By Staff Writer Sara Vasquez
On Wednesday, October 16, UMass Dartmouth’s women’s soccer team managed to bring another victory back to campus with them.
Facing off against Rhode Island College’s Anchorwomen, the Corsairs were able to score their first goal of the game within 24 seconds of halftime, on the outstanding efforts of Senior Jennifer Woehl. Woehl’s goal would allow the Corsairs to take, and ultimately maintain, an early 1-0 lead to secure the win.
Both teams had multiple scoring opportunities through regulation, but excellent goaltending kept the game relatively close. UMass Dartmouth Junior Jaimee O’Brien saved 12 shots compared to Rhode Island College’s 7 total saves. O’Brien, with 12 total saves on the evening, played her first clean sheet of the season.
With this game, the team definitely turned around their outlook on the season following the opportunity they had lost the weekend prior.
In their next game, however, on Saturday, October 19, the Corsairs unfortunately lost against Keene State to a final score of 1-0. The lone goal was scored at the 14th minute by Sophomore Owl Kaliana Palhof.
Unfortunately, compared to the game that the Corsairs had won earlier in the week, the results this time around were, statistically, a far cry from how they had played on Wednesday.
Beaten and outshot at the point of attack, Keene State’s offense was ultimately too much for UMass Dartmouth goaltending, which cracked under the weight of 19 shots on goal. Over the course of the game, the Corsairs were only responsible for 8 total shots on goal, which could barely hold a candle to the Owls’ 19-shot onslaught.
However, on a high note, Jaimee O’Brien once again showed up in-full to keep the Corsairs contending, saving 8 shots of 9 total shots on goal. Her individual efforts in both games, despite low scoring output on behalf of UMassD’s offense, proved to be the difference-maker on both occasions.
Standing at an unfortunate 3-11 on the season, UMass Dartmouth women’s soccer has done much to break their losing streak but has also left much to be desired. With the season winding down, and only four games remaining in the difficult campaign, the Corsairs can hunt for wins not for playoff relevance but for moral and personal success.
Starting off their farewell tour, the Corsairs will face off against Westfield State and Western Connecticut.