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Opportunistic Hamilton Squad Squeaks by Women’s Soccer

Kat Norton

CLINTON, N.Y. – The Connecticut College women's soccer team dropped a tightly-contested NESCAC match to Hamilton by a 2-1 score on Saturday afternoon at Love Field.

The Camels outshot the Continentals by a count of 16-9 overall, including 8-3 on target, but the hosts were still able to find a way to pull out a one-goal win and avenge last season's loss. After senior Emmy McGoldrick (Cohasset, Mass.) had two of her attempts blocked and a header by sophomore Kat Norton (Hampton, Conn.) was turned away, Hamilton got on the board first in the 25th minute when Cat Gambino finished a pass from Kayleigh Harris. Norton nearly put the Camels on the board when she came down the right flank with only one defender in her way, but her shot attempt was stuffed by Rachel Pike.

Connecticut College (4-2, NESCAC 0-2) was able to respond in the second half by capitalizing on another play that was started by Norton. The sophomore sent a ball into the box through traffic, and sophomore Tori Kretzmer (Glastonbury, Conn.) was in the right spot to tap it home.

The Camels continued to create opportunities for themselves for the remainder of the contest by unleashing five more shots and earning two additional corner kicks. Hamilton, however, took advantage of its only shot on goal during the second half when Katie Tenefrancia recovered the ball at the top of the box and lifted it over the outstretched arms of Camel netminder Katy Pelletier (Topsfield, Mass.) in the 79th minute to provide the difference.

Pike earned the win between the posts by making seven saves for Hamilton (3-1-1, NESCAC 3-1), while the Camels' Pelletier was charged with the loss for surrendering the deciding goal in the second half. Junior Sarah Williams (Sherborn, Mass.) made one stop in the opening frame and yielded a goal for just the first time this season.

Connecticut College will quickly regroup and return home to host Colby tomorrow morning at 11:30 a.m.