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Western Conn. nips PSU Women’s Soccer in overtime

Todd scores two goals for Panthers

            DANBURY, Conn. – Freshman Celia DeVoe (Farmington, Conn.) scored twice in regulation and assisted on the game-winner in overtime Saturday afternoon to help lift the Western Connecticut State University women's soccer team to a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over Plymouth State University at the Westside Athletic Complex.

            Western controlled the majority of the action over the first 30 minutes of play, keeping Plymouth State pinned in its own end of the field and out-shooting the Panthers 7-2.  At the 14:42 mark, senior Molly Todd (Epsom, N.H.) received a pass from junior Emily Bell (Derry, NH) near mid-field, sprinted between two Western defenders, and beat the Western keeper with a shot to the right side of the cage to give Plymouth State a 1-0 lead.  At intermission, the Panthers still held a 1-0 lead.

            Western wasted little time in the second half scoring the equalizer.  Senior Ariana D'Aurio (Cheshire, Conn.) raced past the Plymouth State defense, taking the ball deep down the left side.  Her centering pass was slightly behind junior Sarah Menta (Newington, Conn.), but Menta managed to redirect the pass to DeVoe who powered a shot past the PSU keeper to even the score at 1-1.

            Plymouth State regained the lead with 30 minutes remaining with a little help from the Western defense.  As the ball was being played into the Western end off a high pass, it was misplayed by the Colonial defense.  Todd benefited from the miscue, slipped around the Western defender, and beat the Western keeper for a 2-1 Panther lead.

            Western was awarded a corner kick with 18 minutes remaining.  DeVoe took the corner from the left side and curled a shot across the face of the cage, over the fingertips of the Plymouth State keeper, and into the right side of the goal to knot the score at 2-2.  Western finished with a 31-7 advantage in shots during regulation, but after 90 minutes the score remained 2-2 and the game headed to overtime.

            In the opening minute of overtime, Western missed a chance to end the game when sophomore Kelsey Chacho (Plainville, Conn.) fired a shot that bounced off a Plymouth State defender and landed right in front of freshman Meaghan Gustafson (Newington, Conn.) less than five yards from the goal.  Gustafson pushed her shot just wide left and play continued.

            Three minutes later, DeVoe again came to the rescue on a corner kick.  Taking the corner from the right side this time, Devoe lofted a perfect pass into the center of the box where senior Erica Moran (Shelton, Conn.) headed the ball into the right corner of the net for a 3-2 Western victory.

            Freshman keeper Alison Rettenmeier (Sherman, Conn.) finished with two saves to earn the win, while freshman Annaliese Schmidt (Newmarket, N.H.) gave a heroic effort to finish with 12 saves for Plymouth State.

            Both teams play non-conference games in their next outing. Plymouth State, 2-8 overall and 0-3 in the LEC, hosts Salem State on Tuesday while Western, 9-4 overall and 3-0 in the Little East, travels to play Scranton on Wednesday.

  (Courtesy of Western Connecticut Sports Information)

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