DANBURY, CT - Junior goalie Neve Manion (Newington, CT) made nine saves on her way to a shutout as the Western Connecticut State University field hockey team defeated visiting Plymouth State University, 2-0 in the Little East Conference opener for both teams at the Westside Athletic Complex on Saturday afternoon.
Manion now has a pair of shutouts in her third season in the WestConn cage.
"I am very happy with the result and the team played strong defense from top to bottom," stated WestConn's 15-year head coach Dani McDonnell. "It is great to open league play with a shut-out win."
The Colonials, now 5-1 overall and 1-0 in the LEC, took a 1-0 advantage when senior forward Carly Matasavage (Middlebury, CT) deposited her third goal of the season at the 10:59 mark of the first half. Sophie Leeds (Trumbull, CT), who a minute earlier entered the contest, set up Matasavage with what proved to be the game-winning marker.
The Colonials finished with a 16-11 advantage in the shot column and were awarded five more offensive corners, 8-3.
Meaghan Allard (Amherst, NH) made her first start of the season in goal for the Panthers. She made three saves.
WestConn travels to Westfield State University for a meeting with the Owls next Saturday, September 21. Game time is set for 11 am.