GORHAM, Maine -- Senior Ariana D'Aurio (Cheshire, Conn.) scored on a looping shot in the 71st minute to provide the visiting Western Connecticut State University Colonials with a 2-1 victory over the University of Southern Maine Huskies Saturday afternoon in a Little East Conference women's soccer match at Hannaford Field.
The win snapped a two-game losing skid for the Colonials who improved to 10-6-0 overall and 4-1-0 in the conference. The Huskies, who dropped their fifth one-goal decision this season, slide to 4-10-1 overall and 1-4-0 in LEC play.
After a scoreless opening 45 minutes, it would be the Huskies who broke through first on the scoreboard. Junior Shannon Brozyna (Orrington, Maine/Bangor) knocked in the rebound of her own shot in the 59th minute to give the home side a 1-0 advantage. Brozyna's first opportunity from about six yards out was stopped by WCSU rookie goalkeeper Alison Rettenmeier (Sherman, Conn.), but the rebound came right back to the third-year forward who buried the rebound for her second goal of the season.
The Colonials got the equalizer in the 64th minute as rookie Celia DeVoe (Farmington, Conn.) played a through ball onto the right side for junior Sarah Menta (Newington, Conn.). Menta went in one-on-one against USM senior keeper Katie Cobb (Lewiston, Maine) and place a 12-yard shot inside the far side post for her fifth goal of the season.
Seven minutes later, D'Aurio got the ball on the left side, dribbled with a burst of speed past a couple of USM defenders and looped a shot over Cobb for her team-leading eighth goal.
Rettenmeier and her defensive mates protected the lead over the final 19 minutes to preserve the win. Rettenmeier finished the match with three saves. Cobb registered nine saves in a losing effort.
Western Conn. out shot Southern Maine 24-6 and piled up a 9-2 advantage in corner kicks.
Southern Maine travels to Colby College on Tuesday (3:00 p.m.) for its next game. Western Connecticut will entertain Kean University under the lights on Monday (7:00 p.m.).