Nault leads Panthers with 11 saves in net
DANURY, CONN. - The 24th ranked Western Connecticut State University women's soccer team defeated Plymouth State University, 1-0, in a hard-fought Little East Conference match at The Westside Athletic Complex.
Junior goalkeeper Leandra Nault (Goffstown, N.H.) came up big for the Panthers in net collecting 11 saves on 12 shots, but ultimately picking up the loss to drop her record to 4-4-0 this season.
Despite constant pressure from the Colonials in the opening frame, who put up five shots in the opening 15 mintues, Plymouth State kept the game deadlocked at 0-0 through the first half. The Panthers were outshot by the Colonials 11-1 in the first half.
Western Connecticut State got on the game's only goal from senior forward Autumn Sorice (Bethel, Conn.) in the 49th minute. Sorice converted a hard pass through the midfield from Samantha Carbonell (Berlin, Conn.) to net her 14th goal of the season.
The Panthers' best chance to even the score came when freshman Mallory Lloyd (Hartland, Vt.) forced Colonials' senior goalkeeper Jillian Fernandez (Columbia, Conn.) to make an acrobatic diving save.
Western Connecticut outshot PSU 24-8 for the game, with Fernandez improving to 10-0-1 overall. The Colonials improve to 14-1-2 overall and 5-0-1 in the LEC while Plymouth State falls to 6-8-0 overall and 1-5-0 in league play.
PSU returns to action on Wednesday (Oct. 25) when the Panthers travel to Rivier University for a non-conference match at 7:00 p.m.
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