DANBURY, CT - The Western Connecticut State University women's soccer team drew, 0-0 in double-overtime with visiting University of Massachusetts Boston at Westside Athletic Complex on Saturday afternoon. The Colonials and Beacons will share the Little East Conference regular-season title, but the visitors captured the number one seed, by virtue of allowing four fewer goals in conference play this season.
WestConn, now 13-5-2 overall and 7-0-1 in the LEC, earns the second seed and as with UMB, will earn a bye in the LEC quarterfinals, which begin on Tuesday. The Colonials will host the winner of the #3 Keene State College versus #6 seed Castleton University in the semifinals on Thursday, November 7. The semifinal winners will meet on Saturday, November 9 for the LEC Tournament title and automatic berth into the NCAA Division III Championships.
On Saturday, WestConn outshot the Beacons, 22-9, but neither team was able to get one into the onion bag.
In the first overtime, Osheonna Israel (South Windsor, CT) had the Colonials best chance to score on the day. She escaped the UMass Boston defenders clutches and was alone one-on-one with Maria Spylios (Leominster, MA). Israel's attempt hit the left outside netting.
"I'm very pleased with the way we played throughout the regular season," said WestConn head coach Alex Harrison following the contest. "I'm looking forward to seeing what we can do in the playoffs.".
Neither squad was able to pierce the scoring column in the opening half. UMass-Boston had the first quality scoring chance 4:25 into the contest but they were whistled for being offside, which negated a shot off the crossbar. WestConn nearly drew first blood when sophomore forward Kaleigh Panek (Shelton, CT) gathered a loose ball in the box, turned and fired it, just missing the left post in the 25th minute. Moments later, she dribbled past a defender who slipped and ripped a rocket just over the iron.
Sophomore netminder Karly Martin (Bristol, CT) earned the clean sheet after making five saves for WestConn.
Spylios made eight stops for the Beacons, which head to the tournament with a 17-2-1 overall record.