NEW LONDON, Conn. – After recognizing its nine-member senior class, the Connecticut College women's soccer team was dealt a 2-0 setback by Hamilton on Saturday afternoon at Freeman Field.
The Continentals scored once in each half to earn the shutout victory. Caroline Dawson, who factored into both markers, netted the first goal in the 18th minute when Alex Fontana evaded defenders and found her inside the left side of the box. The freshman then slid a shot from a tough angle to give the visitors the lead.
After outshooting the Camels by an 8-2 margin in the first half, Hamilton (10-4-1, NESCAC 5-4-1) continued to apply most of the pressure in the second and doubled the margin in the 71st minute in transition. Dawson penetrated her way down the middle of the field and sent a pass over to Cat Gambino on the left side when she reached the top of the box, and Gambino lifted a shot that bounced off the crossbar and in.
Freshman Mya Johnson fired two shots on target within a five-minute span in an attempt to get the Camel offense going, but both of them were stuffed by Continental netminder Rachel Pike. Despite nearly adding to their lead when Fontana hit a ball off the crossbar in the waning minutes, the visitors already had enough insurance to come away with the victory.
Pike picked up the shutout win by making two saves for Hamilton, which had a 19-9 advantage in total shots and a 5-2 edge in corner kicks. Junior Katy Pelletier (Topsfield, Mass.) was charged with the loss for surrendering the first goal, while senior Sarah Williams (Sherborn, Mass.) turned away eight shots in a relief effort.
Connecticut College (9-4-1, NESCAC 4-4-1) will conclude the regular season when it hosts Wesleyan on Wednesday afternoon in a matchup which will have heavy seeding implications for the upcoming NESCAC Tournament. Kickoff is slated for 3 p.m.