Three Blue Devils scored goals and Central Connecticut held off
Monmouth for a 3-2 Northeast Conference victory on Sunday afternoon
in New Britain. The Hawks entered the game with a 10-1-1 record
and were receiving votes in the most recent NSCAA National Poll.
With the victory the Blue Devils improve to 3-1 in league play and
6-4-4 overall. Their three wins give them nine points in league
play, good for a share of first place through four conference
games. CCSU is action again on the road at Wagner on Friday,
October 17, at Wagner.
The Blue Devils got on the board first on junior Rachel Caneen's fourth goal in the last two games. She beat Monmouth keeper Lia Fierro from just inside the box to the top right of the goal to give CCSU the early edge at 17:39.
The lead reached 2-0 when junior Karise Hilt scored her first goal of the season, and the fourth of her career, at 24:30 in the first half. Hilt took a give-and-go from fellow junior Leah Blayney and beat Fierro to the lower left corner for the two goal advantage in the game.
The remainder of the first half was scoreless but both teams had a pair of opportunities to put a goal on the board.
The Blue Devils held a nine to six advantage in shots in the period including a five to three edge in shots on goal. CCSU goalkeeper Caity Casey made a pair of saves in goal before the break and CCSU added one team save to hold the Hawks scoreless.
In the second half the Blue Devils upped their lead to 3-0 on the first career goal for freshman Brittany Jackson. Sophomore midfielder Clio Tregear took the ball the length of the left side beating her defender and heading toward the goal. With the clock at 50:50 she fed Jackson in front of the goal and she found the back of the net for the three goal lead.
The Hawks scored their first goal of the game to cut the Blue Devil lead to 3-1 at 64:53 in the second half. Jone DeMoor's ninth goal of the season off a pass from Andrea Lopez cut the Blue Devil lead to two. DeMoor scored again to cut the lead to 3-2 with 1:02 left in the game. The Blue Devils held off the late rally by the Hawks to move to 3-1 in league play this season.
Casey made seven saves in goal for her second win in as many days. Fierro made four stops in net for the visitors.
CCSU held a 13-11 advantage in total shots while the Hawks had a 9-7 edge in shots on goal.
The Blue Devils are in action again on Friday afternoon at Wagner beginning at 3 p.m.