Western women fall to Eastern in two overtimes, 1-0

From the desk of Bob Molta - Eastern SID


MANSFIELD, CT (Sep. 28) —  Senior forward Taylor Buchanan (Ellington) scored her first goal since the final regular-season game of 2010 as the Eastern Connecticut State University woen’s soccer team remained undefeated in the Little East Conference with a 1-0 double-overtime victory over Western Connecticut State University Saturday night at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

Eastern recorded its fifth straight victory over Western when Buchanan slid a shot from the left side of the net inside the far right post after taking a crossing pass from senior forward Daniela Marchitto (Orange) 14 minutes and 30 seconds into sudden-death overtime.

Buchanan, who missed all of last year with an ACL injury after leading the club in scoring with 13 goals as a junior, ignited the odd-man advantage when she won a ball near midfield and sent it ahead to senior forward Chelsea Downer (Colchester). In stride, Downer found Marchitto racing down the right side. Marchitto draw a defender before sending the ball from the right wing into  the box to an unmarked Buchanan, who beat Western senior keeper Caitlin Avery (East Hampton) from 15 yards.

Buchanan’s sixth career game-winning goal – the 19 goal of her career – was the best opportunity that either team had to score. Western outshot the Warriors 9-7 and had a 5-1 edge in corner kicks.

Until Saturday, Buchanan’s last goal had come on the final day of the 2010 regular season at Plymouth State University.

Eastern senior keeper Mackenzie MacLeod (Northfield) needed only three saves – matching Avery -- to record her ninth career shutout.

Playing without several injured starters, Eastern posted its fifth shutout of the season. The Warriors’ back line is comprised of two freshmen and two sophomores.

Western junior Ariana D’Aurio (Cheshire) – the team’s leading scorer with eight goals, was limited to one shot. Western had nearly taken a 1-0 lead when Tracy Sales (Cumberland, RI) hit the post in the first half on one of her team-high four shots.

The victory snapped a two-game home losing streak and evens Eastern’s home record at 3-3-1.Western entered played unbeaten (4-0-0) on the road this year.

Eastern visits Connecticut College Tuesday at 4:00 p.m.

Soccer Game Summary (Final)
Western Connecticut (6-3-1, 1-2 LEC) vs. Eastern Connecticut (5-3-1, 3-0 LEC)

Goals by period 1 2 OT O2 Tot
Western Connecticut. 0 0 0 0 - 0
Eastern Connecticut. 0 0 0 1 - 1

1. 104:30 ECSUWS Taylor Buchanan (1) (Chelsea Downer;Daniela Marchitto

Shots: Western Connecticut 9, Eastern Connecticut 7
Saves: Western Connecticut 3 (Caitlin Avery 3), Eastern 3 (Mackenzie MacLeod 3)