Springfield, Mass.—The Western New England women's soccer team fell to Eastern Connecticut University 4-1 on Wednesday evening at Suprenant Field.
Sophomore forward Samantha Vitka (Stratford, Conn.) scored the lone goal for the Golden Bears, bringing her season point total to four. In net, senior keeper Alex Lemekha (Stamford, Conn.) faced 12 shots and collected eight saves.
The Warriors were led by senior forward Abbey Fitzsimmons (West Hartford, Conn.), who finished with two goals. Sophomore midfielder Carlie Dreyfus (Stafford Springs, Conn) and senior midfielder Stephanie Sanchez (Manchester, Conn.) each punched in a goal. Senior goalkeeper Erin Collins (Mills, Mass.) collected five saves between the pipes for Eastern.
Western New England and Eastern Connecticut held each other at bay for the first 45 mintues of action. Lemekha anchored the defense with five saves in the first half. For the Warriors, Collins collected two saves in period.
In the second half, Eastern Connecticut's offense came alive. At the 48:54 mark, the Warriors scored the first goal of the game when sophomore midfielder Sierra DeCarli (Tolland, Conn.) forced a turnover and pushed it ahead to Sanchez, who chipped it into the net. At 55:37, the Warriors pushed their lead to 2-0 off the leg of Fitzsimmons.
In the 60th minute, Western New England would get on the board after sophomore forward Alison Bruehweiler (Old Saybrook, Conn.) delivered a cross to a striding Vitka, who punched it in to make the score 2-1.
On the very next possession, the Warriors would respond with a quick goal to go back up 3-1.
The Golden Bears had a few great opportunities in the 75th minute that were stopped by Collins in net for the Warriors.
At 87:57, Dreyfus found the back of the net to seal the eventual win for Eastern Connecticut.
- Eastern Connecticut held the advantage in shots over Western New England, 20-10.
- Vitka has scored in back-to-back games.
Western New England (2-2) looks to bounce back on Saturday, September 14 at Western Connecticut at 2 p.m. Eastern Connecticut (1-3) will travel to Johnson and Wales (RI) on Sunday for a 2 p.m. matchup with the Wildcats.