Lancers Sink Women’s Soccer in Rainy 4-0 Shutout

Lancers Sink Women’s Soccer in Rainy 4-0 Shutout

WORCESTER, Mass. – Behind a pair of goals by Lancer midfielder Jenna Martin (Salem, N.H.), Worcester State took down the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in non-conference action by a score of 4-0 on Tuesday night.  

The Basics

Score: UMass Dartmouth 0, Worcester State 4
Records: UMass Dartmouth (4-14-1, 2-4-0 LEC) | Worcester State (10-4-2, 5-1-0 MASCAC) 

How it Happened

Worcester State took a 1-0 lead at the 12:02 mark of the match, when right back Nicole Gifford (Rochester, Mass.) sent up a long, 40-yard pass in the air along the right side of the pitch to Ashleigh Howland (Wilmington, Mass.) for the forward's fourth goal of the season. Corsair freshman Nicole Lento (Hudson, Mass.) nearly tied the match just moments later, but had her shot blocked by the Lancer defense.

With nine minutes to go before the intermission, Worcester State doubled their advantage after Maddie Fong's (Norton, Mass.) corner kick darted off the head of Martin and in to the back corner of the net for what would be her first goal of the night.

Howland came close to notching another goal in the 50th minute, but Corsair keeper Madison Boucher (Southampton, Mass.) dove to deflect the ball to her right. There to follow up on the rebound was sophomore Kaitlin Beluzo (East Longmeadow, Mass.), who buried the marker for a 3-0 lead.

Martin tallied her second goal by taking the ball away from the Corsair defense following a Worcester State corner kick, arching a shot just over the out-stretched gloves of Boucher to account for the Lancers' fourth and final goal of the contest.

Due to the severity of the inclement weather, the match was halted in the 72nd minute.  

Inside the Numbers

  • Worcester State outshot UMass Dartmouth by a 17-6 clip.
  • Boucher made five stops in the rain-soaked affair, with Lancer keeper Jill Zinkus (Grafton, Mass.) needing to make just two saves.
  • Corsair senior Abby Silva (Fall River, Mass.) paced the visiting offense, firing four of her team's shots with two reaching goal. 

Up Next

UMass Dartmouth returns home to host Senior Day in the regular season finale on Saturday, facing off with Little East Conference opponent Keene State at 4:30 p.m.