NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth women's soccer team clinched the third seed in Little East Conference tournament after outlasting Western Connecticut State University, 1-0, on senior night at Cressy Field.
UMass Dartmouth (11-7-1, 4-3 LEC) leapfrogged Eastern Connecticut and Western Connecticut on the final day of the regular-season to earn the program's first home match in Little East tournament history. The Corsairs and Colonials finished tied for third, but UMass Dartmouth won the tie-breaker by virtue of the head-to-head win. The Warriors slipped to fifth in the six-team bracket with a loss at Plymouth State.
UMass Dartmouth will host sixth-seeded Southern Maine in the first round of the conference tournament at 4 p.m. on Nov. 5. The winner between the Corsairs and Huskies will draw No. 2 seed Keene State in the semifinals.
The lone goal of the contest came 1:16 into the second half. Corsair freshman Lucy Jensen (Boxborough, Mass.) crossed a ball into the box from the far side of pitch to an unmarked Maura Gonsalves (Dartmouth, Mass.). Upon trapping the ball down with her chest, the junior gathered and booted the decisive strike past a diving Western Connecticut goalkeeper for her fifth marker of the year.
UMass Dartmouth goalkeeper Michelle Miller (Westford, Mass.) made two saves and captured her eighth win of the year, while Colonial's keeper, Alison Rettenmeier, stopped five shots in the losing effort.
The Corsairs outshot Western Connecticut 15-12 and also held an advantage in corner kick opportunities (5-2).