Connecticut College 2, Hamilton College 2 Tie OT Steele Nets Two Goals for Camels

Connecticut College 2, Hamilton College 2 Tie OT Steele Nets Two Goals for Camels

NEW LONDON, Conn.--Lauren Steele (pictured, Westford, Mass.) scored a pair of goals to lead the Connecticut College women's soccer team to a 2-2 draw against NESCAC rival Hamilton College on Freeman Field Saturday.

The Camels move to 1-2-3 with a 0-1-3 mark in the NESCAC. The Continentals are now 0-4-2 with a 0-3-2 record in conference play.

Sophomore Alex Bukovac (Winnetka, Ill.) had two assists for the Camels.

Junior Bryanna Montalvo (Rocky Hill, Conn.) finished with seven saves for the hosts.

Hamilton College received its goals from sophomore Amanda Becker (Chappaqua, N.Y.) and first year forward Katie Tenefrancia (Port Chester, N.Y.) in the second half.

Sophomore Rachel Cooley (Branchburg, N.J.) finished with four saves for the visitors.

The Camels opened the scoring in the fourth minute of action. Sophomore midfielder Amanda Proulx (Smithfield, R.I.) delivered a corner kick to Bukovac who cycled the ball to Steele. Steele was able to bury the header to provide the hosts with the early advantage.

The lead would hold up until the 65th minute of play. Bea Blackwell (Redding, Conn.) delivered a lead pass down the left sideline and Becker was able to beat Montalvo to the ball and one-time in the equalizer.

The Continentals took the lead in the 70th minute of action.  Katie Kreider (Boxford, Mass.) assisted Tenefrancia, who buried a high arching shot from the 18 yard line to put the visitors on top 2-1.

But Steele was able to pull the Camels even with just 7:17 to play when she buried a blast from the 18 to make it a 2-2 game.

With 2:05 remaining in the second overtime, Montalvo made a key save on junior Ali Clarke (Evergreen, Colo.) to keep the visitors off the board.

Cooley made one save in each of the extra sessions for the visitors.

Connecticut College head women's soccer coach Norm Riker was pleased with the contributions of Steele and Montalvo.

"Bry does a great job for us," Riker said. "She makes great saves all the time and she came through again in a big situation for us. Lauren Steele has just been a great addition to the team. She works so incredibly hard and she scored two great goals for us today."

Connecticut College held a 15-to-13 advantage in shots while also enjoying an 11-to-1 edge in corner kicks.