Western Connecticut Rolls by Southern Maine 4-0

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            DANBURY, Conn. -- The Western Connecticut State University women's soccer team scored four unanswered goals in the first half to cruise to a 4-0 victory over the University of Southern Maine in a Little East Conference match Saturday afternoon at the Westside Athletic Complex.

            The win extends the Colonials' unbeaten streak to seven (6-0-1), and improves their record to 9-4-1 overall, 4-1-0 in conference play.  The Huskies dropped their fourth consecutive game to slide to 4-11-0 overall, 2-3-0 in LEC matches.

            Junior Jillian Duran (Uncasville, Conn./Montville) gave the home side an early 1-0 advantage when she converted a set-up from her sister, Jennifer, in the second minute of play.

            With a strong wind at their backs, the Colonials dominated play in the first half, outshooting the Huskies, 20-1.  Graduate student Nicole Sieber (Newtown, Conn./Immaculate) doubled the lead in the 25th minute off an assist from Jillian Duran, and senior Lauren Matthews (Monroe, Conn./Masuk) made it 3-0 with an unassisted goal less than a minute later.

            Sophomore Cecelia Dias (Prospect, Conn./Woodland Regional) complete the first-half barrage scoring her first goal of the season, assisted by rookie Ariana D'Aurio (Cheshire, Conn./Holy Cross), in the 37th minute.

            Southern Maine junior goalkeeper Kat Rothe (Leeds, Maine/Leavitt Area) made a career-high 14 saves in the match.  Sophomores Caitlin Avery (East Hampton, Conn.) and Amanda Simon (Brick, N.J.) combined to post Western Connecticut's eighth shutout of the season.  Avery registered one save in 74-plus minutes before Simon came on.  Simon did not have to make any saves.  Western Connecticut finished the match with a 27-3 advantage in shots and a 2-0 edge in corner kicks.

            Southern Maine travels to Framingham State College on Tuesday (3:30 p.m.) for a non-conference match.  Western Connecticut plays on Tuesday (7:30 p.m.) at Kean University.