NEW LONDON, Conn. – Senior Lauren Steele (Westford, Mass.) scored her second goal of the season to lift the nationally-ranked Connecticut College women's soccer team to a 1-0 victory over Coast Guard on a wet and windy Wednesday evening at Silfen Field.
Faced with having to play against the wind during the first half, Connecticut College still dominated over the first 45 minutes and had several chances to get on the board. Junior Alex Baltazar (Ludlow, Mass.) fired a dangerous shot low that was batted down by Rachel Boohar in the 21st minute, and freshman Kat Norton (Hampton, Conn.) had a good look that was stopped by the Bear netminder. Steele also attempted a shot that sailed high of the net, and the teams headed to halftime locked in a scoreless tie.
After another misfire, the Camels broke through in the 59th minute with the lone goal of the match. Handling the ball from about 40 yards away, Steele unleashed a rainbow shot that arched perfectly into the top right corner of the net. The hosts were then able to hang on by not allowing Coast Guard (3-3) to attempt a shot the rest of the way.
Senior Bryanna Montalvo (Rocky Hill, Conn.) picked up the win by making one save for Connecticut College, which outshot the Bears by a 14-4 margin and had a 4-1 advantage in corner kicks. Boohar of Coast Guard turned away five shots.
Connecticut College (5-0-1), which is currently ranked 20th nationally by the United Soccer Coaches, will look to stay unbeaten when it hosts Hamilton in NESCAC action on Saturday, Sept. 23 at 11:30 a.m.