WESTMINSTER, Md. – One is never enough. Just ask Kirsten Gibson (Lancaster, Pa./Penn Manor). Actually, just ask any member of the McDaniel women's soccer team.
On Saturday, the squad posted the program's first-ever NCAA tournament win. On Sunday, the Green Terror (18-2-1) extended that streak to two straight NCAA tournament wins, topping Connecticut College 3-1 in the second round.
Gibson scored twice in a 2-minute, 38-second span to key the effort. In the process, McDaniel set a program record for wins in a season with its 18th of the year and advanced to the third round. The 15th-ranked Green Terror's opponent next Saturday will be Brandeis, which advanced out of the College of New Jersey regional on penalty kicks. The location of next week's sectional, which will include No. 1 William Smith and No. 13 Amherst squaring off in the other third-round game, will be announced on Monday afternoon.
Alex Baltazar scored in the 84th minute to break up the shutout and lead the Camels (10-6-2), who needed overtime and penalty kicks to advance out of the first round.
An own goal was the difference in an evenly played 1-0 first half that Connecticut College finished with a 3-1 edge in shots.
That lead held until Gibson reentered the game in the 63rd minute. Not even three minutes later, she found herself outracing the defense and facing a one-on-one with the keeper. Her shot from distance, however, bounced off the right post to keep it a 1-0 score.
The sophomore would redeem herself, though.
In the 72nd minute, Katie Kirschenmann (Damascus, Md./Damascus) played a ball down the right sideline that Gibson collected and raced to the top of the box. After crossing over her defender, she took the shot left-footed and bounced it off the crossbar – but this time it fell over the line to make it a 2-0 game.
Kirschenmann then fed Gibson again – this time from the right end line with a centering pass. Gibson finished at the 74:16 mark for a 3-0 lead.
Alex Bukovac played a ball over the top that Baltazar got to and finished on a low liner from the top of the box to set the final margin.
The Camels finished with a slim 8-7 edge in shots and 5-2 advantage in corner kicks.
Sarah McDonald (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury) made three saves to backstop a solid defensive effort.