September 26, 2009



Providence, RIóJunior forward Lauren Matthews (Monroe, CT) scored three goals, while senior striker Kelli Veras (Trumbull, CT) netted two markers, as Western Connecticut downed Rhode Island College, 5-0, in Little East Conference womenís soccer action.


WestConn (4-4, 1-1) evens its record, both overall and in league play, while the Anchorwomen (1-5, 0-2) suffer their fourth consecutive loss.


The Colonials dominated the game from start to finish, ending the contest with a 44-5 advantage in shots. Matthews scored what proved to be the game-winning tally in the 17th minute. Senior midfielder Angela Wozniak (Ludlow, MA) fired a shot from the top of the box, forcing RIC junior goalkeeper Maddie Pirri (Bristol, MA) to make a diving stop. Matthews collected the loose ball and shot it in off the inside netting.


RIC kept the score 1-0 for most of the first half, with its two best scoring opportunities coming on senior midfielder Christina Tavana (Middletown, CT) free kicks that went over the net.


Veras put the game out of reach with two goals 2:09 apart in the 40th and 42nd minutes. In both instances, she collected ball and fought her way through the RIC defense for her second and third markers of the season.


Pirri was lifted for precautionary measures after the first half, giving way to freshman Libby Lazar (Wakefield, RI) who had started the game as a forward.


The visitors were awarded a penalty kick in the 61st minute due to a hand ball in the box, but senior back Amanda Genovaís (New Milford, CT) shot went right at Lazar for the stop.


Matthews capped the hat trick effort with her second and third goals of the year in the 58th and 65th minutes. First, freshman midfielder Brittany Papaj (Newtown, CT) lofted a pass from 30 yards away that Matthews perfectly headed into the net. Papaj later sent in Matthews from midfield to cap the gameís scoring.


WestConn sophomore goalkeeper Molly Miller (Middlebury, CT) played 66 minutes and made two saves before giving way to freshmen Amanda Simon (Brick, NJ) and Gabby Dadario (East Haven, CT) who didnít need to make a stop in the shutout effort.


Pirri made seven saves and Lazar stopped eight for the hosts.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will play at Springfield on Tuesday, Sept. 29.