UMass Dartmouth Sinks Southern Maine 3-0

Senior goalkeeper Katie Cobb prepares to make the save.
Senior goalkeeper Katie Cobb prepares to make the save.

            GORHAM, Maine -- Senior Kathleen Landers (Danvers, Mass.) scored twice as the visiting University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Corsairs tallied three goals within a span of 8:14 midway through the first half to defeat the University of Southern Maine Huskies 3-0 in a Little East Conference women's soccer match Saturday afternoon at Hannaford Field.

            The win was the second straight for the Corsairs, and improved their record to 7-3-1 overall and 2-1-0 in LEC play.  The Huskies fell for the second straight match, dropping to 4-7-0 overall and 1-2-0 in the conference.

            Senior Tori Pierce (Tiverton, R.I.) gave the Corsairs a 1-0 lead with her team-leading fifth goal of the season in the 16th minute.  Pierce timed her run across the Huskies' defense perfectly to stay onside as classmate Sam Silvia (Dighton, Mass./Dighton-Rehobeth) delivered a long free kick.  Pierce split the defenders and took Silvia's kick in on goal beating USM senior goalkeeper Katie Cobb (Lewiston, Maine) with a 12-yard shot inside the left post.

            Landers doubled the lead in the 19th minute when she nodded a bouncing ball over Cobb.  Five minutes later, Landers found herself in the right spot to redirect a loose ball past Cobb.  The two goals give the senior midfielder four markers on the season.

            UMD senior goalkeeper Michelle Miller (Westford, Mass.) earned her fourth win of the campaign making four saves.  Cobb finished the match recording eight stops.

            Both teams bounced shots off the crossbar in the second half.  UMD senior Jillian Van Ness (Agawam, Mass.) hit one off the bar in the 53rd minute while USM junior Amy Jose (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) powered a shot off the bar in the 58th minute for the Huskies best scoring bid of the match.

            The Corsairs had a 23-8 edge in shots during the match, and a 5-2 advantage in corner kicks.

            Southern Maine is back in action on Wednesday (4:00 p.m.) when it hosts the University of Maine at Farmington.  UMass Dartmouth travels to Nichols College on Tuesday (7:00 p.m.).