Women's Soccer Drops Overtime Thriller To Eastern Connecticut, 3-2

Women's Soccer Drops Overtime Thriller To Eastern Connecticut, 3-2

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA - The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's soccer team fell 3-2 in overtime to visiting Eastern Connecticut State in a Little East Conference match on Senior Day at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic  Complex Saturday.

Senior forward Daniela Marchitto (Orange, CT/Amity Regional HS) opened the scoring in the 12th minute when she converted a penalty kick. The goal would prove to be the lone goal in the opening half as the Warriors took a 1-0 lead into the break.

ECSU added to their lead in the 55th minute when junior midfielder Tamar Merheb (Bethel, CT/Bethel HS) scored on a header off a corner by senior midfielder Kelly Wallace (South Windsor, CT/South Windsor HS).

The Corsairs cut the deficit in half when senior forward Jillian Van Ness (Agawam, MA/Agawam HS)  converted a pass from senior midfielder Vanessa Demelo (Fall River, MA/Durfee HS) in the 75th minute. Van Ness was at it once again in the 82nd minute when she tied the score off a pass from sophomore forward Shelby Friedland (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS).

The Warriors scored the game-winner with just 52 seconds left in the first overtime as senior midfielder Chelsea Downer (Colchester, CT/Bacon Academy) tallied her ninth goal of the season.

"It was nice to honor the seniors in their final home game today," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Nicole Hanewich. "We came out flat and it showed as Eastern Connecticut was able to jump out to a 2-0 scoring on two set pieces. In the second half we were able to turn it around. We changed our formation and we were able to score a couple to tie it up. We had our chances, especially in overtime, but we were unable to capitalize. It was unlucky at the end as we had two point blank opportunities, but we couldn't convert."

The Warriors outshot the Corsairs, 17-11. Junior goalkeeper Krista Chauvin (Seekonk, MA/Seekonk HS) made seven saves for UMD, while Mackenzie MacLeod (Northfield, CT/Litchfield HS) made four saves for ECSU.

UMass Dartmouth fell to 11-4-2 and 4-3-0 with the victory, while Eastern Connecticut improved to 9-6-2  and 6-1 with the defeat. Both teams will return to action when the LEC playoffs begin next week.