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WestConn women's soccer defeat UMass Boston, 4-1 in regular-season finale

WestConn women's soccer defeat UMass Boston, 4-1 in regular-season finale

BOSTON, MA – Four different players tallied scoring strikes to lead the Western Connecticut State University women's soccer team to a 4-1 Little East Conference win at UMass-Boston to wrap up the regular season slate on Saturday afternoon.

With the win, the Colonials improved to 15-1-2 overall and 6-0-1 in league play, while capturing a share of the 2017 LEC regular-season title and the second-seed in the LEC Postseason Tournament that begins on Tuesday. WestConn, which gets a bye in the quarterfinals, lost the tiebreaker to be the number one overall seed on the fourth LEC tiebreaker. The Colonials and cross-state rival Eastern Connecticut State University posted identical results against every opponent, but the Colonials allowed five goals in LEC play, while the Warriors limited their foes to just three goals.

The visitors broke the ice just 1:08 into the contest when senior Andrea DeVoe (Farmington, CT) took a feed from junior Aileen Maloney (Trumbull, CT) and tickled the twine. 

WestConn stretched the lead to 2-0 just before the break when sophomore defender Jasmine Grey (Naugatuck, CT) netted her first goal of the season on a long range blast that was misplayed by the Beacon goalkeeper. 

UMass-Boston cut the deficit to 2-1 early in the second half. However, the Colonials responded with a pair of goals as junior Allison Oakley (Beekman, NY) and rookie Emily Beard (Glastonbury, CT) each found the back of the net for WestConn, rounding the scoring out at 4-1. 

With the win, Colonial senior goalkeeper Jillian Fernandez (Columbia, CT) improved to 12-0-1 and finished with a pair of saves, while UMass-Boston's Alyssa Fugiel dropped to 2-2-1 and notched 18 saves. 

"It was a great way to finish the regular season. We need to continue to bring this strong work ethic and smart play into the postseason," said WestConn head coach Alex Harrison following the victory.