MIDDLETOWN, Conn.--For the second time in three years, the Connecticut College women's soccer team has reached double digits in the win column.
The Camels (10-4-1, 5-4-1) closed out the regular season Tuesday by posting a 2-0 shutout victory at Wesleyan (0-7-3, 0-9-3).
Junior Michelle Medina (Hartford, Conn.) opened the scoring in the 18th minute of action. Lauren Steele (Westford, Mass.) belted a shot that caromed off of the post and Medina was able to corral the loose ball and chip in her third goal of the season. Medina is leading the league with eight assists and ranks second on the squad with 14 points this season.
In the 86th minute of action, Steele set the stage for a key insurance goal, when she delivered a through ball ahead to Alex Baltazar (Ludlow, Mass.), who found the back of the net for the ninth time this season. Nicole Medina (Hartford, Conn.) had a huge day in the midfield for the visitors, winning numerous battles for possession and executing with some crisp passes to keep the pressure on the Cardinal defensive corps.
Bryanna Montalvo (Rocky Hill, Conn.) posted her fifth shutout of the season, finishing with two saves in the triumph.
Connecticut College is one of the most improved teams in the country. The Camels finished 3-9-3 a year ago. Now, the Camels will carry confidence into the NESCAC Championship. Saturday afternoon at 12:30 p.m., the seventh seeded Camels will visit second seeded Amherst in a quarterfinal matchup in Western Massachusetts.
The Camels dropped a 2-1 decision to the Purple and White October 16. Connecticut College has certainly enjoyed playing the role as the low seed against Amherst on past occasions. In 2002, Christa Thoeresz '05 scored the difference making goal as the fifth seeded Camels outlasted the fourth seeded Purple and White in a 2-1 win. Two years later, Connecticut College Head Women's Soccer Coach Ken Kline did it again, making history as the first seventh seeded team to a surprise a two seed with a 1-0 triumph over Amherst.
2016 NESCAC WOMEN'S SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP
Saturday, October 29 at Higher Seeds
No. 8 Hamilton at No. 1 Williams - 12:30 p.m.
No. 7 Connecticut College at No. 2 Amherst - 12:30 p.m.
No. 6 Bowdoin at No. 3 Middlebury - 12:30 p.m.
No. 5 Tufts at No. 4 Trinity - 12:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 5 at Highest Remaining Seed
Semifinal Games - 11 a.m. | 1:30 p.m.
Highest Remaining Seed vs. Lowest Remaining Seed
Remaining Quarterfinal Winners
Sunday, November 6 at Semifinal Site
Semifinal Winners – Noon