MANSFIELD, Conn. – Sophomores Alexandra Lansbury and Tricia Pollock scored eight minutes apart midway through the second half to carry the Trinity College women's soccer team to a 2-0 non-conference victory over Eastern Connecticut State University Wednesday evening at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.
The win is the fourth in a row for Trinity (6-5-1), which has played seven of its 12 matches against teams ranked regionally or nationally this week. Eastern (5-6-3) had gone 4-2-1 in its previous seven.
Lansbury scored her first goal of the year in the 64th minute off a throw-in from Alexa Barbaresi and Pollock connected on a penalty kick in the 72nd minute when freshman Samantha March was taken down hard on a run through the left side of the box by Eastern's last defender.
Lansbury chested down Barbaresi's one-hop throw-in on the right side, turned to her left, carried toward the near post and slid a shot across the goal line. The shot carried under the dive of Eastern junior keeper Kayla Labrecque (Westhampton, MA) and across the goal line.
Labrecque guessed correctly on Pollock's penalty kick. She dove to her right but the well-place drive eluded her outstretched hands and settled inside the left post.
In a scoreless first half, Trinity had two near-misses in a span of less than three minutes late in the half. One shot from above the box sailed just over the top with 10:30 left. With eight minutes left, freshman Rhone O'Hara won a ball, dribbled right and layed it off to a teammate, whose cross into the box was shot wide.
The Warriors nearly took the lead nine minutes into the second half when team scoring leader Aly Clarke (Mystic) unloaded a drive directly at freshman keeper Taylor O'Connor. O'Connor hauled it in, but lost possession and had to scramble back to cover up the ball just inches shy of the goal line.
Less than two minutes after Lansbury's goal, Labrecque kept it a one-goal game when she denied freshman Blake Crawley's point-blank shot on the left side. While it was mostly academic after Trinity moved out to its 2-0 lead, Labrecque made an impressive save when she dove outstretched to her right to knock away Pollock's hard shot from the top of the box with 18 minutes left.
At left: In her sixth consecutive start, sophomore midfielder Linnea Reich played 75 minutes.
In her third career start, O'Connor made six saves for her second win, first by shutout. Labrecque was also credited with six saves.
Trinity outshot Eastern, 15-7, and was credited with four of the game's five corner kicks.
The Warriors played without five injured starters and key reserves, and lost a sixth to a knee injury with 7:38 left.
Eastern returns to Little East ConferenceKeen play Saturday at Keene State College at 3 p.m.