Women’s Soccer Blanks Colby for First NESCAC Win

Alex Baltazar Kat Norton

NEW LONDON, Conn. – Junior captain Zoe Stublarec (Rockfall, Conn.) and sophomore Kat Norton (Hampton, Conn.) each found the back of net to propel the Connecticut College women's soccer team to a 2-0 victory over Colby on Sunday afternoon at Freeman Field.

Connecticut College completely dominated the first half by outshooting the Mules, 10-1, and finally broke through in the 41st minute. Shortly after Dani Lonati made diving saves on hard shots taken by Norton and junior Mia Santana (New London, Conn.), Stublarec won possession of the ball over two Colby defenders, made a crafty turnaround move to create space for herself, and then fired the ball past Lonati to put the Camels on the board.

Even though Colby (3-3, NESCAC 1-3) was more competitive in the second half, the hosts were able to double the margin and put the match away at the midway point of the frame when Baltazar received a pass at midfield and burst down the right side with Norton to her left and three defenders in their way. Junior Sara Kogelmann (Guilderland, N.Y.) was able to keep the ball alive when the play appeared to be broken up by getting it back to Baltizar, and the senior was able to slip a pass to Norton which she finished on a diving shot. The goal, scored in the 70th minute, gave the Camels all the insurance they would need to win their first NESCAC match of the season.

Junior Sarah Williams (Sherborn, Mass.) picked up the win in net by only needing to make one save in the first half for Connecticut College, which outshot the Mules, 18-6, and had a 9-7 edge in corner kick opportunities. Sophomore Katy Pelletier (Topsfield, Mass.) made two stops in relief, including one after the second goal was scored, to help preserve the shutout. Lonati was charged with the loss despite redirecting five shots in the opening half.

Connecticut College (5-2, NESCAC 1-2) will next host top-ranked Williams on Saturday, Sept. 29 at noon as part of Fall Weekend at the institution.