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No. 4 Eastern Connecticut, No. 6 Castleton Advance to Women’s Soccer Semifinals


PAWTUCKET, R.I. – The lone upset of the 2019 postseason in any sport occurred in the First Round of the Little East Conference (LEC) Women's Soccer Championship Tournament as sixth-seeded Castleton upended third-seeded Keene State College, while fourth-seeded Eastern Connecticut State University edged fifth-seeded Plymouth State University in the other opening round match.

No. 6 Castleton 4, No. 3 Keene State 2 – Box Score

FOR THE RECORD: The Spartans evened their record at 9-9-0 for the year with the win, while the Owls season concluded at 10-8-0.

HOW IT HAPPENED: Castleton scored a pair of unanswered goals in the final 12 minutes of the contest to record the first LEC tournament win in program history Tuesday. Tatum Shappy scored the game-winner with 11:18 left in regulation, placing a shot from some distance over the top of Keene State keeper Abbie Terrinca before Bella Varisco scored off a free kick with just 31 seconds remaining on the clock to seal the win.

Fourth players in all scored a goal for the Spartans; Taylor Mann tied the game at 1-1 in the 27th minute, while Rylee Nichols gave Castleton a 2-1 lead in the 55th minute. Loren Henderson totaled eight saves to earn the decision in goal for the Spartans. 

Patricia Norton opened the scoring in the match in the 24th minutes, giving the Owls a 1-0 lead, and Sarah Carron even the score at 2-2 with her tally in the 71st minute. Terrinca finished the match with seven saves.

No. 4 Eastern Connecticut 1, No. 5 Plymouth State 0 – Box Score

FOR THE RECORD: The Warriors saw their record improve to 7-11-0 with the win, while the Panthers' season came to  close at 8-10-0.

HOW IT HAPPENED: The game appeared to be heading to overtime before Linnea Reich broke the deadlock in the 83rd-minute for the lone tally of the contest. Alexis Tyrrell registered eight saves, five of which came in the first half, to earn the decision in net for the Warriors, while Cat Robbins had four stops in taking the loss in goal for the Panthers.

Plymouth State had a 15-11 advantage in shots for the match. Eastern earned three of the four corner kicks in the game.

UP NEXT: Eastern Connecticut will next travel to top-seeded UMass Boston for Thursday's semifinals. Castleton will take on second-seeded and four-time defending tournament champion Western Connecticut State University Thursday.