No. 5 West Chester takes opener
Golden Rams score three unanswered goals in the second half
WALTHAM, Mass. -- West Chester scored three unanswered goals in the second half to earn a 4-1 win against No. 10 Bentley in the 2011 season opener.
West Chester scored three times during a 10-minute span early in the second half to break a 1-1 tie at halftime. From there, the Golden Rams defense limited the Falcons’ chances the rest of the way by not allowing a shot in the final 35 minutes.
“Teamwork was the difference in the second half,” first-year head coach Amy Cohen said. “Defensively, we played much better, dropping to defend their free hits.”
The hosts drew first blood on an unassisted marker from Stephanie Sideris in the sixth minute. However, Brynn Adams tied things up with a tip off a penalty corner 40 seconds before the half. Nancy Stehman picked up the first of her two assists on that set piece.
That is the way things stood until Kelsi Lykens banged home a rebound in the 57th minute to give West Chester the lead for good, 2-1. Senior Nicole Fiorilla then doubled the visitor’s lead three minutes later by finishing off a nice feed from Alisha Moran.
Kayla Gluchowski then scored off a deflection following another penalty corner in the 67th minute to close out the scoring.
“We possessed the ball in the second half,” Cohen added. “We spread the field and controlled the game and got back to playing our style of hockey.”
Kristin Arnold recorded a pair of saves in picking up the win in the cage for the Golden Rams. West Chester held a 20-3 advantage in shots and a 9-3 advantage on corners in the contest. Bentley’s Julia Powell registered nine saves in the loss.