BRISTOL, R.I. - The Roger Williams University Women's Soccer team remained undefeated on the young season with a 1-0 win over Connecticut College Wednesday evening in non-conference play.
The first ten minutes of action saw both teams struggle to get their offense going. Roger Williams managed two shots over that stretch of time, while the Camels were not able to get off a shot.
The Camels came close to putting the first goal on the board in the 29th minute, with Michelle Medina (Hartford, Conn.) tapping a kick backwards over her head to Annie Higgins (West Hartford, Conn.), who knocked a shot just inside the left post. However, Higgins would be called offsides to keep the game scoreless.
The remainder of the first half saw the defense of both teams keep the opposing offense off the board. However, the second half saw both teams increase their scoring opportunities. After combining for ten shots in the first period, both teams had 13 tries between them in the first 20 minutes of play.
The closest opportunity for RWU in that stretch came in the 68th minute, when Jenna Hart (Cheshire, Conn.) had a chance for a shot on goal off of a touch pass from Haley Carignan (Scarborough, Maine). Hart fired the shot towards the net, but the Camels' Cathy Higgins (West Hartford, Conn.) got her body in front of the shot to deflect it harmlessly away.
The Hawks took advantage of a Camel foul just inside the box in the 74th minute, leading to the first penalty kick of the year for RWU. Carla Salcedo (Mexico City, Mexico) stepped up to the circle and sent in a shot to the upper left corner for a 1-0 Hawk advantage.
The Camels came close to sending the game to extra time in the final minute, as a scrum for the loose ball came close to finding the foot of Medina. Fortunately for RWU, Hawk keeper Sydney Martin (Scarborough, Maine) was able to pounce on the ball before Medina could get to in first to preserve the shutout.
Martin had four saves for RWU in the victory, while Bryanna Montalvo (Rocky Hill, Conn.) took the loss, allowing one goal without a save.
Roger Williams (3-1-0) begins Commonwealth Coast Conference play Saturday at Wentworth Institute of Technology, while Connecticut College plays its first NESCAC game of the year Sunday at Middlebury.