DANBURY, Conn. - Junior forward Autumn Sorice (Bethel, CT) notched a hat trick and dished out a pair of assists to lead the Western Connecticut State University women's soccer team to an 8-1 victory over visiting Little East Conference foe Southern Maine on Saturday afternoon at The Westside Athletic Complex. With the win, the Colonials wrapped up the regular season slate at 12-5-2 overall and 5-1-1 in conference play, while the Huskies season comes to an end at 6-12 and 0-7.
Western drew first blood 1:54 into the contest when junior forward Brooke Hellman (Newington, CT) took a short cross inside the box from Sorice and chipped the ball into the open side of the twine. Sorice then tallied her team-leading 18th and 19th goals of the season, extending the lead to 3-0 at the break, before senior midfielder Stacey Weinberg (Port Washington, NY) fired a shot just underneath the crossbar early in the second stanza, widening the gap to 4-0 in the 46th minute. Sorice completed the hat trick less than a minute later when she chased down a long pass up the right side from senior midfielder Celia DeVoe (Farmington, CT) and blasted a low shot off just inside the left post to make it 5-0.
Shortly thereafter, sophomore forward Allison Oakley (Beekman, NY) and Weinberg connected on a give-and-go play, earning Oakley her sixth goal of the season. Sophomore Jaclyn Fernandez (Bethel, CT) and rookie Julia MacBlane (Natick, MA) each tacked on their first goals of the season to round the Western scoring out at 8-0 in the 73rd minute. Southern Maine countered when junior midfielder Dayna Staffiere (Merrimack, NH) booted a shot into the top-left corner to break up the shutout.
Sophomore goalkeeper Serena Gunter (Jewett City, CT) improved to 2-1 overall and finished with one save for the Colonials, while Huskies sophomore Taylor Canastra (Fairhaven, MA) dropped to 6-12 and recorded seven saves. Western returns to action for the LEC Postseason Tournament on Tuesday against an opponent still to be determined.