DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Extra minutes were required, as UMass Dartmouth saw several near misses on Wednesday evening before Johnson & Wales connected for the game-winning goal in overtime, defeating the Corsairs 1-0 at Cressy Field.
Score: Johnson & Wales 1, UMass Dartmouth 0 – OT
Records: Johnson & Wales 4-1-1 | UMass Dartmouth 2-3-0
How it Happened
The Wildcats held control of possession early, firing five shots in the opening 16 minutes, but UMass Dartmouth caught up to the pace halfway through the opening frame. Seniors Talia D'Ambruoso (Warwick, R.I.) and Nicole Starkey-Cox (Warwick, R.I.) both forced JWU goalkeeper Colleen Lynch to make saves in the 34th minute, and several breakaway tries narrowly missed before a Baily Dowling (Lakeville, Mass.) would-be goal was waived due to an offside call right before half.
Corsair goalkeeper Madison Boucher (Southampton, Mass.) made two saves to keep her team in contention in the second half, but neither team was able to capitalize on numerous good chances by the end of 90 minutes. Just three minutes into overtime, JWU junior Kyra Selner narrowly snuck a ball past the inside post from outside the box to secure the win.
Inside the Numbers
- The series between the Corsairs and Wildcats has been a tight affair as of late; four of the last five meetings between the two programs have required overtime periods.
- JWU takes the edge in the series with the win, rising to 6-5-1 against UMass Dartmouth all-time.
- Senior Kayli Berche (Fairhaven, Mass.) led her squad with three shots, two on goal.
- Lynch made four stops in goal to Boucher's pair of saves on the contest.
UMass Dartmouth begins Little East Conference play at Cressy Field on Saturday against the fourth-ranked team in New England in Eastern Connecticut. Game time is slated for 5 p.m.