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Western Connecticut knocks off PSU Women’s Soccer

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Sophomore Lauren Matthews (Monroe, Conn.) scored a goal and assisted on another Saturday afternoon to lead Western Connecticut State University to a 6-1 victory over Plymouth State University in a Little East Conference women's soccer match at Panther Field.

            Junior Nicole Sieber (Newtown, Conn.) added a goal for the Colonials, who won their third straight game to improve to 7-3 overall.  WestConn, the two-time defending LEC champions, also moved to 3-0 in conference play, while PSU slipped to 3-5-3 overall and 0-3-1 in the Little East.

            Junior Gianna Minervini (Point Pleasant, N.J.) provided the highlight for the Panthers, scoring her second goal of the season with about five minutes remaining in the game on a nice long shot over the goalies reach.

            Junior Kelli Veras (Trumbull, Conn.) gave the visitors a 1-0 lead midway through the opening frame, finishing off a nice service from Matthews.  Senior Victoria Capozziello (Fairfield, Conn.) put another one on the board for Western just before the break to make it a 2-0 game.

            The Colonials pulled away in the second half. Sieber and Matthews each scored in the first 15 minutes to push the margin to 4-0, Matthews knocking in her team-leading eighth of the season.  Sophomore Jennifer Duran (Uncasville, Conn.) and freshman Lauren Francisco (Ludlow, Mass.) rounded out the scoring for the winners.

            PSU is back in action on Wednesday with a non-conference match at Castleton (4:00 p.m.), while WestConn plays a pivotal LEC make-up contest on Monday at Eastern Connecticut (3:30 p.m.).  Eastern and Western are the only two schools that remain unbeaten in LEC action.

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