MANCHESTER, Vt. – The Castleton University women's soccer team's comeback attempt came up short as it fell to Westfield State at Applejack Stadium on Wednesday by the score of 3-1.
Junior goalie Loren Henderson made 13 saves in the effort and Ryle Nichols notched her second goal of the campaign to cut the deficit in half in the second half. Several bids to tie the contest came up empty before Westfield State netted an insurance tally with just over five minutes remaining.
The Owls took an early lead with a goal at the 1:15 mark. After Henderson made a save on a shot from Bella Eduardo, Jenn Rennich found the rebound as she was streaking toward the goal and deflected it in.
Westfield State doubled the lead at the 21:09 mark of the first half when Lydia Kinsman drilled a turnaround shot from just outside the box over Henderson's head.
Castleton nearly scored 11 after the restart for the second half when after making a move to elude a defender, Makenzi Bellando slipped a pass in the box to Rylee Nichols, who turned around a rang a strike off of the post.
Nichols' goal came with 22:18 remaining when she accelerated past a defender after getting a pass from Julia Carone and fired a shot past the goalkeeper.
The Spartans were unable to put a shot attempt on goal for the remainder of the contest, but did hold possession and created activity in the offensive third.
The Owls put the game away with 5:03 with an insurance goal by Eduardo. Shortly after narrowly missing a goal of her own, Marissa Jacob fired a low pass across the box to the streaking Eduardo, who sent it to the back of the goal from close range.
Westfield State earned the edge in shots by the margin of 21-15. Owl goalie Lauryn Davis made four saves to earn her first win of the season and career.
The Spartans will return to action on Saturday on the road at Emmanuel.