DANBURY, CT - Freshman Kimberly Brower (Mahopac, NY) and sophomore Morgan Matthews (Bethel, CT) scored their first goals for the Western Connecticut State University field hockey team and the Colonials went on to defeat the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 2-1 in the Little East Conference opener for both clubs on Thursday night.
The Colonials improve to 1-2 overall and are 1-0 in the LEC while the Corsairs drop to 0-2 on the season and 0-1 in the league.
WestConn got on the scoreboard in the 21st minute when fellow Mahopac, NY native Amanda Spano found Brower in front of the cage. The freshman forward hit the hardwood with her first collegiate marker.
After intermission, the Colonials kept the pressure up offensively and took a 2-0 lead following Matthews blast by UMass Dartmouth goalie Allison Burke (Franklin, MA) with 20:31 left on the game clock.
"It was great to get our first conference win of the year, at home," explained 13-year head coach Dani McDonnell. "Tonight was a much stronger offensive output than our previous two contest. We are looking forward to keeping the momentum for Saturday game with Salem State."
The Corsairs cut their deficit in half when senior forward Delaney Burns (Wayne, NJ) registered her teams first goal of the season.
Freshman Neve Manion (Newington, CT) had a stellar outing in goal for WestConn. She made 11 saves as UMD narrowly out shot the Colonials, 18-17.
Burke turned away six shots in the loss.
WestConn plays host to Salem State University this Saturday, September 9 at The Westside Athletic Complex. The Colonials and Vikings are set for a 1 pm start.