MANSFIELD, CT - Sophomore Morgan Matthews (Bethel, CT) scored a pair of goals, including the game-tying goal to send the game into overtime, but the Western Connecticut State University field hockey team fell at intra-state rival Eastern Connecticut State University, 4-3 on Wednesday afternoon.
Katie Calnen picked the right time to score her first goal of the season when, inside of the first minute, she dribbled around WestConn goalie Neve Manion (Newington, CT) and deposited the game-winning goal for the Warriors. She was on the end of a three-on-one break and convertted an assist from Lindsey McKeon.
The Colonials drop to 3-7 on the season and are tied with the Warriors at 3-3 in the Little East Conference. Eastern Connecticut is now 3-5 overall.
After Matthews' fifth goal of the season, to give WestConn and early 1-0 lead in the 19th minute, Jacalyn Doerwald (Washington, CT) registered her first goal of the season when Carly Matasavage (Middlebury, CT) set her up with a crossing pass from the right side. The visitors led 2-0 with 10:07 remaining before intermission.
Khiara Valentine tallied her fifth goal of the season with 40 remaining before recess to cut the Warriors' deficit in half, 2-1.
Eastern Connecticut riffled off two unanswered goals in a 4:33 span to take a 3-2 advantage. Alex Kallgren and Stephanie Hogan each finished off assists from Katy Jankura during that stretch.
"It's always a battle when we play our intra-state rival," expressed WestConn head coach Dani McDonnell. "We gave up a goal late in the first half but were able to tie it 15 minutes into the second half and held on to send it into overtime. Unfortunately, a break down defensively in the early going over overtime was our demise."
Manion made 14 saves for the Colonials as she was pelted with 24 shot attempts on Wednesday.
Maddie LaRusso made six saves for the winners.
The Warriors travel to Worcester State University for a 5 pm on Friday, September 29. The Colonials host Plymouth State University at 11 am this Saturday, September 30.