DANBURY, CT - Sophomore forward Kaleigh Panek (Shelton, CT) scored twice to lead the Western Connecticut State University women's soccer team to a come-from-behind 3-1 victory over Rhode Island College at the Westside Athletic Complex on a steamy Saturday afternoon.
The Anchorwomen, now 2-7 overall and 0-2 in the Little East Conference, took a 1-0 lead in the 24th minutes when Soleil Galagarza (Pawtucket, RI) finished off a crossing pass from Alexandra Amore (Saunderstown, RI). It was Galagarza's team-leading fourth goal of the season.
Four minutes later, Panek would score her first goal of the day off a long pass from Bailey McCollum (Cold Spring, NY) and the two teams would go into intermission deadlocked at, 1-1.
Freshman Myah Croze (Bristol, CT) scored what proved to be the game-winning goal following a long lead pass from McCollum with 11:35 elapsed in the second half. It was Croze's team-leading eight marker of the season.
Panek, who led all players with nine shot attempts on the day, put away her seventh goal of the season at the 64:03 mark, off a pass from Marysia Slowik (Norwalk, CT), to end any threat of an Anchorwomen comeback.
"It took us a little bit to get into the game today and we cannot depend on being able to shake off a rusty start for games in this conference," said WestConn head coach Alex Harrison. "We created plenty of chances on the afternoon and were lucky to walk out with a result."
Sophomore Karly Martin (Bristol, CT) earned the win in goal for the Colonials, which improve to 5-4-1 overall and 2-0 in the league. She made three saves.
Erica Edwards (North Kingstown, RI) turned away eight shots on Saturday as she was peppered with 28 shot attempts from WestConn.
The Colonials get right back at it on Monday, September 30 when they play host to Manhattanville College. Game time against the Valiants is slated for 6 pm at the WAC.