MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Connecticut College women's soccer team concluded its 2018 campaign with a gut-wrenching 2-2 tie against Wesleyan on Tuesday afternoon at Jackson Field.
Connecticut College (7-6-2, NESCAC 2-6-2) came out with vengeance by scoring twice in the opening minutes of action. Senior Alex Baltazar (Ludlow, Mass.) took a long through ball from sophomore Tori Kretzmer (Glastonbury, Conn.) and put the Camels on the board first by beating goalkeeper Sarah Hammond with a shot to the far left post just 2:07 into the contest. Less than two minutes later, junior Mia Santana (New London, Conn.) received a throw in from freshman Marielle McEnaney (Orleans, Mass.), evaded two Cardinal defenders, and blasted the ball to the top right corner of the net.
The hosts, however, came out stronger in the second half and outshot the Camels by an 11-7 margin in the second stanza. Andi Wiley first cut the deficit in half in the 69th minute when she finished a pass from Katie Stewart Frizzell. The Camels nearly scored their third goal of the match when sophomore Kat Norton had a breakaway in the 76th, but Hammond charged in to deny the opportunity. Wesleyan then eventually forced overtime when Melissa Wilhelm buried a penalty kick with just 4:05 minutes remaining in regulation.
After neither team was able to get its offense going in the first overtime session, the Camels had the best chance to put the match away and possibly punch their ticket to the NESCAC Tournament when they were awarded a penalty kick of their own in the 103rd minute. The shot, however, hit the crossbar and made its way into traffic before a Wesleyan defender cleared the ball away. One more attempt to net the golden goal went wide left, and the Camels' season would unfortunately come to an abrupt end when the final whistle sounded.
Hammond made 12 saves for Wesleyan (8-4-3, NESCAC 4-3-3), while Camel junior Sarah Wiliams (Sherborn, Mass.) turned away nine shots. Connecticut College outshot its opponent by a 23-19 margin, while the Cardinals had a 5-4 edge in corner kick opportunities.
The Camels graduate four seniors and are slated to return more than 25 letterwinners next season.