Camels Finish Undefeated in Non-Conference Slate
NEW LONDON, Conn.—The Connecticut College women's soccer scored a goal in each half to hold off a resilient Eastern Connecticut State University team in a 2-1 victory on Tempel Green Tuesday.
The Camels, ranked #6 in the latest NSCAA Regional Ranking, improved to 7-1 while closing out their non-conference slate with a perfect 5-0 record.
The Warriors fell to 5-4-1 with the setback.
"This was a really big win for our program today to comeback off of our loss this past weekend," Riker said. "It's the first time that we've posted an undefeated record out of conference in quite a while. This should really set us up for a great end of the season as we head into October."
Caroline Kelleher (Holden, Mass.) and Morgan Cowie Haskell (Marshfield, Mass.) supplied scores for the Camels. Senior Taylor Shannon of Waterford accounted for the Warrior score in the second stanza.
Bryanna Montalvo (Rocky Hill, Conn.) made one save for the Camels while junior Rachel Skelton of East Lyme, Conn.) stopped nine shots in a strong showing for the visitors.
The Camels nearly got on the board in the 15th minute of play. Annie Higgins (West Hartford, Conn.) was able to lead Nicole Medina (Hartford, Conn.) toward the goal with a nice feed. Medina unloaded from the 18 yard line with a high rising blast but Skelton was able to dive to her left to knock the ball out of play with an acrobatic save.
But in the 19th minute the Camels got on the board with some terrific ball movement. Michelle Medina (Hartford, Conn.) controlled the ball and dished it off to Annie Higgins on the right side of the six yard line. Higgins cycled the ball through the box to Kelleher at the far post and she one-timed it into the back of the net.
Skelton made seven saves in the opening half to keep the visitors within a single score at the break.
But in the 56th minute, the Camels cashed in on a set piece. Sophomore Amanda Proulx (Smithfield, R.I.) belted a rising corner kick from the right side and Cowie-Haskell redirected the ball with a nifty looking header to make it a 2-0 game.
The Camels appeared to be on their way to the win. But Shannon changed the complexion of the game when she stepped into a passing lane to intercept a goal kick from Montalvo. In a 1-on-1 situation, Shannon unloaded with a high arching shot that found the back of the net and suddenly the Warriors were within one with 15 minutes remaining in regulation.
Connecticut College nearly scored its third goal in the 86th minute of play. Michelle Medina (Hartford, Conn.) unloaded with a blast from the 18 yard line but Skelton was able to make another diving save to punch the ball out of play and keep her team close.
However, the Camel defense clamped down on the Warriors in the closing moments and the hosts were able to hold on for the 2-1 victory.
"The win today really gives us confidence as we prepare for our next NESCAC game at Bates Saturday," Cowie-Haskell said.
The junior was quick to deflect the credit for her goal to her teammate Amanda Proulx, who executed the set piece to perfection.
"Amanda has a strong left foot and I just tipped it in," Cowie-Haskell asserted. "I score most of my goals on corner kicks."
Connecticut College enjoyed a 19-to-3 edge on the shot chart and carried a 7-to-3 edge on corner kicks.