HARTFORD, Conn. - Three second half goals from sophomore Taylor Kirchgessner (Southhampton, N.Y.) and senior Andi Nicholson (Charlotte, N.C.) powered Trinity (Conn.) in a 3-0 shutout victory over the Emerson women's soccer team on Thursday afternoon at Campus Field.
With the win, Trinity improves to 2-1-2, while Emerson falls to 3-5.
Freshman Chiara Bernardi (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and sophomore Jess Frost (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.) registered Emerson's two shots through the first 45 minutes, while Trinity fired six shots towards the net. Even though Trinity outshot Emerson, the score was in a 0-0 lock at the end of the first half.
Trinity won the battle as to who would break the 0-0 tie first and notched their first goal just three minutes into the start of the second half.
Kirchgessner carried the ball to the left side of the box and deposited her first of two goals into the right side of the net past Emerson senior goalie Melanie Escobar (Torrington, Conn.) to put the Bantams up 1-0 (48:52). With the help of Kirchgessner, Nicholson gave the Bantams a two-goal advantage just two minutes after Kirchgessner got them on the board (51:32). Assisted by freshman Tricia Pollock (Beverly, Mass.), Trinity was not done scoring for Kirchgessner tallied her second goal in five minutes at the 54th minute mark to seal the 3-0 win for Bantams.
Escobar took the loss for Emerson and stopped nine shots through 90 minutes between the pipes. Bernardi led the Lions with two shots on goal with Frost recording one shot on goal.
Junior Julia Pitino (Littleton, Mass.) earned the win for Trinity with three saves. Kirchgessner paced the Bantams with five shots on goal, while both Pollock and Nicholson tallied two shots on goal.
Both Emerson and Trinity return to the field on Saturday. Emerson continues its road schedule as they will head to Mount Holyoke for a NEWMAC contest at 1:00 p.m., while the Bantams will play host to NESCAC foe Colby at 11:00 am.