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Early Strike by Baltazar Lifts No. 14 Women’s Soccer to 1-0 Victory Over Wheaton

Early Strike by Baltazar Lifts No. 14 Women’s Soccer to 1-0 Victory Over Wheaton

NORTON, Mass. – Junior Alex Baltazar (Ludlow, Mass.) netted her second goal of the season in the opening minutes as the Connecticut College women's soccer team picked up a 1-0 victory over Wheaton in a key non-conference matchup between two of the top programs in New England on Thursday afternoon at Mirrione Stadium.

Connecticut College (10-1-1) wasted no time getting on the scoreboard, as Baltazar finished a pass from senior Lauren Steele (Westford, Mass.) just 2:07 into the contest. The Camels outshot the Lyons, 11-6, in the opening frame and carried their 1-0 lead into the break.

In the second half, Connecticut College continued to attempt a barrage of shots and forced backup keeper Leann Wolf to make four saves over a 20-minute span. Steele most notably had a good look that was corralled by Wolf when she tried to capitalize on a corner kick taken by sophomore Sara Kogelmann (Slingerlands, N.Y.), and seniors Nicole Medina (Hartford, Conn.) and Michelle Medina (Hartford, Conn.) also attempted back-to-back shots on target that were stopped by the Lyon netminder during the stretch.

Wheaton (10-2-1) had its opportunities to score over the course of the match, but Montalvo and her back line turned everything away. Kate Hopkins sailed a shot wide and had another one blocked at the top of the box shortly afterwards during the middle of the second frame, and the Lyons were unable to create any other scoring chances for the remainder of the contest. The Camels then maintained possession for most of the last 15 minutes of regulation to escape with the one-goal win.

Montalvo made three saves to pick up the victory between the pipes for Connecticut College, which blanked its third straight opponent and seventh overall. Wheaton's Alexa Barbagallo suffered the loss for allowing the goal and making just one save during the first half.

Connecticut College, which is currently ranked 14th by the United Soccer Coaches, has the weekend off and resumes NESCAC play when it hosts Trinity on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 4:00 p.m.