HARTFORD, CT – In their NESCAC season opener, Annie VanWagenen recorded a hat-trick to lift Williams (2-0/NESCAC 1-0) past No. 14 Trinity (0-1/NESCAC 0-1) this afternoon. Eph goalie Margaret Draper also had an impressive game saving all 13 shots that the Bantams sent her way.
After a scoreless first half, senior Annie VanWagenen netted her first goal of the game with an assist from Brigid Bruno at 4:32 into the second half. This powered the Ephs with some momentum that later translated into more scoring opportunities.
The Ephs received a corner at the 53:31 mark, when sophomore Hannah Goodrick sent the ball to VanWagenen, who then rifled a shot from the top of the circle past Trinity goalie, Sophie Fitzpatrick. Less than 4 minutes later, VanWagenen notched her third goal of the game with an unassisted tally on a beautiful shot off the crossbar.
"I'm so proud of our team," said Eph head coach Alix Barrale. "We played 70 minutes of terrific hockey. Our passing was excellent and our offensive transition kept Trinity on their heels. Our defense was good at disrupting Trinity's offense and keeping them from getting in a flow. While we played a strong first half we really stepped it up in the second half, scoring three goals. Overall an amazing team effort."
With pressure to score late in the game, the Trinity College Bantams created many scoring chances with four of their 13 total shots on goal occurring in the last 8 minutes of the game. Even as time ran out, the game continued as the Bantams still had 2 corner opportunities. Junior goalie Margaret Draper had a beautiful save on the first shot and the game came to an end as Trinity sophomore Kelcie Finn's shot went wide on the second corner attempt. Denying all of the Bantams shots, Draper recorded her first shutout of the season. "Draper made key saves especially on Trinity corners," said Barrale. "She was really impressive."
Both teams are back in action this Wednesday Sept. 16th as the Bantams travel to Wellesley and the Ephs face Mt. Holyoke, hoping to continue their winning streak in their first home game of the season at 6:30pm.