DANBURY, Conn. – Sophomore midfielder Gabriella Hunt scored on a rebound at the 31:31 mark and the tally held as Castleton defeated Western Connecticut State 1-0 for the Spartans' first Little East Conference (LEC) victory in any sport in its first attempt.
With the win, the Spartans improved to 2-2 overall (1-0 LEC) and the Colonials dropped to 2-2 (0-1 LEC). Castleton will open conference play at home next Saturday when they return to action to host Bridgewater State.
Castleton outshot Western Connecticut 14-2 in the first half and applied pressure until the eventual game-winner was scored with under four minutes remaining in the first stanza. Sarah Wells sent a shot that deflected off of goalkeeper Neve Manion onto Hunt's stick, who tapped it in from close range.
Hunt, in addition to the goal, nearly put the Spartans on the board in the early going. Just 1:22 into regulation, she rang a shot off the post. It was the best scoring opportunity, other than the goal, of the afternoon.
WestConn controlled a majority of play in the second half, taking an 8-5 edge in shots. Tashia Pashby-Rockwood made three saves for her first shutout of the year. The Colonials' best scoring opportunity came in the middle of the second half when a shot was blocked and the rebound ricocheted to Morgan Matthews who sent a shot wide.