Hartford, Conn. – The Trinity College women’s soccer program showcased one of its best defensive outings of the season, playing 110 minutes against the top team in the country and forcing a 0-0 tie against #1 Middlebury. The Bantams (4-6-2, 3-4-1 NESCAC) couldn’t find the back of the net, but kept a stout Middlebury offense in check for the duration of the contest.
Sophomore Jennifer Stuart (Newburyport, Mass.) played the duration of the contest between the pipes for the Bantams, saving all five shots faced on the afternoon.
Both teams had chances to score in the latter half of the game, with a handful of golden opportunities late in the second half and overtime. Middlebury (10-0-2, 5-0-2) was able to find the back of the net late in the second overtime, but a foul prior to the shot negated the tally.
Freshman Aspen Hawkins (Banks, Oregon) led the Bantam offense, registering two of the three shots on net. Trinity finished with nine shots total to Middlebury’s 19, and the hosts edged the Bantams in corner kicks, 4-3.
Trinity completed its sixth overtime contest of the season — five of which double-overtime — and sport a 2-2-2 record with games exceeding 90 minutes. With the last three games ending in double-overtime, the program has also turned some heads with its record against nationally-ranked opponents; Trinity is 2-1-1 against opponents inside the top 25, and 1-0-1 against teams inside the top 12.
The Bantams will travel to Eastern Connecticut State for its last non-conference contest of the season, with kick-off on October 23 set for 7 p.m.