Hartford, Conn. – The Trinity College Bantams were beaten, 2-0, by the Hamilton College Continentals in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) men’s soccer action this afternoon. Trinity falls to 1-10 overall and 0-7 in the NESCAC, while the Continentals improve to 5-5-1 overall and 2-3-1 in the league. Trinity visits No. 20-ranked Middlebury next Saturday at 1 p.m. in its next game, and Hamilton entertains top-ranked Tufts tomorrow at 2:30 p.m.
Trinity nearly scored in the second minute of play when junior midfielder Alistair Matule (Charlestown, Mass.) got off two solid looks from inside the box, but one was saved by Continental sophomore goalkeeper Thomas Benson (Ridgewood, N.J.) and another was stopped by a Hamilton defender behind Benson. Hamilton got on the board in the 47th minute when junior midfielder Noah Giovanelli (Leechburg, Pa.) sent a ball from deep on the left wing that was headed down by junior forward Hagop Kouchakdjian (Lexington, Mass.) and over to senior forward Aidan Wood (Ipswich, Mass.) who touched the ball into the goal.
Hamilton scored again when Wood passed the ball to Kouchakdjian after a throw-in, and the latter redirected the ball past Trinity sophomore goalie Everett Lyons (Southport, Conn.) with his head. Trinity senior captain Michael Burns (Oreland, Pa.) had a chance to cut the Bantam deficit in half but misfired wide with a blast from the left corner of the box in the 77th minute. Kouchakdjian hit the post with a shot for the visitors in the 79th minute. Lyons finished with eight saves and Benson had two. Hamilton outshot Trinity, 16-7, and had the only three corner kicks of the game.