DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The Corsair defense proved to be a brick wall to support the impressive score by junior Ella Rath (Pawcatuck, Conn.) en route to the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth’s first Little East Conference (LEC) triumph, 1-0, of the 2018 campaign.
The victory bumps the Corsairs’ record to 3-3-1 overall on the year and 1-0 in conference, simultaneously handing the Panthers their first loss of the season for a 3-1 slate and 0-1 in the league.
How It Happened
Despite the Panthers dominating the pace of play in the first half by attempting the higher quantity of shots (10), it was the Corsairs’ Rath that had the best quality shot of the afternoon with a deceptive dribble move that beautifully lined her shot up into the left side of the net for a 1-0 host advantage. UMass Dartmouth showed tremendous aggression to start the second stanza, flipping the script on Plymouth State with double-digit shot total of their own. The initial five minutes saw Corsair senior Taryn Carley (Kingston, Mass.) fire off multiple shots that were just inches away from finding the net but her tries walloped off the post and crossbar.
The visitors would not wrap up the affair without exhibiting hopes of a comeback. Panther sophomore Mallory Lloyd (Hartland, Vt.) put forth a magnificent effort in the 78th minute, unleashing a missile from the left of the six-yard box to the lower left corner of the frame, but the quick right foot of sophomore net minder Jaimee O’Brien (West Springfield, Mass.) deflected the promising chance away.
Inside the Numbers
- With the victory, UMass Dartmouth snapped their three-game skid and evened their home record to 2-2.
- Each squad was knotted up with eight shots on goal.
- O’Brien was especially solid in between the posts this afternoon, registering her third clean sheet of the season and fifth of her career.
Both teams return to action on Tuesday, Sept. 18, with Plymouth State hosting Curry at 4 p.m. while the Corsairs hit the road to take on Clark University at 7 p.m.
(Recap By Kyle Diangkinay, Athletic Communications Graduate Assistant)
(Photo Credit: Rainier Almonte '20)