Dolan Lifts Trinity Women's Soccer To Overtime Win At Eastern Connecticut
Mansfield, Conn. - After dominating play with a 20-2 advantage in shots, the visiting Trinity College Bantams finally came away with the women's soccer victory when junior tri-captain midfielder Elisa Dolan (Bethesda, Md.) sent a free kick from the top of the box over the wall and under the crossbar with just over seven minutes gone in overtime in a 1-0 win over the Eastern Connecticut State University Warriors at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.
Ranked in a tie for No. 6 in New England, Trinity improves to 9-2 and returns to the win column after consecutive losses to regionally-ranked teams. Eastern Connecticut drops to 7-6 with it first home loss in six games this fall. The Warriors did not have a shot after the first period, while numerous Trinity bids included shots early in overtime by Trinity forwards Abbey Lake (Westport, Conn.) and Karyn Barrett (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) that both bounced off the crossbar minutes before the winning goal.
Warrior freshman keeper Chelsea Santos (Windsor Locks, Conn.) made a career-high 12 saves, while sophomore Monica DiFiori (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) stopped one shot to earn her fourth shutout of the season behind a dominant Bantam defense of junor Maggie Crowe(Lowell, Mass.), sophomores Julia Leahy (Hingham, Mass.) and Kelsey Thomas (Stonington, Conn.), and rookie Sheene Landy (Durham, Conn.).
In the first half, Trinity managed several shots at Santos from around the top of the box, but none that posed a serious challenge. The second half was a far different story, beginning with a bid by Dolan in the 53rd minute of play. Dolan played a high ball that had been deflected into the air with her feet and shot low to Santos' right side, but the keeper kept the game scoreless with a diving stop. Lake put a shot from 35 yards away above Santos that that she just got a hand on to knock away, and Thomas shot just wide of the net moments later from the left wing. In the 85th minute, Santos dove to make a save on another Thomas shot, and a shot a few seconds after by Dolan went just above the crossbar.