WESTFIELD, MA – Western Connecticut State University Carly Matasavage (Middlebury, CT) scored two goals to lead the Colonials over Westfield State University, 4-0, in Little East Conference action at Alumni Field on Saturday afternoon.
The Colonials controlled a very one-sided game, outshooting the Owls 14-2 and holding a 9-1 edge in penalty corners as well. With the win, Western Connecticut improves to 6-1 on the season and 2-0 in the Little East Conference.
WestConn got the scoring started only 57 seconds into the game when Matasavage knocked home a rebound shot from Morgan Matthews (Bethel, CT) to give the Colonials an early 1-0 advantage. Matasavage and Matthews are now tied atop the Colonials' scoring table with five goals apiece.
Nearly five minutes later, WestConn would make it 2-0 after Nora Swift (Brookfield, CT) sent a one-time pass to Matasavage who put it into an empty net for her second tally of the game.
The Colonials kept the attack going after halftime, when freshman Sophie Leeds (Trumbull, CT) would deflect a rocket of a shot from Lili Dickey (Westbrook, CT) past Vamosi and into the back of the net for a 3-0 lead.
Junior Amanda Spano (Mahopac, NY) would tack on her fourth goal of the season with just under two minutes remaining to seal the deal for WestConn.
Colonial goalkeeper Neve Manion (Newington, CT) recorded her second-straight shutout on the young season, and has only allowed five goals in seven games.
"It was a strong league win on a very hot day," stated WestConn head coach Dani McDonnell. "We stayed very focused the entire game, both offensively and defensively."
Junior Katie Vamosi (Easton, MA) replaced Westfield State starting goalkeeper Riley Goulet (Marion, MA) at the start of the second quarter, and went on to record 4 saves on 6 shots for the remainder of the game.
With the loss, Westfield State drops to 3-5 on the season and 0-2 in the Little East Conference.
WestConn hosts Fitchburg State in another LEC matchup on Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m.
The Owls hope to get back on track against Salem State, as they take on the Vikings on the road on Wednesday in a 4:00 p.m. start.