NEW LONDON, Conn. – The host Camels scored a goal in each half to beat Coast Guard 2-0 to win the Whale Cup in the non-conference game between the two New London schools.
Coast Guard drops to 4-3 on the season while the Camels, who were nationally ranked entering the season, pickup their first win of the year to improve to 1-2-2 on the season.
Libby Thomas scored following a Coast Guard miscue in the 24th minute, the only goal of the first half while Alex Baltazar added the insurance goal in the final seconds for the game
Thomas scored the goal that proved to be the game-winner in the 24th minute of action. Alexa Trebelli delivered a through ball from the 18 yard line and Thomas was able to tap it pass Coast Guard keeper Rachel Boohar for the score.
But the Bears had their opportunities to break through. Junior midfielder Alyssa Sato nearly tied the game with a long 30 yard blast in the latter stages of the second stanza but junior keeper Bryanna Montalvo made a diving stop to protect the one goal lead for the hosts.
The Camels had several chances in the second half. Caroline Kelleher and Trebelli both had nice scoring bids for the Camels after supplying scores in last year's meeting.
In the closing moments, the Camels added some insurance. Baltazar dribbled in from midfield and beat freshman Anna Neidermeyer with a low shot to the far post.
Boohar made three saves in 73:18 of action for the Bears while Niedermeyer stopped two shots in the closing 16:42 of play, the first action of her collegiate career.
Montalvo made three saves in the victory for the hosts. Alex Santiago logged the final seven minutes of the first half in goal for the Camels, recording one save in her first home game.
The Camels held a 23-to-8 advantage in shots while finishing with a 6-1 edge in corners.
The Bears are back in action on Friday night when they host Clark at 6 p.m.