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Women’s Soccer Defeats Coast Guard, 2-1, to Capture Whale Cup for Eighth Straight Year

Whale Cup Champions

NEW LONDON, Conn. – Sophomore Kat Norton (Hampton, Conn.) tallied a goal and an assist to help lift the Connecticut College women's soccer team to a 2-1 victory over Coast Guard at Nitchman Field on Wednesday evening.

The Camels earned their eighth straight victory over the Bears and improved their all-time series record to an impressive 17-1 overall between the programs.

Even though Connecticut College (4-1) was on the attacking end for most of the first half, the teams appeared to be headed to intermission in a scoreless deadlock. Freshman Shani Breiman (Brookline, Mass.), however, unleashed a shot in the waning minutes that was initially saved and deflected by Bear netminder Katharina Commins to create another scoring opportunity. Norton got to the ball first through traffic and then poked it to senior Sam Miesemer (Garden City, N.Y.), who was able to capitalize on the open net and give the visitors a one-goal lead with 1:01 left to play in the opening frame.

Coast Guard (3-3) came out stronger in the second half and started creating their best scoring opportunities of the match. Kali Borden found Brielle Pearce for a good look inside the box, but senior defender Emmy McGoldrick (Cohasset, Mass.) blocked the high-percentage attempt to keep the Bears off the board.

In the 62nd minute, the Camels quickly transitioned to their attacking side of the field and were able to double their lead when senior Alex Baltazar (Ludlow, Mass.) sent a through ball to Norton on the right side. Norton made a move towards the goal on a breakaway and then fired a shot to the opposite corner of the net to make it 2-0.

The Bears then found a way to cut the deficit in half when Kylee Ballard sent in a corner kick that was headed in by Lizzie Miller in the 82nd minute of action. The Camels, however, were able to lock up on defense the rest of the way to earn their fourth win of the season and eighth straight victory over their local rival.

Sophomore goalie Katy Pelletier (Topsfield, Mass.) was credited with the victory for making three saves, including one from point-blank range, during the second half of action for Connecticut College. Overall, the Camels outshot the Bears, 12-9, and had a 9-2 advantage in corner kicks. Commins of Coast Guard suffered the loss despite turning away six shots.

Connecticut College will play two NESCAC matches in as many days this weekend and will first travel to face Hamilton on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 11:00 a.m.