Women’s Soccer Remains Undefeated At Home

Ryan Jones, Sports Editor

It was almost a month to the day since Central Connecticut women’s soccer played on their home turf. Their last time home, they defeated Iona with ease, handily winning 4-0.

Sunday marked the Blue Devils first game back home. The match against St. Francis Brooklyn proved a near perfect repeat of their last time out, ending in another 4-0 victory for CCSU.

The Blue Devils played to their home field advantage early in Sunday’s match. It only took six minutes for CCSU to get on the board against the Terriers; junior Erica Bardes sent a pass to Jenna Rae Covello in stride that Covello buried to open up scoring.

The score was Covello’s second goal of the season, tying for third on the team.

The Blue Devils continued the strong showing after this, going on a run in the first where they scored three goals in 11 minutes.

Senior Emily Hogan landed two of the Blue Devils four goals on the day.

“The first half was very impressive,” head coach Mick D’Arcy said. “We made a lot of chances in the second half too, we just weren’t as clinical. You always want to score, but as a coach you’re looking for your team to make chances and we did that today.”

The high-scoring win was another strong performance from the Blue Devils at home. They have yet to be defeated on their home turf, boasting a 3-0-1 record so far this season.

“It’s great to be back home, it was a long time we were on the road,”  D’Arcy said. “We finished off well with a four nill before we left, it’s nice to come back with another one.”

CCSU took on Fairleigh Dickinson before they could start their home stand. Heading into the game, the Blue Devils had not let up a loss during Northeast Conference play in more than two years. In last Thursday’s match, CCSU battled to keep that streak alive.

Both teams tallied five shots a piece in the first, but the score sat tied at nill heading into halftime. The Blue Devil offense came to life in the second, bombarding the Knights’ keeper with 12 shots. Still, neither team could put anything into the score column, as the game progressed into overtime.

The Blue Devils were unable to get a shot off over the ensuing two overtime periods, while a header in the 105th minute gave the Knights the win.

The Blue Devils will play at home for two games over the next two weeks, hosting Wagner this week and LIU in the following week.

“We learned a lot when we were on the road a lot of changes since we last played here,” D’Arcy said.

D’Arcy highlighted some of the adversities CCSU has had to battle this year, but is certain the team’s on the right track as they head deeper into NEC play.

“We’ve had our fair share of injuries and it’s been very destructive,” D’Arcy said. “The team we put out in our first game against Rutgers, we haven’t been able to put out again. Now we’re slowly getting players back, and it helps. The more players you have, the more flexibility you have and how you play. Right now we’re as healthy as we have been and we certainly hope to keep our players that way, because we certainly have a better chance when they’re healthy.”