Men’s and Women’s Soccer Teams Suffer Tough Season-Openers

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Trinity soccer had mixed results opening week as the Trinity Men’s team split their two matches and the women’s team faced a heartbreaking opening game followed by a difficult matchup against NESCAC rival Williams College. Trinity Men’s soccer faced off against Endicott, getting their season started in style. The match was everything but easy, as the Bantams fell behind early 1-0 in the 10th minute thanks to quick passing by Endicott. Bantam goalie, Andrew Clark ’21 (Short Hills, NJ) was able to put that goal behind him, as he saved six shots in an impressive outing for the keeper. Play was tight following the opening goal as Endicott looked to maintain control of the first half and continue that into the second half. Roughly 30 minutes into the second half, forward forward Max Contrell ’20 (Dover, Mass) scored. Contrell controlled the ball off of a tough deflection and deposited it into the bottom of the net to help tie the game 1-1 in the 78th minute. Only four minutes into overtime was all the Bantams needed, as Henry Farr ’20 (Philadelphia, PA) was able to control the ball and finish into the far corner, sending the Bantams home with season-opening victory. On Saturday, the men’s team traveled north to Williams for their NESCAC season opener. However, Williams stormed off to an early lead just 12 minutes in. Williams maintained control of the game and resulted in four Purple Cow goals in just under 26 minutes of play. Trinity was able to clean up their sloppy play, and limited Williams to just one goal in the second half, resulting in a 5-0 Williams win. Trinity Men’s soccer is now 1-1, looking to field positive results against Eastern Connecticut State and Hamilton this upcoming week.
Trinity Women’s soccer endured a tough first week as they lost both of their matchups. On September 5, the Bantams were on the road against Farmingdale State where they fell behind one goal in the 19th minute. However, the Bantams maintained strong defense as the first half came to a rest with Farmingdale state scoring only once. Less than four minutes into the second half, Whitney Hoban ’22 (Winnetka, Ill.) assisted sophomore midfielder Cami Beath (Kennebunk, ME.) on her first career goal, helping to tie the game at one. The game would remain tied until the 89th minute of regulation. In the final minute, Farmingdale State senior Jordan Martin collected the ball and dished it in, beating the Bantams in the closing seconds of the match. The weekend matchup didn’t fare any better for the Bantams as they took on Williams College in Williamstown, MA. Just 25 minutes into the game, Williams scored twice, giving the Purple Cows an early lead. Into the second half, Whitney Hoban put the Bantams on the board, helping to cut the deficit while also scoring her first collegiate goal. Williams was able to hold of the frantic push by the Bantams to take the game 3-1. Lilianna Khoswowshahi ’22 (Briarcliff Manor, NY) made her collegiate career debut, stopping five shots all while facing endless pressure from the Williams attack.

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