying the moment. We've come out of the weekend with two wins. We are happy with our start, but not satisfied.  The focus is now on the Middlebury game this Saturday"
Johnson & Wales University junior Alex Place (East Greenwich, R.I.) made eight saves in 73 minutes of action. Cassie Collins (Oswego, N.Y.) turned aside one shot in relief duty.

Kempainen sparked the Camels in the early in the sixth minute of action when she delivered a nice through ball to Annie Higgins (West Hartford, Conn.) in space.  Place had come off her line to corral the ball but Higgins beat her to the spot and chipped one into the back of the net.

In the 39th minute of play, Kempainen buried a penalty kick and that proved to be the difference in the contest.

The Wildcats got on the board in the 56th minute of action when the Camels inadvertently scored on their own goal.

But Medina added another score in the 64th minute with Rebecca Raymond (Lowell, Mass.) and Kempainen assisting on a set piece.

Tribelli tacked on another score with 23:06 to play and the Camels continued to pull away for the 6-1 triumph.

Medina was impressed with the way team executed its game plan and is enjoying her collegiate experience playing in her home state.

"Coach was telling our forwards to keep moving and it was tough in this game because they always kept a high line," Medina said. "But eventually we just started flowing together and scoring goals. It's really fun playing here in state. The team is really nice and I'm enjoying it so far."

The Camels will host Middlebury College Saturday for an 11:00 a.m. NESCAC game in New London.