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Women's Soccer Ties FDU

Women's Soccer Ties FDU

The CCSU women's soccer team went head-to-head with the NEC number two seed, Fairleigh Dickinson University, on Sunday night at the CCSU Soccer Field in New Britain, CT. After an intense ninety minutes, the match ended in a tie with each team scoring one goal. 

 

GAME INFORMATION 

Score: CCSU 1, FDU 1 

Records: CCSU (8-5-1, 6-0-1 NEC),FDU (6-8-2, 5-0-2 NEC) 

Location: CCSU Soccer Field (New Britain, CT) 

COACH QUOTE 

"It was a disappointing end to what was otherwise a very good performance. To concede a deflected own goal in the last minute was unfortunate. We had plenty of chances to get the second goal, but we didn't capitalize. Give credit to FDU they hung in there, defended well, and stayed in the game. It's a tough lesson to learn for our group."- Head Coach Mick D'Arcy  

KEY MOMENTS 

  • CCSU made the first move in the sixth minute with a shot on goal by Roma McLaughlin. Kristina Kelly stole the ball from the Knights and passed it off to McLaughlin who booted the ball toward the goal from the back of the attacking third. Malene Nielsen was able to make the save. 

  • Central had a dangerous scoring chance 14 minutes into the first quarter. Kelly Brady dribbled the ball out of the box while being pursued by an FDU defender and passed it off the Aoife Horgan. Horgan used a spin move to evade a defender and get shot off, sending the ball toward the top right corner of the goal where it was saved by Nielsen. 

  • The Knights tried to make their move when they were awarded a free kick just outside of the box in the 27th minute. Aitana Martinez-Montoya sent a rocket straight over the heads of the CCSU defense and towards the center of the goal, where Caitlin Murphy was able to smother the attempt. 

  • The Blue Devils got on the board in the 28th minute when Brady chased down a through ball and slid it inside the box to Kelly. Kelly took the shot and buried the ball into the top right corner of the net making the score 1-0. 

  • FDU continued to apply pressure in the second half, rattling off four shots, two of which being on goal, but the CCSU defense held their ground. They were able to tie up the game with less than two minutes remaining in the game when Martinez-Montoya sent a cross into the box, which deflected off a CCSU player and into the goal. 

 

NOTES  

  • The Blue Devils and the Knights have faced off every year since 2005, including at the Northeast Conference Championship game last year where CCSU came out on top, beating FDU 3-0. This was the first time the teams ended their matchup in a tie and CCSU's all-time record against FDU is now 14-7-1. 

  • Both teams are undefeated in the NEC so far this season. 

  • This was designated a Morgan's Message Dedication game in order to raise awareness for student-athletes and their mental health. Morgan's Message amplifies stories, resources, and expertise to confront student-athlete mental health, builds a community by and for athletes, and provides a platform for advocacy.  

UP NEXT  

The Blue Devils will be back in action on the road next Sunday, facing Sacred Heart in Fairfield. The game will take place at 12:00 pm at Park Ave. Field.  

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