NESCAC Championship Quarterfinal: #3 Connecticut College 3, #6 Trinity College 0 Raymond (1 Goal, 1 Assist) Propels Camels to Post-Season Win

NESCAC Championship Quarterfinal: #3 Connecticut College 3, #6 Trinity College 0  Raymond (1 Goal, 1 Assist) Propels Camels to Post-Season Win

NEW LONDON, Conn.--(Photo of Rebecca Raymond provided by Anika Goodhue photography) Senior Rebecca Raymond (Lowell, Mass.) contributed one goal and one assist to lead the Connecticut College women's soccer team to a 3-0 victory against Trinity College in a NESCAC Championship Quarterfinal Game played  on Freeman Field at Tempel Green in New London Saturday.

The third seeded Camels improved their record to 14-2. They will take on second seeded Bowdoin College in a NESCAC Semifinal contest hosted by Williams College next Saturday in Williamstown, Mass.

The sixth seeded Bantams closed out their season with a winning record of 8-7-1 after starting the season at 0-4-1 in conference action. 

"This was a great team effort today," Connecticut College Head Coach Norm Riker said. "We played under really tough conditions and just battled the full 90 minutes to make it happen. We scored some great goals. Semifinals here we come!"   

Trinity College had the first scoring chance of the day. Playing with a wind that fluctuated between 15-20 miles per hour in a driving rain, the visitors penetrated the Camel defense in the second minute of action.  Sophomore Laura Nee (Duxbury, Mass.) took a shot from the six yard line but Connecticut College sophomore keeper Bryanna Montalvo (Rocky Hill, Conn.) was able to make the save for hosts. 

But in the eighth minute of play, the Camels broke through the Bantam defense. Sophomore Michelle Medina (Hartford, Conn.) buried her team-leading eighth goal of the season with a 20 yard blast from the left side of the box that found some open netting inside the near post.

The Camels held a 7-to-5 advantage on shots in the first stanza to carry the one goal lead into the break.

In the second half, Connecticut College took complete control of the contest, holding a decisive 11-to-1 edge in shots.

In the 59th minute of play, the Camels cashed in one of their five corners. Raymond unloaded with a cross from the left cone and Amanda Onofrio (Greenwich, Conn.) elevated to meet the ball for a header that landed into the upper right portion of the goal to make it a 2-0 game.

"It was an amazing win for us today," Onofrio said. "We came out here and we were ready to go.  We just wanted to repeat our performance from last weekend. Our defense was amazing today. No let downs at all. I'm so proud of everybody."

The Camels tacked on their third goal in the 73rd minute of play on another set piece. Raymond one-timed a ball inside the left post for the Connecticut College goal to make it a 3-0 contest.

Senior Astrid Kempainen (Chazy, N.Y.) distributed her league leading ninth assist of the season with the deliverance of the corner kick.

The Camels were able to hold on for the 3-0 victory in their first home NESCAC playoff game.

Montalvo finished with four saves en route to her league leading 10th shutout of the season. Monica DiFiori (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) contributed with five stops for the Bantams.

Connecticut College held an 18-to-6 edge in shots while enjoying a 10-to-3 advantage in corner kicks.