NEW LONDON, Conn. – Freshman Claire Williams (Portsmouth, R.I.) recorded a goal and an assist to help propel the Connecticut College women's soccer team to a 2-0 triumph over Wesleyan on a rain-soaked Freeman Field on Wednesday afternoon. With the victory, the Camels clinched the sixth seed for the upcoming NESCAC Tournament.
Wesleyan (9-4-2, NESCAC 4-4-2) had a golden opportunity to get on the board in the opening minutes when Kate Hausladen charged in all alone against Camel goalkeeper Katy Pelletier (Topsfield, Mass.). Pelletier came charging and lost the ball in the slippery conditions, putting Hausladen in prime position to finish, but her ensuing one-timed shot went just wide right of the goal. Hausladen also had another chance less than 10 minutes in when she one-timed a shot off the right post.
After dodging multiple bullets, Connecticut College was able to net the only goal it would need off a corner kick from the right side in the 13th minute. Senior Sara Kogelmann (Guilderland, N.Y.) sailed in a dangerous ball to the left post that was one-timed in by Williams to the top right corner of the net.
The Camels, who led 1-0 at the break, wasted no time adding insurance in the second half. In the 48th minute, Williams sent a through ball that was run down by a speedy Hannah Boldt (North Kingstown, R.I.). The freshman beat a Cardinal defender before rifling a shot from the top of the box that landed in the lower right corner. Even though the Camels were outshot by a 13-3 margin in the second half, the hosts got an eight-save effort from Pelletier in the last 45 minutes to hang on for the win.
Pelletier earned the shutout between the posts by making 10 stops for Connecticut College, which was outshot by a 21-10 margin. Sarah Hammond of Wesleyan, which had a 4-3 edge in corner kicks, turned away six shots in the losing effort.
Connecticut College (10-4-1, NESCAC 5-4-1) will begin NESCAC Tournament action as the sixth seed when it visits third-seeded Williams on Saturday at 12 p.m.