Corsairs Capture First Win of Season, 2-1

Corsairs Capture First Win of Season, 2-1

NEWPORT, R.I. – Senior Shelby Friedland (New Bedford, Mass.) dropped off a back pass to sophomore midfielder Nicole Starkey (Warwick, R.I.) who lifted a shot to the upper right corner of the goal in the first minute of overtime to give the UMass Dartmouth women's soccer the 2-1 win against Salve Regina University on Wednesday afternoon.

The victory marks Jay Woodward's first win as the UMass Dartmouth women's soccer head coach. The Corsairs move to .500 on the season (1-1) and 16-7-1 in the all-time series with Salve Regina, while the Seahawks fall to 1-2 on the year.

In the opening period, Friedland found the back of the net for the first time this season when she broke away from the defense in the 15th minute. The senior forward fired a shot on goal, but the Seahawk's goalkeeper deflected the initial attempt away. Fortunately for the Corsairs, the carom landed back at the feet of Friedland who tapped home the uncontested score.

Trailing by a goal, Salve Regina freshman Gwendolyn Plum converted on a corner kick with just under ten minutes left in the opening period. Junior Anna Shultz paced a corner attempt into the middle of the box, where Plum gathered and kicked the ball past the Corsair keeper for the equalizer.

Freshman Madison Boucher (Southampton, Mass.) made a pair of saves as she earned her first win in net for the Corsairs. For the Seahawks, Angelina Saporito turned away seven attempts in the effort.  

UMass Dartmouth will play consecutive games this weekend as the Corsairs take on Hartwick at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday and Oneonta at noon the following day. Salve Regina will host intra-state opponent Rhode Island College on Tuesday evening.