Hartford, Conn. – With 54 seconds left in double overtime, sophomore Whitney Hoban (Winnetka, Ill.) found the back of the net for the first time this season, lifting the Trinity College women's soccer program over Connecticut College, 4-3. In a second half that saw five goals, the Bantams (4-6-1, 3-4 NESCAC) refused to drop its second straight overtime contest, handing the Camels (9-3, 4-3 NESCAC) its first loss both at home and in the month of October.
The Bantams utilized two different goal scorers on the afternoon — both of which scored either their first goal of the season, or the first goal of their career. While sophomore Whitney Hoban (Winnetka, Ill.) found the back of the net twice on the afternoon, freshman Juliana Kennedy (Andover, Mass.) came away with her first collegiate goals, showing a total team effort Tuesday evening.
Scoring started in the 12th minute, as Trinity countered a Camel offensive possession with numbers. Hoban started the attack near midfield on a ball from her own 18-yard box, and was able to lay it out in space for Kennedy. The first-year gained possession deep into the left side of the Camel 18, turned around her defender, and dropped it for the streaking Hoban; a one-timed shot from her right foot found the corner of the net, giving the Bantams a 1-0 lead.
A goal from junior Kat Norton (Hampton, Conn.) tied the game late in the first half, and the forward would give the hosts the lead on a deep strike early in the second. The Camels retained the lead momentarily, but an own goal in the 70th minute tied the score at two goals apiece.
In the 79th minute, Kennedy gave the visitors a late lead. After Hoban gained possession of the ball from 20 yards out, she led Kennedy into the box; the first-year was able to make a move around a Camel back and fire a rocket past senior goalkeeper Sarah Williams (Sherborn, Mass.) to take the lead.
Connecticut College tied the game once more, proving not to go away quietly. After a ball into the box drew questionable contact, the official blew the whistle for a penalty kick; sophomore Bella Patino (Kearny, N.J.) made no doubt about the chance, forcing overtime with the strike.
A scoreless first overtime saw the Bantams earn a handful of golden opportunities, but couldn't convert. The second overtime saw similar pressure from the visitors, and with less than a minute remaining, paid off. Senior Tricia Pollock (Danvers, Mass.) bent a corner kick into the box, forcing Williams off her line; the ball made it over the top of the keeper, and Hoban was there to put it away.
The Bantams have now played in five overtime contests — four of which going into double overtime — this season. Trinity outshot Connecticut College 19-7, and earned a 5-2 corner kick margin. Sophomore goalkeeper Jennifer Stuart (Newburyport, Mass.) earned the win, making three saves on the afternoon.
Trinity will face its toughest competition of the season this weekend, traveling to #1 Middlebury on Saturday. Kick-off is slated for 11 a.m.