by Humera Gul
The Central Connecticut State University women’s soccer team improved to 4-5 overall on the season with a win over Temple. This was CCSU’s second win in the last three games and they shutout the Temple Owls 1-0.
The game was a very defensive game, especially in the first half. The first half was scoreless and Temple had eight shots, the blue devils had only three. The Blue Devils were aggressive on offense in the second half and opportunities opened.
“We start conference play next week, so this was our last preparation game and it’s important to win. This was our fourth win of the season and it was against a very good Temple team. I think a win like this does our confidence a world of good,” Coach D’Arcy said. Temple is ranked well in their conference and this was a good test for the Blue Devils.
“Not a whole lot of chances tonight compared to our last game, but we are strong on the defense and I think we have a good team,” Coach D’Arcy said.
CCSU junior Danielle Pearse put in the only goal of the game. It was a play that involved a quick pass from Kelly Halligan to Yo Tachibana. Tachibana than passed it to Pearse and she beat her defender to the goal.
“It felt so good to score at that moment in the game and the whole environment here was awesome. It was great and everyone was getting loud,” Pearse said. Blue Devil fans were stomping on bleachers and cheering loudly after Pearse scored.
“She took the goal very well, some good movement beforehand, Yo took the defense one way and played the ball back the other way to create the space for Danielle and her finish was really good. She had a great chance in the first half too,” Coach D’Arcy said. It was a team effort that enabled Pearse to score and the defense was quick to react to the Owls. The Blue Devils kept the ball on the Owls side, especially in the second half.
“After this game, I feel we are really ready for the NEC play. We have been playing and had ups and downs but to finish on this high note was great. I think we’re ready,” Pearse explained. This game enabled the blue devils to start league play with a lot of confidence.
“I’ll find out next Friday, it’s going to be tough, were playing FDU, who are one of the top teams in the NEC. It’s going to be at their place and our first three games for the league play are all on the road. So, we’ve got three tough battles and we will take them one at a time.” Coach D’Arcy concluded. D’Arcy was confident in the team and felt proud of the girls.
CCSU will go on to three road games to start the NEC play and the first game will be on Friday.
The Blue Devils will open league play at Fairliegh Dickinson on Friday, September 29.