Hartford, Conn. - The Trinity College men's soccer team dropped a hard-fought, 1-0, game to the Hamilton College Continentals on Saturday afternoon in a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) matchup in Hartford. The loss drops the Bantams to 1-2 on the year and 0-2 in conference play while Hamilton improves to 3-1-1 overall and 1-1 in league action. Trinity returns to action tomorrow for a 2:30 p.m. match against NESCAC rival and defending National Champion Tufts University.
Continental rookie Hagop Kouchakdjian (Lexington, Mass.) scored the game-winner for the visitors at the 34:06 mark in the first half, the first in his career. Sophomore goalie Linds Cadwell (Hollis, N.H.) picked up the win in net for Hamilton, turning aside all five Trinity shots he faced. Bantam senior captain goalie Mateo Zabala (Paterson, N.J.) tied a season-high with seven saves despite being saddled with the loss. Hamilton out-shot Trinity, 11-7, and earned four more corner kicks than the hosts.
Both teams played an even, back-and-forth first half before Kouchakdjian broke the tie. The first-year possessed the ball and found himself with space in Trinity's defensive third. With Kouchakdjian barreling towards the net, Zabala came out to meet him in an effort to stop a potential shot, but as Zabala dove, Kouchakdjian dribbled around him and punched it in from the far-side of the goalie's box.
Trinity had one of its best scoring chances come in the 65th minute when senior captain Cody Savonen (Orleans, Mass.) sent a pass on the ground, into the box to a streaking Alistair Matule (Charlestown, Mass.), but Matule's shot attempt went right into the lap of Cadwell who smothered the ball to keep it out of the back of the net. Savonen had a pair of decent looks at net in the 75th and 77th minute, but both times Cadwell was there to make the save to keep Trinity off the board and preserve the victory.