Worcester State Surges Past Women's Soccer, 5-2

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The Worcester State University women's soccer team scored five second half goals to overcome a halftime deficit, defeating the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 5-2, this evening at Coughlin Field.

The Corsairs (10-7-1) raced out to a two-marker advantage just 12 minutes into the match. Senior Jillian Van Ness (Agawam, Mass.) opened the scoring with her fifth goal of the season off an assist from Tori Pierce (Tiverton, R.I.) in the eighth minute. The visitors utilized a set piece to generate their second marker. Junior Shelby Friedland (New Bedford, Mass.) and senior Sam Silvia (Dighton, Mass.) were credited with a helper on freshman Lucy Jensen's (Boxborough, Mass.) finish off a free kick in the 12th minute.

The Lancers (8-6-2) scored a pair of goals twice in less than two minutes to complete their furious second half comeback. Alicia Macomber ignited the rally with her seventh marker of the season in the 66th minute. Less than 90 seconds later, the visitors forged a 2-2 tie, when Beth Spinazzola completed a feed from Shelby Archer. Worcester State continued to ride the momentum in the 78th minutes, when Archer set up Kendal Bergenholtz for the eventual game-winner. The visitors tacked on a pair on insurance goals in the 81st and 83rd minute, respectively.

Vanessa O'Donnell made six saves to earn the victory, while senior Michelle Miller (Westford, Mass.) turned aside four attempts in the loss.

Worcester State recorded11 of its 16 shots in the second stanza to earn a 16-12 advantage in shots, while each team registered three corner kick opportunities.

UMass Dartmouth returns to action at 5 p.m. on Nov. 2, when the Corsairs host Little East rival Western Connecticut State University. UMass Dartmouth needs a win or tie to capture a home field advantage in the first round of the 2013 Little East Women's Soccer Championship.