Sales header provides margin for Western in 1-0 win over Scranton


DANBURY, CT (Oct. 10) —  Senior Tracy Sales (Cumberland, RI) headed home the game’s only goal midway through the second half to lift the Western Connecticut State University women’s soccer team to a 1-0 victory over the visitors from Scranton University at the Westside Athletic Complex Wednesday evening.

Western managed to keep the ball pinned in the Scranton end of the field early in the first half, taking the game’s first three shots and not allowing Scranton to take a shot until nearly 20 minutes had been played.  As the first half progressed, Scranton increased its attack, but at the end of 45 minutes of play, both teams had taken four shots and the score remained tied at 0-0.

The scoring opportunities continued to be even through the first 20 minutes of the second half, but with just over 25 minutes to play, Western finally broke the scoreless tie.  The Colonials moved the ball up the right side of the Scranton defense, with freshman Jessica Choronzy (Clinton, CT) making the final push and racing with the ball toward the end-line.  Just before carrying the ball out of bounds, Choronzy curled a pass that found Sales positioned directly in front of the goal.  Sales punched a header past the Scranton keeper giving Western a 1-0 lead.

With 15 minutes remaining to play, Scranton came within inches of knotting the score.  The Royals played the ball deep into the Western end on the left side and then lofted a high pass into the box directly in front of the Colonial goal.  Scranton’s Sydney Parker (Randolph, NJ) just beat the Western keeper to the ball, but her shot caromed off the goalie and into the air.  Sarah Gibbons (Monroe Township, NJ), facing an undefended goal, pushed a header that glanced off the top of the crossbar and over the goal to keep the score 1-0 in favor of Western.  The Colonials controlled the ball down the stretch to keep the final margin of victory 1-0.

For the game, both teams finished with 10 shots, while Western had a slight 2-0 edge in corner kicks.  Western’s starting keeper Caitlin Avery (East Hampton, CT) faced no shots on goal to earn the win, before giving way to senior Jamie Trayer (Oakville, CT) who made two saves to close out the win in the second half.  Kelsy McAnelly (West Chester, PA) recorded three saves in a losing effort for Scranton.
With the win, Western’s season record now stands at 9-3-1, while Scranton falls to 5-6-2 on the season.  The Colonials return to action Saturday, October 13th, when they travel to play Little East Conference rival Plymouth State.  Game time is slated for 11:00am.

Soccer Game Summary (Final)
Scranton (5-6-2) vs. Western Connecticut (9-3-1)

 Goals by period       1  2  Tot
 Scranton............  0  0 -  0
 Western Connecticut.  0  1 -  1
  1.  62:08 WCSUW Tracy Sales (5) (Jessica Choronzy)

 Shots: Scranton 10, Western Connecticut 10
 Saves: Scranton 3 (Kelsy McAnelly 3), Western Connecticut 2 (Jamie Trayer 2)