BOSTON, MA – The second-seeded Western Connecticut State University women's soccer team saw its season come to an end following a 4-0 loss to top-seeded host UMass-Boston in the Little East Conference Championship on Saturday afternoon. With the loss, the Colonials concluded the campaign at 14-6-2 overall, while the Beacons improved to 19-2-1 and captured their second-ever conference crown, earning an automatic NCAA Tournament berth.
The Colonials and Beacons played to a 0-0 tie in the regular season finale in which WestConn outshot UMB by a 22-9 margin. However, the Beacons held a 16-9 advantage in the finals match and converted three goals on five corner kick attempts.
"We didn't give up and I'm proud of our team's effort, but UMass-Boston took advantage of their scoring opportunities and played strong defensively," said WestConn head coach Alex Harrison following the game. "We will miss the leadership and dedication from our seniors," he concluded.
Rookie forward Myah Croze (Bristol, CT) ripped a shot off the crossbar for the Colonials in the ninth minute. However, UMass-Boston's Dani Anderson tallied an unassisted goal in the 29th before Cal Pitts took a feed from Allie Crawford and tickled the twine in the 38th, giving the hosts a 2-0 lead heading into the break.
The Beacons would rack up another pair of scoring strikes in the second half en route to the win. They await the NCAA Tournament selection show on Monday to determine their next opponent.