DANBURY, CT – After suffering its first loss of the season on Wednesday, the 24th-ranked Western Connecticut State University women's soccer team rebounded with a 1-0 victory over visiting Little East Conference foe Plymouth State University at The Westside Athletic Complex on Saturday afternoon.
Senior forward Autumn Sorice (Bethel, CT) tallied the lone goal of the game in the 49th minute of play to seal the win for the Colonials on Senior Day.
Those seniors honored before the game included Sorice, Brooke Hellman (Newington, CT),Jenna Gentile (Norwalk, CT), Samantha Carbonell (Berlin, CT), Andrea DeVoe (Farmington, CT) and goalkeeper Jillian Fernandez (Columbia, CT).
"We moved the ball well to set up some terrific scoring opportunities. Our defensive unit also came up with some nice stops when we needed them," said WestConn head coach Alex Harrison following the victory.
After a scoreless opening half, the Colonials were able to notch the eventual game-winner when Carbonell blasted a pass from midfield to Sorice. She then raced around a defender, gathered the loose ball and booted a shot from the left wing just inside the right post, good for her team-leading 14th goal of the season.
WestConn put together several tic-tac-toe style passing plays but were unable to convert as they finished with a 24-8 advantage in shots.
The visitors had a chance to notch the equalizer but a blast from rookie Mallory Lloyd (Hartland, VT) was turned aside by a diving Fernandez midway through the second half.
The Panthers continued to push with a few more rushes, however, sophomore defender Jasmine Grey (Naugatuck, CT) was able to break up the plays for the Colonials.
With the win, Fernandez improved to 10-0-1 overall while making two saves. Junior Leandra Nault (Goffstown, NH) recorded 11 saves and fell to 4-4 for Plymouth State. WestConn moved to 14-1-2 overall and 5-0-1 in league play, while the Panthers dropped to 6-8 and 1-5.
The Colonials return to action when they host non-conference opponent Stevens Tech on Tuesday at 7 p.m.