Westfield State Pulls Away in 2nd Half to Down Golden Bears

SPRINGFIELD, Mass.--Western New England scored the first four goals of the game but couldn't sustain that momentum in an 18-12 non-conference loss to Westfield State on Thursday afternoon at Golden Bear Stadium. The visiting Owls up their record to 5-2, while Western New England drops to 7-4 with the loss.

The Golden Bears came out of the gates fast, building an early lead on two goals apiece by midfielder Jessica Scannapieco and attacker Kaitlynn Stevens. Westfield would fight back, however, scoring seven of the next nine goals to take a 7-6 lead. Western New England tied the score at 7 on Brooke Kumnick's second goal of the game with just two seconds left in the half.

The game remained close for the first five minutes of the second half with the teams trading goals as WNE led 10-9 on freshman Taylor Scialdone's 23rd goal of the season.

But Westfield State was able to put more offensive pressure on the Golden Bears' defense and slowly put the game out of reach. From the 24:35 mark to the 2:37 point, the Owls outscored Western New England 8 to 1 to go up comfortably at 17-11.

Westfield was led offensively by midfielders Bridget Everett (3 goals) and Sadie Graham (3 goals, 5 shots, 1 assist, 3 ground balls). Jen Carew paced the Owls with seven ground balls.

The Golden Bears got strong play from Scannapieco, who led the team in goals (5), shots (9), ground balls (5), caused turnovers (5) and draw controls (7). Kumnick, a freshman, added four points (2 goals, 2 assists) for a career high, and attackers Bethany Peters and Scialdone contributed a goal each.

Western New England is off until next Wednesday when it hosts Roger Williams in Commonwealth Coast Conference play at 4:00 p.m. The Owls, winners of three straight, return home to face Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference foe Fitchburg State Saturday at 5:00 p.m.


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