DANBURY, CT - Senior Carly Matasavage (Middlebury, CT) and Morgan Matthews (Bethel, CT) each scored a goal to lift the Western Connecticut State University field hockey team to a 2-0 victory over visiting University of Southern Maine at the Westside Athletic Complex on Saturday.
With the win, the Colonials improve to 8-1 overall and are tied with Keene State College atop the Little East Conference standing at 4-0. Worcester State University sits at 3-0 in the league, and were idle on Saturday.
Matasavage scored her sixth goal of the season to get the scoring started for WestConn. She was set up with a pass from Olivia Moore (New Preston, CT) with 19:08 remaining in the first half.
WestConn's defense took over from there, allowing just seven Huskies' shots on the afternoon.
Neve Manion (Newington, CT) registered her third clean sheet of the season after making seven saves for the winners.
Matthews, the Colonials' all-time leading scorer, since the program was revitalized in 2005, added an insurance goal with 43 seconds left in regulation. Matasavage was credited with the assist as she and Matthews were left to finish off a 2-on-1 advantage against UMS keeper Lindsay Pych (West Milford, NJ).
Pych finished with eight saves and withstood a barrage of shots as the host finished with a 17-7 advantage in that department.
"Today was an incredibly competitive game with two strong, smart and athletic teams on both sides," stated WestConn head coach Dani McDonnell. "Both of our goals were selfless opportunities by each player."
Southern Maine falls to 4-6 overall and 2-1 in LEC action.
WestConn hits the road for the next two games, beginning on Tuesday, October 1 when it travels to Framingham State. Game time against the Rams has been pushed up to a 3:45 pm start to combat the issues eastern Massachusetts is experiencing with the EEE-carrying mosquito infestation.