POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – Despite holding a 1-0 advantage at halftime, the Western Connecticut State University women's soccer team suffered a 3-2 loss at non-conference foe Vassar College on Wednesday night at Gordon Field. With the loss, the Colonials fell to 1-3-1 overall, while the Brewers improved to 2-1-1.
The visitors opened the contest with a scoring strike in the 16th minute when sophomore forward Kaleigh Panek (Shelton, CT) tickled the twine, unassisted. The hosts nearly tied the count on two occasions, but a pair of shots ricocheted off the crossbar later in the half.
Vassar eventually deadlocked the score at 1-1 when Emma Turner buried a shot into the back of the net at 51:00. Less than two minutes later she found Gabi Tulk who netted the go-ahead goal for the Brewers.
However, rookie midfielder Myah Croze (Bristol, CT) tallied an unassisted equalizer for the Colonials to set the count at 2-2 in the 74th minute. Shortly thereafter, Savannah Cutler answered for Vassar when she canned the game-winner with just under four minutes remaining.
"It was another tough loss against a talented team," said WestConn head coach Alex Harrison following the contest. "We need to communicate better and finish our scoring chances," he added.
The Colonials will look to rebound when they host Western New England on Saturday at 2 p.m.