CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton University women's soccer team fell to Eastern Connecticut State at home on Friday 4-1 in Little East Conference (LEC) action.
With two games remaining in conference play (three overall) the Spartans dropped to 7-8-0 and 3-3-0 in conference action. Eastern Connecticut bumped to 4-3-0 and 5-9-0. With four conference matches on the card for Saturday, the teams traded places on the LEC table. The Warriors enter play on Saturday in third place, while the Spartans dropped to fifth. Castletons "magic number" to clinch a playoff spot remains at two.
Four different goal-scorers accounted for the damage for the Warriors, all in the first half.
Emily Belval made it 1-0 in favor of the visitors at the 16:18 mark on a free kick from just outside the box. Her strike hit the crossbar and fell behind the goal line.
Rylee Nichols scored her team-leading eighth goal of the season just 1:12 later to tie it at one. Julia Carone found a seam and led Nichols with the pass before the shot from 20 yards out stayed inside the left post.
Linnea Reich collected an assist on a leading through ball to Haley Montesanto to put the Warriors back on top at the 24:04 mark. Then, the guests made it 3-1 shortly after a failed clearance attempt on an Eastern corner. Olivia Rovalino got her second goal of the year on a feed from Juliette Hogan.
Abbey Fitzsimmons completed the scoring with 5:34 remaining in the first half on a turnaround shot.
The Spartans controlled possession in the second half but had nothing to show for a 13-3 second-half edge in shots. In total, Castleton out-shot Eastern Connecticut with a 20-10 margin, but put just six shots on target.
Alexis Tyrrell made five saves to earn her first win of the season. Loren Henderson turned aside two shots in goal for the Spartans.
Women's soccer returns to action on Wednesday as it will travel to New England College before picking up conference play on the road at Plymouth State on October 26. The regular season will conclude on November 2 at home versus UMass Dartmouth.