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Women’s Soccer Ties Trinity, 1-1, on Stublarec’s Late Goal and Williams’ Career Performance

Zoe Stublarec

HARTFORD, Conn. – Junior captain Zoe Stublarec (Rockfall, Conn.) scored her third goal of the season and classmate Sarah Williamson (Sherborn, Mass.) made a career-high 15 saves as the Connecticut College women's soccer team played Trinity to a 1-1 tie on Wednesday evening.

Trinity (4-6-3, NESCAC 2-5-2) controlled play in the Camel defensive zone for most of the opening stages and had an early opportunity when Cami Beath fired a hard shot towards the left post which was saved by a diving Williams. The visitors then nearly got on the board when senior Alex Baltazar (Ludlow, Mass.) flicked a pass forward to sophomore Kat Norton (Hampton, Conn.), but her shot from point-blank range on a breakaway was turned away by Bantam goalkeeper Taylor O'Connor in the 12th minute of action.

The Bantams then countered and had two golden opportunities of their own in the last 15 minutes. Duun O'Hara unleashed a turnaround shot from just outside the six in the 30th, but Williams made the diving save on the attempt which was headed for the right post. Rhone O'Hara then blasted a shot on a free kick from 30 yards out in the last minute which hit the crossbar before being gobbled up by Williams, and the teams headed to halftime still tied at 0-0.

The teams continued to create scoring chances for themselves out of the gates in the second half, but it was the hosts which were able to draw first blood. Kelly Lucas and Duun O'Hara worked a give-and-go play from the left corner, and Katie MarlowBenedick was able to successfully receive a cross from O'Hara, split her way through a trio of Camel defenders and tap the ball into the net in the 49th minute.

Connecticut College nearly netted the equalizer just over a minute later when senior Sam Miesemer (Garden City, N.Y.) sent a shot that hit off the crossbar and finally broke through in the 80th minute. Shortly after Williams recorded her 10th save, the Camels capitalized on a free kick opportunity. Junior Sara Kogelmann (Guilderland, N.Y.) sent a ball in from the middle of the field that bounced off a Bantam player and was collected by Stublarec. The junior captain then made her own move and aired a shot from 35 yards out that arced perfectly into the upper 90 of the net to eventually force overtime.

Both goalkeepers continued to face a barrage of shots in the overtime sessions. O'Connor and Williams, however, made two saves apiece in the first overtime session before redirecting one shot each in the second extra frame. A breakaway by the Bantams in the final seconds was stopped short of the box by the final whistle, ending the match in a 1-1 tie.

Williams made a career-best 15 saves between the pipes for Connecticut College, which was outshot in the match by a narrow 26-21 margin. Trinity's O'Connor was equally as impressive by turning away 13 shots during the marathon match.

Connecticut College (7-5-1, NESCAC 2-5-1) will look to remain in playoff contention when it visits Bowdoin on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m.