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Hawkins Nets Game-Winner as Women’s Soccer Downs #11 Williams

Hawkins Nets Game-Winner as Women’s Soccer Downs #11 Williams

Hartford, Conn. – Freshman Aspen Hawkins (Banks, Oregon) scored her second collegiate goal in exciting fashion Saturday afternoon, finding the twine with 20 minutes remaining in regulation to take a 2-1 lead and ultimately give Trinity its first conference win of the season against #11 Williams. The Bantams (2-3) scored a goal late in the first half, and used the leveler as momentum. 

In the 22nd minute, the Ephs had its first opportunity to take a lead. Junior Victoria Laino was taken down inside the box, and with a chance to light the scoreboard, missed the penalty chance wide left to keep the score even.

It didn’t take Williams long after the penalty chance to take the lead, however. Freshman Emma Lynch (Weymouth, Mass.) made a run inside the box, and perfectly timed a header off a cross from classmate Claire Tolliver (Bozeman, Mont.); the shot sliced through the six-yard box and found the back of the net, giving the visitors a 1-0 lead.

Trinity stormed back and tied the game with less than three minutes remaining in the first half. After a takedown inside the box, the Bantams called on senior Rhone O’Hara (Woodstock, Conn.) to take the penalty kick. The upperclassman made no mistake, slotting into the left side of the net to level the score.

After a slow start to the second half, the Bantams took full advantage of a ball inside the box with less than 20 minutes remaining. Freshman Aspen Hawkins jumped on a ball inside the six-yard box and one-timed a bullet into the right side of the net, giving the hosts a one-goal advantage.

Junior goalkeeper Taylor O’Connor finished with a game-high six saves between the posts for the Bantams, allowing the lone first half goal.

Trinity returns to the pitch Wednesday. September 25, traveling to Wheaton College for a non-conference matchup. Game time is set for 4 p.m.