By Corey Pollnow
NEW BRITAIN, CONN. —
The Central women’s soccer team lost 1-0 on Sunday afternoon to LIU Brooklyn on a goal the Blue Devils put into their own net.
The goal came from a throw in by the Blackbirds that casually bounced off LIU’s Allison King’s head and into the penalty box. Nikola Deiter, Central’s goalkeeper, came out to save the ball, but a miscommunication between Deiter and defender Jewel Robinson resulted in Robinson attempting to trap the ball using her chest but accidentally deflected the ball into Central’s net.
“Defensively, we were solid and I don’t think they ever looked like they were going to score. But, we scored their goal for them,” said Coach Mick D’Arcy.
CCSU out shot LIU Brooklyn 19-10, but the Blackbirds edged the Blue Devils in shots on goal, 6-3.
Central had their opportunities and their inability to execute has been a consistent theme this season.
“It was an incredibly frustrating loss. The chances are coming, they’re just not falling for us,” said D’Arcy, who looked disappointed.
Kerriann Welch had the Blue Devils best scoring opportunity of the game in the sixteenth minute on a cross from the right side by Robinson into the goal box, but Welch volleyed the ball over the crossbar.
Tori Sousa and Rachel Cerrone led the Blue Devils with four shots a piece. Cerrone also led the team with two shots on goal.
“We’ve only scored eight games in 12 games, and it doesn’t take a genius to figure it out. On the other end, we haven’t had a shut out this year. Today we should have had a shut out,” said D’Arcy.
Deiter, a senior, saved two shots in 90 minutes and has saved 56 shots in 12 games. She has a save percentage of .737 and a goals against average of 1.72.
“We need to be a little bit meaner at the back as far as not giving away soft goals,” said D’Arcy.
With this loss, the Blue Devils drop to 3-9-0 for the season and 1-2 in the Northeast Conference. In the most recent NCAA RPI rankings that came out on Oct. 14, Central is ranked 265 out of 327 Division-I schools.
Central’s next game is at home tonight at 7 p.m. versus Boston College, who is ranked 30th in the RPI and plays in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Blue Devils also play at home on Sunday afternoon versus Saint Francis U. (Pa.) at 1 p.m.