NEW LONDON, Conn. – Two second half goals propelled the Bears to a 2-0 nonconference victory over the visiting Mariners.
With the win Coast Guard improves to 7-10 overall while Mitchell falls to 3-8-4 on the season.
Coast Guard had the first scoring chance when junior Katie Clark flicked on a free kick at the top of the Mitchell penalty box to classmate Brianna Grisell. After taking a touch Grisell beat her defender and fired a shot on goal that forced a kick save out of senior goalkeeper Katie McBride and was cleared by the Mariner's defense.
Mitchell then gained some space in the attacking third as sophomore Vanessa Ortiz took a shot from deep. Her shot carried over the head of freshman goalkeeper Rachel Boohar but clattered of the crossbar and back into play. Freshman Drew Johndrow collected the rebound and fired another shot but was denied by Boohar.
Back on the offense Grisell put freshman Kali Borden through on the left of the Mitchell 18 yard box. Borden ripped a one touch shot but McBride was there to make the near post save.
Junior Terry Netusil was on the attack next for the Bears in the first half as she snapped a shot from the left side that was blocked by the Mariner's defense. Netusil however pounced on the rebound and fired another shot that was pushed wide by a diving McBride.
Towards the end of the half senior Hanna Jansson managed to dribble through a high Mitchell back line and was in on a breakaway. Jansson hit a quick shot as she was caught from behind by a Mariner's defender but was stopped by McBride.
Mitchell looked to be the first team to break the dead lock in the second half as sophomore Christina Jando headed a bouncing ball over a Coast Guard defender putting her in on goal. Jando struck a hard shot but sent it over the bar and out of play.
The Bears pressed again as Borden received a pass from Jansson off a corner kick. Borden sent a cross to the center of the penalty box where Clark headed it towards goal but was denied by McBride.
Coast Guard continued to pressure the Mitchell back line but could not crack McBride until the 73rd minute when sophomore Gabby Auzenburgs snuck in and stole the ball from McBride before she could pick it up on the right side of the Mariners 18 yard box. Auzenburgs stopped the ball from going over the end line and sent a pass back across goal. Senior Sarah Hills met the cross and fired a onetime shot into the empty net for her team leading sixth goal of the season.
The Bears were not done scoring when just under four minutes later junior Terry Netusil settled a ball at the top of Mitchell's penalty box, beat her defender and fired a shot into the left corner of the goal for her fifth goal of the season, sealing a 2-0 victory for Coast Guard.
Boohar (6-10) made four saves on eight shots, four on goal. With the four saves Boohar has eclipsed 100 saves for the season with 102 which puts her at third in the NEWMAC.
McBride (2-8-3) made 14 saves on 31 shots, 16 on goal.
Coast Guard returns to action this weekend as they host MIT in their season finale. Kickoff is noon.