DANBURY, CT – The Western Connecticut State University women's soccer squad saw its 11-game win streak snapped as they fell to visiting non-conference opponent Stevens Institute of Technology, 2-0, on a misty Tuesday evening at the Westside Athletic Complex. With the loss, the Colonials dropped to 13-5-1 overall while the Ducks improved to 12-3-1.
"It was a superb effort from Stevens. Unfortunately for us, it took us too long to get going, but I'm proud of the winning streak we put forth," said WestConn head coach Alex Harrison following the action. "We're looking forward to Senior Day on Saturday," he concluded.
The visitors put the pressure on to start. However, Colonial sophomore goalkeeper Karly Martin (Bristol, CT) notched a trio of stellar saves to keep the contest scoreless early.
A Duck's player fired a shot in the box that deflected off a WestConn player's hand resulting in a penalty kick opportunity in the 21st minute. Senior forward Julia Panko (Millstone Township, NJ) converted the chance for her team-leading 10th goal of the season, giving Stevens a 1-0 lead.
The hosts had one solid attempt in the first half when junior Osheonna Israel (South Windsor, CT) had her shot from 10 yards away blocked by sophomore backer Gianna Nitti (Fort Lee, NJ). Nitti broke up several other rushes to help keep the Colonials off the board.
Stevens extended the advantage to 2-0 when sophomore Taylor Whitlock (Yardley, PA) blasted a shot from the top of the box that snuck just underneath the crossbar, good for her first goal of the campaign in the 53rd minute.
WestConn picked up the pace in the ensuing minutes. They nearly cut the deficit to one goal but Israel's shot found the left post off a nifty pass from sophomore Kaleigh Panek (Shelton, CT). The Ducks were able to hold off the Colonials' surge the rest of the way.
WestConn returns to action for the aforementioned Senior Day when they host Little East Conference foe UMass-Boston on Saturday at 2 p.m.