Women's Soccer Ties Trinity 0-0; Bantams Advance to NCAA Second Round via PKs

Women's Soccer Ties Trinity 0-0; Bantams Advance to NCAA Second Round via PKs

Geneva, NY --- Junior Julia Pitino (Littleton, MA) totaled four stops, including three PKs, as Trinity advanced to the NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Championship Second Round following a 0-0 double OT draw with WPI Saturday at William Smith's Cozzens Field.

Trinity moves to 11-4-4 on the season and will face the No. 1 ranked Herons tomorrow at 1pm. WPI concludes its record-breaking season 16-2-3.

Junior Alexa Barbaresi (Newport Beach, CA), freshman Tricia Pollock (Beverly, MA) each converted their chances before Sheena Landy (Durham, CT) sent the Bantams into Sunday's match. Graduate student Jaime Espinola (Greensboro, NC) wrapped up her career with the lone PK for the Engineers.

Each side had a free kick halted in the first extra session. Senior Nicole Stauffer (Cheshire, CT) then had an excellent opportunity in the 102nd minute but it caromed off the left post.

Trinity looked for the early goal; however, sophomore Gabi Hoops (Stonington, CT) got a piece of Bantam sophomore Taylor Kirchgessner's (Southampton, NY) bid at 6:05. Hoops then punched a shot by senior Nicole Stauffer (Cheshire, CT) up and over the crossbar at 15:49. Kirchgessner had another attempt denied in the 29th minute.

Hoops' best test came as junior Kristina Caradonna (Lynnfield, MA) drilled the ball toward the net in the 32nd minute. Junior Mari Bailey (North Providence, RI) had a good look for the Engineers when her bid glanced off the crossbar at 41:48.

Stauffer had a shot in the 62nd and Pollock looked for the late game-winner at 86:43. Nicholson had a one-on-one chance in the 67th only to see it go wide.

Hoops finished with eight saves.

In all, Trinity claimed advantages in shots (18-5) and corner kicks (8-0).