DANBURY, CT – Sophomore midfielder Alexandra DeLuca (Bethel, CT) netted her first goal of the season but it wasn't enough as the Western Connecticut State University women's soccer team was edged at home by non-conference foe Vassar College, 2-1, on a misty Wednesday evening at the Westside Athletic Complex. With the loss, the Colonials dropped to 1-4 overall while the Brewers improved to 3-2.
After a scoreless first half with few quality opportunities, things heated up in the second. WestConn senior forward Allison Oakley (Beekman, NY) used some nifty moves, splitting a pair of defenders but her shot sailed just wide less than five minutes into the second stanza. Moments later, the Colonials rushed downfield again but Brewer junior forward Jordan Moss (Tustin, CA) slid to break up the play after losing a shoe.
Vassar drew first blood when rookie Emma Tanner (Florence, MA) tallied her team-leading third goal of the season when she fired a shot that slipped just under the crossbar in the 61st minute. Shortly thereafter, the visitors upped the count to 2-0 when senior midfielder Dahlia Chroscinski (Hummelstown, PA) knocked a header into the twine off a corner kick from rookie Sara Rubinelli (Long Beach, CA).
The hosts struck back less than three minutes later when DeLuca gathered a deflected cross from senior Lucy Daniels (Bethel, CT) and chipped it into the open side of the net, cutting the deficit to 2-1 midway through the period. The Colonials continued to apply the pressure for the remainder of the contest but were unable to net the equalizer.
WestConn sophomore goalkeeper Alexis Lainchbury (Hopewell Junction, NY) moved to 1-3 overall and recorded five saves, while Vassar sophomore Fiona Walsh (Hackettstown, NJ) improved to 3-2 and turned aside four shots. The visitors finished ahead in shots, 14-8, and corner kicks, 4-2.
"We played hard in the second half, but just couldn't find the back of the net to force overtime. We've got a few days to work on some things before our conference schedule begins," said WestConn head coach Alex Harrison after the loss.
The Colonials return to action against visiting Castleton in the LEC opener for both teams on Saturday at Noon.