NEW LONDON, Conn. – Freshman Kat Norton (Hampton, Conn.) and senior Michelle Medina (Hartford, Conn.) each found the back of the net to lift the Connecticut College women's soccer team to a 2-0 triumph over Wesleyan on Tuesday afternoon at Harkness Field. With the victory, the Camels clinched the second seed in the upcoming conference tournament.
The Camels got on the board in the blink of an eye, as Norton came down the left side and fired the ball past goalkeeper Zoe Cassels-Brown just 11 seconds after the hosts took the opening kickoff. It was also one of the fastest goals scored in the history of NCAA Division III women's soccer and just five seconds shy of the record of six seconds registered by Sara Gross of St. Norbert in a match against Edgewood on Sept. 1, 2004.
Connecticut College (12-2-1, NESCAC 7-2-1) continued to create scoring opportunities in the second half and doubled its lead in the 70th minute. After a goal was called back for the Camels being whistled offsides, junior Alex Baltazar (Ludlow, Mass.) sent a pass from the right end line that was finished with a rocket to the upper 90 of the net by senior Michelle Medina (Hartford, Conn.). Wesleyan was only able to manage one shot the rest of the way, and the Camels held on to notch their eighth shutout of the season.
Senior Bryanna Montalvo (Rocky Hill, Conn.) picked up the win between the pipes by turning away two shots for Connecticut College, while Cassels-Brown of Wesleyan (6-8-1, NESCAC 1-8-1) was charged with the loss after failing to make a save.
Connecticut College earned the second seed for the upcoming NESCAC Tournament and will host the seventh seed in a quarterfinal matchup at a time to be determined on Saturday, Oct. 28.