Hartford, Conn. - Sophomore Amelia Kroschwitz (Byfield, Mass.) had a goal and two assists while junior Kelly Lucas (Ludlow, Mass.) scored her first career goal as the Trinity College women's soccer team defeated the Emerson College Lions, 5-0, on Wednesday evening in Hartford. The Bantams improve to 2-3 overall after the dominant victory while the Lions fall to 4-3 on the year. Trinity returns to the pitch on Saturday for an 11 a.m. New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) tilt versus the Colby College Mules.
Trinity scored three times in the opening half and cruised the rest of the way in a game that was never in doubt. The Bantams outshot Emerson, 21-6, holding the visitors to just a single shot in the first half. Trinity's defense, led by Lucas, junior Rhone O'Hara (Woodstock, Conn.), sophomore Maeve Rabbitt (Concord, Mass.) and rookie Caroline Sullivan (North Hampton, N.H.), kept the ball away from first-year goalie Lilianna Khosrowshahi (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.), who needed to make just a pair of saves for her first career shutout, for a majority of the game.
The Bantams opened the scoring at the 11:28 mark thanks to a great hustle play by rookie Whitney Hoban (Winnetka, Ill.). Lucas lobbed a ball towards Emerson goalie Megan Rose (Danville, Calif.) that looked like it would fall into the netminder's arms. Hoban had a beat on it however, and jumped in front of Rose to knock the ball down before sending a beautiful pass to junior Tricia Pollock (Beverly, Mass.) at the top of the box who fired the ball into the open net for the score.
After nearly 20 minutes without a score, sophomore Cami Beath (Kennebunk, Maine) found the back of the net for her second goal of the season thanks to an assist from Kroschwitz. Kroschwitz sent a cross into the box that Beath settled before turning and firing a shot into the upper left corner of the goal. Beath acted as catalyst on Trinity's last goal of the half just two minutes after her first score. The sophomore sent a through ball to junior Katie Marlow-Benedick (Weston, Mass.) who was streaking down the far side. Marlow-Benedick dropped a pass behind her to Kroschwitz who finished the job and scored to make it a 3-0 Bantam lead at the half.
Pollock netted her second goal of the game on a penalty kick in the 48th minute after Emerson was whistled for a foul in the box off a Bantam corner kick. Just over ten minutes later, Lucas put the exclamation point on the evening with her first career goal for the 5-0 advantage. Lucas played a perfect give-and-go with Kroschwitz on the far sideline, ending with Lucas firing a shot off her left foot into the top shelf of the net as Trinity cruised the rest of the way to pick up the win.