Hartford, Conn. – The Trinity College women’s soccer program took a first-half goal from sophomore Colleen Lux (Shaker Heights, Ohio) into the second half, but allowed three goals in a span of 4:13 as Worcester Polytechnic Institute (4-0) gave the Bantams its second straight loss with a 3-2 final.
Junior goaltender Taylor O’Connor (Danvers, Mass.) made four saves in the opening 45 minutes before sophomore relief goaltender Jennifer Stuart (Newburyport Mass.) saw a whopping seven shots in the second half, allowing all three goals while stopping four.
The Bantams got on the board, taking what seemed to be all of the game’s momentum into the second half with a marker in the 40th minute. Lux was fed a through ball from freshman Delaney Markham (Winchester, Mass.) and buried her first career goal to give the Bantams the lead.
WPI responded in the second half, scoring all three goals inside five minutes. Junior Leah Beauton (Colchester, Conn.) tallied her first of the season, launching a ball from outside the 18 on a feed from senior Kristen McCrea (Weymouth, Mass.) to level the score. McCrea followed her assist with her fifth goal of the season, hitting a bar-down rocket three minutes later to take the lead. Beauton, just :33 seconds later, sliced through Trinity’s back line and was able to register her second of the game to give WPI a commanding 3-1 lead.
The visitors fought back, pulling within one in the 75th minute. Freshman Aspen Hawkins (Banks, Oregon) scored her first career goal after gathering a loose ball inside the 18-yard box and sneaking it past the keeper, but Trinity went unanswered in the final fifteen minutes, falling 3-2.
WPI earned its first-ever victory over the Bantams, losing in its first three contests to remain unbeaten in 2019. Trinity amassed double-digit shots for the second straight game, finding a target eight times. WPI held a 3-1 advantage in corners and a 20-14 advantage in shots total.
Trinity returns to the pitch Saturday, September 14, traveling to Colby for its first NESCAC contest of the season. Kickoff is slated for 11 a.m.