Trinity Women's Soccer Gets By WPI On Penalty Kicks In NCAA First Round
Geneva, N.Y. - Junior Julia Pitino (Littleton, Mass.) totaled four stops, including three pk's, as the Trinity College Bantams advanced past the Worcester Polytechnic Institute Engineers, 3-1, on pk's and into the NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Championship Second Round this afternoon at William Smith's Cozzens Field. Following a scoreless draw over 110 minutes, Trinity senior tri-captain Sheena Landy (Durham, Conn.), junior Alexa Barbaresi (Newport Beach, Calif.), and freshman Tricia Pollock (Beverly, Mass.) each converted their chances to send the Bantams to a second-round match against the top-ranked Herons tomorrow at 1 p.m. Trinity moves to 11-4-4, while WPI concludes its season at 16-2-3.
Trinity outshot the Engineers, 12-4, in regulation time and, 6-1, in the two 10-minute extra sessions. Trinity senior Nicole Stauffer (Cheshire, Conn.) then had an excellent opportunity in the 102nd minute but her header caromed off the left post. Landy blasted the first pk off the hand of WPI sophomore goalkeeper Gabi Hoops (Stonington, Conn.) and into the net, and Pitino made diving save on the first Engineer attempt. Hoops and Pitino then stopped four in a row between them before Pollock drilled her shot by Hoops to put Trinity ahead, 2-1, in the round. Senior Jaime Espinola (Greensboro, N.C.) wrapped up her career with the lone PK for the Engineers, but Barbaresi clinched the contest for Trinity on the last try of the first round of pk's.
Trinity sophomore F/M Taylor Kirchgessner (Southampton, N.Y.) got off an early chance but Hoops got a piece of it 6:05 into the game. Hoops then punched a shot by Stauffer up and over the crossbar at 15:49. Kirchgessner had another attempt denied in the 29th minute. Bantam junior back Kristina Caradonna (Lynnfield, Mass.) drilled the ball toward the net in the 32nd minute, but Hoops was again up to the task. Junior Mari Bailey (North Providence, R.I.) had a good look for the Engineers when her bid glanced off the crossbar at 41:48. Stauffer had a shot in the 62nd and Pollock looked for the late game-winner at 86:43. Trinity senior forward Andi Nicholson (Charlotte, N.C.) had a one-on-one chance in the 67th that went wide. Hoops finished with eight saves. In all, Trinity claimed advantages in shots,18-5, and corner kicks, 8-0).