NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – A goal in each half led the UMass-Dartmouth Corsairs past the visiting Castleton University women's soccer team – 2-0 – on Saturday afternoon at Cressy Field.
Castleton falls to 3-10 overall and 1-3 in the Little East, while UMass-Dartmouth improves to 5-5-3 and 2-1-2 in league action.
Another stingy performance on defense kept the Spartans close throughout, but the Corsairs made the most of their opportunities and notched a goal late in both periods.
Loren Henderson put together another solid performance, clocking all 90 minutes; making nine saves on 11 shots-on-goal. She saw 18 total shot attempts, as the Spartan defense was able to stave off seven chances.
In the 38th minute, the Corsair's Ella Rath sent a set piece in for the first score of the game. She registered the goal with a bending shot that hovered just above the turf and slipped inside the left post.
Bronwen Hopwood put a shot on goal for Castleton, which nearly got past the Corsair keeper. The senior took the ball from the left side of the six-yard line and fired, but the UMass-Dartmouth netminder made the stop.
Adding to its lead and eventually putting the game out of reach, the Corsairs claimed a 2-0 lead with help from Hannah Sousa. She sent a perfect through ball to her hustling teammate, Courtney Hewitt for the left-footed score.
Women's soccer returns to action at 7 p.m. on Wednesday as it hosts Plymouth State in Little East action.
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