NEW LONDON, Conn. – Sophomore Kat Norton (Hampton, Conn.) registered her first hat trick as a collegian to propel the Connecticut College women's soccer team to a convincing 6-0 victory over Eastern Connecticut State on Wednesday evening at Silfen Field.
The Camels set the tone and got on the board quickly when sophomore Tori Kretzmer (Glastonbury, Conn.) punched home a rebound off a shot that was initially taken by Norton just 5:37 into the contest. Norton then scored her first marker of the match less than eight minutes later and found the back of the net by finishing on a through ball that came in from junior captain Zoe Stublarec (Rockfall, Conn.) in the 28th minute of action.
The hosts scored again before halftime by capitalizing on a free kick, as senior Sam Miesemer (Garden City, N.Y.) collected another rebound to give her team a 4-0 lead in the 42nd minute. Through 45 minutes of action, the Camels had a 15-3 advantage in total shots and a 3-0 edge in corner kick opportunities.
Connecticut College (6-3) kept its foot on the gas pedal in the second half and outshot the Warriors by a 14-3 margin in the frame. Norton completed her hat trick by finishing to the opposite post in the 56th minute, and freshman Sarah Moore (Harvard, Mass.) added her first collegiate goal on a ball that was sent through the Warrior defense by junior Mia Santana (New London, Conn.)
Junior Sarah Williams was credited with the win for Connecticut College, which utilized all four of its goalkeepers in the contest. She made one save during the first half. Kayla LaBrecque suffered the loss for Eastern Connecticut State (7-4) despite making 10 stops.
Connecticut College resumes NESCAC action when it visits Bates on Saturday morning at 11 a.m.