Hartford, Conn. – Trinity kept it close heading into the half, but wasn't able to answer three Williams goals as the Ephs beat the #14 ranked Bantams in field hockey action this afternoon on Sheppard Field. Trinity starts the season off 0-1 while the Ephs move to 2-0 on the year.
The game was scoreless for the entire first half as both teams struggled to get much going offensively. Trinity goalkeeper and captain, senior Sophie Fitzpatrick (Duxbury, Mass.) had three of her nine saves in the first half, while Ephs goalkeeper Margaret Draper (Belmont, Mass.) was kept busy, saving all eight shots on goal she faced from the Bantams. Trinity had more scoring opportunities early in the game, taking 12 shots to Williams' five.
The second half proved to be unkind to the Bantams. After less than five minutes into the half, Williams struck first on a goal by Annie VanWagenen (Rye, N.Y.) who scored in a heap of bodies in front of the Bantam goal. Trinity would continue to put the pressure on Williams offensively, but Draper was able to stop everything the Bantams threw at her. The Ephs would score again around the 17:00 minute mark in the 2nd half as VanWagenen scored her second of three goals on the afternoon via an assist from Hannah Goodrick (Darien, Conn.) off a penalty corner, her third coming less than four minutes later. Bantam sophomore Kelcie Finn (Weymouth, Mass.) led the team with eight shots on goal while teammate Olivia Johnson (West Granby, Conn.) tallied an additional three. Trinity would finish with a 21-17 shooting advantage while Williams won the penalty corner battle, taking eight compared to Trinity's seven.
Trinity plays next on Wednesday, Sept. 16th, at #10 ranked Wellesley. Game time is set for 4:30 PM.