MacLeod stops Salem State to make Wallace's early goal stand up
SALEM, Mass. - Junior midfielder Kelly Wallace (South Windsor) scored her fifth career game-winning goal in the eighth minute for the only goal of the match as the Eastern Connecticut State University women's soccer team defeated Salem State University in a non-conference match Wednesday night at Alumni Field.
At left: Mackenzie MacLeod
With its third victory over Salem (4-4-2) in the last three meetings, Eastern (5-4-0) gets over the .500 mark for the first time since it was 2-1 on Sept. 10.
Junior forward Chelsea Downer (Colchester) was credited with her fourth assist of the season (pulling her into a share of the team lead) on Wallace's 12th career goal. The game-winning goal was the first of the season for Wallace, who was second on the team a year ago with four. ) Wallace took a cross from Downer in front of the net and redirected the ball past Salem State senior keeper Leah Potcner at the 7:55 mark.
Opportunities to score were limited, but the Vikings had a couple of chances to tie the game. At the 29:55 mark Salem State had a chance to tie the game, but were unable to connect on a throw-in down the right side. In the 89th minute the Vikings had a final rush on goal, but Kelsey Delaney's shot was blocked in front of the net.
Junior keeper Mackenzie MacLeod (Northfield) made five saves to earn her second shutout of the season. It marks the fifth time this year that Salem has been shut out this year, although one shutout resulted in a scoreless overtime draw in the third match of the season at Babson College, ranked seventh in New England with a 7-1-1 record. A week ago, the Vikings had also beaten the University of Southern Maine, like Eastern a member of the Little East Conference.
Eastern visits Western Connecticut State University Saturday at 1 p.m. in a Little East Conference match. Western is ranked No. 10 in New England