Oct. 2, 2010
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's soccer team fell to visiting Southern Maine, 2-1 in double overtime, in a Little East Conference match at Cressy Field Saturday afternoon.
The Huskies struck first with 16:59 remaining in the first half. Southern Maine senior forward Heidi DeHaan (Lewiston, ME/St. Dominic) received a pass from junior Bridget FitzGerald (Conchord, NH/Tilton) in the Corsairs zone and fired a shot past Corsair senior goalkeeper Tanya Braga (Hudson, MA/Hudson HS), giving the Huskies a 1-0 advantage.
As the clock approached halftime, the Corsairs evened the score. Freshmen Tori Pierce (Tiverton, RI/Tiverton HS) found fellow freshman Erica Jonasson (Wrentham, MA/Tri-County) in the middle of the field and Jonasson took the ball, dribbled past one defender then blasted a shot into the net, making it 1-1 going into halftime. "We played so hard today and I'm really proud of all of them but we just couldn't finish and that's been our story all year," said Corsairs Head Coach Nicole Hanewich.
The Corsairs had a chance to take the lead late in the second half when Pierce was awarded a penalty kick opportunity. On the attempt, Pierce fired a shot low and to the left but Southern Maine junior goalkeeper Kat Rothe (Leeds, ME/Leavitt Area) made a diving save to preserve the tie score.
With 8:07 left in the second overtime period, DeHaan snuck by the Corsair defense for a breakaway scoring chance. Braga charged at the streaking forward but DeHaan chipped a shot over Braga's head, securing the 2-1 victory for the Huskies. "Both teams worked hard and I give [Southern Maine] credit for coming back and scoring in overtime but the chance was there and we left it all on the field," said Hanewich.
The Corsairs outshot the Huskies, 18-9. Braga made four saves for UMD, while Rothe made 10 for Southern Maine. "We are just going to keep working with what we have because we know it works and as soon as we put the ball in the net, we'll start scoring some goals and winning some games," added Hanewich.
UMass Dartmouth fell to 3-8-0 and 0-3-0 in the Little East Conference with the loss, while Southern Maine improved to 4-7-0 and 2-1-0 with the victory. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Bridgewater State Tuesday. The Huskies will host Bates next Tuesday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH SOCCER