Martins’ Header Delivers UMass Dartmouth Win Over the Huskies 2-1 OT

Freshman Madi Freeman Scored USM's Lone Goal
Freshman Madi Freeman Scored USM's Lone Goal

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. –  Junior Alyssa Martins (Ludlow, Mass.) headed in the game-winning goal in the 97th minute to lead the UMass Dartmouth Corsairs to a 2-1 overtime victory over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in a Little East Conference women's soccer game Saturday afternoon.

With the win, UMD improvs to 5-8-2 overall and evens out at 2-2 in the Little East. USM drops its third straight game to stand at 4-10 overall and 0-5 in the Little East. 

The game-winner was Martins' first goal of the season.  Martins was able to put her head to the ball off of a corner kick from the right side by freshman Jennifer Woehl (Middletown, R.I./Middletown). The Corsairs, who outshot the Huskies 29-6 in the game, took a 1-0 lead in the sixth minute.  Junior Liz Stearns (Medway, Mass.) found the back of the net collecting a through ball from senior Erica Hammond (Warwick, R.I./Pilgrim).  

Southern Maine made it 1-1 prior to halftime tallying the equalizer in the 31st minute.  Freshman Madi Freeman (Steep Falls, Maine/Bonny Eagle) scored her first goal of her intercollegiate career with an unassisted strike.

Junior goalkeeper Becca Field (Brentwood, N.H./Exeter) mad two saves in the win for the Corsairs.  Southern Maine sophomore Taylor Canastra (Fairhaven, Mass.) made 10 saves in the loss.

Southern Maine travels to Fitchburg State for a non-conference game on Wednesday (7:00 p.m.) for its next contest.  UMass Dartmouth heads to Rhode Island College on Wednesday (4:00 p.m.) for an LEC contest.