WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – A pair of goals in each half, paced by two markers and an assist from Eastern Connecticut senior midfielder Aly Clarke (Mystic, Conn.), propelled the Warriors to a 4-1 triumph over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth at Nevers Field on Saturday afternoon.
The setback puts the Corsairs at 3-5-1 overall and at an even 1-1 in conference play, while the Warriors moved to 6-2 this year and 2-0 in the league.
How It Happened
Clarke jumpstarted the offense with the unassisted score just over 10 minutes into the conference battle for the early 1-0 advantage. The senior mid notched another point by setting up classmate Anna Manser (Manchester, Conn.) in the 18th minute to double the differential. With just a few ticks to go before the halftime whistle, UMass Dartmouth clawed its way onto the board through the solid work of senior forward Taryn Carley (Kingston, Mass.) as she connected with the nylon to halve the deficit.
Just about an hour into the affair, Eastern Connecticut freshman forward Haley Montesanto (East Haven, Conn.) won a 50-50 ball at midfield and then promptly zipped a ball over to junior Stephanie Sanchez (Manchester, Conn.) for the point-blank finish through a pair of Corsair defenders. Clarke wrapped up her impressive stat line with one more goal in the 85th minute, corralling the rebound off multiple players and finishing the attempt just inside the post.
Inside The Numbers
- Each squad was knotted at seven in second-half shot attempts.
- Blue and Gold sophomore keeper Jaimee O’Brien (West Springfield, Mass.) has made at least eight saves in each of her last five outings for an average of nine stops per contest.
- Carley has shown more signs of increasing her aggression on the offensive end, uncorking multiple shots in each of the past three battles.
- UMass Dartmouth junior mid Ella Rath (Pawcatuck, Conn.) led all players with four shots, placing three on frame.
Both ensembles are back in action to continue conference play on Wednesday evening; the Corsairs will host Keene State while Eastern Connecticut travels to intrastate rival Western Connecticut State.
(Recap By Kyle Diangkinay, Athletic Communications Graduate Assistant)