Landers Lifts Corsairs To 1st Little East Tournament Win
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Senior Kathleen Landers (Danvers, Mass.) delivered the decisive strike in the 59th minute to lift third-seeded University of Massachusetts Dartmouth to a 2-1 victory over sixth-seeded University of Southern Maine in the first round of the 2013 Little East Women's Soccer Championship this afternoon at Cressy Field.
The Corsairs (12-7-1) recorded their first win in conference tournament history to advance to the semifinal round at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7 at second-seeded Keene State College. The Huskies closed out their campaign with an overall record of 5-14-1.
Making its first home playoff appearance, UMass Dartmouth began to assert itself from the opening whistle with the matches first six shots. The Corsairs efforts were rewarded in the 24th minute, when senior Jillian Van Ness (Agawam, Mass.) made a strong run along the right flank and sent a cross to freshman Lucy Jensen (Boxborough, Mass.), who flicked in her fifth marker of the season. The hosts held a 10-5 lead in shots, but had to settle for a 1-0 advantage entering the intermission.
UMass Dartmouth continued to apply the offensive pressure at the beginning of the second stanza, putting an additional five shots into the box score. Southern Maine capitalized on its first opportunity of the second half with a free kick from approximately 25-yards out. Junior Nicole Bordeau (Sanford, Maine) drilled the set piece into the top, right corner of the net to forge a 1-1 tie in the 56th minute of regulation.
The Corsairs quickly regained their advantage less than four minutes later, when Jensen distributed a crossing pass from along the right, end line. Landers drove towards the front of the net and redirected the game-winner past the Huskies' keeper.
Senior Michelle Miller (Westford, Mass.) made six saves to earn the victory, while her counterpart, Katie Cobb (Lewiston, Maine), stopped nine Corsairs attempts to keep the visitors within striking distance.
UMass Dartmouth held a commanding 27-11 advantage in shots, while also winning the corner kick battle, 7-3.