Sept. 29, 2009
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Freshman goalkeeper Jen Warren (Somerset, MA/Bishop Feehan)and senior defender Kelsey Boothby (Holbrook, MA/Holbrook HS) combined to thwart visiting Fitchburg State in overtime to help the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's soccer team preserve a 1-1, double overtime tie with the Falcons in a non-conference match at Cressy Field Tuesday evening.
With seven minutes remaining in the first overtime period, Warren twice stopped FSC senior forward Lauren Wundt on short-range scoring opportunities. A third shot by Wundt was deflected by Warren and cleared away from the goal by Boothby with 6:20 remaining.
The Corsairs had taken a 1-0 lead when freshman forward Jamie Ledin (Bridgewater, MA/West Bridgewater HS) knocked in the rebound of a shot by junior forward Cristal Peixoto (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth HS) in the 39th minute. Fitchburg State tied it when Wundt took a pass from junior midfielder Ali Landry (Bellingham, MA/Bellingham HS) and fired home a shot in the 73rd minute.
"Jen came up big, she made some big time saves," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Carla DeSantis. "(Junior goalkeeper) Tanya (Braga, Hudson, MA/Hudson HS) did a great job in the first half, and Jen was good in the second half and even better in overtime. Our goalkeeping needs to be more consistent, and it was tonight."
DeSantis said that the Corsair goal was an example of something they had practiced. "We've been working on following up our all of our opportunities, and that was one which worked, that was great. Overall, we need to do a better job of maintaining our composure, and not getting caught up in the moment. When we get into conference play, we need to start stepping it up."
Each team had 16 shots. Braga and Warren combined to make 11 saves for UMD, while senior Emily Swan (Franklin, MA/Franklin HS) made eight for FSC.
UMass Dartmouth is now 4-5-1, while FSC is now 2-7-1. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Southern Maine Saturday. The Falcons will host Bridgewater State Saturday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH SOCCER