DANBURY, Conn. - The Western Connecticut State University women's soccer team outshot Little East Conference rival Plymouth State University 34-1 Saturday night, but the game's outcome wasn't decided until sophomore Lauren Francisco (Ludlow, Mass.) scored 1:08 into overtime to give the Colonials a 2-1 victory at the Westside Athletic Complex.
The early minutes of the game gave every appearance of being an offensive battle with both teams scoring early for a 1-1 tie. WestConn got on the board first when senior Amanda Genova (New Milford, Conn.) worked the ball down the left side of the field for the Colonials and launched a long pass over the Plymouth State defense. Lauren Francisco headed the pass just inside the right post, past a diving Plymouth State goalie, to give WestConn a 1-0 lead. Plymouth State evened the score less than five minutes later when senior Stacy DiSabato (Manchester, N.H./Central) chipped the ball high over the head of WestConn goalkeeper Molly Miller (Middlebury, Conn.) and into the goal for her third of the season.
WestConn finished with a 17-0 advantage in shots in the second half, but the score remained 1-1 after 90 minutes of play.
The overtime period was brief. WestConn quickly moved the action into the Panther end of the field. Francisco worked around one defender to move the ball into the box on the right side. She was immediately challenged by another Plymouth State defender, but found just enough room to blast a shot past the Panther goalie and into the high right corner of the goal for the game-winner.
WestConn held a 34-1 advantage in shots and an 8-0 edge in corner kicks. Sophomore Angelina LaBroad (Hampton, N.H.) made 10 saves in goal for Plymouth State, while Molly Miller earns the win for WestConn without being called upon to make any saves.
WestConn's season record now stands at 5-6, and 2-1 in the Little East. PSU falls to 5-3-1 overall and 1-2 in the LEC. The Colonials return to action Thursday at Worcester State (7:00 p.m.) while PSU returns home to host Salem State Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.
(Courtesy of Western Connecticut Sports Information)
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