by Humera Gul
CCSU vs. Saint Francis
The Central Connecticut State University women’s soccer team beat league leader Saint Francis University 1-0, in double overtime on Friday night. The only goal of the game occurred with only 1:15 left in the second overtime period. Freshman Jenna Rae Covello, put in the game winning goal.
“Saint Francis University is an excellent team and we were better than them tonight. I thought we deserved the goal and we deserved the win,” head coach Mick D’Arcy said.
The CCSU Blue Devils improve to 6-7 overall and 2-2 in the Northeast Conference. CCSU currently has a two-game winning streak. Saint Francis University is now 6-7-1 overall and 3-1 in the Northeast Conference.
Senior Brianna Scaldaferri, sent the ball to the box and junior Charlotte Maurer, headed the ball of the cross bar. Jenna Rae Covello got the rebound and kicked it to the back of the net. This was Covello’s third goal of the season. CCSU blue devils took 21 shots total on Friday night. Saint Francis University took nine shots on that night.
The Blue Devils had come back home after starting their first three conference games on the road. They were 1-2 before this game. The crowd was large and it turned out to be a very exciting game that kept fans on the edge of their seats.
D’Arcy reiterated the importance of playing at home. Especially when a team is asked to play a stretch of games on the road, it comes with many challenges.
“To start out with three games on the road was a really tough task,” D’Arcy said. “Like in comparison, Saint Francis had their first three games at home and now they’ll have to play a couple of games on the road. It was hard last week and we were so excited to come back home.”
Junior Goalkeeper Ashley Cavanaugh, played well again. This was her sixth game where she did not allow a single goal to get pass. CCSU Blue Devils took 10 of the 21 shots at the goal. Saint Francis University’s shots weren’t at the goal at all. CCSU defense defended well against a talented team.
“We were 0-2 and are very happy to be 2-2, we have won the last two games. We have beaten the two teams we played in the NEC semifinal and final. They were two tough games but this team has got a lot of character. A hard-fought game last week and another one tonight,” D’Arcy said.
“I thought our girls played great tonight. The game was a very tough one against a talented team. It will be a quick turnaround as we prepare for Robert Morris on Sunday. I think we need rest and some ice baths and we will be ready.”
CCSU vs. Robert Morris
Central then beat Robert Morris 1-0 on Sunday. This game marks a three-game win streak for the Blue Devils. The Blue Devils are now 7-7 on the year and 3-2 in the Northeast Conference. Robert Morris University drops to 3-11 overall and 1-4 in the Northeast Conference.
Junior Lexi Kochin, scored the only goal of the game. Junior Danielle Pearse, kicked the ball to Kochin with a lot of power, who then put in her second career goal. This game marked the fifth game in a row that was decided by only one score.
“We were 0-2 and needed to win some games. Another tough battle today, and we needed this win to keep the momentum going,” D’Arcy said. The Blue Devils have been on a roll after starting 0-2 in the conference play, but have just three games left before the NEC tournament.
Central saw two scoring opportunities in second half. First, senior Kelly Halligan hit a dangerous free kick off the crossbar. With just a couple of minutes left to go, freshman Erica Bardes launched a deep ball off a free kick to junior Danielle Pearse, who than redirected that ball to Kochin.
“We could’ve scored more goals. We hit the cross bar three times and there was a sequence when they cleared the ball three times in the first half. We need to be more ruthless in front of the goal. With the amount of opportunities, we had in today’s game, we need to score more goals,” D’Arcy said. The Blue devils had many opportunities to score and couldn’t capitalize early on. CCSU had 17 shots, five being on-goal. The Colonials only had five shots, with just two being on-goal.
“A lot of players impressed me today, it’s really difficult to pick one,” D’Arcy said. “Lexi came off the bench and got the goal, it was a very brave goal. She had to run the risk of getting hit by the goalkeeper and that’s bravery. She got the goal and took the hit from the goalkeeper. I thought our players played very well today and I’m proud of every single one. I think the win was very well deserved today.”
Kochin came off from the bench to win the game for her team. She is a talented player, and when the opportunity presents itself, she delivers.
CCSU junior goalkeeper Ashley Cavanaugh, played another goal free game. This is the seventh time she has kept the opposing team scoreless. Cavanaugh also recorded two saves for the day.
The team will host Wagner on Friday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. This will be the third straight home game for the Blue Devils.