Oct. 1, 2011
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's soccer team defeated visiting Rhode Island College, 3-1, in their Little East Conference match at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Saturday afternoon.
In the 16th minute of play, UMD junior midfielder Vanessa DeMelo (Fall River, MA/Durfee HS/CCRI) scored an unassisted goal, giving the Corsairs a 1-0 advantage. Sophomore forward Erica Jonasson (Wrentham, MA/Tri-County HS) added to the Corsairs' lead when she netted her first goal of the game, off a pass by freshman midfielder Danielle Gauvin (Fall River, MA/Durfee HS), making it 2-0 with just over 15 minutes to play in the first half.
In the 41st minute, Rhode Island College cut into their deficit when sophomore Lauren Maisano (Bristol, RI/Mt. Hope HS) converted a pass from sophomore Johnna Magiera (Coventry, RI/The Prout School). UMD put the Anchorwomen away with Jonasson's second goal of the game in the 85th minute of play, securing the 3-1 victory for the Corsairs.
"We have a really good group of players this year," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Nicole Hanewich. "We did well with holding possession of the ball. We created good scoring chances and had good movement on offense. Our communication on the field is getting better as we progress. It's a lot easier, when you're winning games, to keep everyone positive. It's good to see our scoring coming from a bunch of different sources. Erica [Jonasson] is such a hard worker and she cares about this team more than anything. She's a versatile player who never complains and it's a joy to coach a player like that. We have a big week this week with three games, including UMass-Boston on Saturday and we always get pumped up for our rival."
The Corsairs outshot the Anchorwomen, 28-5. Junior goalkeeper Stephanie Borges (Somerset, MA/Somerset HS) made four saves for UMD, while sophomore Abygayle Fisher (Exeter, NH/Exeter HS) stopped 15 shots for Rhode Island College.
UMass Dartmouth improved to 7-4 and 2-1 in the Little East Conference with the victory, while Rhode island College dropped to 2-8 and 0-3 in LEC action with the defeat. The Corsairs will return to action when they host Bridgewater State Tuesday. The Anchorwomen will host Nichols Tuesday.
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