Trinity Women's Soccer Bests Amherst In Regular Season Finale

Kelly Lucas '20 and the Bantam defense shut out their sixth opponent of the year
Kelly Lucas '20 and the Bantam defense shut out their sixth opponent of the year

 

Hartford, Conn. – Sophomore midfielder Tricia Pollock (Beverly, Mass.) scored the game's only goal in the fifth minute to lead the Trinity College Bantams to a 1-0 victory over the visiting Amherst College Mammoths in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women's soccer action this afternoon at Trinity Soccer Field.  Trinity closes the regular season with a 7-6-2 overall record and a 5-4-1 mark in the NESCAC after a 1-4 start overall and losses in its first three league games.  The Bantams earns the No. 5 seed in the NESCAC Championship Tournament, and will visit Tufts in the quarterfinal round on Saturday, October 29 at noon.  Amherst completes its regular campaign with an 8-6-1 overall record and a 4-5-1 record against conference teams, suffering its first loss in five games, and will play its NESCAC Quarterfinal game as the No. 7 seed at Connecticut College on Saturday at 11:30 a.m.  Trinity avenges a 2-1 loss in overtime to the Mammoths in the 2016 NESCAC Finals and snaps a three-game losing skid against them and a two-game winless streak over the last 11 days.

Pollock scored her team-leading, fourth goal of the season with a lofted ball over the head of Amherst junior goalkeeper Chelsea Cutler (Westport, Conn.) from inside the top of the box after a low pass from the left wing by first-year forward Samantha March (Glastonbury, Conn.) made its way to her through some traffic.  Amherst freshman midfielder Kate Heffron (Upper

Junior forward Shannon Kennedy (Hartford, Conn.) came close to doubling the Bantam lead in the 62nd minute, but her shot from the left flank that caromed off the post was the lone solid chance for Trinity in the second half.  Mammoth sophomore midfielder Hayley Roy (Arlington, Va.) sent a ball toward the middle of the cross bar from 30 yards away in the 69th minute that was knocked away by Trinity senior tri-captain goalie Julia Pitino (Littleton, Mass.) at the last second, and Pitino added clutch saves on decent bids by both Mammoth junior forward Rubii Tamen (Washington, D.C.) and Heffron later in the second frame.   Tamen shot just wide from the right corner of the box with just under five minutes on the clock, and Pitino made the last of her six second-half saves against Tamen moments later on a one-on-one situation.  Tamen misfired on an open look from behind the Bantam defense off a direct kick on the final Amherst shot with 1:29 remaining.

Pitino finished with a total of seven saves to earn her fifth shutout of the fall and the 16th over the last two seasons, as the Trinity defense held off an aggressive Amherst offense that outshot the home team 10-to-3 after the break.  Cutler made a pair of stops for the Mammoths.