By David F. Pendrys
NEW HAVEN, CT- The Bridgeport Purple Knights opened their 2016 season at SCSU’s tournament and picked up a 1-0 win over the AIC Yellow Jackets thanks to an early goal from Idoia Agirre. Rebecka Ronnegard had the assist on the only score of the contest.
Goaltender Jennifer Wendelius fended off the AIC attack with 5 saves to shut them out despite a few serious challenges. The Purple Knights took six shots, four of them by Agirre including several breaks, though Madison Brown of AIC made saves on all but 1.
With the win Bridgeport rises to 1-0 and faces Southern Connecticut themselves Sunday. AIC drops to 0-1 and faces LIU Sunday as well.
(A non exhaustive list of other observations from the game. A lot more happens than is noted, but if it is noticed I noted it.)
Stephanie Vahos was very noticeable on defense getting in the way of many AIC attacks.
Julia Weidenmark disrupted a Yellow Jacket attempt and later in the game had a steal.
Shannon Colligan won a battle deep in the AIC zone to get a shot opportunity, and later in the game disrupted a shot on the other end.
Flo Gamby and Gianna Decarlo both got in front to AIC setups at various times.
Henne Neby cleared the ball out of the goal area during an opposing attack.
Nicole Greenwald had a steal leading to a scoring opportunity.
Miko Iida was very pesky on defense against the Knights overall, getting in the way of their setups, and clearing it later on.
Anais Chareyon was among the Yellow Jackets who intercepted UB passes during the day.
Brianna Kenney got in on the interceptions game, and also disrupted one of Agirre’s drives up the field.
Johanna Nilsson picked up a steal.