Loycano's First Career Goal Propels Women's Soccer to Season-Opening Win

Loycano's First Career Goal Propels Women's Soccer to Season-Opening Win

SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. – A late goal by sophomore Kayla Loycano (Chelmsford, Mass.) to cap second half firepower propelled the UMass Dartmouth women's soccer team to season-opening 1-0 victory over host Mount Holyoke on Saturday afternoon.

The Basics

Score: UMass Dartmouth 1, Mount Holyoke 0
Records:
UMass Dartmouth (1-0-0) | Mount Holyoke (1-1-0) 

How it Happened

Halfway through the first half of play, the Lyons had their best opportunity to break the into the scoring column. UMass Dartmouth junior keeper Madison Boucher (Southhampton, Mass.) made the initial stop, but with the ball about to roll into the net Loycano was able to clear the ball from to goal line and keep the match scoreless. 

Even play throughout the first half saw each squad record seven shots through the first 45 minutes, but the second half was controlled by the Corsairs, who found opportunities aplenty and outshot Mount Holyoke 14-2 in the second frame. 

With less than 90 seconds remaining in regulation, UMass Dartmouth was finally able to capitalize on a corner kick from senior Talia D'Ambruoso (Warwick, R.I.). The ball bounced around in the box before Loycano flicked the ball over the Lyons goalie for her first career goal.

Inside the Numbers

  • Boucher shut the door on the Mount Holyoke offense, gathering three saves on the afternoon to secure the shutout.
  • Mount Holyoke senior Zoe Marshall took the loss for the Lyons, despite collecting 13 stops. 
  • D'Ambruoso fired nine shots on the afternoon, which is the second-highest total of her career. She previously tallied 11 against Southern Maine last season.
  • The Lyons' last shot came just 10 minutes into the second half. Meanwhile, the Corsairs kept firing away, notching seven until Loycano's goal.

Up Next

The Corsairs will play their second road contest in as many days tomorrow, traveling to Boston to meet Wentworth for a 2 p.m. start time.