NEW LONDON, Conn. – Freshmen Mary Parse (Orange, Mass.) and Claire Williams (Portsmouth, R.I.) each netted their first career goal and were among six different players to tally a point as the No. 25 Connecticut College women's soccer team defeated UMass Dartmouth by a 3-1 score on Saturday afternoon at Freeman Field.
Connecticut College (7-2) dominated the first half by holding a 15-2 advantage in total shots. After dribbling around an unprotected Corsair goalkeeper from outside the box and hitting the left post in the 20th minute, freshman Mya Johnson (Old Lyme, Conn.) punched the ball home on her second golden opportunity just 42 seconds later when she finished a long pass that came off the foot of senior Sara Kogelmann (Guilderland, N.Y.) from the backfield.
As the opening half was winding down, Parse doubled the margin in the 37th minute when she took a cross from sophomore Marielle McEnaney (Orleans, Mass.) and buried the ball in the upper 90 of the net. UMass Dartmouth had an excellent chance to slice the margin in half when it was awarded a free kick from just outside the left corner of the box, but Parse blocked the hard shot taken by Jennifer Woehl from the end of a four-player wall to help keep the Camels ahead by a 2-0 score heading into the break.
The early stages of the second half featured a flurry of action with both teams finding the back of the net in the opening five minutes. Connecticut College made it a 3-0 game when Williams scored her first goal before the Corsairs answered in the 49th minute. But after Kaitlyn Bernier found the back of the net to put the visitors on the board, the Camels only yielded one more shot on goal for the remainder of the game to run away with their seventh win of the season.
Connecticut College, which outshot its opponent by a 25-7 margin and had a 7-1 advantage in corner kicks, used three goalkeepers who were each credited with one save apiece. Sophomore Veronica O'Rourke (Shelton, Conn.) was credited with the victory by seeing 27 minutes of action during the middle stages when the match was ultimately decided. Jaimee O'Brien of UMass Dartmouth (1-9) turned away six shots in the losing effort.
Connecticut College will next visit Eastern Connecticut State on Tuesday afternoon at 3 p.m.