August 31, 2013

Women's Soccer Plays Scoreless Tie in Opener

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth women's soccer team did everything but score against visiting Johnson & Wales in the 2013 season opener for both teams Saturday at Cressy Field. As a result, the game finished in a scoreless tie in double overtime.

JWU sophomore goalkeeper Alex Rose (Lancaster, PA/Mannheim Township HS) made 16 saves, including several spectacular ones, as the Corsairs controlled play, outshooting the Wildcats, 30-11.

UMass Dartmouth actually scored on a header in the first overtime period, but the goal was disallowed because the Corsairs were offside. Freshman forward Lucy Jensen (Boxborough, MA/Acton-Boxborough HS) hit the crossbar with a lob late in the first half, and Rose made three outstanding saves on excellent chances by UMD junior forward Maura Gonsalves (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth HS).

The Corsairs held a 30-5 edge in shots after the first overtime period, and UMD freshman goalkeeper Nicole Butts (Milford, MA/Mount St. Charles Academy) made three of her five saves in the final 10 minutes, turning away excellent scoring chances by sophomore midfielders Meghan Moloughney (Dallas, TX/JWU Denver) and Lisa Marinaro (Palo Alto, CA/Gunn HS) of the Wildcats.

"Although we didn't get the result we wanted, our team proved today that they have heart and refused to quit," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Nicole Hanewich. "Our defense had a flawless performance, highlighted by our freshman keeper, Nikki, who made some phenomenal saves including a breakaway stop in OT. Additionally, it was great to see our offense put the ball on net 16 times. We are looking forward to better connecting in the attacking third as we prepare for our next match on Wednesday."

UMass Dartmouth and Johnson & Wales are both 0-0-1 after the opener. The Corsairs will return to action when they host Salve Regina Wednesday.  The Wildcats will visit Roger Williams on Wednesday.

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