UMass Dartmouth Downs Southern Maine in OT 1-0
GORHAM, Maine -- Junior Talia D'Ambruoso (Warwick, R.I.) scored the only goal of the match with 15 seconds remaining in the first sudden-death overtime period to give the visiting University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Corsairs a 1-0 victory over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in a Little East Conference match Saturday afternoon at Hannaford Field.
The win was the second straight for the Corsairs, and improved their record to 5-4-1 overall (2-1-1 in LEC play). The Huskies fell to 3-8-0 overall (0-4-0 in LEC) after suffering their second overtime lost in conference play.
With the Corsairs applying some pressure late in the first 10-minute extra session, D'Ambruoso collected a loose ball outside the box on the left side and hit a 25-yard strike that found its way into the far side of the net. The unassisted marker was D'Ambruoso's fifth of the season.
UMD had an edge in possession and shots (9-3), but did not have any real dangerous chances in a scoreless first half. USM senior goalkeeper Marissa Temple (Grafton, Mass.) handled all the shots with ease.
Southern Maine had its best scoring opportunity midway into the second half. The Huskies worked the ball into a dangerous position in the box, but were unable to convert the chance into a shot on UMD sophomore goalie Madison Boucher (Southampton, Mass./Hampshire Regional). At the defensive end, Temple was making four saves to keep the match scoreless. Temple made a big play on a ball that came into the box, beating a UMD forward to the ball with a sliding stop.
The Corsairs finished the match with a 23-3 edge in total shots (8-1 on goal) and a 5-1 advantage in corner kicks. Boucher had one save to pick up her fourth shutout of the season. Temple made seven saves.
Southern Maine will be back in action on Tuesday (3:30 p.m.) hosting the University of New England for a non-conference match. UMass Dartmouth will play at Roger Williams University on Wednesday (4:00 p.m.).