By: Lucas Rodrigues
Western Connecticut State University’s Women’s Soccer team closed out their season in typical fashion, winning 11 of their final 13 games to capture a share of the Little East Conference regular season title. The final game of the season concluded with WestConn and Mass.-Boston, the two highest-seeded teams entering the LEC Tournament, facing off in the Westside Athletic Complex, where they battled to a 0-0 draw in 2OT. The result solidified the distribution of points at the top of the table and guaranteed WestConn home field advantage in a matchup with Castleton in the LEC Semifinals later this week.
In eight LEC games this season, the Colonials scored 21 goals and never lost a game. Striking partners Myah Kroze & Kaleigh Panek lead the LEC in goals, sharing first place with a staggering 17 goals a piece this season, and in overall points, with Panek just edging Kroze out for the lead with 37 points to her 36. Both performances have been instrumental to the success of the team in both conference and non-conference games, and their collective scoring ability will be crucial down the stretch.
The Colonials’ knack for scoring in bunches was essential to their success during the last half of the season, which included an 11-game winning streak that saw WestConn average nearly four goals per game and and never concede more than two goals in a single contest. Goalkeeper Karly Martin recorded a top-three save percentage in the LEC with help from senior defenders Courtney Ravo and Jasmine Grey, both who played and started in all 20 games this season. Fellow senior Bailey McCollum also started every game while recording the third highest assist total in the conference. Important shifts from the remaining seniors, midfielders Morgan Hartmeyer and Julia MacBlane, ensured that the Colonials would always have fresh legs in the midfield, which always proves to be crucial in the postseason.
Taking into consideration the Colonials’ statistics on the season, their superb scoring prowess and stalwart defenders, it’s plain to see how this team fought back from a slow start this season to earn a share of the LEC regular season championship. Be at the WAC at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7 to watch the Colonials take on Castleton in the LEC Semifinals!