MANSFIELD, Conn. – Sophomore forward Duun O'Hara scored her first goal of the season on the rebound of a shot by freshman teammate Aspen Hawkins that was saved by Eastern Connecticut State University junior keeper Alexis Tyrrell (Torrington) with 5:41 left that lifted the Trinity College women's soccer team to a 1-0 non-conference win Wednesday evening at Rick McCarthy Field.
In a scoreless match appeared headed for overtime, Hawkins took a short pass from 25 yards out on the left side and fired a shot which short-hopped Tyrrell, who made the stop but couldn't control the spin. O'Hara was heading for the net on the shot and as the ball sprung loose, slid in, beating an Eastern defender and Tyrrell's attempt to cover the ball, and pushing it inside the left post.
Two minutes after O'Hara's goal, Eastern had a chance to force overtime, but Emily Bellval's free kick from the left side carried over the Trinity wall and sailed just wide of the left post.
O'Hara made several bids in the first half to give Trinity the lead. Her left-footed 35-yarder 15 minutes into the game banged off the crossbar and was cleared by Eastern sophomore defender Destiny Perez (Vernon), and five minutes later, she took a pass from freshman midfielder Hannah Storozuk -- who had just entered the game -- and knocked a 20-yarder just over the crossbar. Storozuk had her own chance to score with 17 minutes left in the first half when she unloaded a hard shot from the top of the box, but Tyrrell grabbed it at eye-level.
Tyrrell made nine saves as Trinity (5-6-2) – which has a 2-1-1 record this year against teams ranked regionally this week -- outshot Eastern (5-10-0), 18-2. Trinity sophomore Jennifer Stuart did not record a save in posting her third shutout in six starts this year.
In the scoreless first half, Stuart diffused a potential Eastern threat by coming off her line and smothering a crossing pass from the left from Eastern junior defender Madison Leary (Portland).
The win was Trinity's fourth straight – third by shutout – over Eastern. The Warriors drop to 1-5-0 at home.
Eastern hosts Brandeis University – ranked ninth in New England – Saturday at 1 p.m. in a non-conference match before closing out the regular season Nov. 2 at home against Plymouth State University in a Little East Conference match.