By Adam Tulloch / Edward Gaug
The Central Connecticut State University women’s soccer team (7-6-2, 5-0-1) were running on all cylinders as they took on conference rivals Wagner College (1-11-2, 0-5-1) and erupting for an 8-0 shutout win.
The Blue Devils dominated possession throughout the game, outshooting Wagner 25-4 and never allowing the game to get close.
Scoring started early in the first half in the 10th minute when the team’s two forwards hooked up for a goal that was scored by Brittany Emin with an assist from Brittany Jackson making it a 1-0 game.
In the 37th minute of the game, Lauran Silvia scored from teammate Clio Tregear to make the score 2-0 which would be the score at the end of the first 45 minutes of play.
“It was important to get the goals in the first goals couple goals and the performance was good too” said Coach Mick D’Arcy.
Central led the entire way, but in the second half CCSU became visibly unstoppable. Leah Blayney made her mark as she got back-to-back assists on goals from Jackson and Tregear in the 53rd and 54th minutes.
“I was excited to see the girls score some goals the shout was very important as we’re continue moving forward in the season,” said D’Arcy. “The team work has been a excellent becomes a great one two combination.”
With substitutes in the game, the Blue Devils tacked on four additional goals, while maintaining Caity Casey’s clean sheet in the process. Two goals came back-to-back off the foot of senior midfielder Karise Hilt in the 72nd and 73rd minutes.
“Our defense was playing good. We wanted to come out and continue to play hard and put the game away,” said Hilt.
The only slip up CCSU had during the game came in the penalty count. The Blue Devils committed 11 fouls where Wagner only accounted for 1. Fortunately, the fouls didn’t hurt Central’s chances of gaining three points and remaining tied at the top of the NEC with Monmouth University. CCSU will be at Monmouth this Friday afternoon.
“It’s great to have the wins but we’re only half way there. We’re taking care of business with 5 more games left to go in the conference we need to stay focused to get the results that we need,” said coach D’Arcy.