DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Sophomore Talia D'Ambruoso (Warwick, R.I. / Pilgrim) scored the eventual game-winning goal in the 23rd minute to power the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's soccer team to a 1-0 victory over Nichols College at Cressy Field. The Corsairs held a commanding 26-9 advantage in shots.
UMass Dartmouth captured its second straight shutout win and fifth victory in its past six matches to rise above the .500 mark for the first time this season, at 6-5. Nichols evened its ledger in defeat at 6-6.
The Corsairs produced the only offense it would prove to need in the 23rd minute, when sophomore Erica Farias (Tiverton, R.I.) gathered her own rebound and slide a pass towards the middle of the pitch, where D'Ambruoso ripped her third marker of the season into the lower left corner of the net. She also registered the decisive goal at Bridgewater State last Wednesday night. The hosts carried a 14-2 advantage in shots into the halftime intermission.
UMass Dartmouth continued to control the pace of play in the second stanza, recording an additional 12 shots. However, the Bison nearly tied the contest in the 57th minute when their leading scorer, freshman Meghan Dunn (Dudley, Mass. / Shepherd Hill), broke in before the Corsair defensive third, but sophomore goalkeeper Nicole Butts (Milford, Mass. / Mount St. Charles) charged out and smothered the attempt.
Butts made two saves to stretch her personal shutout streak to 309 minutes, 41 seconds, a span stretching five matches. Junior Kelly English (Mansfield, Mass.) stopped nine attempts in the losing effort.
UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 1 p.m. on Oct. 11, when the Corsairs travel to Keene State College for a Little East Conference showdown.