Connecticut College 4, Coast Guard 0 Kelleher Sparks Undefeated Camels with First Half Score

Connecticut College 4, Coast Guard 0 Kelleher Sparks Undefeated Camels with First Half Score

NEW LONDON, Conn. --(CGA Athletic Communications) Connecticut College continued to build on its torrid start to the 2014 season Wednesday with a 4-0 victory at the Coast Guard in a matchup of Route 32 Rivals.

The undefeated Camels (6-0) ,the fifth ranked team in the NSCAA New England Ranking, have now out-scored their opposition 25-to-2 in the opening month of the season.

Astrid Kempainen is enjoying every minute of her senior year so far. Kempainen scored her fourth goal of the season Wednesday.

"This is kind of surreal," Kempainen said after the victory. "It's especially gratifying to win coming from my freshman, sophomore and junior year when our record did not show the potential that we had.  Just to play the way we can has been so rewarding, it's so incredible. We have such a good group of girls."

The Bears battled hard through the first half holding the camels scoreless for the majority of the period but went into the half down one goal.

Senior Holly Moore made two great saves in the half. The first coming with less than thirteen minutes remaining in the half when a Connecticut College cross trickled through the box and found its way to freshman Livi Block's feet. Block took a hard shot at goal but Moore was there to hold the shot and kill the Camel's attack.

Shortly after that play Block had the ball at her feet again and sent a dangerous cross into the box. Moore came off her line to make a diving save on the cross before the ball could reach any of the Connecticut College attackers.

The Camels did break through right before intermission when Block sent another cross into the penalty box. Moore came off her line once again to make the save but could not hold the ball. Freshman Caroline Kelleher was there to collect Moore's save and one touch the ball into the back of the net. The goal was Kelleher's second of the season and her collegiate career.

 "It felt great to contribute," Kelleher said. "I'm so happy to be here. I can't believe we're doing so great.  Coming in as a freshman, it's great to get on the field and do well with the girls.  Everyone plays and contributes. We're like one big happy family."

The Bears continued to hold back the Camel's offense in the second half until the 73rd minute when senior Astrid Kempainen's pass found freshman Nicole Medina at the center of the eighteen yard box. Medina took a touch and hit a hard shot past Moore for Medina's second goal of the year.

The next goal for Connecticut College came on a penalty kick when a Camel attacker was taken down inside the Coast Guard penalty box. Kempainen finished in the bottom right corner from the penalty spot for her fourth goal of the year.

Connecticut College's final goal came with just under six minutes left in regulation when freshman Alexa Tribelli took a pass from senior Grace Bilodeau and hit a looping shot from the right side of the field. Her shot carried over Moore's head to the opposite corner for Tribelli's fourth goal of the season.

The Camels outshot the Bears 15-5 with a 7-1 edge in shots on goals.

Senior Holly Moore made 3 saves in the loss dropping the Bears record to 4-3-1 on the season.

Sophomore Bryanna Montalvo had one save for the Camels en route to her fourth shutout of the season.

The Camels will be tested Saturday when Williams College visits New London for an 12:00 p.m. NESCAC game. The Ephs (5-1, 2-1 NESCAC) are ranked #3 in New England and Kempainen is looking forward to the challenge .

"Williams is one team that I've wanted to beat all four of my years so this is the year," Kempainen asserted.

Riker, Camels featured in the Hartord Courant.

Michael Anthony recently featured Norm Riker and the Camel women's soccer team in the Harford Courant, America's oldest newspaper.

Read about Riker and the Camels here.