WORCESTER, MA – The WestConn women's soccer team continued to roll as they improved to 10-0 overall following a 2-1 non-league win at Worcester State on Wednesday night. Senior Andrea DeVoe (Farmington, CT) dished out a pair of assists for the Colonials, while junior Aileen Maloney (Trumbull, CT) and senior Jenna Gentile (Norwalk, CT) tallied the scoring strikes for the visitors.
"We were a bit lucky to get the win after Worcester hit the post several times. However, we found a way to win and hold off the late pressure. We're looking forward to our LEC game on Saturday," said WestConn head coach Alex Harrison.
Following a long shot put on net by Morgan Hartmayer (Ridgefield, Conn.), the Colonials gained control of the ball and Devoe connected with Maloney for the first goal of the game. The visitors added to their lead just four minutes later when DeVoe launched the ball from the right side into the box, finding the head of Gentile for the 2-0 advantage.
The Lancers were fierce in the second half and kept the ball in their offensive zone, firing off 15 shots in the frame (seven shots on goal). Despite three shots that hit the post in the first 20 minutes of the stanza, Worcester State's Tsara LeBlanc (Gardner, Mass.) saw two back-to-back shots on net, one of which slid past freshman goaltender, Alexis Lainchbury (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) in the 85th minute to cut the Colonials' lead in half (2-1). The Lancers put up a fight in the last five minutes of play and awed the crowd with a free kick shot from Worcester's Maddie Fong (Norton, Mass.) that bounced off the crossbar in the 87thminute. Western Connecticut controlled the play in the last three minutes, sealing the 2-1 victory for their 10th consecutive win of the season.
The Colonials return to action for a Little East Conference matchup at UMass-Dartmouth on Saturday at 1 p.m.