DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Despite numerous chances in the waning minutes of regulation, Simmons' one-goal lead managed to stand firm over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth for a 1-0 victory on Wednesday at Cressy Field.
Score: UMass Dartmouth 0, Simmons 1
Records: UMass Dartmouth (4-12-1, 2-3-0 LEC) | Simmons (8-5-2, 5-4-1 GNAC)
How it Happened
Following a relatively quiet opening 20 minutes to the non-conference contest, Corsair freshman Alexis Pacheco (Swansea, Mass.) came just inches away from breaking the scoreless affair. After receiving a pass from the left sideline at the top-right corner of the 18-yard box, her shot sailed over the leaping try of Simmons goalkeeper Casey Halle (Watertown, Mass.) but slammed off the crossbar. Afterwards, a follow-up shot by Liz Stearns (Medway, Mass.) was blocked by the Sharks' defensive line.
The visitors' multiple chances at finding the net were negated by three off-sides whistles in the first-half. Twelve minutes into the second half, Simmons midfielder Ciara Forde (Quincy, Mass.) dribbled up the middle of the field and fired a left-footed shot on goal, but Corsair keeper Madison Boucher (Southampton, Mass.) leaped to make the two-handed grab. Soon after, Shark midfielder Lauren Brandau (Madison, Conn.) dribbled up the right sideline in front of her squad's bench. The junior sent in an accurate pass to the six-yard box to set up her classmate Forde, who buried the shot through the middle of the posts to give the Sharks a 1-0 advantage.
The Corsairs had chances at evening the battle, but solid work by the Shark defense staved off any chances by UMass Dartmouth. Shots by Kayla Loycano (Chelmsford, Mass.) and Becca Field (Brentwood, N.H.) were each blocked, and Pacheco's shot from the right sideline was knocked away by the keeper.
Inside the Numbers
- UMass Dartmouth outshot Simmons, 17-10, and put more shots on goal, 8-7.
- Forde broke a three-way tie for the team-lead in goals, netting her ninth of the season tonight.
- Field recorded her season-high in shots this evening, firing five on the offensive end.
UMass Dartmouth gets back on the road to battle Little East Conference rival Southern Maine on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 3 p.m. Simmons will travel to Mount Ida for a Saturday match as well, slated for a 7 p.m. kick-off.