Connecticut College 3, Wesleyan University 1
Torres-Bilodeau Vault Camels Out to Early Lead in Middletown
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (Oct. 16) ---(Wesleyan University Sports Information) Visiting Connecticut College netted a pair of goal in a span of 1:25 midway through the first half and maintained the lead throughout en route to a 3-1 NESCAC women's soccer victory here today over homestanding Wesleyan.
The win improved the Camels' position in the NESCAC playoff picture as they broke a tie with Wesleyan for eighth place and moved into a tie for sixth place with Colby and Trinity, all with three wins. The Camels have one conference game remaining next Wed., Oct. 24 against national power Amherst. Amherst also will be Wesleyan's next opponent as the Cardinals host their Little Three rival Sat., Oct. 20.
Wesleyan also has a NESCAC game remaining with Trinity Tues., Oct. 23 and must win that contest for any chance at a NESCAC playoff berth, holding just two conference wins to date.
With the victory, Connecticut College ended a four-game losing streak to Wesleyan as the Cardinals had outscored the Camels, 10-2, over the four games from 2008-11. Conn. College leads the overall series by a slender 16-13-2 margin.
The Camels got the lead in the 22nd minute when junior Aina Torres blasted a 30-yard left-footed shot from a slight angle on the left over Wesleyan sophomore keeper Jessica Tollman. It was the second goal of the year for Torres and, combined with her four assists, upped her point total to eight. In the 24th minute, sophomore Grace Bilodeau took a through pass from sophomore Astrid Kempainen midway in the offensive end and went in uncontested on Tollman before shooting to the right from 12 yards out to make it 2-0.
The Camels' third goal came in the 52nd minute when freshman Lily Cannon collected a throw-in from Bilodeau and turned the left corner to send what might have been intended to be a cross, but the ball bounced high in front of the goal and eventually crossed the goalline on the right side to make it 3-1. With the assist, Bilodeau took over team scoring leadership with her ninth point. Cannon netted her fourth goal of the year.
Wesleyan had cut the margin to 2-1 when leading scorer senior Laura Kurash put home a 15-yard shot from the left side after a pass from junior Kerry Doyle, who leads the Cardinals with five assists. It was the seventh goal of the year for Kurash, coming in the 27th minute. Earlier, Doyle had a pair of great scoring chances, the first of which was stopped by the right arm of Camel sophomore keeper Natalie Signor, who finished with seven saves. Doyle got the rebound but her second attempt went wide right. Six minutes later, Doyle had another chance in the box but her shot passed wide to the left.
Tollman also had seven saves while minding the Wesleyan net. Shots were virtually even on the day as Wesleyan took 15 to Conn. College's 14.
Connecticut College Post Game Comments
Head Coach Norm Riker
On His Team's Resiliency and Their Current Four Game Unbeaten Streak
We really just stuck together and kept believing in ourselves. Natalie got us started with a great save and we got a great goal from Aina.
Tri-Captain Tori Frank '13
This is an unbelievable team. It's always team first for us. The Tufts game last week was a turning point for us. We knew after that game that we had to start winning our else our season would be over. We have not lost since.
Tri-Captain Ali McKeigue '13
We've been playing playoff games now for the last two weeks. Every game is like a playoff game. To be in this position, this is what we've worked so hard for. If we're in the playoffs, it's anyone's game.
October 16, 2012