DANBURY, CT – Sophomore Kaleigh Panek (Shelton, CT), rookie Myah Croze (Bristol, CT) and junior Osheonna Israel (South Windsor, CT) each netted two goals to lead the Western Connecticut State University women's soccer team to a 7-1 victory over visiting non-conference opponent Manhattanville College on Monday night at the Westside Athletic Complex. With the win, the Colonials improved 6-4-1 overall, while the Valiants plummeted to 4-5.
"We played well on both ends of the field tonight," said WestConn head coach Alex Harrison following the contest. "I'm proud of the effort our players have put forth over these last four games after some tough losses earlier in the season. We are a resilient group," he added.
The hosts pierced the scoring column just 2:21 into the contest when Croze took a feed from first-year midfielder Skylar Jorge (Trumbull, CT) and chipped the ball over the Manhattanville goalkeeper's hands.
Later in the first half, the duo connected once again. It marked Croze's team-leading 10th goal of the season. Israel then stole the ball from a Valiant player and broke in to fire home her first goal of the game just before the break, extending the WestConn advantage to 3-0.
The Colonials continued the offensive output in the second stanza. Panek dribbled down the left side of the box, sliced through a pair of defenders and ripped a righty rocket just inside the right post to make it 4-0. Less than two minutes later, she added her ninth goal of the year when classmate Brooke Gallagher (Middletown, CT) thread a nifty pass up the middle to her, widening the gap to 5-0.
The Valiants got on the board when junior Ashley Pacheco (Throggs Neck, NY) gathered a rebound and booted the ball into the open side of the net, shrinking the deficit to 5-1. Israel then tallied her second of the contest before rookie Rebecca Dewey (Hopewell Junction, NY) added her first collegiate goal to round the count out at 7-1.
WestConn will seek to extend its win streak to five when they host non-league foe John Jay on Wednesday at 6 p.m.