DANBURY, CT - Freshman midfielder Myah Croze (Bristol, CT) scored with 2:53 elapsed to give the Western Connecticut State University women's soccer team an early lead, but the Colonials fell to visiting Wentworth, 2-1 in overtime at the Westside Athletic Complex on Saturday afternoon.
Jess Poratti (Essex Junction, VT) scored both goals for the Leopards including the game-winner 3:32 remaining in the first overtime period. After a scramble in front of the Colonials' net, Poratti wound up wide open on the left side of the goal mouth and flicked the ball into the back of the net. WestConn keeper Karly Martin (Bristol, CT) was unable to recover after being knocked to the turf in the melee seconds earlier.
Poratti, a senior forward, knotted the contest with her first goal of the game and season inside of the 16th minute of play. She was set up with a crossing pass from Molly Donahue (Quincy, MA) and left alone for a one-v-one attempt on Martin.
The sophomore WestConn keeper finished with three saves after coming on in relief of injured starter Alexis Lainchbury in the 14th minute. Lainchbury made one stop before exiting the game.
The Colonials were forced to overtime for the second straight game despite finishing with a 33-9 advantage in shot attempts on Saturday. This past Wednesday, WestConn rattled off 36 attempts at goal, but tied at Mount St. Vincent, 1-1 in double overtime.
Kaleigh Panek (Shelton, CT) led the Colonials with 10 shot attempts. Croze, who had 16 shots against the Dolphins on Wednesday, followed with six tries.
"We have to find a way to finish when we have so many chances," stated WestConn head coach Alex Harrison. "The field is going to get much tighter when we get into Little East Conference play and our opportunities will be fewer/"
Allison Haynes (Shelton, CT) made 11 saves for the Leopards, which even their record at 2-2 on the season.
The Colonials, now 1-2-1, travel to Vassar College for a non-league match-up against the Brewers on Wednesday, September 11. Game time is slated for 4 pm in Poughkeepsie, NY.