DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Springfield College junior Nicole Fowler (Maynard, Mass.) recorded the game-winner goal and added a pair of assists to lead the visiting Pride to a 3-0 victory this afternoon in a NCAA Division III women's soccer match played on Cressy Field.
Springfield raised its overall record to 3-0-1, while the Corsairs slipped to 1-4.
Fowler was the catalyst for the visitors, factoring in all three markers. The junior striker netted the eventual game-winner in the 24th minute, when Jessica Miller placed a through ball along the left flank. Fowler beat the charging UMD keeper and delivered the decisive strike into the far, right corner of the net.
The Pride nearly doubled their advantage in the opening minutes of the second stanza. Miller sent a cross into the box from the right sideline that was quickly feed to a charging Fowler, but her attempt sailed wide of the cage.
UMass Dartmouth created its best scoring chance in the 78th minute, when senior Maura Gonsalves (Dartmouth, Mass.) broke in behind the visitors' defensive line along the left flank. Senior keeper Lucky Gillett (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) was able to cut down the angle and smother the scoring opportunity. Gillet finished with four saves.
With the Corsairs pressing for the equalizer in the waning minutes, Fowler generated two scoring chances from the left sideline. In the 88th minute, she sent a cross behind the hosts' backline that was deposited into the back of the net by junior forward Krissy Cicalis (Bridgewater, Mass.) for her first marker of the campaign. Forty-five seconds later, freshman Dakota Kelly (Bethany, Conn.) drove in a helper from Fowler to complete the scoring.
In between the pipes, UMass Dartmouth freshman Madison Boucher (Southampton, Mass.) made a career-high 10 stops to keep the hosts within striking distance.
Springfield College held a 21-7 advantage in shots, and a 2-1 edge in corner kicks.
UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 12 p.m. on Sept. 20, when the Corsairs travel to Rhode Island College for the Little East Conference opener.