Women's Soccer Charges Past Nichols, 5-0

DUDLEY, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth women's soccer team charged past homestanding Nichols College, 5-0, this evening in a non-conference action Tuesday night at Vendetti Field.  The Corsairs raised their overall record to 8-3-1, while the Bison fell to 5-8. 

Seniors Jordan Lipner-Riza (Worcester, Mass.), Tori Pierce (Tiverton, R.I.), Jillian Van Ness (Agawam, Mass.), and Kelsey Leandro (Dartmouth, R.I.), along with freshman Erica Farias (Tiverton, R.I.), each scored for the Corsairs.

The visitors struck for two goals in the opening five minutes, six seconds of the match to take an early 2-0 lead. Lipner-Riza opened the scoring at two minutes, 18 seconds, when she poked in a cross from junior Maura Gonsalves (Dartmouth, Mass.) at the left side of the net. Less than three minutes later, Pierce netted her team-leading sixth of the season as she tucked a shot from 18-yards out inside the right post. Gonsalves was credited with the assist on the marker.

Nichols had two quality scoring chances in the first half but came up short on both. Freshman Natalie Dawes (Amesbury, Mass.) raced past the defense and broke in alone on senior goalkeeper Michelle Miller (Westford, Mass.), but her shot rolled wide of the left post. Later in the stanza, senior captain Julie Monroe (Whitman, Mass.) fired a free kick ticketed for the left corner that sailed wide.

In the second half, Van Ness gave her team a three-goal edge in the 55th minute. She broke down the right side of the field, cut in towards the Nichols net and, while warding off a defender, booted a shot from close range past junior goalkeeper Sarah Whitestone (Dalton, Mass.). Farias scored her first of the season in the 79th minute, and Leandro capped the scoring with a penalty kick goal with three minutes, two seconds remaining in regulation. Her shot beat Whitestone low and inside the left post.

Miller recorded two saves to earn the win for UMass Dartmouth, while Whitestone tallied eight saves for Nichols.

UMD held a decisive advantage in shots, outshooting the Bison 27-6.

UMass Dartmouth returns to action at 1 p.m. on October 12, when the Corsairs host Little East frontrunner Keene State College.

(Courtesy of Nichols sports information)