New Haven’s comeback falls just short, loses 2-1 to Assumption

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Photo courtesy of Charger Bulletin/Andrea Rojas.

New Haven’s Macy Litalien battles with the Assumption Player, West Haven, Oct. 8, 2022.

Christopher Elwell, Sports Editor

The New Haven women’s soccer team hosted the Assumption Greyhounds on Saturday night at Kathy Zolad Stadium, looking to get back in the win column. Following two first-half goals by Assumption, New Haven looked to mount a comeback with a late goal from Madison Blonde but could not get another shot on the net. The Chargers fell to 4-7-2 (2-6 NE10) with the loss, extending their losing streak to three games.

Both teams came out firing early and often, registering three shots each within the first 20 minutes of play. Starting in goal for the Chargers was graduate student Amanda McQuillan, tallying seven saves for the match, bringing her to an even 60 saves on the season.

Assumption broke the scoreless tie in the 30th minute with a goal by midfielder Haleigh Ward, assisted by forward Ashley Wenzel. The lead continued to stay at one until the 40th minute when the Greyhounds increased their lead to two on a goal from midfielder Kate Carleson, sneaking another goal past McQuillan.

New Haven entered the second half looking to erase the deficit, putting pressure on Assumption with 12 total shots with four shots on goal. They finished the game with 18 shots compared to Assumption’s 17 but were outscored nine to seven in shots on goal. Greyhounds goalkeeper Julia Walsh was successful for most of the game keeping New Haven off the board with six saves for the game.

Forward Madison Blonde notched the only goal for New Haven with her goal in the 81st minute to cut the deficit to one, assisted by defender Riley Drosopoulos. With nine minutes remaining in the game, New Haven would tally three more shots, but none reached the net, giving them their third consecutive loss.

New Haven will now go on the road to Colchester, Vt. for their next matchup with the Saint Michael’s Purple Knights on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at Duffy Field. Kickoff will be at 3:30 p.m. as the Chargers look to put an end to their losing streak. More information can be found at NewHavenChargers.com.