DANBURY, Conn. – The Western Connecticut State University women's soccer team broke a scoreless tie by scoring two goals in two minutes early in the second half and went on to break Eastern Connecticut State University's long Little East Conference unbeaten streak, 2-0, Wednesday afternoon at the Westside Athletic Complex.
Freshman Kaleigh Panek and junior Bailey McCollum ended 58 minutes of scoreless play and Western (3-6-0, 2-1-0) went on to snap Eastern's (6-3-0, 2-1-0 LEC) 27-match regular-season unbeaten streak (25-0-2) in conference games.
Eastern, which has won or shared the last three LEC regular-season titles, had not lost an LEC regular-season match since a 4-1 loss at UMass Boston on Oct. 4, 2014. During that unbeaten streak, the Warriors had beaten Western, 1-0, in 2015 and tied the Colonials in overtime, 1-1, at home in 2016 and at Western last year.
Despite its losing record, Western has lost four matches by one goal and has played five out-of-region opponents.
Panek converted her fourth goal of the year after gaining possession in the Eastern end 58:16 into play, and McCollum hooked a free kick from the right side past Eastern senior keeper Kayla Labrecque (Westhampton, MA) at 60:29.
Eastern had won its previous three matches by a combined margin of 9-1 but was shut out for the second time in two matches on its opponent's field this year.
Eastern hosts Plymouth State University Saturday at 1 p.m. in an LEC match at Thomas Nevers Field.