No. 11 Women's Soccer Falls to Trinity 2-1

No. 11 Women's Soccer Falls to Trinity 2-1

HARTFORD, CONN.--  Trinity came back to take a 2-1 victory Saturday after midfielder Emma Lynch '23 scored the opener for No. 11 Williams.

The Bantams equalized on a penalty kick from senior defender Rhone O'Hara just before halftime, and first-year forward Aspen Hawkins gave them the lead in the 71st minute on their home field in Hartford, Conn. Junior goalkeeper Taylor O'Connor made 6 saves to seal the win for Trinity (2–3–0/1–1–0 in the NESCAC) over Williams (2–2–1/2–2–0 in the NESCAC). This marks the first time since 2013 that the Bantams have won the matchup between the two teams.

O'Connor made a big save in the 23rd minute on a penalty kick by midfielder Victoria Laino '21. Laino is the Ephs' leading scorer with 3 goals, one of which came from the penalty spot, on the season. 

Lynch gave the Ephs the lead in the 28th minute, becoming the second Williams first-year to score this year. Claire Tolliver '23, who scored against Hamilton in the season opener, provided the assist.

The Bantams earned a golden opportunity for an equalizer in the 43rd minute, and from the penalty spot, O'Hara scored to tie the game. Williams midfielder Mikayla Kappes '21 put a shot on goal in the final minute before halftime after a Laino corner kick, but O'Connor made the save.

Shots stood at 9-6 Trinity going into halftime. 

The second half did not see many chances, but midfielder Aspen Pierson '21 forced a save from O'Connor in the 61st minute.

Trinity then went on the attack and nabbed the go-ahead goal in the 71st minute. Hawkins hit a shot one-time, finding the net after a deflection in the box.

Trinity finished with 12 shots to Williams' 9. 

Williams returns to Cole Field on Sunday to take on Castleton (4–2–0/1–0–0 in the LEC) at noon.