WestConn men blanked by Wesleyan, women tie up Scranton

MIDDLETOWN -- The Wesleyan University men's soccer team rolled to a 3-0 triumph over Western Connecticut State on Wednesday behind a pair of goals from sophomore Noah Schlesinger.

WestConn did not record a shot on goal until the 51st minute, when the Colonials had a great opportunity. Junior Ryan Rose of Bethel sent a hard, low shot toward the Wesleyan net, but goalkeeper Adam Purdy dove to his right and knocked the ball away.

The WestConn defense stymied a great Wesleyan chance in the 18th minute. Junior Zach Dixon launched a shot from the top of the box that deflected off the hands of WestConn goalkeeper Jack Holub, who was standing a few feet in front of the goal line, and began to trickle in. The Colonials beat a pair of Wesleyan forwards to the ball and kicked it away before it could roll in.

Holub, a former New Milford High standout, made two saves for the Colonials.

WestConn (3-7-1) will travel to face Little East Conference foe Southern Maine on Saturday at 1 p.m.


DANBURY -- Several missed opportunities at the offensive end resulted in the first tie of the season for the WestConn women's soccer team as it played to a 0-0 draw with visiting Scranton Wednesday night.

WestConn senior Lauren Matthews, a former Masuk HIgh standout, had the Colonials' best scoring chance of the first half, as she slid behind a Scranton defender and received a pass within a few feet of the goal line. Scranton's goalie arrived at the same time as the ball, giving Matthews no angle for an attempt, and the shot rebounded hard off the Scranton keeper and out of harm's way.

Matthews had another good scoring chance late in the second half, but her shot from close range missed just wide right and the Colonials lost another chance to get on the board.

WestConn keeper Caitlin Avery made several key saves in overtime to keep the Royals from breaking the scoreless tie. WestConn regrouped and dominated play for the game's final 10 minutes, but again suffered a costly near miss when junior Lindsey LeConche blasted a shot from the top of the box that hit the center of the crossbar and was retrieved by a Scranton defender. Two minutes later, graduate student Nicole Sieber of Newtown, a former Immaculate High star, delivered a perfect pass off a corner kick, but Matthews' header went directly into the waiting arms of Scranton's well-positioned goalkeeper.

WestConn (8-4-1) will play host to Little East Conference rival Southern Maine on Saturday at noon.

Avery, meanwhile, was named the Little East Conference Goalkeeper of the Week for her efforts last week. Avery did not surrender a goal in 170 minutes of action as the Colonials won two straight games. She stopped three shots to earn her second shutout of the season against Worcester State, and only needed to make one save in 80 minutes of action against Little East foe UMass Boston.


WestConn junior libero Kelley Collins was named the Little East Conference's Defensive Player of the Week for the third straight week. Collins averaged 5.75 digs in a 3-0 week for the Colonials. The junior led the way with 25 digs in a conference victory over Eastern Connecticut on Oct. 5, and followed up with an 18-dig performance against the United States Merchant Marine Academy on Oct. 9.



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