NEWPORT, R.I. – UMass Dartmouth seniors Talia D'Ambruoso (Warwick, R.I.) and Erica Farias (Tiverton, R.I.) bookended the scoring, but Salve Regina registered three goals including two to start the second half, eventually prevailing over the Corsairs 3-2 on Thursday afternoon.
Score: Salve Regina 3, UMass Dartmouth 2
Records: Salve Regina 2-2 | UMass Dartmouth 1-2
How it Happened
Twenty-eight minutes in to a back-and-forth first half, D'Ambruoso collected a loose ball on a breakaway, firing from outside the box and getting enough on the ball to trickle it past the Seahawk goalkeeper for her first goal on the season.
Salve Regina had an answer 10 minutes later after suffering several offside calls, when Taylor Meyers evened the score off the pass from Delaney Maxell. The Seahawks then broke the tie almost immediately out of halftime, when Kayla McLaughlin sent a shot past UMass Dartmouth's Madison Boucher (Southampton, Mass.) as a result of a deep free kick.
It took only eight more minutes for the Seahawks to pad their lead, upping the score to 3-1 with a goal from Abby McMackin. Both teams had their share of chances in the remainder of regulation, and the Corsairs gained one back in the closing seconds when Farias was taken down in the box on a Kayli Berche (Fairhaven, Mass.). Farias then converted on the penalty kick for her first goal of the season.
Inside the Numbers
- The penalty kick goal in the final minute marks the first PK chance of Farias' career and her eighth career goal.
- D'Ambruoso's goal is her 12th as a Corsair, and she paced her team on Thursday with six shots, four on goal.
- Boucher tallied 11 saves on the afternoon, tying the career-high total she set just four days ago against Wentworth.
- The Seahawks break a four-game losing streak to the Corsairs, dating back to 2013, while UMass Dartmouth still holds the advantage in the all-time series at 16-7-1.
The final game of the Corsairs' four-game road trip is on Saturday, as UMass Dartmouth will travel to Salem State for a 1 p.m. start before opening at home next Wednesday against Johnson & Wales.