Sept. 17, 2011
PLYMOUTH, NH-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's soccer team defeated host Plymouth State, 2-1, in the 2011 Little East Conference opener for both schools at Currier Field Saturday.
UMass Dartmouth registered the first goal of the day with 12:02 left to play in the first half. Sophomore midfielder Kelsey Leandro (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth HS/Westfield State) broke the 0-0 tie when she netted her first goal of the season on a shot to the near post that beat Panthers senior goalkeeper Angelina LaBroad (Hampton, NH/Winnacunnet HS) low, putting the Corsairs up 1-0.
Less than two minutes later, the Panthers evened the game at 1-1 when senior forward Sam Laliberte (Concord, NH/Concord HS) scored after a cross pass into the goal box was tipped away by UMD junior goalkeeper Stephanie Borges (Somerset, MA/Somerset HS) but Laliberte gathered the loose ball and knocked into the back of the net, making the score 1-1 going into halftime.
Corsairs sophomore forward Erica Jonasson (Wrentham, MA/Tri-County HS) scored the eventual game-winning goal with 38:43 to play in the second half. Jonasson volleyed a loose ball in front of the net past LaBroad and into the upper corner of the goal, leading to the 2-1 victory for UMD.
"We really worked hard and left it all on the field," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Nicole Hanewich. "We started off flat in the first half and we were chasing the ball a little bit. Erica [Jonasson] scored a really nice goal to win the game for us. We're happy with the win, it was an important win for us since we didn't win any conference games last year, and we have now won more games than last year. So far, we are starting out in the right direction."
The Corsairs out shot the Panthers, 10-9. Borges stopped five shots for UMD, while LaBroad made three saves for Plymouth State.
UMass Dartmouth improved to 4-2 and 1-0 in the Little East Conference with the victory, while Plymouth State dropped to 3-2 and 0-1 with the defeat. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Connecticut College Tuesday.
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