Women's Soccer Prevails in Double Overtime, 1-0

Women's Soccer Prevails in Double Overtime, 1-0

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Sophomore forward Maura Gonsalves (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth HS) converted a pass from junior forward Tori Pierce (Tiverton, RI/Tiverton HS) to give the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's soccer team a 1-0, double overtime victory over visiting Eastern Nazarene in a non-conference match at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Tuesday afternoon.

Gonsalves took Pierce's pass and scored from inside the box, 2:36 into the second sudden death overtime period, to break a scoreless tie and gave the Corsairs their second consecutive victory.

The Corsairs controlled play, outshooting the Lions, 13-1, in the first half and 26-4 overall. But sophomore goalkeeper Rachel Henry (Lowell, MA/Lowell HS) of the Lions was stellar in net, recording 15 saves and helping keep the match scoreless until the second overtime, when Gonsalves broke through for UMD.

"It was a great play," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Nicole Hanewich. "Maura got a through ball and put it into the upper part of the net. Their keeper played well, you have to give her a lot of credit."

The Corsairs won in overtime for the first time since they defeat Smith, 1-0 on September 12, 2009, ending a streak of 10 consecutive overtime games without a win, including six losses. "We finally won in overtime," said Hanewich. "We learned from the loss at Salve, we moved the ball, we created a lot of chances, and we did everything we wanted to do except finish."

For UMass Dartmouth, junior goalkeeper Krista Chauvin (Seekonk, MA/Seekonk HS/Stonehill) made three saves to earn her third win of the season-all by shutout.

UMass Dartmouth improved to 3-1-0 with the victory, while Eastern Nazarene dropped to 0-5-0 with the defeat. The Corsairs will return to action when they host Plymouth State in their Little East Conference opener Saturday. The Lions will visit Wentworth Saturday.