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Trinity Defeats Women’s Soccer, 4-3, With Last-Minute Goal in Double Overtime

Bella Patino

NEW LONDON, Conn. – Whitney Hoban scored off a corner kick in the 110th minute to lift Trinity to a 4-3 upset victory over the Connecticut College women's soccer team in double overtime on Tuesday afternoon at Freeman Field.

The Bantams earned the bulk of the opportunities in the overtimes by attempting six of the seven shots for the remainder of the match. After failing to capitalize on multiple chances, the visitors were eventually able to push through in the final minute when a high percentage shot by Colleen Lux was blocked by senior defender Erin O'Brien Powers (Portland, Ore.) resulting a corner kick. Tricia Pollock was then able to bend the ball over the head of goalie Sarah Williams (Sherborn, Mass.) to Whitney Hoban, who one-timed the ball into the net.

Trinity (4-7, NESCAC 3-4) drew first blood in the 13th minute when Julianna Kennedy charged into the right side of the box and sent a pass back to Whitney Hoban, who knocked the ball past senior Sarah Williams with a blast to the opposite corner. The Camels, however, had an answer before halftime as junior Kat Norton (Hampton, Conn.) finished a feed from Bella Patino (Kearny, N.J.) to make it 1-1 heading into the break.

The hosts took their first lead in the second half when freshman Mya Johnson (Old Lyme, Conn.) sent a ball through the Trinity defense that was fired home by Norton, but the lead would only last momentarily. An own goal by the Camels gave the Bantams the momentum back, and Kennedy seized the lead for the visitors again by recording an unassisted marker in the 80th minute. Even though the Camels were able to force overtime by having Patino convert a penalty kick, they unfortunately had to settle for just their first home loss of the season by surrendering a fourth Bantam goal in the final minute of double overtime.

Jennifer Stuart earned the win between the pipes by turning away three shots for Trinity, while Williams suffered the loss for the Camels by surrendering the game-winning marker after junior Katy Pelletier (Topsfield, Mass.) turned away four shots in regulation.

Connecticut College (9-3, NESCAC 4-3) will next travel to face No. 12 Tufts on Saturday at noon.