Hartford, Conn. – The Trinity College women's soccer team finished the 2018 season with a 5-7-3 record and 2-6-2 mark in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) play, falling just short of the post-season. Despite the results, the Bantams saw strong performances on numerous occasions and will return a bevy of talent next fall as the team will surely challenge for the conference crown in the seasons to come.

Trinity struggled out of the gates, falling in its first three contests of the year, before winning back-to-back games in mid-September to move to 2-3 overall. The Bantams defeated WPI, 2-0, for their first victory of the season, where rookie forward Whitney Hoban (Winnetka, Ill.) scored her first career goal and assisted junior forward Katie Marlow-Benedick (Weston, Mass.) on the second. The team went on to dismantle Emerson, 5-0, in a game where sophomore Amelia Kroschwitz (Byfield, Mass.) had a goal and two assists and junior Kelly Lucas (Ludlow, Mass.) scored her first career goal. First-year goalie Lilianna Khosrowshahi (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.) made a pair of saves in net to earn her first career shutout as well.

Lucas (top), Kroschwitz (left) and Hoban (right)

On September 29, Trinity stunned Bates with a 2-1, comeback victory over the Bobcats for the team's first NESCAC victory. Rookie Duun O'Hara (Woodstock, Conn.) scored the game-winner in the 88th minute after classmate Colleen Lux (Shaker Heights, Ohio) scored her first career goal to tie things at 1-1 earlier in the second half. Sophomore goalie Taylor O'Connor (Danvers, Mass.) had a strong day in net, making six saves in her second win of the season. O'Hara, who also scored the equalizer in a 3-3 tie versus Wheaton earlier in the week, was named NESCAC Player of the Week thanks to her late game heroics.

Duun O'Hara '22

After a 1-1 tie with in-state rival Wesleyan, Trinity traveled north to Maine where it earned a 2-0 victory over the Bowdoin Polar Bears. Kroschwitz and Lux found the back of the net for the Bantams while O'Connor was once again steady between the pipes, making six saves for her second shutout of the fall.

Taylor O'Connor '21

Trinity's final win of the year came via a 2-1 victory over Eastern Connecticut State in late October. O'Hara netted the team's first goal of the game before junior Olga Koszykowska (New Britain, Conn.) scored her second career goal to add to the Bantam lead.

Nine different players found the back of the net at least once this fall for the squad which averaged 1.53 goals per game. Marlow-Benedick and fellow junior Tricia Pollock (Beverly, Mass.) both finished with 11 points, both on four goals and three assists, to lead the way. For Pollock, it marks the third consecutive season she has scored four times while Marlow-Benedick set career-single season highs in nearly every offensive category.

Marlow-Benedick (top) and Pollock (bottom)

Kroschwitz finished tied for third in the NESCAC with five assists and also added a pair of goals to finish third on the team with nine points. O'Hara and Hoban made immediate impacts as rookies, finishing with eight and seven points, respectively, while Koszykowska, Lux and sophomore Cami Beath (Kennebunk, Maine) all scored multiple times this season as well. Trinity's defense was anchored by Lucas, juniors Rhone O'Hara (Woodstock, Conn.) and Maeve Rabbitt (Concord, Mass.) and rookie Caroline Sullivan (North Hampton, N.H.), while O'Connor finished atop the conference this fall with 111 saves. O'Hara was named to the All-NESCAC First Team after the season after leading the Bantam back field and chipping in two assists on the year as well.

Rhone O'Hara '20

Maeve Rabbitt '20

Cami Beath '21

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