Trinity Women's Soccer Edged At Wheaton In Overtime

Amelia Kroschwitz '21 scored her first career goal
Amelia Kroschwitz '21 scored her first career goal

Norton, Mass. - Junior Caren McCarthy scored the game-winning goal 50 seconds into overtime to lead the Wheaton College Lyons to a 2-1 victory over the visiting Trinity College Bantams in women's soccer action this afternoon at Mirrione Stadium.  Trinity loses for the first time in three games, but falls to 2-5-1, while the Lyons improve to 6-1-1 with their third in in a row and avenge an overtime setback by the same score to the Bantams last season.  Trinity will visit New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) rival Bates, ranked No. 8 in New England, on Saturday.

After a scoreless first half, which saw just seven shots combined, the Bantams took a 1-0 lead in the 56th minute on the first career goal for first-year Amelia Kroschwitz (Byfield, Mass.). The goal came after Wheaton goalkeeper Alexa Barbagallo made a diving save on a shot by Trinity sophomore midfielder Tricia Pollock (Beverly, Mass.) that was deflected to the foot of Kroschwitz, who one-timed it into the back of the net.  With time running out, Wheaton picked up its offensive pressure, unleashing several shots on Trinity rookie goalkeeper Taylor O'Connor (Danvers, Mass.) and breaking through in the 86th minute on a converted corner kick. McCarthy sent a curling ball to the near post, where it found the head of sophomore Aymara O'Brien-Pappalardo for the game-tying marker.

With the game tied 1-1 at the end of regulation, the two sides went into overtime, where the Lyons ended the game in the 91st minute on another successful corner kick. This time the goal came off the foot of McCarthy, who once again sent a bending ball to the near post, this time sneaking it past O'Connor for the clincher.  Barbagallo picked up her first win of the season, making eight saves.  O'Connor had seven stops in her collegiate debut.  Trinty outshot the Lyons, 15-11.