The CCSU women's soccer team fell to Saint Francis (PA) (8-4-1, 5-0-0 NEC) on Friday afternoon by a score of 3-0 in Loretto, PA. With the defeat, Central's record drops to 1-10-1 (0-4-0 NEC).
Saint Francis, who as of Sept. 30 is tied for first place (with Monmouth) in the Northeast Conference, posted three shots in the first six minutes of the game, followed by another three by the 14th minute. The Blue Devils responded to the pressure, notching four shots of their own by the 16th minute. Junior Allison Kelley shot one high followed by sophomore Kerriann Welch with one that went wide. Kelley regained possession of the ball for a shot off the crossbar and senior Erin Egan sent a one over the net.
Saint Francis boasts three-time 2012 NEC Player of the Week, Tesa McKibben, who, in the 34th minute, put the first point on the board for the Red Flash with a shot from inside the left post that resulted in a dive and a miss by Central goalkeeper Nikola Deiter. The goal was the only score in the half and the teams entered the locker rooms with CCSU trailing 1-0.
The Blue Devils held strong for the first 20 minutes of the second period however, McKibben found the back of the net again in the 64th minute of play to put the Red Flash up 2-0. SFU added an insurance goal just under five minutes later to conclude scoring to the match.
The Red Flash ultimately out-shot the Blue Devils 20-8 and Deiter recorded six saves, compared to two by SFU goalie Brianna Butcher. Leading Central in shots was Welch with three followed by Kelley with two. Also shooting for the Blue Devils were freshmen Alysa Christo who posted one and Claire Walsh who registered one on goal.
Central travels to Robert Morris (0-11-2, 0-2-1 NEC) on Sunday, Oct. 7 to face the Colonials in Carnot-Moon, PA at 11 a.m.