Hartford, Conn. – Junior forward Alex Baltazar (Ludlow, Mass.) scored two goals, including the game-winner in overtime, to lead the Connecticut College Camels to a 2-1 victory over the visiting Trinity College Bantams in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women's soccer action this afternoon on Tempel Green. Trinity, which tied the game at 1-1 in the 53rd minute on a direct kick by sophomore back Rhone O'Hara (Woodstock, Conn.) from just beyond the half line, 6-6-2 overall and 4-4-1 in the NESCAC. Connecticut College, ranked No. 14 in the nation, improves to 11-1-1 overall and 6-1-1 in the league with its fourth win in a row.
Baltazar scored the game's first goal 7:20 into the contest, converting on a cross by senior midfielder Michelle Medina (Hartford, Conn.). Trinity sophomore forward Katie Marlow-Benedick (Weston, Mass.) got a decent look in the 35th minute, but Camel senior goalie Bryanna Montalvo (Rocky Hill, Conn.) came up with a save, and both offenses were held without a shot the rest of the first half.
O'Hara knotted things up with a blast from 45-plus yards away that sailed over Montalvo's outstretched hands but just under the cross bar at the 53:55 mark. Connecticut College nearly went back ahead moments later, but Bantam first-year goalkeeper Taylor O'Connor (Danvers, Mass.) made one of her four second-half saves on a shot from the left wing by Camel senior midfielder Alexa Tribelli (Cranston, R.I.) to keep the game tied.
The home team kept the pressure on, but the Bantam defense was up to the task, as O'Connor made two saves in a five-minute span and senior back Alexa Barbaresi (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) stopped a Camel attempt from crossing the line during a scrum in the box after a Connecticut College corner kick in the 63rd minute. O'Connor added another stop with 7:21 left in regulation on a shot from the left side by Camel senior back Alex Bukovac (Winnetka, Ill.), while Trinity did not take a shot after O'Hara's marker.
Baltazar's netted the clincher just 2:55 into the extra frame with a well-placed ball off a tough angle near the end line on the right side that went over O'Connor's head and into back of the net. Camel sophomore midfielder Zoe Stublarec (Rockfall, Conn.) assisted on the play. Connecticut College finished with a 13-to-4 shooting advantage and doubled up the Bantams with a 6-to-3 edge on corner kicks. O'Connor finished with six saves and Montalvo had two.
Trinity will close the regular season at home on Tuesday, October 24 at 6:30 p.m. against NESCAC rival Amherst. The Bantams have already clinched a bid to the NESCAC Championship Tournament, and could host a quarterfinal game with a win or a tie on Tuesday. The Camels entertain league rival Bowdoin on Saturday and have secured a home quarterfinal game in the league tourney with today's result.