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October 14, 2006

LEC-leading Western Connecticut holds off PSU Women’s Soccer

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - The Western Connecticut State University women's soccer defense had its scoreless streak stopped at 650 minutes Saturday afternoon, but the Colonials pulled out a 2-1 victory over Plymouth State University in Little East Conference action at Panther Field.

The Colonials, ranked #1 in New England and #6 in the nation in Division III, kept their perfect record going, improving to 15-0-0 overall and 5-0-0 in conference play. WestConn equals its school record with its 15th consecutive victory, and surrendered just its fifth goal of the campaign. The Colonials had posted six straight shutouts before allowing their first goal since Sept. 26. PSU fell to 1-4-0 in the LEC and 4-7-1 overall, with six of its seven losses coming by one goal.

The game was fairly even in the first half, with WestConn having a 3-2 edge in shots. Sophomore Catherine Nathans (New Fairfield, Conn.) scored the only goal of the half in the 21st minute when she broke through the Panther defense and knocked in her LEC-leading 17th goal of the season.

The Colonials started to carry more of the play in the second half, and extended the lead to 2-0 at 53:38 on a goal by senior Calie Carter (Lebanon, N.H.), her fifth of the season. PSU got a couple of shots on goal, and finally got on the board in the 68th minute with a goal by freshman Stacy DiSabato (Manchester, N.H./Central). Neither team could score the rest of the way, with the visitors finishing with a 10-7 advantage in shots.

Senior keeper Jenna Cappellieri (Stratford, Conn.), who entered the game with a league-leading 0.38 goals against average, made three saves to earn the victory. Freshman Morgan McQuaide (Westerly, R.I.) finished with seven saves for the Panthers.

PSU continues its five-game home stand this Tuesday with a non-conference match-up against Bridgewater State (6:00 p.m.) WestConn also returns to action with a non-conference affair Tuesday, visiting Kean University (7:30 p.m.)

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