Sept. 24, 2011
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's soccer team fell to visiting Western Connecticut State, 4-0, in a Little East Conference match at Cressy Field Saturday.
With 26:46 left in the first half, the Colonials took the opening 1-0 lead when freshman forward Amber Pelletier (Coventry, CT/Coventry HS) fired a shot into the upper left corner of the goal. Colonials' sophomore midfielder Ariana D'Aurio (Chesire, CT/Holy Cross HS) converted a pass from senior forward Jillian Duran (Uncasville, CT/Montville HS) in the 33rd minute to push Western Connecticut's lead to 2-0. Corsairs' sophomore goalkeeper Krista Chauvin (Seekonk, MA/ Seekonk HS/Stonehill) prevented WCSU from increasing their lead when she stopped D'Aurio on a breakaway with less than six minutes to play in the opening half.
Both teams fought hard in a physical second half of play. The Colonials pulled away in the 87th minute when freshman forward Sarah Menta (Newington, CT/Newington HS) delivered a cross in front of the UMD goal and D'Aurio headed it home. D'Aurio completed her hat trick with a goal in the final minute of play, sealing the 4-0 victory for Western Connecticut.
"We were a step behind today," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Nicole Hanewich. "We had a long week. We had two physically draining games and we played so well on Thursday that I think we just ran out of gas. Western Connecticut is a good team and I hope we get them in the playoffs so we can show them how we play when we are healed and ready to go. We need to rest up and get focused for Mitchell on Wednesday."
The Colonials outshot the Corsairs, 25-7. Chauvin and junior Stephanie Borges(Somerset, MA/Somerset HS) combined to stop 10 shots for UMD, while junior Caitlin Avery (E. Hampton, CT/E. Hampton HS) made four saves for WCSU.
UMass Dartmouth dropped to 5-4 and 1-1 with the loss, while Western Connecticut improved to 5-2 and 2-0 in LEC play with the win. The Corsairs will return to action when they travel to Mitchell on Wednesday. The Colonials will visit WPI Tuesday.
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