The Pride were close, but Trinity got the last laugh with a 2-1 win in overtime on Wednesday, Oct. 16. Trinity’s Casey Quinn earned the game-ending goal, just 1:55 into overtime. It was a non-conference game held at Stagg Field.
Trinity defender Sarah Duncan charged down the field and took an indirect shot, which deflected off Quinn’s stick and into the net. Springfield goalie Juliana Barrasso had no chance on the deflected shot by Quinn.
Trinity got onto the board first with a goal by senior forward Paige Duke. Duke’s goal was very similar to Quinn’s game-winning goal. Midfielder Julia Rivera took a shot on Barrasso, which deflected off Duke’s stick for a 1-0 lead.
Just 5:20 into the first half, Trinity looked in good shape. They continued to pressure down the field, but were routinely stopped by the Pride defense led by co-captain MK Murray. Freshman defender Jamie Raccosta also helped out on the defensive stops.
Trinity kept the pressure on at the start of the second half with back-to-back corners. The Pride then attacked the Trinity zone and got what they were looking for. Set up with a nice pass from sophomore midfielder Katie Gill, co-captain Kelly Gallo put one in the net to even the score at 1-1. Gallo’s goal carried the momentum for the rest of the game. Coach Melissa Sharpe expressed how important Gallo’s game-tying goal was.
“Kelly’s goal definitely broke the ice,” said Sharpe.
It seemed like Springfield was due for another goal late into the second half, but Trinity held their own on defense and shut the door on any further Pride opportunities.
“A game like this does sting since we had so much momentum after Kelly’s goal,” Sharpe added.
Despite Trinity’s game-winning goal, Barrasso had a solid outing in net for the Pride. Barrasso’s four saves were crucial in order to avoid any further damage. Trinity goalie Sophie Fitzpatrick contributed with one save.
Trinity improves to 6-5 on the season. The Pride will now prepare for a big NEWMAC match-up with Wellesley on Saturday. Wellesley is ranked No. 14 in the nation at 12-2 overall and 5-0 in the conference.