Women's Soccer Blanks Falcons For 10th Win
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Freshman Lucy Jensen (Boxborough, Mass.) scored two goals to power University of Massachusetts Dartmouth to its 10th victory of the season this evening at Cressy Field, posting a 3-0 shutout over visiting Fitchburg State University in non-conference women's soccer match.
For the second straight season, the Corsairs reached the 10-win milestone with an overall record of 10-5-1. The Falcons slipped to 5-11 with their sixth consecutive setback.
Jensen provided the hosts with all the offense they would need in the 22nd minute, when she heel flicked a pass from senior Tori Pierce (Tiverton, R.I.) to elude a charging Fitchburg defender. The crafty footwork generated on a 1-v-1 scoring chance with the Falcon netminder. Jensen tucked her second marker on the campaign just inside the far, left post to give UMass Dartmouth a 1-0 advantage.
The Corsairs came charging out of the gates in the second stanza, doubling their lead in just the second minute. Senior Jillian Van Ness (Agawam, Mass.) played the ball into the box from the right flank. Jensen once again utilized some quick touches to free herself from the visitors' defense to register her first multi-goal game of her career. UMass Dartmouth added an insurance marker in the 81st minute, when freshman Erica Farias (Tiverton, R.I.) tallied her second goal of the season.
Senior Michelle Miller (Westford, Mass.) made three saves to record her third shutout of the season. Classmate Jillian Kirquad (Leominster, Mass.) made four stops in 75 minutes, 10 seconds of action before giving way to junior Kelsey Ford (Franconia, N.H.), who completed the final 14 minutes, 50 seconds of regulation.
The Corsairs held a decisive advantage in shots (23-9), while a narrower lead in corner kick (8-6).
UMass Dartmouth will return to Little East action at 1 p.m. on Oct. 26, when the Corsairs travel to Eastern Connecticut State University.