September 25, 2010



Danbury, CT-Western Connecticut snapped Rhode Island College's undefeated start to the 2010 women's soccer season with a convincing, 9-0, shutout on Saturday evening at the Westside Athletic Complex.


The Anchorwomen (5-1, 1-1 LEC) are off to the program's best start in 11 years despite this evening's setback. The Colonials (4-4, 1-1 LEC) outshot RIC, 48-2, as they even their overall and league marks at .500.


WestConn senior Jennifer Duran (Uncasville, CT) recorded the hat trick.


 Duran got WestConn on the board early with a header that score just over four minutes into the game. Sophomore Alana Fitzpatrick (Cheshire, CT) earned the assist when she headed the ball high across the face of the goal to Duran. Duran also scored the Colonials’ second goal when she collected a rebound from a shot taken by senior Nicole Sieber (Newtown, CT) and punched it past the RIC goalkeeper.


Sieber scored the game’s third goal four minutes later and WestConn ran out to a 4-0 advantage when a Tina Dias (Shelton, CT) crossing pass deflected off a RIC defender and into the goal for an own goal. Dias scored one minute later when she beat the left side of the Rhode Island defense and blasted a shot from 15 yards out. Her first shot rebounded off the goalkeeper directly back to Dias, who avoided the goalie to score into an empty net. Junior Lauren Francisco (Ludlow, MA) gave WestConn a commanding, 6-0, lead in the final minute of the first half.


 The second half started the same way the first half ended, with WestConn in control. Senior Lauren Matthews (Monroe, CT) broke through the middle of the Rhode Island College defense and scored on her second attempt after her first shot rebounded off the RIC goalie. Sieber scored from a seemingly impossible angle on the left side of the box near the end-line to put WestConn up 8-0, and Duran finished the scoring for the Colonials at the 71:06 mark for her third goal of the game and a hat trick.


For the game, WestConn held a 48-2 advantage in shots, and a 9-2 edge in corner kicks. Senior Maddie Pirri (Bristol, RI) made 18 saves in goal for Rhode Island College as she suffered her first loss of the season. Sophomore Caitlin Avery (East Hampton, CT) was only called upon to make one save to earn the win as the ball rarely entered the WestConn half of the field.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will host Springfield on Tuesday, Sept. 28.