NEWPORT, R.I. - Salve Regina University women's soccer defeated visiting Worcester State University, 1-0, with a first-half goal from freshman Abby McMackin (Walpole, Mass.) on Reynolds Field.
The Seahawks improve to 4-4-0 with their first-ever win over the Lancers (4-2-1).
The Lancers outshot the Seahawks 14-13, but were unable to get a goal past Salve Regina's goalkeeper, freshman Carly Pala (Milford, Conn.). Pala recorded her first collegiate shutout, and tallied up a total of 10 saves in the full 90 minutes of play.
In the battle between the teams, Worcester State's two-time Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference player of the week goalkeeper, senior Jillian Witkowski (Leicester, Mass.), recorded her second loss of the season (4-2-1), as that was her first goal against in the past five games played. Witkowski made seven saves on the afternoon.
For the Seahawks, McMackin scored one goal off of two shots, while sophomore Francesca Galeazzi (Lynn, Mass.) marked the team-high three shots. Junior Raine Oesterle (Monroe, Conn.) and freshman Delaney Maxell (Lincoln, R.I.) also took two shots apiece at Witkowski.
Salve Regina's win total already exceeds last season's by one, and McMackin's goal total (seven) bests the individual high from 2014 set by Galeazzi (six) as a freshman.
The Seahawks are home for the third time this Saturday hosting the Nor'easters of University of New England (12 p.m.) while the Lancers take on Framingham State University at John Coughlin Field.