Courtesy of Trinity Sports Information
GENEVA, N.Y. - Goalkeeper Julia Pitino totaled four stops, including three on penalty kicks, to lead Trinity past WPI, 3-1, in a penalty kick shootout and into the NCAA Tournament Second Round on Saturday at William Smith's Cozzens Field.
Following a scoreless draw over 110 minutes, Trinity tri-captain Sheena Landy, Alexa Barbaresi, and Tricia Pollock converted their chances to send the Bantams to a second round match against the William Smith Herons on Sunday at 1 p.m. Trinity moves to 11-4-4, while WPI concludes its season at 16-2-3.
Trinity outshot the Engineers, 12-4, in regulation time and, 6-1, in the two 10-minute extra sessions. Nicole Stauffer had an excellent opportunity in the 102nd minute but her header caromed off the left post. Landy blasted the first penalty kick off the hand of WPI goalkeeper Gabi Hoops and into the net and Pitino made diving save on the first Engineer attempt. Hoops and Pitino then stopped four attempts in a row between them before Pollock drilled her shot by Hoops to put Trinity ahead, 2-1, in the round. Jaime Espinola wrapped up her career with the lone penalty kick for the Engineers, but Barbaresi clinched the contest for Trinity on the last try of the first round of kicks.
Trinity's Taylor Kirchgessner got off an early chance but Hoops got a piece of it 6:05 into the game. Hoops then punched a shot by Stauffer up and over the crossbar at 15:49. Kirchgessner had another attempt denied in the 29th minute. Kristina Caradonna drilled the ball toward the net in the 32nd minute, but Hoops was again up to the task. Mari Bailey had a good look for the Engineers when her bid glanced off the crossbar at 41:48. Stauffer had a shot in the 62nd and Pollock looked for the late game-winner at 86:43, but was denies.
Hoops finished the match with eight saves. Trinity held an 18-5 advantage in shots and 8-0 edge in corner kicks.