DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Freshman Alexis Pacheco (Swansea, Mass.) made good on a look from senior Becca Field (Brentwood, N.H.) nine minutes into double overtime, converting on the golden goal to lift the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth women's soccer team to a 3-2 win over Mount Holyoke in Friday's season opener.
Score: UMass Dartmouth 3, Mount Holyoke 2 (2OT)
Records: UMass Dartmouth (1-0) | Mount Holyoke (0-1)
How it Happened
Corsair junior Courtney Hewitt (North Attleboro, Mass.) notched her first career multi-goal game, putting in both of UMass Dartmouth's regulation scores. In net, senior Madison Boucher (Southampton, Mass.) turned aside seven shots, including several point-blank looks, to keep UMass Dartmouth in contention throughout.
The Lyons received tallies from freshman Hannah Finn-Erb (Northampton, Mass.) and junior Sara Sanau Ruiz (Zaragoza, Spain), both assisted by junior Avia Jacobs (Calabasas, Calif.). Goalkeeper Amanda Manaster (Beverly Hills, Calif.) turned out a solid performance, registering 11 stops.
Hewitt put the Corsairs on the board midway through the opening stanza with a perfectly-place ball, chipping a shot just over the outstretched arms of Manaster from 30 yards out. Just before half, Mount Holyoke drew even with Finn-Erb heading a look from Jacobs past Boucher.
Six minutes into the second half, Hewitt struck again, this time collecting a rebound off Manaster on a Liz Stearns (Medway, Mass.) corner opportunity to edge the Corsairs back in front, but merely five minutes later the margin grew even again, when Sanau Ruiz redirected Jacobs' corner kick into the left corner of the net.
Both teams had their share of chances for the remainder of regulation, but Manaster and Boucher traded acrobatics to keep the score even at two. With time winding down in the second overtime, Field was able to break Pacheco through the Lyon defense, who charged forward to rifle a shot into the top-right corner and seal the victory.
Inside the Numbers
- UMass Dartmouth has now claimed three-straight season-openers, with the last two coming over Mount Holyoke.
- Hewitt doubles her career goal total in just one contest, as she previously scored one goal apiece in each of her first two seasons, while Field notches her first career point.
- The Corsairs doubled up the Lyons on shots for the game, firing 27 to MHC's 14 tries.
The Corsairs will have a quick turnaround for the weekend, traveling to meet WPI on Sunday at 5 p.m. MHC will host Albertus Magnus for their home opener at 1 p.m.