Women's Soccer Plays Elms to Scoreless Draw

Alex Lemekha anchored the defense in Tuesday's 2OT tie (Photo/Rachel Margossian).
Alex Lemekha anchored the defense in Tuesday's 2OT tie (Photo/Rachel Margossian).

Chicopee, Mass.—After two overtimes, the Western New England women's soccer program tied Elms College 0-0 on Tuesday night at Leary Field.

Top Performers

Offensively for the Golden Bears, junior midfielder Bee Murphy (Monson, Mass.) and senior midfielder Mariana Goncalves (Ludlow, Mass.) each put two shots. Five other players each produced one shot on goal for Western New England.

In net, senior keeper Alex Lemekha (Stamford, Conn.) was credited with three saves.

The Blazers received an exceptional outing from their senior goalie Rebecca Molin (West Hartford, Conn.), who saved all 10 shots she faced.

Game Review

The Golden Bears opened up the game as the aggressors. Murphy led the charge pressing Molin with two early shots, but Molin came away with saves each time.

In the 25th minute, the superb goalkeeping continued for the Golden Bears as Lemekha faced shots on back-to-back possessions and scooped up both attempts.

The Golden Bears controlled the tempo for the remainder of the half, registering seven shots in the period.

In the second period, either team could not find the back of the net.

In the 75th minute, senior defender Amanda Gagnon (Newington, Conn.) had earned a great chance on net, but Molin slid to protect the Blazer goal.

Later, in the 83rd minute, Lemehka recovered to stop the potential game-winner in regulation and sent the game into overtime at 0-0.

In extra time, the Golden Bears remained on the attack with two shots in the first overtime. In the second overtime, sophomore forward Samantha Vitka (Stratford, Conn.) launched a shot towards the top of the net and Molin made an athletic save to keep the score tied.

The Golden Bear defense kept the Blazer attack locked down and the game finished in a 0-0 tie.

Notes

  • Western New England outshot Elms, 14-3.
  • The Golden Bears held the advantage in corner kicks, 5-2.

Up Next

Western New England (2-3-2) will travel to UMass-Boston on Thursday, September 19 to face the Beacons at 7:30 pm. Elms College (5-2-2) host Eastern Nazarene on Saturday, September 21 at 1 pm.