September 27, 2009

Blue Devils Open Northeast Conference Play with 3-2 Win Over Quinnipiac

The Central Connecticut State University women's soccer team opened Northeast Conference play on Sunday with a 3-2 win over visiting Quinnipiac. CCSU, now 3-5-1 overall and 1-0 in league action. Three different Blue Devils scored a goal in the game and senior goalkeeper Caity Casey recorded six saves in the victory. CCSU returns to action on Friday night at Bryant at 7 p.m.

The Blue Devils took 1-0 lead when freshman Erin Egan scored her first career goal. Egan took a pass from Beth Lloyd, and took a long shot from about 30 yards out on the left side. Her shot sailed over the head of Quinnipiac keeper Kendra Marguiles and gave the Blue Devils the early advantage at 14:45.

The Bobcats scored their first goal on a penalty kick. Following the foul call in the box, Furtuna Velaj beat Casey to even the score at one.

In the second half, the Blue Devils benefited from a penalty kick of their own to take a one goal lead. Following the call on CCSU's Brittany Emin in the box as she approached the goal, teammate Clio Tregear sent the penalty kick to the back of the net to give CCSU the 2-1 lead at 57:14. The goal was the fourth of the season for Tregear.

Senior Leah Blayney made it a two goal advantage at 70:30 when she scored on a deep shot of her own. She took a pass from Ciara Crinion at the top left corner of the box and beat Margulies in the top left corner. It was her fifth goal of the season, that leads the team.

Quinnipiac scored at 86:17 off a corner kick and cut the lead to one. Kemesha Woodfine took the corner from Susan Donovan and beat Casey for the 3-2 score.

CCSU held a 16-8 advantage in total shots in the game. Casey made six saves to post her third victory of the season. Quinnipiac held a 5-3 advantage in corner kicks.

Central returns to action on Friday night at Bryant beginning at 7 p.m.