DARTMOUTH, Mass. – A goal in each half via the midfield duo of junior Ella Rath (Pawcatuck, Conn.) and senior Courtney Hewitt (North Attleboro, Mass.) paired nicely with goalkeeper Jaimee O’Brien’s (West Springfield, Mass.) three saves to pilot the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth to a 2-0 win over Little East Conference (LEC) opponent Castleton University at Cressy Field on Saturday afternoon, as the Corsairs extended their unbeaten streak to four straight.
How It Happened
Corsair freshman Sarah Vieira (Dartmouth, Mass.) rattled off a pair of shots from the left side of the 18-yard box in the early going as an attempt to get the hosts rolling however each try landed right in the grasp of Spartan keeper Loren Henderson (Rutland, Vt.). Castleton saw a great bid on a close-range shot from senior Bronwen Hopwood (Hinesburg, Vt.) from the left side of the six but quickly caught by UMass Dartmouth net minder Jaimee O’Brien (West Springfield, Mass.).
UMass Dartmouth would ultimately put up ten attempts in the initial 45 minutes, including six on goal, highlighted by a brilliant set-piece from just under 30 yards out by Rath. She registered the go-ahead score in the 38th minute of the affair by bending a low-level shot just inside the left post past the sprawling Henderson and brushing the net on in.
Despite the hosts often finding themselves on the defensive end of the field throughout a majority of the second half, the back line stood strong through the Spartan tactics to maintain the clean sheet. The Corsairs immediately struck with 18 minutes remaining on the board, as a perfect through ball by sophomore Hannah Sousa (Fall River, Mass.) to the left of the six met the hustling Hewitt for the strong left-footed tally.
Inside The Numbers
- Rath’s first half success accounted for her seventh goal of the season.
- It was her fourth goal in five conference clashes.
- Sousa collected her first Corsair helper of the season on the 73rd minute feed.
- O’Brien made a trifecta of saves in between the posts, notching her fourth shutout of the year.
- UMass Dartmouth celebrated its fifth win this afternoon, eclipsing its overall total from last season.
The Blue and Gold face a quick turnaround, taking the pitch at Johnson & Wales University on Monday night for a primetime non-conference clash. Castleton continues its LEC circuit on Wednesday in a 7 p.m. faceoff with Plymouth State.
(Recap By Kyle Diangkinay, Athletic Communications Graduate Assistant)
(Photo Credit: Lyrik Gelmete '21)