PSU Women’s Soccer falls to Western Connecticut

Panthers drop LEC contest

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Western Connecticut State University scored goals just over a minute apart in both halves Saturday en route to a 4-0 victory over Plymouth State University in a Little East Conference women's soccer game at Panther Field.

            Freshman Jessica Choronzy (Clinton, Conn.) and sophomore Sarah Menta (Newington, Conn.) registered a goal and an assist for Western as the Colonials out-shot the Panthers 18-4.  Senior goalkeeper Jamie Trayer (Oakville, Conn.) made two saves to record her third shutout of the season.  Western won its fourth straight game to improve to 10-3-1 overall and 3-2 in conference play while PSU dipped to 2-11 overall and 0-5 in the Little East.

            Choronzy opened the scoring for Western at the 16:33 mark when she collected a loose ball inside the box and spun around a defender before lobbing a chip shot over the keeper's head into the goal.  Senior Katie Wolfe (Suffern, N.Y.) struck just a minute and eight seconds later, converting a Colonial corner kick with a blast from just inside the box to the lower right corner.  It was the first goal of the season for both Choronzy and Wolfe.

            PSU came back and played tough the rest of the half but trailed by two goals heading into the break.  The Panthers suffered a tough break early in the second half when starting keeper Chelsea Duval (Dover, N.H.) was forced from the game with an injury.

            Plymouth State was hanging close until the 68th minute, when Menta broke through for her first goal of the season, taking a long feed pass down the right sideline from Choronzy and knocking it past PSU's reserve keeper.  Just a minute and five seconds later, Western's leading scorer, junior Ariana D'Aurio (Cheshire, Conn.) rounded out the scoring with her 11th of the year, tapping home a cross from the right end line by Menta.

            Duval finished with three saves in 48 minutes for PSU, while junior Hannah Kimball (Epping, N.H.) made two saves in the final 42 minutes.

            PSU plays a make-up game Monday evening at Worcester State University, while Western Conn. visits Kean (N.J.) on Tuesday, both non-conference match-ups. 

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