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Connecticut College 2, Coast Guard 0 Steele, Santana Ignite Camels in Whale Cup Win for Undefeated Camels

Connecticut College 2, Coast Guard 0 Steele, Santana Ignite Camels in Whale Cup Win for Undefeated Camels

NEW LONDON, Conn. - The 22nd ranked Connecticut College women's soccer team used two second half goals to pull away from Coast Guard and secure a 2-0 victory in non-conference action in the latest meeting of Whaling City rivals Wednesday night.

The Bears fall to 3-2-2 on the season while the Camels improve to 5-0 on the year.

Connecticut College has now won 16 of the 17 meetings between the Route 32 rivals.

Connecticut College tested the Coast Guard back line early as they attempted to play early balls over the top of the Bear's defense.  

Sophomore Alex Baltazar was the first player for the Camels to test sophomore goalkeeper Rachel Boohar as she received a ball on the right side and dribbled in to the Bears penalty box. She ripped a shot from the top side of the box that was over the head of Boohar but off the cross bar and out of play. 

Later Baltazar got in behind the Coast Guard defense again, but the Bears defense recovered pushing her wide and forcing a cross that Boohar was able to collect.

Coast Guard had their best opportunity of the game as junior Gabrielle Auzenbergs sent a cross in from the right side. Her service landed in the center of the box where senior Terry Netusil was able to poke the ball towards goal between two Connecticut College defenders and forced freshman goalkeeper Sarah Williams to punch the ball over the bar and out of play.

The Camels came out of the break strong and nearly took the lead early on as junior Lauren Steele found herself wide open on the left side of the Bear's penalty box. Her shot beat Boohar but she sent it wide of the opposite post.

The Coast Guard defense held Connecticut College at bay a little longer after a Camel corner kick found the head of Baltazar. Her header was blocked by the Bears but fell to the feet of junior Michelle Medina. Medina dribbled to the right but was unable to find an open shot and fired the ball again into a Coast Guard defender. Boohar squashed the attack as she stopped Livi Block's final shot.

In the 68th minute Connecticut College finally broke through as Block sent a corner kick into the center of the Bear's penalty box. Steele rose up and connected with her head driving the ball into the back of the net for her first goal of the season.

The Bears continued to press forward as they managed a few shots from the outside but were unable to break through.

In the 84th minute the Camels added an insurance goal as freshman Mia Santana of New London put Boohar under pressure after a pass back to her. Santana managed to block her clearance, take a touch and fired her first career goal into the back of the net giving Connecticut College the 2-0 win.

Boohar (3-2-2) made seven saves on nine shots on goal. She is second in the NEWMAC with 46 saves on the year.

Williams (5-0) stopped all three shots on goal for her second shutout of the season.

The Camels have a huge week of NESCAC soccer ahead of them. Saturday morning, Connecticut College visits Hamilton College for an 11:00 a.m. game. With a quick turnaround, the Camels return home to Tempel Green Sunday for an 11:30 a.m. NESCAC tilt against Colby College.