KEENE, N.H. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth women's soccer team suffered a 4-0 loss to Keene State College in the opening round of the 2014 Little East Conference tournament on Tuesday evening. Keene State advanced to the semifinal round, where the Owls will travel to Danbury, Conn. for a 6 pm matchup on Thursday with top-seeded Western Connecticut State University.
Keene State, who defeated the Corsairs by a score of 3-1 back on Oct. 11, took advantage of a balanced scoring attack, with four different players cracking the scoring column for the home team.
The Owls flew out to an early multiple goal advantage within the first few minutes of the game. Sophomore midfielder Brittany Tolla and senior midfielder Beverly Cole gave the Owls a 2-0 lead only nine minutes into the contest. Tolla struck in the 7th minute with her third mark of the year and Cole followed her fellow midfielder two minutes later with her third strike of the season. The UMass Dartmouth offense struggled to get any quality offensive attempts as the Keene State defense limited the visitors to only one shot in the opening 45 minutes of play.
With a two score command in the second half, freshman Taylor Farland converted her team-best 11th goal of the campaign off assists from classmate Kali Santino and senior Alex Hanley in the 63rd minute. Junior Shannon Summers concluded the scoring with a minute left in regulation, when the midfielder added her sixth goal of the year to put out the Owls up by four strikes.
Sophomore Nikki Butts (Milford, Mass.) stopped four shots in 90 minutes for UMass Dartmouth, while Keene State goalkeeper Victoria Crenson (North Salem, N.Y.) made one save en route to her fourth clean sheet of the season. The Owls held a significant advantage in shots (14-4) and the Corsairs attempted more corner kicks (4-0).
UMass Dartmouth closes its season with an overall record of 8-10-1 and a 3-4 mark in the conference circuit.