Corsairs Can’t Complete Comeback In Season Opener

Corsairs Can’t Complete Comeback In Season Opener

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth women's soccer team scored in the 82nd minute, but was unable to overcome a two-goal deficit, falling at Johnson & Wales 2-1 this afternoon at the Scotts Miracle-Gro Athletics Complex.

The Corsairs (0-1) mounted a furious comeback over the final 40 minutes of action.  UMass Dartmouth appeared to solve the Wildcats' keeper in the 54th minute, when freshman Lily Higgins (Hanson, Mass.) fired a shot from the right-side of the 18-yard box that junior goalkeeper Alexa Rose (Lancaster, Mass.) deflected off the crossbar.  Senior Maura Gonsalves (Dartmouth, Mass.) headed in the rebound, but the played was ruled offside.

Undeterred, UMass Dartmouth increased its pressure in the offensive end.  The Corsairs' efforts were rewarded, when the hosts were whistled for an infraction deep inside the penalty box.  Gonsalves capitalized on the opportunity, drilling the penalty kick into the left side of the net. 

The Wildcats (1-0) cracked the scoring in the 38th minute, when senior Toriana Foster (Honolulu, Hawaii) converted a feed from sophomore Sara Kate Matthews (Northborough, Mass.).  Foster buried her first marker of the campaign into the lower left corner to give the hosts a 1-0 advantage entering the halftime intermission.

Johnson & Wales netted the eventual game-winner just seven minutes into the second stanza.  Foster created the scoring opportunity with a pass to junior Mackenzie Flynn (San Clemente, Calif.), who lofted a shot over the keeper's head from approximately 20 yards out.

In between the pipes, freshman Madison Boucher (Southampton, Mass.) made four saves in her intercollegiate debut.  Boucher made a pair of outstanding stops to keep the visitors within striking distance.  Junior Alex Pace (East Greenwich, R.I.) made two saves to earn the victory, while Rose turned aside four attempts over the final 45 minutes. 

UMass Dartmouth held a 12-9 advantage in shots, while both clubs took four corner kicks.

The Corsairs will return to action at 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 3, when UMass Dartmouth travels to Salve Regina.

GAME NOTES: Jay Woodward made his debut on the UMass Dartmouth sideline, replacing Nicole Ross.