PROVIDENCE, RI-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's soccer team remained perfect in conference play as they defeated host Rhode Island College, 3-0 in Little East Conference action at the RIC Varsity Athletic Complex Saturday.
The Corsairs came racing out of the gates scoring twice in the first eight minutes to take the wind out of the RIC sails. Junior midfielder Jordan Lipner-Riza (Worcester, MA/Burncoat) opened the scoring as she netted her second goal of the season off a pass from junior forward Tori Pierce (Tiverton, RI/Tiverton HS) in the first minute. Maura Gonsalves (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth HS) continued her strong play scoring her eighth goal of the season off a pass from senior forward Jillian Van Ness (Agawam, MA/Agawam HS) in the eighth minute.
UMD added to their lead with just 32 seconds remaining in the first half when sophomore midfielder Tess Stapleton (Brockton, MA/Brockton) found the back of the net for the first time this season off a pass from Goncalves.
Stapleton's goal would cap the scoring in the first half and the game as the two squads went scoreless in the second half.
"We scored in the first minute of play which was great and gave us a lot of momentum, " said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Nicole Hanewich. "We were able to create a ton of scoring chances in both halves, but we were unable to finish in the second. We kept our shutout run going, created a ton of chances. kept our shutout run going as we played well defensively, and once again we were able to execute our game plan."
The Corsairs outshot the Anchorwomen, 22-6. Junior goalkeeper Krista Chauvin (Seekonk, MA/Seekonk HS/Stonehill) made three saves to earn her eighth shutout of the season for UMD, while Audree Maia made seven saves for RIC. It was Chauvin's and UMD's fifth shutout in a row. They have not allowed a goal since September 15th.
UMass Dartmouth improved to 8-1-1 and 3-0 in the Little East Conference with the victory, while RIC dropped to 1-7 and 0-3 with the defeat. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Bridgewater State Tuesday.
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