by Kimberly Pena
CCSU at Fairleigh Dickinson
The Central Connecticut State University women’s soccer team was not able to manufacture an offensive tempo during their 1-0 lost against Fairleigh Dickinson University.
The Blue Devils on Friday could not push through FDU’s strong defense, only taking 11 shots throughout the game without producing a score.
FDU scored their first and only goal of the game approximately 36 minutes into the match on a head shot by Sofia Albertsson.
CCSU’s goalie Ashley Cavanaugh, recorded three saves in the match while permitting only the first-half goal.
The Blue Devils defense was able to hold on thereafter and not permit another score for the rest of the game.
CCSU came out aggressively during the second-half, only to walk away empty handed.
In the first 15 minutes of play in the opening of the half, the Blue Devils took five shots, all missing the goal.
Junior Kelly Halligan, led the offense with four shots and three on goal.
CCSU at Mount St. Mary University
The Blue Devils did not fare any better against St. Mary, after being held scoreless for a second consecutive game in another 1-0 loss.
Despite out-shooting St. Mary 24-12, including close goals, CCSU was not able to execute a score for their sixth shutout loss this season.
It was also the fourth time that Central lost a game 1-0.
CCSU had possession of the ball for most of the first half, taking 13 shots compared to Mount’s four. However, the Blue Devils were not able to execute any plays to get the ball past the goal.
CCSU’s defense was able to keep the Mountaineers off the board for the first half. Both teams struggled to put up a score for most of the game.
It was not until minute 64 of play where the Mountaineers were able to put up a score on a shot by Chloe Cain.
Cavanaugh recorded a season-high eight saves.
Charlotte Maurer led the offense with four shots. Meanwhile, Senior Jennifer Cafferky and freshman Jenna Rae Covello each recorded three shots. Halligan, Yo Tachibana and Danielle Pearse were three of the seven players who took a shot on goal.
CCSU fell to 4-7 overall and 0-2 in the North East Conference. The Blue Devils will complete their three-game road series next Sunday, Oct. 8 against Sacred Heart. The match is scheduled to begin at 12 p.m. at Park Ave Field in Fairfield, CT.