Abby Silva Strikes Twice as Women's Soccer Shuts Out UMass Boston

Abby Silva Strikes Twice as Women's Soccer Shuts Out UMass Boston

DARTMOUTH, Mass. – UMass Dartmouth put up a three-goal shutout for the second time in a week on Saturday, outshooting UMass Boston 33-9 on the contest for the Corsairs' first win in Little East Conference play on the season.

The Basics

Score: UMass Dartmouth 3, UMass Boston 0
UMass Dartmouth (4-7-2, 1-2-0 LEC) | UMass Boston (2-9-2, 1-2-1 LEC) 

How it Happened

The Corsairs' first look at net was a good one, as sophomore Courtney Hewitt (North Attleboro, Mass.) found junior Abby Silva (Fall River, Mass.) on a cross-box pass exactly one minute in. Silva finished the chance, tapping the ball past UMass Boston freshman goalkeeper Jessie Tenaglia (Braintree, Mass.) for the 1-0 lead. UMass Dartmouth remained tenacious for the rest of the half, firing off 19 shots with 11 on goal, forcing Tengalia to make 10 saves punctuated by several near-misses.

Midway through the second, the hosts shut the door by connecting for two more goals within a minute. At 63:54, Silva struck again on a cross-box pass, this time from classmate Liz Stearns (Medway, Mass.). Senior Talia D'Ambruoso (Warwick, R.I.) then added some long-distance flair at 64:55, taking a free kick from the top left corner of the box and bending the ball just over Tenaglia into the goal's top-right corner.

Inside the Numbers

  • UMass Dartmouth snaps a 10-game losing streak and 12-game winless streak to the Beacons with Saturday's win. The last Corsair victory came in 2006 in a 5-0 shutout before two years of ties gave way to the Beacons' win streak.
  • The Corsairs connected for 30-plus shots for the second-straight game, setting a new season-high with 21 shots on goal.
  • Stearns' assist marked the first point on her three-year career thus far.
  •  Silva's two-goal performance is the second for her career as she previously netted two last season against Rhode Island College.
  • Tenaglia finished with 18 saves in her first career decision, while UMass Dartmouth junior Madison Boucher (Southampton, Mass.) needed to make just three stops. Saturday marked Boucher's third shutout on the season.

Up Next

UMass Dartmouth looks to keep its winning streak going in the third of four-straight home games on Thursday, hosting Coast Guard at 7 p.m.