DANBURY, CT - Junior midfielder Bailey McCollum (Cold Spring, NY) scored off a free kick from 43 yards out to lift the Western Connecticut State University women's soccer team to a 1-0 victory over visiting Keene State College at the Westside Athletic Complex on Saturday afternoon.
McCollum, who is second on the Colonials with four goals and 13 total points, was awarded the kick following one of the Owls' eight fouls on the day. At first it appeared that classmate Jasmine Grey (Naugatuck, CT) re-directed McCollum's boot, but after further review the ball took an unusual bounce near the far post and snuck by Keene State's starting keeper Abbie Terrinca (Ludlow, MA).
"Bailey takes the majority of our free kicks, including the corners, because she has the ability to advance the ball a good distance," said third-year head coach Alex Harrison. "Today was not the first time this season that she has scored from over 35 yards away."
WestConn, now 9-6 overall and 5-1 in the Little East Conference, has won seven straight games and are back in familiar territory, the top of the conference standings.
Freshman netminder Karley Martin (Bristol, CT) registered her third-straight clean sheet, in her third collegiate game. She made a pair of saves on Saturday.
"Things are coming together well at the right time of the season," stated Harrison. "We just have to keep playing defense well and the goals will come."
Terrinca made four saves over the first 45 minutes before yielding way to Shelby Offord (Shelton, CT) for the second stanza. Offord made five saves while holding the Colonials scoreless.
The Colonials finished with dominating 25-10 advantage in shot attempts in the victory.
WestConn play host to Worcester State University on Tuesday, October 16. Game time against the Lancers is set for 6 pm.
The Owls, now 3-9-1 overall and 0-5-1 in the LEC host Bridgewater State University on Wednesday at 6 pm.