Oct. 23, 2010
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's soccer team tied visiting Eastern Connecticut State, 1-1, in a Little East Conference match at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Saturday. It was Senior Day, and UMass Dartmouth's six graduating seniors were honored prior to the match.
After a scoreless first half, the Corsairs struck first with 39:45 left in the second half. Senior forward Katelyn Tsonis (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth HS/CCRI) was awarded a free kick opportunity, the kick was saved but freshmen forward Erica Jonasson (Wrentham, MA/Tri-County HS) fired a rebound shot that found the back on the net, giving UMass-Dartmouth a 1-0 advantage.
With 6:35 left in the second half, Eastern Connecticut evened the score. Sophomore forward Taylor Buchanan (Ellington, CT/Ellington HS) scored on a free kick opportunity that snuck past Corsair goalkeeper Tanya Braga (Hudson, MA/Hudson HS). The score remained tied as the clock expired, forcing an overtime period.
During the first overtime, Eastern Connecticut had a chance to put the game away. The Warriors were awarded a penalty kick for a foul that occurred in front of the Corsair goal. Junior midfielder Jo-Ann Merheb (Bethel CT, Bethel HS) lined up for the shot and fired the ball towards the left side of the goal but Braga dove and made a crucial save, preserving the tie. The teams continued to battle through a second scoreless overtime period, resulting in a 1-1 final score.
"This is by far the best game we've played," said Corsairs Head Coach Nicole Hanewich. "Eastern Connecticut is ranked tenth in the nation, and we definitely played at their level, we worked hard the entire game, and Tanya definitely kept us in the game, she made some really big saves," continued Hanewich. "Overall, I'm really proud of the team, this was the biggest thing we've done all year and I think that they can walk away from this with their heads held high, especially for our seniors who made a statement in their final home game."
The Warriors outshot the Corsairs, 21-6, during the contest. Braga made 12 saves for UMD while junior goalkeeper Theresa Pagnozzi (Waterford, CT/Waterford HS) made three for Eastern Connecticut.
UMass Dartmouth improved to 3-12-1 and 0-5-1 in the Little East Conference with the tie, while ECSU sits at 13-0-3 and 5-0-1 in LEC play. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Worcester State next Tuesday. The Warriors will host Manhattanville Wednesday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH SOCCER