NEW LONDON, Conn. – Senior Alex Baltazar (Ludlow, Mass.) found the back of the net twice in leading the Connecticut College women's soccer team to a 5-0 rout of Roger Williams in its season opener at Freeman Field on Wednesday afternoon.
The Camels exploded to score four times in the first half alone and never looked back. Junior captain Zoe Stublarec (Rockfall, Conn.) provided a big spark by factoring into the first two markers by finishing her own rebound after an initial save by Hawk goalkeeper Morgan Strassberg in the 13th minute and finding Baltazar for a blast just 3:42 later.
Sophomore Kat Norton (Hampton, Conn.) then roofed a shot to the upper 90 in the 29th minute before freshman Marielle McEnaney (Orleans, Mass.) sent a lightning bolt into the net from outside the box in the 41st to put the Camels in cruise control. Norton then set up the final marker of the match in the second half by firing a shot that was saved and redirected by Baltazar for her second tally of the match.
The Camels had a jawdropping 43-6 advantage in total shots, which included forcing Hawk netminders Brooke Hathaway and Strassburg to make a combined 22 saves between the pipes. Junior Sarah Williams (Sherborn, Mass.) picked up the win for the Camels by making three stops, while Strassburg was charged with the loss for surrendering four goals in the first half.
Connecticut College (1-0) remains at home to face Middlebury in its NESCAC opener on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 11:30 a.m.