Five Trinity (Conn.) players net goals as big second half lifts Bantams by Colby
WATERVILLE, Maine -- No. 1 Trinity (Conn.) scored the final four goals of the game to break a 4-4 game to turn the game into an 8-4 victory against No. 6 Colby at Bill Alfond Field.
Defending NCAA champion Trinity moved to 9-0 overall and 6-0 in the New England Small College Athletic Conference and pushed its winning streak to 17 consecutive games. The Mules fell to 8-1 overall and 5-1 in conference play.
Both teams played well on defense in the opening half, forcing a number of turnovers and failed clears. Trinity held the Mules to just eight shots in the game, while scoring on eight of its 22 shots. The Bantams also had a big edge in draw controls 10-4.
Senior attacker Hadley Duncan had two goals, one assist, three ground balls and two caused turnovers for Trinity. Junior attacker Shea Kusiak and freshman Molly Cox also had two goals for the Bantams. Senior attacker Kaitlin Hildebrand added one goal and one assist, while senior midfielder Megan Leonhard finished with one goal, three caused turnovers and three draw controls.
Sophomore midfielder Caroline Hayes also had a fine game with one assist, two caused turnovers and two draw controls. Katharine Eddy led Colby with one goal, one assist, two caused turnovers, two ground balls and one draw control. Sara Miller, Katie Griffin and Lindsey McKenna also found the back of the net for the Mules.
Both teams came ready to play in the opening half and the Mules had two early leads. Eddy scored unassisted with 23:51 to play for a 1-0 lead. Hildrebrand scored from Hayes with 14:32 left to tie the game at one, but the Mules went ahead again with 10:20 to play when Griffin scored off a pass from Pistel.
The Bantams followed with three unanswered goals to go up 4-2. Cox scored from Hildebrand to tie the game at two, Duncan scored unassisted at 3:09 and Cox put in a free-position shot with 1:29 to go. Colby made it a 4-3 deficit at halftime when Miller took a feed from Eddy for the goal with 10 seconds to go before intermission.
The Mules tied the game at four when McKenna scored on a free-position shot with 24:09 to go. Kusiak scored the game-winning goal on an individual effort, scoring on a tough angle and with a side-swipe shot with 21:27 left.
Kusiak made it 6-4 on another burst to the goal with 12:40 to go. Leonhard scored just 47 seconds later when she took a pass on the move from Duncan and sent in a shot. The Bantams then won the draw control and Duncan scored from Martha Griffin just 18 seconds after the seventh goal. Trinity goalie Emily Mooney made just one save in the game. Colby goalie Michelle Burt had eight saves.