SALEM, MASS. – Western Connecticut's Kimberly Brower (Mahopac, N.Y.) and Morgan Matthews (Bethel, Conn.) scored two goals apiece as the Colonials earned a 6-1 Little East Conference win over Salem State on "Think Pink" day at Alumni Field. Western Connecticut goes to 9-6 and 7-3 in conference while the Vikings stumble to 0-13 and 0-9 in the LEC.
Salem State controlled the tempo early as they held the Colonials without a shot on net most of the first period. The Vikings however, could not take advantage as they missed on a couple of open looks that would have given them an early lead.
Western Connecticut tallied the only score of the first in the 26th minute as Brower slipped behind keeper Kaitlyn O'Shea (Ledgewood, N.J.) and punched in a pass from Nora Swift (Brookfield, Conn.).
"It was nice to get back on track with a win today," stated WestConn head coach Dani McDonnell. "We had a slow start, which we need to address, but we finished strongly.
The Colonials ended a mini-two-game slide with their win over the Vikings on Saturday.
Casie Curtin (Wrentham, Mass.) answered for the Vikings early in the second half, netting the equalizer with an unassisted goal. The tie was short lived as Matthews quickly answered less than a minute later, starting a string of five straight scores, as the Colonials pulled away for a 6-1 victory.
Swift, Amanda Spano (Amanda Mahopac, N.Y.), Brower and Matthews all scored goals over the final 15 minutes as Western Connecticut outshot the Vikings 9-2 over the final 35 minutes.
Neve Manion (Newington, Conn.) made four saves in the win for the Colonials while O'Shea made five saves in the loss, all in the first half. Kelli McCarthy (Foxborough, Mass.) replaced O'Shea in the second half and did not record a save.
WestConn plays host to intra-state rival Eastern Connecticut State University this Wednesday, October 17. Game time with the Warriors is set for 7 pm at the Westside Athletic Complex.