Western Connecticut Blanks Southern Maine 4-0

            GORHAM, Maine  --  Senior Kelli Veras (Trumbull, Conn.) had a goal and two assists Saturday to lead Western Connecticut State University to a 4-0 victory over the University of Southern Maine in a Little East Conference women's soccer match at the USM Soccer Field.

            The win snapped a two-match losing skid for the Colonials, and improved their record to 7-8-0 overall and 3-2-0 in conference play.  The Huskies dropped their fourth straight match to slip to

2-12-0 overall and 1-4-0 in the conference.

            Veras gave the visitors the lead in the opening minute of play when she banged home the rebound of a shot taken by junior Lauren Matthews (Monroe, Conn.).  Matthews took the initial low shot from the top of the penalty area that USM senior goalkeeper Alison Bradley (Auckland, New Zealand) got her hands to, but could not control the rebound.  The goal was the seventh of the season for Veras.

            The lead increased to 2-0 in the 32nd minute as freshman Cecelia Dias (Prospect, Conn./Woodland Regional) converted a pass from Veras who attacked down the right side for her first collegiate goal.  Six minutes later, Veras attacked along the right end line before passing out front to senior Angela Wozniak (Ludlow, Mass.) who slotted the shot home for her third goal.

            The Colonials got the only goal of the second half in the 79th minute on a 12-yard shot from sophomore Jillian Duran (Uncasville, Conn./Montville).  Matthews picked up the assist.

            Bradley played well in defeat making nine saves.  Sophomore Molly Miller (Middlebury, Conn.) opened up in goal for the Colonials making three saves before giving way to freshman Amanda Simon (Brick, N.J./Brick Memorial) in the 67th minute.  Simon did not have to register a save.

            The Colonials held the edge in play piling up a 23-3 advantage in shots and a 16-1 edge in corner kicks.

            Southern Maine will host Framingham State College on Tuesday (3:30 p.m.) for a non-conference match.  Western Connecticut entertains Kean College on Tuesday (7:00 p.m.).