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Early Offensive Explosion Propels Women’s Soccer Past Johnson & Wales

Kelly Brigham

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Connecticut College women's soccer team exploded to score four first-half goals, including three in the opening 15 minutes, en route to registering a convincing 5-1 victory over Johnson & Wales on Monday evening at the rainy and blustery Scotts Miracle-Gro Athletics Complex.

With the teams playing through pouring rain, junior Kelly Brigham (Norwich, Vt.) opened the floodgates by rifling the ball into the net just 1:44 into the contest. Sophomore Kat Norton (Hampton, Conn.) then scored a pair of goals 3:27 apart to suddenly make it 3-0, and classmate Tori Kretzmer (Glastonbury, Conn.) followed with her first career marker in the 38th minute to give the visitors a 4-0 cushion at the break. The teams then traded goals in the second half, which was capped by a strike off the foot of senior Alex Baltazar (Ludlow, Mass.) in the 74th minute to produce the final.

Sophomore Katy Pelletier (Topsfield, Mass.) picked up the victory for Connecticut College, which outshot the Wildcats by a 21-13 margin and had a 6-1 advantage in corner kicks. She made three saves in more than 80 minutes of action. Colleen Lynch of Johnson & Wales (2-3) turned away five shots in the losing effort.

Connecticut College (2-1) continues non-conference play when it visits UMass Dartmouth on Thursday evening at 7 p.m.