DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth women's soccer team dropped a non-conference bout with Bridgewater State, 2-0, as the Corsairs were unable to recover from a pair of second half goals by the Bears.
Scores: UMass Dartmouth 0, Bridgewater State 2
Records: UMass Dartmouth (2-7-1, 1-1-0 LEC) | Bridgewater State (5-4-0, 2-0-0 MASCAC)
How it Happened
The first half of action closed with zeros on the scoreboard. The Bears saw most of the opportunities in the opening 45 minutes as they controlled a 10-5 shot total and four of six corner chances, but UMass Dartmouth freshman keeper Jaimee O'Brien (West Springfield, Mass.) was up to task, making four stops.
The Bears picked up the momentum following the intermission. In the 39th minute, sophomore Kaitlyn Bongarzone (Mansfield, Mass.) put a good look on net, firing to the bottom left corner of the net, but O'Brien slid to the turf to make the save by post.
Eight minutes later, Bongarzone again had a chance, this time on a free-kick from 30 yards out where she found twine under the post and over the leaping O'Brien for the game's first marker.
With 20:05 remaining, the Bears nearly doubled their lead when sophomore Emma Sanders (Seekonk, Mass.) fired to the right-side of the goal on a penalty kick, but O'Brien made the diving stop. Five minutes, later the Corsairs had their own chance on an entry from the corner with the teams battling in the box before the Bears could clear the zone.
In the 82nd minute the Bears put the lid on the contest when Sanders took a feed from Caitlin Rowley (Lakeville, Mass.), finishing her second of the season for the eventual 2-0 final score.
Inside the Numbers
- The Bears owned an 18-9 lead in the shot column, along with the advantage in corners, 10-2.
- Senior Alyssa Martins (Ludlow, Mass.) and freshman Alexis Pacheco (Swansea, Mass.) finished the game with three shots apiece with senior Becca Field (Brentwood, N.H.) adding two.
- O'Brien was active throughout the game, leading the game with her eight saves in a complete performance between the pipes.
- The Bears move up in the all-time series against the Corsairs, rising to 14-12-2 overall since 1989.
UMass Dartmouth host its homecoming game this Saturday at 1:00 P.M. when it takes on the unbeaten Western Connecticut State Colonials. Bridgewater State returns home, and back to conference play, when it hosts Fitchburg State on Saturday at 5:00 P.M.