HARTFORD Conn. -- Duun O'Hara scored a goal in the 88th minute to lift the Trinity College Bantams to a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over the Bates College women's soccer team on Saturday.
Bates (2-6, 0-6 NESCAC) jumped out to an early 1-0 lead after 16 minutes of scoreless action. Junior Riley Turcotte (Middletown, R.I.) beat the Trinity keeper to the back of the net for her third goal of the fall.
The Turcotte goal proved to be the only tally for either side in the first half, with the Bates defense holding Trinity without a shot on net for the first 45 minutes of play.
Trinity (3-4-1, 1-3 NESCAC) broke through in the 66th minute, when Colleen Lux scored a goal to tie things at 1-1. Lux was assisted on the score by Amelia Kroschwitz.
O'Connor made three second half saves to keep Bates off the scoreboard while the Bates back line did the same. That was, until the 88th minute when Trinity's Tricia Pollock controlled the ball near mid-field and sent a through ball to O'Hara who was racing down the middle of the field. O'Hara settled the ball before sending it into the back of the net to give Trinity its first lead of the day with 2:05 remaining. Bates was unable to find the equalizer in the final minutes of action as the Bantams came away with the 2-1 victory.
"Soccer is not a game for the faint of heart," Bates head coach Kelsy Ross said. "There are games where a team does more things right than wrong and still go home on the tough side of a result. We did a lot of things intentionally right today. Although we're disappointed in the result, we aren't feeling sorry for ourselves."
Both teams tallied 12 shots on the day with the Bantams earning three corners to the Bobcats' two. Trinity goalie Taylor O'Connor had a strong day in net, making six saves in the contest.
The Bobcats are back in action on Sunday when they stay on the road to take on Amherst at 1pm.
"This group is thriving in our quest for greatness and we'll bring that drive against another quality NESCAC opponent tomorrow," said Ross.