DANBURY, CT – The Western Connecticut State University women's soccer team dropped to 2-5 overall following a 1-0 loss to visiting non-conference foe Farmingdale State on Wednesday evening at the Westside Athletic Complex. With the win, the Rams improved to 5-2-1. Sophomore goalkeeper Alexis Lainchbury (Hopewell Junction, NY) was stellar in net for the Colonials, finishing with eight saves.
The hosts had the first high-quality scoring chance 21:58 into the contest when a shot from senior Lucy Daniels (Bethel, CT) banged off the right post off a corner kick feed from junior Bailey McCollum (Cold Spring, NY).
The visitors tallied the lone goal of the game in the 34th minute of play when senior Allison Khare (Deer Park, NY) fired a shot just inside the left post after taking a cross-box pass from junior Medina Mulic (Ridgewood, NY). It marked the second scoring strike of the season for Khare.
WestConn responded with a flurry of activity in the second half. McCollum just missed connecting with rookie Kaleigh Panek (Shelton, CT) before Panek's pass down the middle of the field to senior Aileen Maloney (Trumbull, CT) also sailed just a bit too far. Had each pass connected, it could have resulted in breakaway attempts.
Farmingdale finished with the edge in shots, 18-12, while WestConn held a 13-3 advantage in free-kick opportunities. Corner kicks were 4-3 in favor of the hosts. Junior netminder Daniella Ford (Elmont, NY) racked up six saves for the Rams.
"Despite being down at halftime, I was happy with the way our team continued to battle," said WestConn head coach Alex Harrison after the nailbiting loss. "We controlled much of play in the second half but just missed on some opportunities," he added.
The Colonials will seek to rebound from the loss when they travel to Little East Conference nemesis UMass-Boston on Saturday at 4 p.m.