Brooke Hellman scores in overtime to lift WestConn women's soccer over Vassar, 2-1

Brooke Hellman scores in overtime to lift WestConn women's soccer over Vassar, 2-1

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY - Senior midfielder Brooke Hellman (Newington, CT) scored 8:14 into the overtime period to lift the visiting Western Connecticut State University women's soccer team to a 2-1 victory over Vassar College at Gordon Field on Wednesday afternoon.

Hellman was set up with the winner off a pass from junior midfielder Andrea DeVoe (Farmington, CT), who has now registered at least one point in each of the Colonials victories.

"We had many chances to put the game away today, but thier goalie made a couple fantastic saves midway through the second half," stated WestConn head coach Alex Harrison.

Scoring was again at a premium in the second half, but both sides took their shots. At the 83:16 mark, WestConn's Autumn Sorice (Bethel, CT) crossed the ball into Aileen Maloney (Trumbull, CT) for the Colonials and was able to score the first goal of the day.

The Brewers quickly responded with a goal of their own. Just about 40 seconds later, Carolina Alvarez played a long corner kick into the far post where Dahlia Chroscinski got her foot on it to tie the score at 1-1.

"Before you could gather yourself, Vassar tied it up at 1-1," added Harrison.  "Strong play in the midfield helped up pull this one out and Brooke cashed in on the deflection in overtime."

Vassar had one last chance before the end of regulation as Chroscinski once again found her herself with a scoring opportunity, but it was taken away by the keeper, Jillian Fernandez (Columbia, CT).  

Fernandez made seven saves on the day.  Wednesday's goal was the first allowed by the junior netminder this season.  She recorded back-to-back shut out at this past weekends Engineer Cup at RPI.

For the Brewers, Fiona Walsh continued to impress in goal as a freshman, racking up 12 saves in the outing. Both teams'offenses fired away in terms of shots as Western Connecticut registered 22 while Vassar had 16.

Pace was a little sloppy due to the rainy conditions once again in Poughkeepsie and that kept both teams at bay in the first half. Neither side would find the back of the net in the opening 45, but each had their share of chances.

In the first overtime period, the Brewers had an immediate chance at goal, but couldn't connect. 

WestConn, now 3-0, travels to University of Scranton on Saturday, September 9 for a 1 pm meeting with the Royals.  Vassar stays at home this weekend, playing a pair of matches as part of the VC Invitational. On Saturday, the Brewers host Mount Saint Mary at 11:00 a.m., and on Sunday the team hosts Elmira at 2:00 p.m.