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Seahawks hang on to earn second straight victory

Christine Pala (Photo by Ed Habershaw)
Christine Pala (Photo by Ed Habershaw)

SEAHAWK WOMEN'S SOCCER RESULTS

Salve Regina 3, UMass Dartmouth 2
Newport, Rhode Island - Reynolds Field
Thursday, September 8, 2016

Summary
After trailing most of the second half a penalty kick drew visiting UMass Dartmouth within a goal in the final seconds, but the Salve Regina University women's soccer team was able to run out the clock and earn their second straight victory.

Series and Streaks
The win for the Seahawks snaps a three game losing streak against the Corsairs who still hold a 17-8-1 record in the all-time series.

Three Stars of the Match
1 – Salve Regina sophomore Abby McMackin (Walpole, Mass.) - scored at 53:44 to give the Seahawks a 3-1 lead. She intercepted a clearing attempt by the Corsairs keeper and dribbled past her to put it in to an open net. Her goal proved to be the game winner.
2 – Salve Regina freshman Kayla McLaughlin (Pawcatuck, Conn.) - gave Salve Regina the lead with a goal early in the second half after a kick from McMackin bounced around in front before finding McLaughlin.
3 – Salve Regina junior Taylor Meyers (Washington Township, N.J.) - scored the first goal for Salve Regina. Meyers made a sliding attempt at a cross from Delaney Maxell (Lincoln, R.I.)that she tucked inside the left post.

Turning Point
The Seahawks had controlled the ball for most of the first half but could not generate any scoring chances; while the Corsairs were getting shots on goal in the limited time they had the ball. After falling behind 1-0 on a goal from Talia D'Ambruoso (Warwick, R.I.) the Seahawks picked up the intensity and were much more aggressive to the ball in the offensive end, and in keeping possessions alive at midfield. The aggression began to bear fruit as Taylor Meyers scored to tie the game 1-1 at 39:25. The Seahawks did not relent after half-time and scored two more times before there was even nine minutes gone in the second to take a 3-1 lead.

Quick Hits

  • The Seahawks held their 3-1 lead comfortably for most of the second half, but in the final minutes the Corsairs made one final push in desperation to generate chances. With under a minute to play UMass was awarded a corner. In the scramble in front a whistle was blown and a penalty kick was awarded for the Corsairs. Erica Farias (Tiverton, R.I.) converted the kick but with just 32.8 seconds remaining. The Corsairs gained possession but were not able to get a shot on net before time expired.
  • Salve Regina held a 20-16 edge in shots and 14-10 in shots on goal.
  • Salve Regina drew six corners in the game while the Corsairs only had two corner opportunities.
  • Carly Pala (Milford, Conn.) made six saves in net for the Seahawks while Madison Boucher (Southampton, Mass.) stopped 10 shots for the Corsairs.

Quote
"Today's match required physical and mental durability. We were relentless on the attack, which inevitably lead to three great finishes from Taylor, Kayla, and Abby. Overall, another fantastic game of soccer on both sides." - head coach Jane Walsh

Next up

Salve Regina (2-2-0) – Saturday, Sep. 10 vs Nichols, 12 p.m.
UMass Dartmouth (1-2-0) – Saturday, Sep. 10 at Salem State, 1 p.m.