Trinity Women's Soccer Wins In Dramatic Fashion Against Wheaton

Trinity Women's Soccer Wins In Dramatic Fashion Against Wheaton

Hartford, Conn. - Sophomore forward Taylor Kirchgessner (Bethesda, Md.) scored twice, including the game-winner with just 1:18 left in the second overtime, to lead the Trinity College Bantams to  a 2-1 victory over the visiting Wheaton College Lyons in women's soccer action this afternoon.  Trinity improves to 4-1-2 and extends its unbeaten streak to five games (4-0-1), while the Lyons, ranked No. 5 in New England, fall to 8-2 after an 8-0 start.

After the majority of the second extra session was spent in the Trinity defensive zone, Bantam senior tri-captain Laura Nee (Duxbury, Mass.) brought the ball up the middle of the field and passed ahead to first-year forward Katherine Marlow-Benedick (Weston, Mass.) who touched it to Kirchgessner behind the defense on the left wing.  Kirchgessner took a hard shot that Wheaton sophomore goalkeeper Leann Wolf (Santa Maria, Calif.) could not handle for the clincher.

Kirchgessner had scored the game's first goal 10:32 into the game on a bouncing shot from the right flank, after junior Alexa Barberesi (Newport Beach, Calif.) and senior Nicole Stauffer (Cheshire, Conn.) worked a give-and-go just over midfield to advance the ball through the Lyon defense.  Wheaton nearly tied it up on a header after a corner kick in the 17th minute but the goal was called off, and Wolf made a diving stop to her left on a rolling shot from close on the right side by Stauffer.  

Wheaton junior midfielder Megan Healy (Huntington, N.Y.) tied the game in the 39th minute with a blast from the top of the box that beat Trinity junior goalie Julia Pitino (Littleton, Mass.) low and to her right.  Lyon first-year Aymara O'Brien-Pappalardo (Easton, Conn.) started the play with a pass from the left wing that touched to Healy by rookie forward Katharine Chura (Metuchen, N.J.).

There were few close chances in the second half, as Nee had an opportunity with a hard shot from 18 yards away on the left wing that was saved by Healy not long after intermission and Lyon first-year Noelle Perciballi (Fort Salonga, N.Y.) hit the cross bar from the top of the box moments later. Wolf finished with five saves and Pitino had three.  Trinity held a slight, 11-9, shooting edge.