DARTMOUTH, Mass. – University of Massachusetts Dartmouth junior Kayli Berche (Fairhaven, Mass.) scored the equalizer in the 79th minute to lead the Corsairs to a 1-1, double overtime draw with Western Connecticut State University on Saturday in the Little East Conference opener for both clubs.
UMass Dartmouth (1-2-1, 0-0-1 LEC) controlled the pace of play throughout the match, holding a 25-9 advantage in shots. The Corsairs were responsible for nine of the 10 total attempts in the two extra sessions.
The Colonials (4-2-2, 0-0-1) cracked the scoring column in the 41st minute, when sophomore Samantha Carbonell (Berilin, Conn.) placed a high shot on net that forced the UMass Dartmouth keeper to outstretch her arms to deflect the try. Freshman Aileen Maloney (Trumbull, Conn.) pounced on the loose ball and netted her first collegiate marker into the vacant back side of the net.
The Corsairs elevated their offensive attack in the second half, and they were rewarded for their efforts. UMass Dartmouth utilized a free kick to set up its lone score. Junior Talia D'Ambruoso (Warwick, R.I.) looped a corner kick from the right flag over Western Connecticut's backline and onto Berche's left foot to level the match. It was Berche's first marker of the season.
UMass Dartmouth continued to apply the offensive pressure. The Corsairs nearly ended the contest in the second overtime session, when junior Lucy Jensen (Boxborough, Mass.) drilled a shot off the right post.
Sophomore Madison Boucher (Southampton, Mass.) made three of her four stops in the first half, while her counterpart, classmate Jillian Fernandez (Columbia, Conn.) registered nine total saves.
UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 7 p.m. on Sept. 23, when the Corsairs host Lasell College.