Western women's soccer scores late to claim 1-0 victory over WIT
DANBURY, CT (Sept. 13) —
Junior Ariana D’Aurio (Cheshire, CT) split two defenders and delivered the game’s only goal as the Western Connecticut State University women’s soccer team claimed a 1-0 victory over the visitors from Wentworth Institute of Technology at the Westside Athletic Complex Thursday evening.
Western dominated action in the opening minutes of the first half with D’Aurio nearly getting the Colonials on the scoreboard in the game’s opening minute. Senior Tracy Sales (Cumberland, RI) crossed a pass that hit D’Aurio in stride, but the shot sailed just over the crossbar. Western controlled time of possession throughout the first half, keeping the ball in the Wentworth end of the field the majority of the half, but after 45 minutes, the score remained 0-0.
Western generated the first quality scoring opportunity of the second half following a foul on Wentworth about 10 yards outside the box. Western’s kick was played solidly by senior Cecelia Dias (Prospect, CT), but her shot slammed off the crossbar and rebounded off the turf within inches of the goal-line, and then back into play. Six minutes later, Western had another near-miss when Sales lofted a perfectly placed corner kick into the box, but freshman Camille Lawson (Newington, CT) redirected the ball just outside the right post.
Western finally broke through the Wentworth defense with just under 20 minutes remaining when sophomore Alexandra Moravsky (Sherman, CT) fed D’Aurio as she raced past two defenders and beat the keeper from five yards out for a 1-0 Colonial lead. Western continued to control action in the Wentworth end of the field, giving the Leopards little chance to mount a comeback. After 90 minutes of play the score remained 1-0, giving Western its third victory of the season.
For the game, Western held an 18-5 advantage in shots, and also had a 4-1 edge in corner kicks. Western keeper Jamie Trayer (Oakville, CT) made five saves to earn the win, while Jess Gardner (Wilbraham, MA) recorded six saves in a losing effort for Wentworth.
With the win, Western’s season record now stands at 3-1-1, while Wentworth falls to 1-2-1 on the season. The Colonials return to action Saturday, September 15th, when they host Little East Conference rival Southern Maine at the WAC. Game time is slated for noon.
Soccer Game Summary (Final)
Wentworth Tech (1-2-1) vs. Western Connecticut (3-1-1)
Goals by period 1 2 Tot
Wentworth Tech...... 0 0 - 0
Western Connecticut. 0 1 - 1
1. 70:26 WCSUW Ariana D'Aurio (3) (Alexandra Moravsky)
Shots: Wentworth Tech 5, Western Connecticut 18
Saves: Wentworth Tech 6 (Jess Gardner 6), Western Connecticut 5 (Jamie Trayer 5)