DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Corsair sophomore goalie Jamiee O’Brien (West Springfield, Mass.) tied her career-high with 11 saves in between the posts, but Connecticut College rode the coattails of a key marker in the 21’ to seize a 1-0 non-conference victory over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth at Cressy Field on Thursday evening.
How it Happened
Connecticut College kept its foot on the offensive gas to start the evening affair, rattling off seven shots and queuing up five corners in the opening 20 minutes of action. Camel junior Alyssa Kogelmann (Guilderland, N.Y.) used some nifty footwork at the 21’ to find a crease in the Blue and Gold backline, crossing a pass through the legs of a fellow teammate as a decoy and finding the dominant foot of sophomore Tori Kretzmer (Glastonbury, Conn.). The second-year midfielder did not disappoint, blasting the strong finish just past the outstretched gloves of keeper O’Brien. UMass Dartmouth senior Courtney Hewitt (North Attleboro, Mass.) put forth the hosts’ best bid at an equalizer in the 33rd minute but right into the hands of visiting junior goalie Sarah Williams (Sherborn, Mass.).
Three minutes after the intermission, Connecticut College junior Kelly Brigham (Norwich, Vt.) rifled a shot towards the lower right corner of the net but was turned away by the quick reflexes of O’Brien. Still looking to tie the clash up at one, it was Hewitt and junior Ella Rath (Pawcatuck, Conn.) that each put attempts on frame however knocked away by Williams and clanked off the crossbar, respectively. On the Camels’ 16th corner of the evening with five and a half to go, freshman Marielle McEnaney (Orleans, Mass.) nearly doubled the advantage with a header but had the chance sail just over the aluminum. The visitors’ secured possession in the waning minutes, successfully taking care of the ball until the board read zeroes.
Inside the Numbers
- Connecticut College outshot UMass Dartmouth by a margin of 25-9.
- The visitors had no shortage of corner kicks, taking 18 tonight.
- Brigham took a game-high four shots.
- O’Brien tied her career-high of 11 saves from last year, when she recorded as many on Sept. 26 against Springfield.
The Corsairs kick off conference play against Plymouth State on Saturday, Sept. 15, hosting the Panthers for a 1 p.m. tilt.
(Recap By Kyle Diangkinay, Athletic Communications Graduate Assistant)