Women's Soccer Defeats Emerson, 4-2

Women's Soccer Defeats Emerson, 4-2

Oct. 20, 2009

Final Stats

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's soccer team scored three goals in the second half and defeated visiting Emerson, 4-2, in a non-conference match at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Tuesday afternoon.

Senior defender Kelsey Boothby (Holbrook, MA/Holbrook HS) headed in a corner kick by freshman forward Jamie Ledin (Bridgewater, MA/West Bridgewater HS) to break a 1-1 tie in the 55th minute. Less than two minutes later, freshman midfielder Shannon Rhinehart (Randolph, MA/Randolph HS) blasted home a shot from 30 yards out, and Ledin converted a pass from senior midfielder Caitlin McCleary (Quincy, MA/North Quincy HS) in the 63rd minute to make it 4-1.

Junior midfielder Lindsay D'Andrea (Medford, NJ) gave the Lions a 1-0 lead with an unassisted goal in the 26th minute. McCleary tied the score, firing home the rebound of Rhinehart's shot after a corner kick 1:33 to send the teams to the halftime break even at 1-1. Senior midfielder Kendra Davidson (Newport Beach, CA) completed the scoring when she converted a penalty kick in the 84th minute after a Corsair foul in the box.

"For us, it was about scoring early, scoring once and then scoring immediately again," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Carla DeSantis. "That was a big help for us. It was good to see us finish our opportunities. This is the first time we've won a Tuesday game all season, and we're glad to get that out of the way. We now have more wins than we had all last year."

DeSantis thought several Corsairs acquitted themselves well. "It was cool to have two seniors and two freshmen score our goals," said DeSantis. "Jamie has great size and speed, and she used it well today. This was (junior) Nichole Hoffman's (Stoughton, MA/Stoughton HS) third game at midfield after being converted from defense, and she's been very effective for us."

UMD out shot Emerson, 23-13. Freshman goalkeeper Jen Warren (Somerset, MA/Bishop Feehan HS) and junior goalkeeper Tanya Braga (Hudson, MA/Hudson HS) combined to make five saves for the Corsairs, while senior Shayne Reich (West Hills, CA) made 11 stops for the Lions.

UMass Dartmouth improved to 6-8-1 with the victory, while Emerson dropped to 9-6-1 with the defeat. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Eastern Connecticut Saturday. The Lions will visit Johnson & Wales Saturday.