WESTFIELD, Mass. – Hannah Coupas' first career goal in the 63rd minute led the Castleton University women's soccer team past host Westfield State University – 2-1 – on Wednesday evening at Alumni Field.
Picking up the nonconference win, Castleton earns its first win of the season and improves to 1-2. Meanwhile, Westfield State falls to 1-2 with the defeat.
Approaching the late stages of the contest, Coupas used a through ball from Bronwen Hopwood on the left side to put the Spartans ahead for good. The freshman chipped the ball from about eight yards out, slipping it just inside the left post and past the keeper.
Earlier in the match, with just under four minutes off the clock, Rylee Nichols put the Spartans on top with her first goal of the year. The sophomore forward settled a looping ball struck by Kinnan Latremore from the right side, near the top of the box, spun right and fired to the far post.
Following a stretch of just over 20 minutes where Castleton had the lead, Westfield State got on the board with a score from Bella Eduardo. The scoreline would remain that way for over 40 minutes until Coupas' score.
Castleton and Westfield State are no strangers to tight battles as the two sides played to a 1-1 double-overtime draw in 2017.
The two teams dueled throughout the match. Castleton had a 19-17 advantage in totals shots and a 10-9 margin in shots on goal. The Spartans had the best of the offensive pressure, forcing seven corner kicks to the Owls' two.
In goal, Loren Henderson earned the first win of her career while playing all 90 minutes. The sophomore made eight saves, raising her save percentage to .750 on the season. Meanwhile, Natalia Falcone took the loss for the Owls, making eight saves on 10 shots.
Women's soccer returns to action at 3 p.m. on Saturday as it hosts Emmanuel College in its home opener. It will mark the first time the Spartans will play at home since the dedication of Dave Wolk Stadium.
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