Women's Soccer Downs Plymouth State In Double OT

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's soccer team won their third straight game as they defeated visiting Plymouth State, 3-2, in double overtime on Saturday in the 2012 Little East Conference opener for both teams at Cressy Field.

The Corsairs and Panthers battled back and forth all day and UMD was able to capture their second overtime victory this week. Sophomore forward Maura Goncalves (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth HS) continued her strong play netting two goals, the second of which was the game-winner in the 105th minute. Senior forward Jillian Van Ness (Agawam, MA/Agawam HS) opened the scoring in the fifth minute when the Panthers' errant clear landed directly on her foot. Six minutes later, Plymouth State answered back when junior forward Molly Todd (Epsom, NH/Bishop Brady) found the back of the net.

Goncalves scored the first of her two goals with 17 minutes remaining in the opening half as she converted a pass from Van Ness. The Corsairs would take the 2-1 lead into half. The score would remain that way until sophomore forward Emily Bell (Derry, NH/Pinkerton Academy) converted a pass from Todd on an odd man rush. Both squads had scoring chances as regulation came to a close, but neither team was able to capitalize.

After a scoreless opening 10 minutes in overtime, Goncalves scored off a shot by sophomore defender Logan Becker (Littleton, MA/Littleton HS). "Maura plays hard and a lot of her goals come from plays that you wouldn't expect to be scoring chances," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Nicole Hanewich. "She plays hard the entire match, and it shows."

"Once again, it was a team effort for us today," Hanewich said. "Every day we work on finishing in practice and the hard work is paying off. It was nice to have some new players step in and play well for us today and as always (senior goalkeeper) Krista Chauvin (Seekonk, MA/Seekonk HS) was solid for us."

The Corsairs outshot the Panthers, 22-12. Chauvin made seven saves for the Corsairs and Chelsea Duval (Dover, NH/Dover HS) made 10 for Plymouth State.

UMass Dartmouth improved to 4-1-0 and 1-0-0 in the Little East Conference with the victory, while Plymouth State dropped to 1-4-0 and 0-1-0 in the LEC with the defeat. The Corsairs will return to action when they host Connecticut College Tuesday evening. The Panthers will visit Worcester State Tuesday.

UMASS DARTMOUTH SOCCER