Western Connecticut Downs Southern Maine 2-0 in LEC Opener

Western Connecticut Downs Southern Maine 2-0 in LEC Opener

            GORHAM, Maine -- Senior forward Jillian Duran (Uncasville, Conn.) scored once in each half to lead the Western Connecticut State University Colonials to a 2-0 victory over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in a Little East Conference women's soccer match Saturday afternoon at Hannaford Field.

            The win was the second straight for the Colonials and improved their record to 4-2-0 overall.  The Huskies had their two-match winning streak stopped to fall to 2-4-0 overall.  The match was the conference opener for both teams.

            Duran broke a scoreless stalemate in the 29th minute with her second goal of the season.  WestConn junior goalkeeper Caitlin Avery (East Hampton, Conn.) drove a clearing ball from the top of her 18-yard box over the USM back line that Duran ran onto.  Duran dribbled into the USM box and beat senior keeper Kat Rothe (Leeds, Maine/Leavitt Area) 1 v 1 with a shot from 15 yards out.

            Southern Maine had its best scoring bid later in the half but junior midfielder Jess Gassman's (Kennebunk, Maine) attempt to redirect a cross from the right side went wide of the near post.

            After halftime, the Colonials came out pressing the attack.  Duran got into the box to collect a pass from junior Katie Wolfe (Suffern, N.Y.) and beat Rothe from about 10 yards in the 49th minute to increase the lead.  The Colonials kept up the pressure throughout the final 40 minutes, but Rothe kept the Huskies close.

            Rothe finished the match with eight saves while Avery did not record a save to earn her third shutout of the season.  WestConn enjoyed a 15-1 advantage in shots and a 5-2 edge in corner kicks during the match.

            Southern Maine hits the road on Tuesday (6:00 p.m.) to play a non-conference match at Salem State University.  WestConn. Is off until next Saturday (1:00 p.m.) when it travels to the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth for an LEC match.