NEW LONDON, Conn. – Freshman Kat Norton (Hampton, Conn.) hammered home her third goal of the season in the early stages of the second half to help lift the Connecticut College women's soccer team to a 1-0 victory over Hamilton on Saturday afternoon at Freeman Field. With the victory, the Camels remained undefeated through seven matches this fall.
After a scoreless first half which saw the Camels hold an 8-6 edge in total shots, Connecticut College got the only goal it needed in the 48th minute of action. Senior defender Mackenzie Kingston (Charlotte, Vt.) served the ball to classmate Lauren Steele (Westford, Mass.), who then headed it over to a running Norton for a one-timer that slipped past Continental goalkeeper Emily Dumont. Kingston and Steele were both credited with assists on the play which put the hosts ahead.
Connecticut College (6-0-1, NESCAC 3-0-1) remained in control throughout the second half. With sophomore Zoë Stublarec (Rockfall, Conn.) and senior Michelle Medina (Hartford, Conn.) helping to keep possession in the team's attacking third, the Camels were able to outshoot the Continentals by a 9-2 count over the last 45 minutes of action. Sophomore forward Jessica Foley (Lexington, Mass.) also came through with a key defensive play when she entered the match as a reserve in the waning minutes by shielding off one of Hamilton's attackers, and the Camels were able to hang on to record their sixth win of the season.
Senior Bryanna Montalvo (Rocky Hill, Conn.) picked up the shutout victory by making two saves for Connecticut College, which outshot its opponent by a 17-8 margin and had a commanding 10-1 advantage in corner kick opportunities. Dumont suffered the loss for Hamilton (2-3-1, NESCAC 1-3-1) after turning away five shots.
Connecticut College, which is ranked 20th nationally by the United Soccer Coaches, next visits Amherst College tomorrow afternoon for a 2:00 p.m. matinee.