Freshman forward Shelby Friedland
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's soccer team fell to visiting Keene State, 3-2, in their Little East Conference match at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Saturday.
In the 43rd minute, Keene State broke a scoreless tie. After gaining possession in the Corsair zone, senior forward Sia Karamountopoulos (Fremont, NH/St. Thomas Aquinas HS) fired a shot that was saved by UMD junior goalkeeper Stephanie Borges (Somerset, MA/Somerset HS), but ricocheted to Owls sophomore Kara Pavlidis (Lee, NH/Oyster River HS), who controlled the loose ball and put a shot into the open right side of the goal. The score remained 1-0 Keene State going into halftime.
Less than five minutes into the second half, Corsair freshman forward Shelby Friedland (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) pulled UMD even at 1-1 when she received a pass from sophomore midfielder Kelsey Leandro (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth HS/Westfield State) and beat KSC goalie Megan Dempsey (East Weymouth, MA/Weymouth HS) to her left side. Friedland struck again in the 52nd minute, converting a pass from freshman midfielder Danielle Gauvin (Fall River, MA/Durfee HS), then was challenged by Dempsey at the goal mouth. The two players collided and the ball trickled into the goal, giving UMD a 2-1 advantage.
With 13:28 to play, Keene State sophomore Jessica Berthiaume (Worcester, MA/St. Peter Marian HS) scored, knotting the game at 2-2. Less than a minute later, Karamountopoulos chased down a pass from Berthiaume in the Corsair zone and chipped the decisive goal into the upper left corner, securing the 3-2 victory for Keene State.
"I'm very proud of my team today," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Nicole Hanewich. "We we're outplaying them in the first half and I think that caught Keene State off guard. I told the team at halftime that we needed to come out strong in the second half and we responded with two quick goals. We are battling with injuries, and some players stepped up for us today. Keene State is a good team, and we just ran out of gas at the end. Our final two games are against some powerhouses, so it'll be good to get this experience going into the playoffs."
The Owls outshot the Corsairs, 20-6. Borges made ten saves for UMass Dartmouth, while Dempsey stopped three shots for Keene State.
UMass Dartmouth dropped to 7-8-2 and 2-3-1 in the Little East Conference with the loss, while Keene State improved to 12-6 and 6-0 in the LEC with the victory. The Corsairs will return to action when they host Worcester State on Wednesday. The Owls will host Wheaton on Tuesday.