Salem State defeats Western Connecticut, 2-1 in a shootout


DANBURY, CT (Sept. 15) —  Freshman defender Erin Wilson (Reading, MA) scored what proved to be the game-winning goal in the newly implemented shootout and Salem State University defeated Western Connecticut State University, 2-1 at The WAC on Saturday night.

Wilson capped off a 3-1 advantage for the Vikings in the shootout and the visitors improve to 4-1 overall and are now 1-1 in the Little East Conference.

Other Salem State players to convert their attempt in the shootout were Kelsey Russell (Arlington, MA0 and Kathleen Clark (Southboro, MA). Western's Kim Gigante (Bedford Hills, NY) scored the only goal in third extra session.

The Colonials, 2-4 overall and 0-2 in the league, got on the score board, in the 30th minute of play, when Rachel Duffy (Marlton, NJ) scored her first goal of the season after a penalty corner was started by Victoria Vitale (West Milford, NJ) and continued by Deanne Mastrocola (Goshen, CT).

The Vikings knotted the game at 1-1 when Clark scored her team-leading fourth goal of the season at the 53:35 mark. She was assisted by senior midfielder Courtney Lynch (North Andover, MA).

Michaela Boyer (South Hadley, MA) earned the win in goal for Salem State after making seven saves and turning away three of four attempts in the shootout.

Kaeley DeNegre (North Branford, CT) made three saves for Western before Courtney Hearn (New Fairfield, CT) came on for the shootout.

Western plays host to Vassar College on Tuesday, September 18. Game time is slated for 7 pm.

Field Hockey Game Summary (Final)
2012 Western Field Hockey Statistics
Salem State vs Western Connecticut (Sep 15, 2012 at Danbury, Conn.)

Salem State (4-1, 1-1 LEC) vs. Western Connecticut (2-4, 0-2 LEC)
Date: Sep 15, 2012 Attendance: 77
Weather: It's Always Sunny in Danbury

Goals by period.......... 1.. 2.. OT.. O2.. SO.. Tot
Salem State.............. 0.. 1.. 0... 0... 1... 2
Western Connecticut...... 1.. 0.. 0... 0... 0... 1

1 29:28 WCSU Rachel Duffy (1) (Deanne Mastrocola;Victoria Vitale) - off corner
2 53:35 SSU Kathleen Clark (4) (Courtney Lynch)
3 115:00 SSU Erin Wilson Stroke-off

Salem State: 17/Y 15/N 11/Y 10/N 12/GWG
Western Connecticut: 8/N 19/N 12/N 1/Y
Salem State wins shootout 2-1

Shots: Salem State 16, Western Connecticut 19
Saves: Salem State 8 (Michaela Boyer 7; TEAM 1), Western Connecticut 3
(Kaeley DeNegre 3)