Emmitsburg, Md. (October 1, 2017) – The Mount St. Mary's University women's soccer team topped Central Connecticut, 1-0, on Sunday afternoon to even its conference record to 1-1 on the year. Chloe Cain's 64th minute goal proved to be the game winner for the Mountaineers.
The victory pushed the Mount to 4-7-1 overall and 1-1 in the NEC, while Central Connecticut dropped to 4-7 on the year and 0-2 in league play.
The scoreless first half of play didn't go without scoring opportunities as both teams had golden chances in the final minutes of the period. With 3:36 left on the clock, Gianna Pomykacz muscled off a CCSU defender to pick up a loose ball inside the box. Pomykacz fired a lefty shot towards the far post, but Ashley Cavanaugh made a lunging foot save to keep the game scoreless.
Just over a minute later, the Blue Devils nearly found the go-ahead tally at the 2:15 mark. Tess Atkinson sent a thru ball to Anya Bornstein, who went in on a breakaway. Bornstein's shot was turned away on a diving save from Maggie Barron as the redshirt freshman got her fingers on the shot to deflect it out of bounds.
Midway through the second half, the Mount pressed into the offensive end and earned a corner kick. Jenna West sent a cross towards the far side over the outstretched hands of Cavanaugh. Cain was on the receiving end and directed a header towards goal. A couple CCSU defenders nearly kept the ball out of the back of the net, but to no avail. The tally, which put the Mount on top 1-0, was Cain's first of the season.
The Mount St. Mary's defense held strong throughout much of the second half, and Barron made several key saves to keep the Blue Devils off the board.
With under three minutes remaining in regulation, CCSU nearly found the game-tying goal off a corner, but Danielle Pearse's header attempt went just wide of the net.
The Mount closed out the final minutes to earn the 1-0 victory. Barron tied her season-high with seven saves in the contest to collect her fourth win of the year. Cavanaugh stopped eight shots in the losing effort for CCSU.
The Mount heads to Sacred Heart for a tilt with the Pioneers on October 6 at 3 p.m. Watch live action of the game at NECFrontRow.com.