The Central Connecticut women's soccer team posted its first victory of the season with a 2-1 win over 11th ranked Connecticut on Monday night in Storrs. Sophomore captain Clio Tregear scored both goals for the Blue Devils in the victory. The Blue Devils, who topped UConn for the first time in eight meetings, move to 1-0-1 on the season with the victory. "We set the tone early," head coach
D'Arcy said following the game. "We played a great first 25
minutes and our defense stepped it up in the second half." The
Blue Devils return to action on Friday at Vermont beginning at 4
Central Connecticut controlled the pace for the first eight
minutes of the game and provided the game's first scoring chance.
Blayney's shot from 30 yards out was just high over the UConn
Three minutes later it was the Blue Devil defense that came up big as senior Hannah Bromley stifled a Husky scoring chance just in front of CCSU senior keeper Erin Herd to keep the game scoreless.
The Blue Devils got on the board first when Tregear took a cross
from the left side from junior Rachel
Caneen and beat Connecticut keep Amanda Schwartz to the left
side to take the 1-0 lead 13:56 into the game. It was the first
goal of the season for the Blue Devils and the third in the career
The lead reached 2-0 for the Blue Devils on a corner kick when sophomore Brittany Emin hit Blayney who then found Tregear for her second goal of the night. The goal came at 28:36 of the first half.
Connecticut wasted little time cutting the Blue Devil lead in half with its first goal of the game just 1:21 later. Elise Fugowski beat Herd to the left side to cut the lead to 2-1 at 29:55. The goal was the first allowed by CCSU this season in 139:55.
With just under eight minutes to play a UConn break-away led to another scoring chance but Herd came up big with a save to force a UConn corner. She also made a second save on the resulting corner kick to keep the lead at one for CCSU.
The Blue Devils led 2-1 at the break but the Huskies held a 3-2 advantage in shots on goal. CCSU had a pair of corner kicks and converted on one.
Herd made a pair of spectacular saves in the first 10 minutes of the second half to preserve the lead. Both came against UConn's Elizabeth Eng from inside of 12 feet. Blayney narrowly missed the goal at 65:40 on a break-away but her shot went just high.
Herd made another great save with 12 minutes on the clock and 28 seconds later the Blue Devils drove the length of the field and a shot by freshman Brittany Jackson went just high and narrowly missed giving CCSU the two goal lead.
Herd finished the game with six total saves including four in the second half. UConn outshot the Blue Devils 15-5 in the game and held a 7-2 advantage in shots on goal.
The Blue Devils return to action on Friday at Vermont beginning at 4 p.m.