O’Brien’s 11 Saves Not Enough as Springfield Downs Women’s Soccer

O’Brien’s 11 Saves Not Enough as Springfield Downs Women’s Soccer

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Despite a career-best 11-save performance by University of Massachusetts Dartmouth freshman Jaimee O'Brien (West Springfield, Mass.), Springfield College's firepower proved too much as the Pride defeated the Corsairs 6-1 at Brock-Affleck Field.

The Basics

Score: Springfield 6, UMass Dartmouth 1
Records: Springfield (7-1, 1-1 NEWMAC) | UMass Dartmouth (2-6-1, 1-1 LEC)

How It Happened

After 20 minutes of scoreless action, the Pride's offense exploded in a15-minute span as they rattled off three quick goals to jump ahead on the scoreboard.

To start the second-half, the hosts fell on a quiet streak, but senior Monique Marcelino (Farmington, Conn.) restarted the offense with her unassisted goal in the 63rd minute. In the next 10 minutes, the hosts added another pair off the boots of sophomore Gabrielle Fernandes (North Smithfield, R.I.) and junior Amanda Wright (Pittsfield, Mass.), respectively.  

In the 84th minute, UMass Dartmouth avoided a shutout as sophomore Baily Dowling (Lakeville, Mass.) found the net for her first career goal, coming off an assist from classmate Cara Pimentel (Westport, Mass.).   

Inside the Numbers

  • The Pride finished with a season-high in shots taken, registering 40 on the game to UMass Dartmouth's five.
  • O'Brien withstood the barrage with five saves in the first half, adding in another six in the final 45 minutes of play.  
  • In net for the Pride, starter Ciara Boucher (Manchester, Conn.) needed to make only two saves in nearly 80 minutes of action.
  • Dowling and Pimentel both pick up the first points of their career.

Up Next

The Corsairs look to bounce back on Thursday when they host Bridgewater State for a non-conference matchup at 7:00 P.M.