Oct. 30, 2010
DANBURY, CT-A five-goal second half fueled Western Connecticut State as the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's soccer team fell to host Western Connecticut State, 5-0, in a Little East Conference match at the Westside Athletic Complex Saturday evening.
Both teams battled back-and-forth during the first half, resulting in a scoreless tie going into halftime. Coming out of the half, Western Connecticut took a 1-0 at the 43:47 mark in the second. Senior forward Lauren Mathews (Monroe, CT/Masuk HS)converted two quick passes by graduate midfielder Nicole Sieber (Newtown, CT/Immaculate HS) and senior midfielder Jennifer Duran (Uncasville,CT/Montaville HS) to give the Colonials a 1-0 lead. Mathews struck again at the 57-minute mark increasing the WCSU lead to 2-0. Less than three minutes later, Duran netted her seventh goal of the season, making it 3-0 with 29:40 left to play.
With under four minutes to play, WCSU senior defender Caitlyn Perry (Schenectady, NY/Schenectady HS) recorded her first goal of the season, padding the Colonials lead at 4-0. Sophomore defender Samantha Trayer (Oakville CT/Watertown HS) added the Colonials final score of the night with 2:44 on the clock, securing the 5-0 victory for Western Connecticut.
"We held them off during the first half, but they scored right away in the second half and they got the momentum," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Nicole Hanewich. "The seniors got to play their last game and walk off the field with their heads held high. We'll move on to next season and, hopefully, learn from our experience."
The Colonials out shot the Corsairs, 37-5. Corsair senior goalkeeper Tanya Braga (Hudson, MA/Hudson HS) stopped 13 shots for UMD, including a penalty kick, while Colonial sophomore goalkeepers Amanda Simon (Brick, NJ/Brick Memorial HS) and Caitlin Avery (East Hampton, CT/East Hampton HS) made one and three saves respectively.
UMass Dartmouth dropped to 3-13-1 and 0-6-1 in the Little East Conference with the defeat, while Western Connecticut State improved to 13-4-1 and 6-1 with the victory. The match was the final action of the season for the Corsairs.
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