Marchitto's goal helps team snap three-game winless streak vs. Bantams
Below: Warriors celebrate Daniela Marchitto's game-winning goal (Liz Cutler photo)
MANSFIELD, Conn. - Freshman Daniela Marchitto (Orange) scored her first game-winning goal with 18 minutes left to cap a strong second half as women's soccer posted a 1-0 victory over Trinity College Wednesday afternoon at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.
The win is the first for Eastern's (8-4-3) seniors against Trinity (4-4-3) after two ties and a loss the last three seasons. The shutout is the second straight for the Warriors, who were coming off a 4-0 Little East Conference victory over host Rhode Island College Saturday.
Eastern has lost only one of its last seven (4-1-2), that setback a 2-0 home decision to No. 11 nationally-ranked Amherst College Thursday.
Marchitto scored her fifth goal of the season on her only shot of the match. Eastern senior Sarah Swann (Oxford) won a ball near midfield and sent it ahead to senior Taylor MacDonald (Oak Bluffs, MA). MacDonald slotted a perfect pass to the foot of Marchitto, who carried alone into the box before slipping a shot in close under Trinity junior keeper Emily Weedon.
"It finally worked out. We've been up top together most of the season, so it was nice that we finally got a combination play," MacDonald told WECS webcaster Matt Fontaine after the game.
MacDonald set up Marchitto with the only goal just two minutes after she was unable to capitalize on a golden opportunity which was set up on a pass by Marchitto. MacDonald crossed over to her left after taking the pass on the right wing but fired an eight-yarder right at Weedon.
Trinity had the better of play in the first half, but the Warriors took control in the second half. Eastern's defense allowed only two shots in the second half, with senior keeper Kim Church (Farmington) making saves to preserve the scoreless game. The Warriors had six shots and had a 6-1 advantage in corner kicks in the second half
"They like to swing the ball back there, and they were winning a lot of aerial balls (in the first half," said MacDonald of Trinity's defense. "In the second half, we were finally able to get the ball over them.".
Trinity's only real chance of the second half came four minutes into the second half of a scoreless game, when sophomore Jenny Ley stripped an Eastern player of the ball and unloaded an 18-yard shot which Church hauled in. Ley had nearly given Trinity a 1-0 lead with three minutes left in the first half when she left-footed an open shot from 12 yards over the crossbar.
Ley and sophomore Leigh Howard - Trinity's top two scorers - combined for five of their team's six shots, with Church coming up with saves on the three shots the duo put on net
"She's a left-footed player, so before the game, we told our defense to force her to her right every time," said Church of Howard. "All of her shots came with her right foot, so we were able to shut her down.".
Eastern hosts Massachusetts Dartmouth Saturday at 1 p.m. in a Little East Conference match.
Eastern Conn. 1, Trinity College 0
Trinity (4-4-3) 0 0 -- 0
Eastern Conn. (8-4-3) 0 1 -- 1
Scoring: Daniela Marchitto (Sarah Swann, Taylor MacDonald) 72:11.
Shots: T-6, E-9; Saves: T-Emily Weedon 4, E-Kim Church 3.
Corner kicks: T-1, E-8.